Dynamo Kursk secured a big success at fellow EuroCup Women favourites Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League, whilst the last four of the Turkish Cup has now been set.
|Seimone Augustus paved the way for Dynamo Kursk with a game-high 21 points|
KURSK CATCH FIRE FOR BIG ROAD WIN
Both clubs are expected to make a strong challenge for the EuroCup Women title in coming months and Kursk underlined their credentials with a stunning victory.
Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje picked up another victory to keep their momentum going, with a strong second-half effort instrumental in taking down Energia Ivanovo 79-67.
Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic and Evgenia Belyakova fulfilled their usual role for the team as leaders on the floor with the former sinking a game-high 21 points and Belyakova adding a sparkling 20 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
Recent recruit Tijana Ajdukovic harvested a double-digit score for the third-placed team.
LAST FOUR OF TURKISH CUP SET
They were beaten 68-59 in the quarter-finals by EuroCup Women side Mersin Buyuksehir who had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds from Courtney Paris and enjoyed a superb game-winning 9-0 run down the stretch.
Another EuroCup Women team, Adana Botas, also made it into the last four with a 74-61 win against Konak Belediyesi. Bahar Ozturk recorded a monstrous 31-point and seven-rebound performance and there was a super cameo of 17 points and six boards from Sandra Igueravide.
Cup favourites Galatasaray odeabank and Fenerbahce both avoided an upset and eased their way into the semi-finals, the former completing a 62-48 success over Besiktas with Kelsey Bone, Sancho Lyttle, Bahar Caglar and Sebnem Kimyacioglu all making double-figure scores.
Fenerbahce meanwhile were rampant in a 94-63 win against Tarsus Belediye whose season continues to be a real struggle.
Fenerbahce will match-up against Mersin in the last four, with Galatasaray facing Botas.
|Croatian international Jelena Ivezic proved to be a good addition for Novi Zagreb|
BABKINA AND IVEZIC SHINE, CHANGES IN HUNGARY
Having arrived at WBC Novi Zagreb during the mid-season break, Latvian guard Elina Babkina and Croatian forward Jelena Ivezic gave an early glimpse of how they may be in a position to help turn around the fortunes of the EuroLeague Women strugglers.
Ivezic had 18 points and five assists, whilst Babkina claimed 16 points as they completed a 73-55 win against PINKK Pecsi 424 in the Middle European League.
Pascua is a replacement for Tijana Ajdukovic who left after signing for Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.
Elsewhere, UE Sopron bounced back from a surprise defeat at the hands of Aluinvent Miskolc to storm to a 95-78 win against SBK Samorin as American forward Tianna Hawkins exploded with a 36-point performance.