EUROCUP WOMEN FINAL
|Michelle Snow fell on Kayseri like a ton of bricks - the Dynamo Kursk center finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds |
Dynamo Kursk pulled off an amazing comeback over two legs against Kayseri Kaskispor to win the EuroCup Women.
The Russian club lost the first meeting by 14 points in Turkey but returned home and rolled to a 75-52 victory on Thursday.
Michelle Snow turned in a dominating performance for Kursk, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Lithuania international Ausra Bimbaite and Russian power forward Anna Petrakova also turned in huge performances for the winners.
Bimbaite had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Petrakova finished with 16 points and eight boards.
Kursk, coached by Alfredas Vainauskas, out-rebounded Kayseri, 51-33.
The Russian team needed to get off to a good start to give themselves a shot of overturning the big first-leg deficit and they did, outscoring Kayseri 24-13 in the opening frame to reduce the deficit on aggregate to just three points.
Snow had eight points in the opening frame for the home side.
The hosts led 38-25 at half-time, leaving Kayseri with just a one-point advantage over the two legs.
Bimbaite's three-ball a few minutes after the restart gave Kursk a 29-15 second-leg lead and Snow followed with back-to-back jumpers to put them in front on aggregate by four points.
Latoya Sanders kept Kayseri's hopes alive.
Her consecutive jump shots reduced the arrears to 33-19, only for Snow to pop a shot from the arc to push the lead back to 15.
Sanders almost single-handedly kept the visitors in touch.
Her basket with 1:39 to go in the third quarter cut the Kursk lead to 36-25, but Kursk then reeled off six unanswered points and went in front on aggregate for good.
They ended up outscoring Kayseri 19-13 in the final frame for a convincing victory.
The frustration was evident for Kayseri, whose coach Ayhan Avci was slapped with a technical midway through the fourth quarter.
Snow went to the line and made three of four attempts.
Nakia Sandford has been one of Kayseri's leading players but she was held to just two points and three rebounds.
Sanders finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough.