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Group:  C | 13.11.2008, 20:30h
Group:  C | 13.11.2008, 20:30h
65-85
17 - 1718 - 2213 - 1817 - 28
17 - 1718 - 2213 - 1817 - 28
Venue: Valenciennes (FRA) |
Spectators: 2800 |
Referees: Nicolaas Zwiep (NED), Eric Bertrand (SUI), Jaroslav Janac (SVK)

GAME REPORT


Ekaterinburg Made To Sweat By Dogged Union Hainaut

UMMC Ekaterinburg took a while to get going at Union Hainaut Basket in EuroLeague Women Group C on Thursday but once they did, there was no stopping them.

Leading just 42-40 with 7:21 remaining after a three-pointer by Union Hainaut's Vedrana Grgin Fonseca, Laurent Buffard's team finally came to life in the city of Valenciennes where he once coached.

Ex-USVO center Sandrine Gruda made a lay-up and when Union Hainaut's French international Sabrina Reghaissia missed an attempt from three-point range, Asjha Jones scored down low.

Mudju Ngoyisa replied with a lay-up for Union Hainaut, but Poland national team star Agnieszka Bibrzycka followed with a three-ball and then Jones scored again for a 52-42 lead.

Union Hainaut tried to stay within touch but Ekaterinburg had too much class and too many weapons.

They pulled away for an 85-65 triumph to remain undefeated. Ekaterinburg and Group B leaders Umana Reyer Venezia are the only sides still unbeaten at 5-0.

Bibrzycka poured in 23 points to lead Ekaterinburg, including a seven-of-11 effort from long range.

New signing Maria Stepanova, Russia's most famous player who joined last week from her long-time club CSKA Moscow, scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds in under 13 minutes.

Mudju Ngoyisa finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the French team, who dropped to 2-3.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Union Hainaut vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg

Laurent Buffard, UMMC coach:

"We knew that the home team would defend in zone. We were prepared but we had difficulties in the first-half to pass balls to our centers. Union played well, and had a good reaction after their four defeats."

Fabrice Courcier, Union Hainaut coach:

"We played well for 30 minutes, then their bench made the difference. We have two players injured and we had only nine players who could play. Moreover, UMMC is a very talented team. That's why we lost tonight. But we played better than in Valencia, and it was important because of our pride."

Accumulated statistics

41.5%

22/53
FG
M/A

48.5%

33/68

53.3%

16/30
FG2P
M/A

47.9%

23/48

26.1%

6/23
FG3P
M/A

50.0%

10/20

75.0%

15/20
FT
M/A

75.0%

9/12

24

6/18
RT
RO/RD

37

11/26

8

AS

21

19

TO

18

15

ST

7

0

BS

2

19

PF

19

65

Pts

85

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