Heroic Zaitseva, Panthers stop furious comeback by Kibirkštis MRU

Heroic Zaitseva, Panthers stop furious comeback by Kibirkštis MRU

Anna Zaitseva celebrated her 20th birthday in style as Rostov Don SFEDU withstood the comeback attempt by Kibirkštis MRU and posted a 79-75 home victory on Wednesday, October 9.

Players of the game

Anna Zaitseva was omnipresent. She had 26 points, seven rebounds and six steals for a game high efficiency rating of 33. Zaitseva also blocked two shots and forced 10 fouls. What a day!

Alexandra Kirina supported the birthday girl with 14 points and six rebounds.

Ekaterina Gunchenko registered 11 points, six rebounds and six assists. Captain Anastasia Maksimova added nine points and six rebounds.

Daugile Sarauskaite led Kibirkštis with 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the two point line. Center had 15 rebounds, three blocked shots and nine forced fouls for a efficiency rating of 32.

Gabriela Sulske scored 18 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from the three point line.

Captain Kriste Druskyte scored 11 points, while Klaudija Serkeviciute scored 10 points.


Key stats

Rostov Don SFEDU led by as much as 18 points and had 15 point lead at the half 51-36.

Kibirkštis won the second half 28-40 and cut the gap to two points three times 62-60, 64-62 and 77-75.

Anna Zaitseva scored 12 consecutive points for the hosts to regain eight point lead 74-66 with 02:57 to go.

Kibirkštis fought back once again but Alexandra Kirina and Zaitseva completed the job.

Zaitseva scored 15 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers had 21 points off turnovers, Kibirkštis ten.

Vilnius team scored 17 second chance points compared to four for Rostov Don.



Group B

Olimpia Grodno – Dynamo Novosibirsk 51:108

Boxscore http://ewbl.eu/game/4751631/


Rostov Don SFEDU – Kibirkštis MRU 79:75

Boxscore http://ewbl.eu/game/4751633/


Thursday, October 10

16:30 Kibirkštis MRU – Dynamo Novosibirsk

19:00 Rostov Don SFEDU – Olimpia Grodno


Friday, October 11

14:30 Olimpia Grodno – Kibirkštis MRU

17:00 Dynamo Novosibirsk – Rostov Don SFEDU


Best players, presented by Helissa Collagen

Olimpia Grodno: Yuliya Vasilevich

Dynamo Novosibirsk: Miah Marie Langlois


STANDINGS, as of October 9

Group B

Dynamo Novosibirsk 1-0 (+57)

Rostov Don SFEDU 1-0 (+4)

Kibirkštis MRU 0-1 (-4)

Olimpia Grodno 0-1 (-57)


SCHEDULE (arrival day included)

First stage

October 1-4, Liepāja: Liepāja/LSSS, Orange Lions, Horizont Minsk, PINKK Pecsi 424

October 3-6, Brno: Basket Žabiny Brno, Piestanske Cajky, Dynamo Moscow, Nika Syktyvkar

October 8-11, Rostov on Don: Rostov Don SFEDU, Olimpia, Kibirkštis, Dynamo Novosibirsk

October 10-13, Košice: Tsmoki Minsk, Young Angels, Astana Tigers, SBŠ Ostrava


Second stage

November 22-24, Syktyvkar: Liepāja, Dynamo Moscow, Orange Lions, Nika Syktyvkar

November 29-December 1, Piestany: Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Cajky, Horizont, PINKK Pecsi 424

December 5-7, Ostrava: Rostov Don, Young Angels, SBŠ Ostrava, Dynamo Novosibirsk

December 6-8, Grodno: Tsmoki Minsk, Olimpia Grodno, Astana Tigers, Kibirkštis


Third stage

January 7-9, Saulkrasti, Latvia: Dynamo Moscow, Horizont, PINKK Pecsi 424, Nika Syktyvkar

January 9-11,Liepāja: Liepāja/LSSS, Žabiny Brno, Pieštanske Cajky, Orange Lions

January 15-17, Novosibirsk: Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don, Astana Tigers, Dynamo Novosibirsk

January 17-19, Vilnius: Olimpia Grodno, Young Angels, SBŠ Ostrava, Kibirkštis


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A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4

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