Piešťanské Čajky (1-1) used a balanced scoring from Croatian and Finnish internationals for a 74-57 win over Olimpia Grodno (0-2) on Sunday, October 31, at Hala Rosnička in Brno.
Players of the game
Veera Pirttinen led all scorers with 20 points. A Finnish player made 4-of-10 three point attempts and went for a perfect 6-of-6 from the three point line.
Čajky forward forced three fouls, grabbed two offensive rebounds and stole the ball once.
Matea Tadič registered the most impressive stat line.
Croatia international scored 19 points, dished seven assists, stole the ball five times and forced nine fouls for a efficiency rating of 22.
Dominika Rusisakova had a huge game too. She had 10 points, seven rebounds – all in offense, five assists and four steals for a efficiency rating of 20.
Vanda Kozakova rounded up the balanced scoring for Čajky. Power forward posted 12 points and eight rebounds.
Nadzeya Nadzezhka answered with a double-double. Grodno captain had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Nadzezhka added three steals for a game high efficiency rating of 27.
Natallia Dashkevich followed with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Finally, aggressive Anastasiya Sushchyk forced seven fouls. Olimpia guard finished the game with 10 points and five assists.
Olimpia Grodno turned the ball over 27 times – almost three times more than Čajky (10).
Piešťanské Čajky scored the points off turnovers (15-10) or forced fouls, 25 in total.
The Slovak team made 25-of-28 free throws to register a 89% accuracy from the charity stripe.
Meanwhile, Grodno connected 11-of-17 attempts from the free throw line or 64%.
Nadzezhka, Dashkevich and Sushchyk combined for 46 points.
Čajky bench outscored Olimpia 17-9.
Peter Jankovič posted his first EWBL win with Piešťanské Čajky.
The Slovak team played without a Stanford graduate Sarah Boothe.
STANDINGS, as of October 30, 2021
Žabiny Brno 1-0 (+22)
Kibirkštis MRU 1-0 (+4)
Pieštanske Čajky 0-1 (-4)
Olimpia Grodno 0-1 (-22)
Horizont Minsk 0-0
BC Samara 0-0
Photos: Miroslav Štěpánek