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.
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.
Olimpia Grodno – Dynamo Novosibirsk 51:108
Rostov Don SFEDU – Kibirkštis MRU 79:75
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
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)
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
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
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
Playoffs: January 20 – March 1, 2020; best-of-two
A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4
Final Four: March 21-22
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