UMMC Ekaterinburg suffered a painful defeat to Spartak Moscow Region in the EuroLeague Women Final but they finished the season on a high by defeating their nemesis to the Russian title.
Gundars Vetra's team, riding the home-court advantage they secured by finishing the regular season in first place, stormed into a big half-time lead but then had to hold on for dear life before beating Spartak 70-68.
UMMC Ekaterinburg signed off the EuroLeague Women Final Four with an 80-56 triumph over MKB Euroleasing Sopron on Sunday.
Less than 48 hours after their 83-74 defeat to Russian rivals Spartak Moscow Region in the Semi-Finals, Gundars Vetra's team rolled to a decisive win to clinch third place in the competition.
Two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region grinded out an 83-74 triumph over Russian rivals UMMC Ekaterinburg on Friday to reach another EuroLeague Women final.
Going up against a team that has been a thorn in their side in Russia this season, Spartak's Diana Taurasi underlined her status as one of the world's most exciting players by scoring 33 points.
Salamanca has an added significance for Maria Stepanova as it is now the place where she received her third award as FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year.
Maria Stepanova was presented with the trophy for Europe's best female player for 2008 by FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin before the start of her team's EuroLeague Women 2009 Final Four Semi-Final against Spartak Moscow Region.
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