French side USVO secured third place in the 2006 EuroLeague Women Final Four on Sunday with a 77-62 win over Lietuvos Telekomas. It was the first Final Four appearance for the 3-time champions since 2004 when they were last crowned champions of Europe.
USVO took a beating in the semi-final against Gambrinus Brno, who held the French to a season low 54 points. However, against Lietuovs, USVO rediscovered their offensive touch, led by an outstanding display from Australian point guard Kristi Harrower who had a team high 21 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Katie Douglas may have looked frustrated throughout her team´s 77-62 loss to USVO in the game for third place of the Final Four, but that does not take away from the overall positive experience the American has had in her second season with Lietuvos Telekomas.
Douglas, the leading scorer during the EuroLeague Women season, was terrific in defeat, scoring 30 points on 13-of-19 shooting from the field.
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.
EuroLeague Champions BC Volgaburmash Samara left it late, but managed to squeeze out a 2-point victory over Lithuanian side Lietuvos Telekomas in the Final Four in Brno on Friday night.
Samara never expected an easy ride against a Telekomas side in their second consecutive Final Four, but the champions never really managed to hit their stride, and left it to the last seconds to secure the win.
Lietuvos Telekomas Vilnius
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