Kosice Whip Gospic



11. Natalia Vieru    (Good Angels Kosice)
All but one Kosice players wrote their name on the scoresheet, led by Natalia Vieru who finished with 20 points on 75% shooting from the floor

Good Angels Kosice romped to victory over Gospic Croatia in Slovakia on Wednesday to strengthen their bid for play-off basketball in the EuroLeague Women.

Fresh off a six-point road triumph at Rivas Ecopolis, Stefan Svitek's team returned home and rolled to a 106-66 victory to improve to 6-4 in Group C.

The Croatian club had their two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 4-6.

An important stretch came late in the first quarter when Kosice, on top 17-13, reeled off six straight points.

They eventually opened up a 29-15 lead in the final minute of the opening frame when Lucia Kupcikova connected with a jumper.

Jelena Ivezic's three-pointer reduced the arrears to 11 at the end of the period.

The visitors then pulled to within eight when Ivana Jurcevic made a trey at the beginning of the second quarter.

The floodgates then opened.

Kosice's Kayla Pedersen drew a foul and made two free-throws before following with two more baskets to make it 35-21.

Julie McBride scored for Gospic, but Pedersen replied and Natalie Vieru added a free-throw to stretch the lead to 17.

When Helena Sverrisdóttir nailed a three-pointer for her first basket of the game midway through the frame, Kosice had a 43-25 stranglehold.

The rout was well and truly on with Sverrisdóttir, a member of Iceland's national team, hit another jumper for a 59-32 advance in the last minute of the first half.

Good Angels ended up taking a 61-34 lead to the changing rooms and piled on the agony for Gospic in the second half as they surpassed the century mark in points.

Vieru's 20 points were a team high and Danielle McCray poured in 19.

Kupcikova and Pedersen scored 18 apiece.

Kosice out-rebounded Gospic 50-27, and they also buried 32 of 34 attempts at the free-throw line.

The Slovakians had 15 steals and eight blocks, too, with seven of those swats by Kupcikova.


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