Russia: Volgaburmash Win Cup

25 March 2006

Two pieces of silverware are in the trophy cabinet and two more could follow for BC Volgaburmash.

The Russian club defeated hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg 73-64 in the final of the Russia Women's Cup on Friday.

Having fought back from 26 points down to defeat Dynamo Moscow in overtime in their semi-final, Volgaburmash also struggled to put away Ekaterinburg and led only 37-34 at half-time.

But Igor Grudin's team outscored UMMC 23-15 over the next 10 minutes and were able to clinch victory.

Volgaburmash won the FIBA Women's World League for the second year in succession earlier this season and they have reached the Superleague play-offs with 21 victories in as many games.

They will take on Shelen Krasnoyarsk in the quarter-finals of the post-season and will be favoured to march to the title.

In the EuroLeague Women, Volgaburmash will be expecting a much tougher path to glory.

They must first overcome Lietuvos Telekomas in the last four and if successful, then face the team they beat in last year's final, Final Four hosts Gambrinus Sika Brno, or US Valenciennes.

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