Dynamo Through To EuroCup Women Final


Dynamo Moscow posted a handsome aggregate victory over Lavezzini Basket to book their place in the EuroCup Women final.

Dynamo took a 91-77 first-leg advantage into the return in Moscow and after a slow start to the second leg, quickly killed off any notion of an Italian comeback.

The Russians ran out 87-55 victors and in the final will meet the winners of another Russian-Italian meeting with BC Dynamo Moscow Region defending a 62-59 first-leg win against Faenza.

Latvian Anete Jekabsone-Zogota paced the winners with 15 points and three boards but Maria Kalmykova's 13 points and eight rebounds were also crucial to her side's efforts.

Rebekkah Brunson (13), Seimone Delicia Augustus (13) and Tatiana Shchegoleva (11) also made double digit contributions.

Brunson, with 20 points and 13 boards, had been the principal architect of the first-leg win.

Lavezzini were quick off the blocks and soon raced into a 19-11 lead but then Dynamo pulled themselves together and got it back to 19-16 at the end of the first quarter.

Jekabsone-Zogota and Nuria Martinez drained the first two buckets of the second quarter to put the hosts in front.

Lavezzini reclaimed the lead with a three-pointer from Megan Marie Mahoney and then again through Jennifer Screen.

Jekabsone-Zogota then found the basket from behind the paint to level it again at 27-27.

It was the start of an unanswered 12-point run for Dynamo and the visitors from Parma were 36-29 down at the midway point.

Another large streak, this time 14 points in the third quarter put Dynamo 60-39 ahead before Monica Bello split two free throws at the end of the period.

All that remained was for Dynamo to close out the game in the final period.

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