UMMC Cruise Past Winless VICI Aistes


11. Maria Stepanova (UMMC Ekaterinburg)
No less than six Ekaterinburg players scored in double digits, while VICI were 20-for-65 from the floor

The basketball gods didn't do VICI Aistes any favors when they placed the Lithuanian club in Group A of the EuroLeague Women and then gave them arguably the toughest stretch of games of all teams to begin the campaign.

On Wednesday, for the fourth consecutive week, the Kaunas club had to take on a giant in the competition and lost, this time at UMMC Ekaterinburg.

Lithuanian coach Algirdas Paulauskas, the boss of UMMC, led his team to an 85-49 thrashing of VICI Aistes in Russia.

Ekaterinburg took control by reeling off 10 unanswered points in the first quarter for a 14-4 lead and never looked back.

Late in the first half, the UMMC advantage was 50-27.

Candace Parker led UMMC with 15 points while Olga Arteshina, Anete Jekabsone and Sandrine Gruda each had 13.

Svetlana Abrosimova poured in 11 and Cappie Pondexter 10.

Parker had a game-high five steals and Pondexter came up with four.

UMMC outrebounded VICI Aistes, 38-22, in improving to 3-1 on the season..

VICI Aistes, who had lost to Galatasaray, Ros Casares and ZVVZ USK Prague in their first three games, got 12 points from Belarus international Tatsiana Likhtarovich.



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