This is why we enjoy Spanish Women's basketball
When the chips are down Spanish clubs have a habit of stepping up their game. Rivas Ecópolis needed a win to get their EuroLeague Women campaign started.
They recovered from a slow start to beat Gospic Croatia (92-75).
With Rivas trailing at the end of the first quarter (16-20) Tamara Abalde sparked her team into action with a three-point play to begin the second quarter.
Rivas Ecópolis went into the interval leading (43-30) and then never looked back. DeWanna Bonner (left) fired in 30 points and collected 13 rebounds for the Spanish club.
Once again Maurita Reid was the best player for Gospic with 20 points.
Ros Casares had a bad shooting day and turned the ball over 19 times. Yet they somehow managed to beat their guests KSSSE AZS-PWSZ Gorzow (60-53).
In a game in which defense was the order of the day Rebekkah Brunson came out on top with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Spanish champions. Katie Douglas also scored 16 points.
For the Polish side, Kalana Greene had 15 points while Yelena Leuchanka compiled a double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Halcon Avenida completed a successful evening for Spain by beating Galatasaray MP (86-59).
Avenida's 12-0 run early in the first quarter (14-2) set them on their way. Spanish international Alba Torrens with 18 points and Sancho Lyttle with 14 points and 17 rebounds did most of the damage.
Anke De Mondt had fun from beyond the arc with 4-of-6 while Galatasaray had an evening to forget.
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Valeriya Berezhynska (left) exploded for Mondeville with 19 points and 16 rebounds in their home victory (64-59) against Cras Basket.
In a tight game that went to the wire it was the hustle of Berezhynska that secured the victory for Mondeville.
Yacine Séné also had a good night in attack with 17 points. K. B. Sharp had a mixed night but still handed out 7 assists.
This was Cras Basket's first defeat in ELW. Now they share first place in Group A with Mondeville and Good Angels Kosice.
Good Angels Kosice had a comfortable victory over Pécs 2010 (75-57), while Wisla Can-Pack beat TTT Riga (89-48).
Bourges Basket once again survived with some excellent defending in the closing minutes to beat Frisco Sika Brno (67-62).
Cheryl Ford was the star of the match and almost won the game for the hosts by herself. She scored 24 points and took down 16 rebounds.
Nwal-Endéné Miyem came to the rescue for Bourges with her team's last 4 points. She finished the game with 15 points. Cathy Joens also scored 15 points (5-of-8 from beyond the arc).
Bourges are now second in Group D with three wins. They are one game down on Ros Casares.
Fenerbahçe's scoring spree continues with a (107-84) victory against Lotos Gdynia.
Diana Taurasi fired in 25 points and added 6 assists while Penny Taylor scored 24 points, had 5 assists and picked up 7 rebounds.Ivan Matovic also scored 24 points. Next week Fenerbahçe face UMMC in the game between the two unbeaten teams in Group B.
ZVVZ USK Prague's second consecutive victory against VICI Aistes (83-72) moves them into joint second place in Group C with Sparta&K Moscow and Galatasaray MP.
Eva Vitecková (right), Delisha Milton-Jones and Katerina Elhotova scored 21, 18 and 16 points respectively for USK.
Rivas Ecópolis out-classed by UMMC Ekaterinburg
Teams are stepping up in the competition
USO Mondeville pick up second victory of the season
Good Angels Kosice 75-57 Pécs 2010
Gospic Croatia 75-92 Rivas Ecópolis
VICI Aistes 72-83 ZVVZ USK Prague
Frisco Sika Brno 62-67 Bourges Basket
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