BC Volgaburmash staged a late comeback on Friday night at Dexia Namur and narrowly avoided a major upset to advance to the quarter-finals of the EuroLeague Women.
The Belgians, who had to scrape their way into the play-offs after just two wins in Group A, lost decisively in the first leg at Samara but they fell in the second 77-74.
Maria Stepanova confirmed her reputation as one of the leading players in international basketball by starring for BC Volgaburmash in their 75-52 home triumph over Dexia Namur in the first leg of their EuroLeague Women eighth-final play-off.
The 2.02m center was recently named the 2005 FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year and she celebrated by pouring in 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Dexia Namur charged into the eighth-finals of the EuroLeague Women with a dramatic 74-68 home victory over USO Mondeville Basket.
Needing to finish in the top five to clinch a place in the next phase, the win - the Belgian team's second on the season - allowed them to go above USK Praha.
Ros Casares posted a 74-70 victory over Dexia Namur on Thursday in a EuroLeague Women match to atone for their defeat in the final of the Copa de la Reina.
The outcome was in doubt until the closing seconds but two free throws from Elisa Aguilar with six seconds remaining effectively settled the outcome.
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