|Eshaya Murphy's scoring and energy provided the boost Perfumerias Avenida needed to top Prague|
Perfumerias Avenida completed a memorable 79-77 EuroLeague Women Group C win against the previously unbeaten ZVVZ USK Prague in a nail-biting contest in Salamanca.
The regulars at Pabellon Wurzburg were treated to an absorbing clash as the home favourites showed real heart to come back from a poor start.
Avenida were down 17-6 against the group leaders and had to dig deep to avoid the worrying prospect of another first-half blowout, having suffered the same fate in their previous game at Sparta&K.
But, behind a 25-point performance by Eshaya Murphy, they hauled themselves back into contention with an excellent 26-18 second period which gave them a one-point lead after twenty minutes.
Both teams then struggled to put any daylight between each other until the final quarter, when Layshia Clarendon made it 68-62 to the visitors.
It looked like the game was slipping away from Avenida, but they rallied with a magnificent 15-3 run.
And, despite not scoring in the last 90 seconds of the game, they survived to take a fine victory, with Croatian center Marija Rezan weighing in with a critical 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Spanish veteran Laia Palau had a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists on her return to her homeland, whilst Jelena Dubljevic top-scored for the losing side with 21 points.
It was a disappointing landmark night for Prague shooter Eva Viteckova, who drew level with Alena Kovacova in joint second place for the all-time number of EuroLeague Women appearances.
USK Prague head coach Natalia Hejkova
"Congratulations to the home team for the victory. I think they won because of the first half, we started really good but we let them wake up. Then, in the second half it was a fight and they got it. I have to say too that it is the first time on my career I don´t have any free throw in the first half."
USK Prague forward Jelena Dubljevic
"We started really good, but then they came back, we had some moments out of concentration, and that was the main problem. Congratulations to Salamanca and good luck for the next year."
Avenida guard Marta Xargay
"Tonight we showed what we are able to do. It is true that we can do the best and the worst things in the same game, but tonight we fought as a team and we showed all the work we are putting in."
Avenida head coach Víctor Lapeña
"It is a very important victory to us. We knew that they were such a great team, with four or five top level players, but when we are with 100% concentration, with a lot of intensity and with this fans, it is very hard to stop us."