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Basketball - 23. October 2007.

FIBA - CSKA Moscow rout TEO Vilnius

Igor Grudin's Russian powerhouse team is still winning games by big margins.

On Monday, CSKA brushed aside TEO Vilnius 101-57 in their opening Women's World League game in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg.

Ann Wauters, one of the best players in Europe and one of the biggest names in the world, tore apart TEO with 22 points while Amaya Valdemoro, fresh off her MVP performance for Spain at the EuroBasket Women, weighed in with 17.

Former Salamanca star and EuroLeague Women All-Star Nicole Powell and Russia national team center and Maria Stepanova each weighed in with 16.

Egle Sulciute, the Lithuanian international whose late three-pointer beat France in a vital classification clash at the EuroBasket Women and lifted the Baltic country into the fifth place game, gave Teo a 2-0 lead to start the contest.

CSKA responded by scoring 13 consecutive points - six by Stepanova - and they marched to victory.

Sulciute made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 13-5, but an Olga Arteshina basket sparked a 12-0 for CSKA as they led 25-5.

The closest the Vilnius team would get the rest of the way was 27-13 early in the second quarter.

With 2:17 remaining in the first half, a Stepanova jumper took her tally to 10 and stretched the lead to 48-17.

There was no way back for Teo, who now must face the might of the USA Basketball Select on Tuesday.

The Americans were devasting in their 93-49 victory over Canberra Capitals earlier on Monday.

CSKA Moscow sent out a loud statement of their intent with this comprehensive triumph.

They certainly will not be short of self-belief with Stepanova, Arteshina and Ilona Korstin all still sky high after winning the gold medal at the EuroBasket.

Next up for CSKA will be a game against Canberra on Tuesday.


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