|Ewelina Kobryn was again very effective for UMMC Ekaterinburg)|
Reigning Euroleague Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg underlined their class by preserving their unbeaten status with a comfortable 73-66 road win at Beretta Famila Schio.
It was the fifth straight win of the campaign and the eleventh consecutive victory of the calendar year for the Russian powerhouse.
They also welcomed long-term injury victim Olga Arteshina back to action and the Russian national team veteran managed more than 15 minutes of court time.
The visitors sealed their latest success with a powerful last 15 minutes, in a game that had seen Schio compete intensely in pursuit of an upset.
But, the quality of their opponents became more obvious as the game unfolded and UMMC began to turn the screw in earnest during the second half.
Both teams enjoyed a share of the lead before the interval, but some flawless free-throw shooting and a devastating 11-0 start to the last quarter iced the game for UMMC.
It took them into a 70-55 lead with less than five minutes remaining and a late flurry from Schio wasn't enough to seriously challenge the outcome.
Candace Parker was five of six from the field for 11 points for UMMC and Sandrine Gruda inked a team-high 13 points, but Polish star Ewelina Kobryn stood out with a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Elodie Godin continued her good form for the Italian champions and posted 18 points and eight rebounds.
Miguel Mendéz, Beretta Famila Schio coach:
"First of all congratulations to Ekaterinburg. My players gave 100% on the court and I'm proud of them. Everybody knows how strong the UMMC team is and I'd asked to my players to be ambitious. This was the way they played."
Raffaella Masciadri, Beretta Famila Schio:
"We gave it all. Probably at the end of game we were tired but we did our best against the reigning EuroLeague Women champions."
Olaf Lange, UMMC Ekaterinburg coach:
„I want to say thank you to the home team for their organisation. Tonight we played a very intense game. Wee knew that when you play here in Schio it's always going to be a tough game. But these are the games that can help us get better."
Olga Arteshina, UMMC Ekaterinburg:
"This is my first game after the injury I had eight months ago. I want to say thank you to my coach who gave me the chance to play lot of minutes. I'm happy and i hope to grow with my team."