Kitija Laksa scored ten points in the third quarter, including a buzzer-beater shot, to secure a convincing 81-62 success for TTT Rīga over Kibirkštis MRU on Wednesday, January 27.
Players of the game
Jessica Thomas scored 18 points in 25 minutes. Miami graduate added five rebounds and six assists for a game high efficiency rating of 18.
Kitija Laksa had 15 points and five rebounds. South Florida standout made four shots in the third quarter, including two three-pointers.
Megan Huff (Utah) stepped up with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Karlīne Pilābere scored all 10 points in the first half.
Aija Klakocka registered eight points in the first 20 minutes of action. TTT captain grabbed five rebounds too.
Livija Sakevičiūte led Kibirkštis with 12 points.
Justina Kraujunaite had 10 points, while Jacqueline Luna-Castro chipped in with seven points and seven rebounds.
TTT controlled the battle of rebounds (35-26, offensive rebounds 35-26) and scored more second chance points (17-7).
Riga outscored Vilnius in the paint during the first 20 minutes (26-8, full game 34-26).
Four TTT players scored in double figures, compared to two players for the Sparks.
The hosts initially struggled from the three point line (first half 1/8) but improved their performance after the break (second half 5/12).
Raina Tomašicka scored her first four points for TTT.
Riga and Vilnius will learn their next opponents after the last four games in Group B, scheduled on February 15-16 at Ostrava, Czech Republic.
SCHEDULE (local time only)
Monday, January 25
Nika Syktyvkar – TTT Rīga 68:71
Tuesday, January 26
Kibirkštis MRU – Nika Syktyvkar 57:65
Wednesday, January 27
TTT Rīga – Kibirkštis MRU 81:62
STANDINGS, as of January 27, 2021
Pieštanske Čajky 3-1 (+24) Q
Prometey 2-0 (+43)
Young Angels Košice 1-1 (-11)
Liepāja/LSSS 0-2 (-24)
SBŠ Ostrava 0-2 (-32)
Orange Lions 0-0 DNS
TTT Rīga 5-0 (+89) Q
Horizont 4-1 (+56) Q
Nika Syktyvkar 3-2 (+25) Q
Kibirkštis 2-2 (-15) Q
Tsmoki Minsk 1-4 (-66)
Olimpia Grodno 0-5 (-89)
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