UMMC Overcome Ros In Battle For Third

10 April 2011
EuroLeague Women Final Four

7. Sandrine Gruda (UMMC Ekaterinburg), 11. Nevriye Yilmaz (Fenerbahce)
France international Sandrine Gruda did all she could to ensure hosts UMMC would not finish last in the Final Four, with a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds

UMMC Ekaterinburg beat Ros Casares 64-52 on Sunday to clinch third place in the EuroLeague Women.

Gundars Vetra's side trailed late in the third quarter when Deanna Nolan sparked a 10-0 run with a three-pointer.

That gave the Final Four hosts a 42-41 lead and the Russian team, which lost to Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje in the Semi-Finals on Friday, got a Nolan at the beginning of the fourth quarter to continue the decisive spurt.

Maria Stepanova followed with two free throws before Olga Arteshina drilled a shot from the arc to cap the scoring run that left UMMC on top for good.

Ros Casares closed the gap to 53-48 on a three-ball from Edwige Lawson Wade with 4:19 to go but Sandrine Gruda, who had a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds, replied with a basket for UMMC and the visitors from Spain got no closer.

Gruda's fellow France international Celine Dumerc added six points and five steals for UMMC.

Katie Douglas had 10 points, six rebounds, five steals and also five turnovers for Ros Casares, who had fallen to Halcon Avenida in their game on Friday.


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