Sparta&K Extract Revenge Against Wisla

23 January 2013

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

9. Nika Baric (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje)
Nika Baric produced one of her best performances for Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje in the EuroLeague Women, scoring 15 points

Having crashed in Krakow earlier in the campaign, Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje threw a punch back in the direction of Wisla Can-Pack by wrapping up an impressive 89-63 blowout to extract sweet revenge against their Group A rivals.

With the disappointment of their previous 76-64 loss still in the memory bank, Sparta&K wasted little time in trying to make amends whilst simultaneously writing a sizable statement as to their potential Final Eight credentials.

They were firmly on top right from the outset against a Wisla team not able to field the influential Alana Beard.

The hosts blasted their way into a huge opening lead after Marina Kuzina scored inside to put her team 21-8 ahead.

Wisla tried their best to reel Sparta&K back and avoid being blown away, but it was an uphill struggle and the best they could manage by the interval, was to get within 45-32.

When point guard Cristina Ouvina made a fast-break score early in the third quarter, a potential comeback suddenly looked like a possibility for Wisla as they cut the deficit to single digits.

But, oozing quality and with superior depth all over the floor, Sparta&K extinguished the dreams of the visitors with a decisive 16-6 burst.

Just as firmly in control during the last ten minutes, Pokey Chatman and her players subsequently eased their way to the victory.

Twenty-year-old Slovenian ace Nika Baric produced one of her best ever EuroLeague Women performances, managing to secure 15 points as one of five Sparta&K players to reach double-figures.

Paulina Pawlak was the pick for the losing team with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.


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