A tenacious 4th quarter defensive effort from Brno propelled the Czech team into the FIBA EuroLeague Women Final Four on Thursday night.
Brno held Polish side Gdynia to just six 4th quarter points in game three of their play-off series, and took the contest 62-52.
|Taj McWilliams (Brno)|
The victory sees Brno qualify for the Final Four for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
The game was a nervous, low scoring affair, typified by a first quarter in which both teams combined for just 16 points.
Brno led by as many as 7 points in the third quarter, but Gdynia rallied in the closing minutes and the game was all tied up (46-46) after 40 minutes.
The final period mirrored the first in its lack of scoring, but it was Gdynia who suffered more. They shot just 3/11 in the final 10 minutes and were held scoreless in the last 5 minutes of the game.
While Brno also had their shooting woes, they were the more determined team and grabbed 5 offensive rebounds in the last period. They also outscored their opponents 13-4 in the final 8 minutes of the game to seal victory.
Taj McWilliams was once again the leading light for Brno and led all players with 20 points and 13 rebounds, her 9th double-double of the season.
Margo Dydek topped Gdynia with 17 points and 11 rebounds.