|The Wisla frontcourt dominated the game, with center Ewelina Kobryn posting a double-double in points and rebounds|
Wisla Can-Pack pulled away down the stretch to claim a comfortable 66-52 win over ZVVZ USK Prague in Game 1 of their EuroLeague Women Round 2 series.
The hosts finished on a 7-2 spurt as Prague turned to three-pointers in an attempt to close the gap and came up empty, missing five in a row.
Erin Phillips and Milka Bjelica had 15 points each for Wisla, while Ewelina Kobryn and Nicole Powell were just behind with 14 points, Kobryn adding 13 rebounds and Powell 10.
Wisla broke the game open early when a 15-2 run turned a 9-8 deficit into a 23-11 lead at the end of the first quarter as Powell sank a jump-shot.
The visitors tried to rally before half-time, scoring the last six points of the second quarter, all from the free-throw line, to make it 34-29 at the break before Frida Eldebrink's jump-shot cut the gap to three at the start of the third quarter.
But Paulina Pawlak responded with a three-pointer as Wisla began to pull clear again.
Eva Viteckova's jump-shot had the visitors within seven, 51-44, with 7:22 to go but Phillips and Kobryn both sank two free throws each before Kobryn's jump-shot extended the lead to 13.
Lindsey Whalen's jump-shot briefly had it back in single figures, 59-50, late in the game but it was Wisla who finished the strongest to take the win.
Whalen finished with 19 points for Prague.
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USK Prague Head Coach Lubos Blazek
"It was a hard game and for long time the result was open. In the last quarter Wisla played harder defence and much better in the paint so that decided the final score. We will do our best to win in Prague and come back to Krakow for the third game. Congratulations to the home team."
Wisla Can-Pack Head Coach Jose Hernandez
"We made the first step but there is the second one to be done. We want to do it in Prague. Both teams were very well prepared for the game with the good scouting - no secrets. The defence was better but I am also happy of the offense of my team. To win that game was for us very, very important but we must keep focussed. In Prague it is going to be maybe much harder."
USK Prague player Katerina Elhotova
"Like the coach said, it was a tough game. Both Teams played very good defence. Without Milton Jones and Burgova we had a lot of problems to stop Wisla. We want to come back to Krakow, I hope we will play a better game at home in Prague."
Wisla Can-Pack player Anke De Mondt
"We are very happy and hope to win in Prague if not in Krakow on 1 March. Very tough game for both teams, thanks to our fans for the excellent atmosphere."