Quotes Fenerbahce vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg

01 April 2012

UMMC Ekaterinburg head coach Algirdas Paulauskas
"It was very hard to play our game because also we had some foul trouble. Despite letting our opponent shoot 21 free throws, psychologically and physically our players managed to play this game on a high level. It was very hard to defend Angel McCoughtry and we had many fouls on her. But I want to thank our team which played well and won the game."

UMMC power forward Candece Parker
"Obviously neither team wanted to play 3rd place game, we aimed at the championship. But the way we fought on the court was as if we were playing a championship game is a testament to our pride and just how hard we want to play for our clubs. It was a hard-fought game with a championship atmosphere. Two of the best teams in the world faced each other and it came down to clutch.

Fenerbahçe head coach George Dikeoulakos
"We are still suffering from the loss of Penny Taylor. We still can't adjust to the style of play without her. Also today we faced the foul trouble of Ivana Matovic. So actually our two scorers were totally out. We tried many times to confuse our opponent. Sometimes we did, other times they showed their experience, especially at the end of the game... I think the more experienced team won the game. To tell you the truth, I like the way our opponent celebrated the win very much. That means that they consider us as a very good team and respect us a lot. I don't know what else to say other than I am very proud of my players."

Fenerbahce point guard Elina Babkina
"First of all congratulations to Ekaterinburg, they did a great job. I don't think it was a lucky tournament for us because we lost our best player and you could see on the court that we were looking for her. We missed her a lot and today also Ivana Matovic had foul trouble. So we lost our balance."



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