Christon Returns To Haunt Nadezhda

Shameka Christon (Nadezhda)
Seen here playing for Nadezhda, Shameka Christon came back to haunt her former club on Wednesday night with a game-high 20 points

Shameka Christon caught fire on her return to Nadezhda to propel Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration to a nail-biting 59-57 Group B success in the first contest of the new EuroLeague Women season.

Christon had the hot-hand all night long and buried six three-pointers in a mesmerising 20-point performance as BLMA returned to the competition in style after their one-year absence.

The French visitors were always on top after some fine defence during the first half helped them into a double-digit lead at 20-10.

A triple by Natalia Zhedik on the stroke of half-time reduced the arrears to just four points and gave the hosts some impetus for when they returned to the floor.

When summer signing Anna Cruz converted from long-range to put Nadezhda in front at 36-34, it looked like they might assume control.

But BLMA re-discovered their form and moved ahead 51-43 thanks to playmaker Virginia Bremont, to establish a handy cushion for down the stretch.

In a tense finale, they held on for the win even though they scored just three points in the last three minutes and dodged a bullet as Dewanna Bonner tried snatching the game for Nadezhda with a three-point attempt during the closing seconds.

Bonner had a fine 18 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.



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