|Kia Vaughn had a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners|
A quality 18-point performance from Kia Vaughn propelled ZVVZ USK Prague to a 54-38 play-off success against Rivas Ecopolis to seal the club's first ever appearance at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight.
Having lost the second game of the series in Spain, ZVVZ USK Prague made home advantage count in the third and deciding encounter, by dominating throughout.
Led by Vaughn who eventually shot eight-of-ten from the floor and completed a fine double-double by pulling down 11 rebounds, the hosts started brightly by moving into an early 12-5 advantage and setting the tone for what was to follow.
Even though Rivas got back to within a point only minutes later, the visitors were then undone by a powerful ten minutes or so either side of the half-time interval by Prague who controlled the glass to great effect.
Eight unanswered points in the third quarter, including successive scores by playmaker Laia Palau took Prague into what was ultimately an unassailable 18-point lead.
But it was Vaughn who was causing Rivas the biggest headache, still flawless and with 16 points late in the penultimate period after making her first eight shots of the night.
Whilst Rivas fought hard, they couldn't find the offensive firepower they needed to haul themselves back into contention against a stifling Prague defence.
Consequently the Czech champions were able to ease their way to victory and celebrate inking a landmark chapter in their history
Rachel Allison was the only Rivas player to reach double figures after scoring 12 points.
Prague Head Coach Natalia Hejkova
"I am very happy we won this game. We played a great defence. This time the Final Eight will be very important for me as I am going there with a team I played for."
Prague Player Kia Vaughn
"Today´s game was the most important game of the season. I am very happy we won it and I am looking forward to the Final Eight games."
Rivas Head Coach Jose Hernandez
"Congratulations to Prague. They had a good defence. We must go ahead."
Rivas Player Frida Eldebrink
"Today Prague played better than us. We still have the Spanish league to finish so we need to keep on going."