Filevich, Mollova and Udodenko guide Prykarpattya to debut win at RSU
Krystyna Filevich, Oksana Mollova and Taisiia Udodenko combined for 57 points to lift Frankivsk Prykarpattya over Rīga Stradiņš University 68-62 on Saturday, December 17, at the Olympic Sports center in Rīga, Latvia.
Players of the game
Taisiia Udodenko had a huge game.
A Kharkiv native and former Ukraine international moved 840 kilometers west to strenthen the Carpathian team.
She scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, including a 3-of-6 effort from the three point line.
Udodenko`s towering presence in the paint prevented many RSU attacks.
She grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots for a game high efficiency rating of 27.
Oksana Mollova led all scorers with 23 points, including a 4-of-10 from the deep.
Power forward played for Energa Torun until December 6 and then joined Frankivsk Prykarpattya.
Mollova added nine rebounds and five assists.
Krystyna Filevich returned to Riga after a month break.
Forward helped Ukraine national team at the Women`s EuroBasket 2023 qualifiers in Vilnius and Roanne.
Filevich posted 14 points and eight rebounds on Saturday.
Luīze Šepte had 14 points for Rīga Stradiņš University.
A former South Florida defensive MVP grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists.
Šepte added two steals and two blocked shots for a team high efficiency rating of 17.
Māra Mote also was big for the home team.
A 2021 NCAA finalist scored 14 points and stole the ball three times.
Enija Paula Vīksne contributed with eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Frankivsk Prykarpattya registered eight offensive board and nine second chance points in the first quarter for a 19-10 lead.
The Ukrainian club added five three pointers early in the second quarter to double its lead 36-19.
Prykarpattya lost momentum after an unsportsmanlike foul by Veronika Kosmach.
RSU got some defensive stops and began to play more aggressively in offense.
The home team went on a 0-11 run to cut the gap to six points 30-36.
Udodenko controlled the paint, while Filevich and Mollova offered a reliable scoring on the offensive end.
Prykarpattya regained a double digit lead 54-41 and controlled the game until the final three minutes.
Anita Miķelsone, Šepte and Vīksne scored eight consecutive points with 01:51 left 61-57.
Olha Alekseichyk hit from the deep, but Katrīna Ozola returned a favor 64-60.
Udodenko finished a 2+1 play then to seal the game.
Russia`s war against Ukraine didn`t stopped the national championship.
A 2021 champion team Prometey was dissolved in March 2022 but there are more than 10 teams left.
Frankivsk Prykarpattya played its first game on November 11 – an Armistice day.
Yurii Protsiyk`s team has a 5-0 record.
RSU is undefeated in the Women`s Baltic Basketball league.
SCHEDULE (local time, GMT+3h)
Saturday, December 17
Rīga Stradiņš University 62–68 BC Frankivsk Prykarpattya
Sunday, December 18
13:00 Šiauliai/Vilmers – Rīga Stradiņš University
Monday, December 19
12:00 BC Frankivsk Prykarpattya – Šiauliai Vilmers
Standings, as of December 17, 2022
SKK Polonia Warszawa 5-0 (+46) Qualified
Levharti Chomutov 2-3 (+16)
TTT Rīga 2-2 (+7)
SBŠ Ostrava 2-2 (+3)
Neptūnas Klaipeda 1-2 (+1)
Šiauliai Vilmers 1-1 (-17)
Frankivsk Prykarpattya 1-0 (+6)
RSU 0-4 (-62)
Tie-breaker: TTT Rīga 1-0, +7; SBŠ Ostrava 0-1, -7.