Terezia Palenikova and Lea Miletič combined for a 54 points to achieve a 84-77 victory for Pieštanske Čajky over relentless Liepāja/LSSS on Monday, January 25, at western Latvia.
Players of the game
Čajky captain Danielle Hamilton-Carter smiled from the sidelines as Slovak and Croatian forwards took care on the court.
Terezia Palenikova led all scorers with 29 points on fine 12-of-25 shooting from the field.
Lea Miletič registered a fantastic double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
Croatia international added four assists, three steals, three blocks and nine forced fouls for a season high efficiency rating of 37.
Matea Tadič also worked hard for another memorable stat line. She had 13 points, eight assists, five steals and seven forced foluls.
Rūta Stiprā (formerly Veidere) answered with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.
Stiprā registered a season high five blocked shots for a third highest efficiency rating of season (31).
Ketija Vihmane followed in her footsteps with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including 4-of-7 from the three point land.
Elizabete Bulāne will join the ACC team Georgia Tech in the summer of 2021. This evening she had five points, five assists and six forced fouls in her debut for Liepāja team.
Līna Loceniece chipped in with 14 points.
Pieštanske Čajky forced nine turnovers in the third quarter to spark a 24-16 run for a 70-62 lead.
Extraliga leaders grabbed more offensive rebounds (14-8) and scored more second chance points (14-5).
Čajky also added many points on fast breaks (20-6) but never led by more than nine points.
Liepāja bench outscored their opponents (6-24), including 14 points by Loceniece and eight points by Elvija Veršele.
Pieštanske Čajky booked a ticket to the playoffs and are one win away from top place in Group A.
Liepāja played its first game since October 23, 2020.
SCHEDULE (local time only)
Monday, January 25
Pieštanske Čajky – Liepāja/LSSS 84:77
Tuesday, January 26
18:00 Liepāja/LSSS – Prometey
Wednesday, January 27
13:30 Prometey – Pieštanske Čajky
STANDINGS, as of January 25, 2021
Pieštanske Čajky 3-0 (+50) Q
Young Angels Košice 1-1 (-11)
SBŠ Ostrava 0-2 (-32)
Liepāja/LSSS 0-1 (-7)
Orange Lions 0-0
TTT Rīga 4-0 (+70) Q
Horizont 4-1 (+56) Q
Nika Syktyvkar 2-2 (+17) Q
Kibirkštis 2-1 (+12) Q
Tsmoki Minsk 1-4 (-66)
Olimpia Grodno 0-5 (-89)
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