MUNICH (EuroCup Women) - Piestanske Cajky are celebrating their first ever EuroCup Women success and it came from a somewhat unlikely source after they stunned Besiktas 79-75 in Istanbul in a historic and memorable encounter.
Unlike Besiktas who relied heavily on Cappie Pondexter who poured in 27 points, it was a true team effort from the Slovak Republic side, with four players making double-digit scoring returns.
The pick of the crop was Sabina Oroszova who maximised her modest 17 minutes of court time to fire 13 points - including a perfect three-of-three from downtown to ensure Group A finished the second round of action with all four clubs tied on 1-1.
They may not be rookies, but there was still a major piece of history for Dunav 8806 too, who in their third campaign, finally found out what it feels like to taste victory in EuroCup Women.
There were major celebrations as Tsvetomira Sharenkapova and Radonstina Dimitrova combined for 39 points in a landmark 75-65 triumph for the Bulgarian club at home to Lulea BBK.
Istanbul Universitesi moved top of Group D after they won 57-48 in a defensively dominated affair at Energia Ivanovo as LaTanya White made the pivotal contribution with 17 points.
There was a first ever road win in the competition for Edirnespor who dominated the middle part of their clash at Tsmoki Minsk to prevail 61-46. Ivory Latta led the scoring with 17 points.
Also in Group C, Noemi Mayombo caught fire with 27 points to take Enisey Krasnoyarsk to a first win of the season as they edged past domestic rivals Chevakata 74-69.
Enisey were trailing by as many as 11 points early in the fourth but launched a rescue mission which culminated in Mayombo scoring the last six points for her team to seal the victory.
Basket Landes are yet to lose in Group F after out-gunning winless PEAC-Pecs 79-62, as Croatia national team forward Iva Sliskovic top-scored with 18 points.
Group G witnessed a pair of home wins as firstly Aluinvent Miskolc soared past Orange Blizzards 79-57, thanks mainly to Alyssia Brewer who garnered 16 points and 11 boards, while Dike Napoli completed a 68-60 win when entertaining KP Valosun Brno.
Finally, Orduspor made up for their loss during the opening week of action in Group B by romping past WBC Dynamo Moscow 87-72 as Courtney Vandersloot drained four triples in a 24-point display.
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