Nykesha Sales chose the opportune time to have the game of her life.
The American guard came off the bench to score 16 points in the fourth quarter of a hotly contested game to lead Gambrinus to a 68-54 win over Samara, giving the Czech team their first ever EuroLeague Women title.
Samara may be down, but the 2005 Euroleague champions are certainly not out. Their loss at the hands of Gambrinus Brno in the 2006 Final Four may have been bitter, but defeat can also bring positive impetus for change.
"I think we learned from this experience," said Samara's Ann Wauters after playing in her 6th Final Four (for the record, she has won three times).
Gambrinus Brno and BC Volgaburmash Samara are both seeking revenge in their own way following losses last year as the two teams are set to battle for the EuroLeague Women championship later today in Brno.
Gambrinus suffered a heart-breaking defeat at the hands of Samara in last year´s EuroLeague Women finals.
You won't find her name anywhere on BC Volgaburmash Samara's roster. Yet Irina Zverintseva plays a significant role in the club's success.
On a roster that includes five nationalities and a coach that speaks Russian and a little French, Zverintseva provides translation to players as part of her responsibilities as manager of external relations.
Leningradskyi pr.39a, Building 3, 125167 Moscow, RUSTel:
+7 (495) 790 79 94Fax:
+7 (495) 787 42 62Email: www.comcor.ruCapacity:
|Novator Sports Complex|
Kirova 29, 141400 Khimki, RUS
Tel: +7 (495) 575 93 34
Fax: +7 (495) 575 93 34
39a Leningradskiy prospect, Building 3, 125167 Moscow, RUS
+ 7 (495) 790 79 94
+ 7 (495) 787 42 62
President: Zhurab Lysov
General Manager: Vitaly Trofimenko
Press contact: Andrei Loshkarev