|American forward Candace Parker was up to her usual best in Sunday's Russian League big game|
UMMC Ekaterinburg served up a timely reminder that they will be the team to beat in the EuroLeague Women Final Four by edging Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje in Russia's top flight on Sunday.
Candace Parker led UMMC with 22 points and seven rebounds in a 73-69 victory over Sparta&K, their opponents at the Final Four on April 8.
Gundars Vetra's team threatened to blow Sparta&K out when they stretched a 23-22 lead at the end of the first quarter to 42-28 at half-time.
Sparta&K, the four-time defending champions of the EuroLeague Women, stormed back in the third quarter when they outscored UMMC 27-19 but the hosts held on.
Epiphanny Prince had 14 points for Sparta&K.
UMMC had already locked up first place in the Russian domestic league and Sparta&K had wrapped up second.
Gundars Vetra's side will go into the Russian post-season at 18-0 while Sparta&K, led by Pokey Chatman, are 15-3.