Nika Syktyvkar went out in full force to deliver a 83-43 success over Tsmoki Minsk on Saturday, November 6, at ODFK center in Rostov on Don.
Players of the game
Raisa Musina scored 18 of her 20 points in the first half.
Russia international single handedly outscored Tsmoki Minsk during the first 20 minutes 18-17.
Musina grabbed nine rebounds, dished one assist, stole the ball once and blocked two shots for a game high efficiency rating of 27.
Alexandra Marchenkova followed with 16 points and nine rebounds for a efficiency rating of 20.
Marina Goldyreva jumped in with 10 points. She went for a 3-of-3 shooting inside the three point line and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Valentina Kozhukhar fell one rebound short from a double-double. She had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Varavara Psareva posted some impressive stats – nine points, 11 rebounds and six assists for a efficiency rating of 21.
Polina Varabei replied with 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting from downtown.
Yana Makutsa added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Seven Syktyvkar players scored nine or more points and four finished in double figures.
Nika build its lead up to 31 points in the first 20 minutes 48-17.
Musina was unstoppable and so were her teammates.
Tsmoki Minsk started the second half with a 0-14 run and cut the gap to 17 points with 15:19 left 48-31.
Cherepanova kicked off another run for Nika Syktyvkar.
Alexander Vasin`s teams outscored the Dragons 35-12 rest of the way.
Musina, Cherepanova, Goldyreva and Vasin will join the Russia national team camp at Vidnoye – just south of Moscow beltway – later this evening.
Russia will fly to Podgorica on November 9, to kick of the Women`s EuroBasket 2023 qualifiers with a road game against Montenegro.
Photos: Sasha Holev
STANDINGS, as of November 6
Nika Syktyvkar 2-0 (+70)
Peresvet SFEDU 2-0 (+23)
Liepāja/LSSS 0-2 (-42)
Tsmoki Minsk 0-2 (-51)
Young Angels Košice 0-0
SBŠ Ostrava 0-0
Schedule (Moscow time, CET+2h)
Friday, November 5
Nika Syktyvkar vs Liepāja/LSSS 89-59
Peresvet/SFEDU – Tsmoki Minsk 74-63
Saturday, November 6
Liepāja/LSSS – Peresvet/SFEDU 62-74
Tsmoki Minsk – Nika Syktyvkar 43-83
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