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Gala Cruise Past Novi Zagreb

12 December 2012
EUROLEAGUE WOMEN
20. Sancho Lyttle (Galatasaray)
Sancho Lyttle led the way for Galatasaray in a one-sided game, picking up a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double

Galatasaray wasted no time in underlining the gulf in class between themselves and EuroLeague Women newcomers Novi Zagreb, starting rapidly to cruise to a comprehensive 77-50 win in Group C.

With a mountain to climb before tip-off, the last thing the Croatian visitors needed was a reminder of their opening night mauling at the hands of their hosts, but Galatasaray laid down their authority in brutal fashion with a devastating seven minute spell at the start of the game.

They outscored Novi Zagreb 21-0 from the tip-off and much to the relief of the visiting team, they finally got the scoreboard moving with a nice 10-2 finish to the opening period to add a hint of respectability to the deficit.

It also meant avoiding the dreaded spectre of a potential scoreless quarter, something which had looked a realistic possibility at one point with the home side shooting over 90% from the floor and Novi Zagreb stone cold in the extreme.

To their utmost credit, the Croatian side showed plenty of heart and real character by outscoring their opponents 19-15 during the second period, but normal service was restored when the teams returned for the second half.

Galatasaray cruised to the victory, although 21 turnovers is likely to irritate head coach Ekrem Memnun.

Sancho Lyttle had 16 points, 13 rebounds and three steals whilst Lindsay Whalen added an efficient eight points and eight assists.

Sandra Mandir had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the losing team.

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