|Ann Wauters carried Ros Casares over long stretches of the game and finished with 17 points. |
Ros Casares stunned UMMC Ekaterinburg in the fourth quarter to win their EuroLeague Women heavyweight battle, 60-52.
In the Group A clash and trailing 50-39 at the start of the period after a Yelena Leuchanka basket for the Russian team, Ros increased the pressure on defense and their tenacity on the boards.
That allowed them to reel off 15 unanswered points.
Six of UMMC's 16 turnovers came in the fourth quarter with Ros getting six points off those miscues in the last frame.
A Laia Palau three-ball sparked the decisive run, while Ann Wauters and Sancho Lyttle dominated on the inside on both ends of the floor in the last 10 minutes.
Lyttle had six of her 12 points in the game-winning spurt and Wauters four of her 17.
UMMC's Olga Arteshina closed the gap to 54-52 with a lay-up on a fast-break, but Palau and Silvia Dominguez replied with drives to stretch the lead to six and get the La Fonteta crowd on its feet.
Lyttle finished the scoring with a pair of free-throws as Ros prevailed for the fifth time in six Group A games.
UMMC dropped to 4-2 with the setback.
Leuchanka had 12 points to lead UMMC, who had a scare in the fourth quarter when Candace Parker fell to the court holding her right knee in pain.
The talented forward left the game but later returned.
Ros out-rebounded UMMC 44-41, with Lyttle pulling down 11.
The Spanish club also got 17 points off 16 UMMC turnovers.
Ros got 34 of their points in the paint to 28 for UMMC.