Kriste Timofejeva made two three point shots in the final 80 seconds of regulation to lead Kibirkštis MRU to a 62-58 win at Tsmoki Minsk on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
Players of the game
Kriste Timofejeva missed her first two three pointers but delivered when it mattered the most.
Vilnius shooting guard knocked a triple to put her team ahead 59-58 with 78 seconds left.
One possession later Justine Miknaite made an assist and Timofejeva added another three pointer for a four point lead 62-58.
Timofejeva (formerly Druskyte) finished her big night with 18 points. She also had eight rebounds and four assists for a efficiency rating of 23.
Gabriele Sulske made an game winning assist. She contributed with 10 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Livija Sakevičiūte chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds. Mexico international Jacqueline Luna-Castro had six points and five rebounds.
Britney Cimone Jones scored 29 points for the Dragons but it wasn`t enough.
University of Alabama at Birmingham standout was perfect from the free throw line. She went 14-of-14 for a team high efficiency rating of 20.
Ala Murauskaja had 14 points and five rebounds.
Kibirkštis MRU outrebounded the hosts 43-30 (offensive rebounds 7-7).
Both teams struggled from the three point line. The Sparks shot with 22% accuracy (4/18) and were 2-of-16 before Timofejeva took over.
Kibirkštis players scored more points in the paint (28-8) and added some valuable second chance points (6-0).
Tsmoki Minsk turned the ball over just nine times and scored a lot of points in fast breaks (3-17).
Kibirkštis MRU posted a crucial win in the battle for Top 4 in the Group B.
SCHEDULE (local time only)
Tuesday, January 12
Tsmoki Minsk – Nika 67:72
Wednesday, January 13
Nika – Olimpia Grodno 67:49
Kibirkštis MRU – Tsmoki Minsk 62:58
Horizont – TTT Rīga 72:80
Thursday, January 14
13:00 Horizont – Nika
17:00 Olimpia Grodno – Kibirkštis MRU
17:00 TTT Rīga – Tsmoki Minsk
Friday, January 15
11:00 TTT Rīga – Olimpia Grodno
14:00 Kibirkštis MRU – Horizont
STANDINGS, as of January 13, 2021
Pieštanske Čajky 2-0 (+43)
Young Angels Košice 1-1 (-11)
SBŠ Ostrava 0-2 (-32)
Orange Lions 0-0
Nika Syktyvkar 2-0 (+23)
Horizont 2-1 (+45)
Tsmoki Minsk 1-3 (-45)
TTT Rīga 1-0 (+8)
Kibirkštis 1-0 (+4)
Olimpia Grodno 0-3 (-35)
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