Bird Makes Winning UMMC Bow

10. Sue Bird (Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje)
Sue Bird made her EuroLeague Women debut for UMMC Ekaterinburg after years int he vest of arch rivals Sparta&K Moscow Region Vidnoje

For several years, Sue Bird did her best to frustrate UMMC Ekaterinburg as an opposing point guard of Sparta&K Moscow Region.

On Wednesday night, the USA superstar wore the UMMC jersey for the first time in the EuroLeague Women and helped the Russian club win 88-56 at VICI Aistes.

Bird, one of the best point guards in the history of the competition who changed teams after last season, will remember this game for a long time, but not because of her performance.

Looking to shake off some of the rust after months of inactivity after having hip surgery, Bird played 25 minutes and was one of nine from the floor, scoring just three points.

Everyone expects UMMC to get better with the four-time champion in their squad.

For now, they can rely on other talented players, including Candace Parker.

She poured in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Kaunas.

UMMC opened up a 20-13 lead by the end of the first quarter and extended that to 43-26 by half-time.

Algirdas Paulauskas' team cruised the rest of the way.

Deanna Nolan (16pts), Anete Jekabsone (15), Olga Arteshina (11) and Sandrine Gruda (10) all contributed in the victory as UMMC improved to 8-3 in Group A.

VICI Aistes, who upset Ros Casares on the same floor a month ago, got 11 points from Vita Kuktiene.




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