UMMC Ekaterinburg ran riot against Cras Basket Taranto in Italy on Friday night to storm into the EuroLeague Women Final Four for the fourth year running.
Gundars Vetra's side destroyed the Italian outfit in Game 2 of the Quarter-Final tie, 74-32, and will now face four-time defending champions and Russian rivals Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.
Ekat got points from 11 of their 12 players, including 16 by Candace Parker, 10 from Maria Stepanova and eight apiece by Cappie Pondexter, Zuzana Zirkova and Tatiana Vidmer.
Ekaterinburg led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and then raced into a 33-17 lead at half-time.
The visitors finished off their opponents in the third quarter when they outscored Taranto 20-7.
Sandrine Gruda weighed in with seven points and Olga Arteshina finished with five, along with six rebounds and two steals.
Taranto were no match for Ekaterinburg as the Russian giants made 24 of their 41 shots inside the arc.
Cras were a mere 12 of 37.
Ekaterinburg forced the Italians into 22 turnovers.
Cras Basket Coach Roberto Ricchini:
"It's an unworthy ending to our great European season. The injury of Wambe has caused great problems to us and we were forced to add Greco. This was not the game that I expected. But reaching the Quarter-Finals remains a historic result for us."
Cras Basket player Michelle Greco:
"We are disappointed by this defeat, but playing in bad physical condition did not help us in a game against a great team. Now we have to focus on the Italian league."
UMMC Ekaterinburg Coach Gundars Vetra:
"First of all I'd like to offer congratulations the Cras for this great season. I'd also like to congratulate my team, who played 40 minutes with full concentration. We now believe more in ourselves for the Final Four."