A tenacious 4th quarter defensive effort from Brno propelled the Czech team into the FIBA EuroLeague Women Final Four on Thursday night.
|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.