Ekat Win Gives Ros Final Berth

29.03.2012

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

Turning Point: Candace Parker managed to come up with a big play with less than 30 seconds remaining when she blocked Ewelina Kobryn and that really handed the initiative to Ekat in crunch time.

Game Heroes: Deanna Nolan enjoyed a terrific game for the winning team with 19 points while Parker finished with twelve points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Stats Don't Lie: UMMC Ekaterinburg showed their superior strength in depth with 19 points off the bench compared to just 2 from Wisla Can-Pack.

 

UMMC Ekaterinburg claimed their first success at Final Eight with a 67-59 victory against Wisla-Can Pack but it won't make up for missing out on another EuroLeague Women Final.

Having lost their opening contest against Ros Casares and due to the Spanish club securing their second success in the first game of the day, Ekat's dreams had already been shattered.

In fact, it was Wisla Can-Pack who had the opportunity of potentially progressing and led by the impressive Nicole Powell who poured in a game-high 23 points, they came mightily close but were eventually denied in the closing seconds.

Trailing 58-45 with just five minutes left to play in the game, it looked the dream was also over for the Polish club too but helped by the introduction of Ana Dabovic, they came alive and posted a stunning 12-0 run.

It set up a nerve shredding finale but it was Ekat who held kept their composure to see off Wisla and claim the win.

A triple on the buzzer by Sue Bird who played the game wearing a protective mask ensured a rather flattering final score-line for the Russian club.

The result meant that Ros Casares became the first team to make it to the 2012 EuroLeague Women Final.


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