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Ros Exit EuroLeague Women With Heads Held High

26.02.2009

The Ros Casares players had a bitter pill to swallow on Wednesday in Russia when they lost 79-70 in a deciding Game 3 of the EuroLeague Women Quarter-Finals at Spartak Moscow Region.

Isma Canto's team left Vidnoje with their heads held high, however, after three terrific games with the two-time defending champions.

Spartak had won Game 1 65-57 but then lost in Valencia 73-71 before prevailing in the only Game 3 decider of the four Quarter-Finals.

Halcon Avenida, MKB Euroleasing and Russia juggernauts UMMC Ekaterinburg had earlier progressed to the Final Four after sweeping their opponents in the last four.

"Ros Casares deserved to be in the Final Four," Canto said.

"Without a doubt, we have proved to be at the level of Spartak Moscow (Region) and of UMMC Ekaterinburg.

"As a coach, I am proud of my players."

Ros Casares captain Elisa Aguilar had nine points - all scored from behind the arc - in 20 minutes of the Game 3 setback.

"Spartak has many great players like Diana Taurasi, but we have competed at their level," Aguilar said.

Ros general manager Carme Lluveras also believes her team gave everything in the showdown with Spartak.

"We are satisfied with the work done as a team," Lluveras said.

"We have competed 200% against a champion like Spartak.

"Our Quarter-Final ties against them have been like a great final."

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