Candace Parker led UMMC Ekaterinburg in both points and rebounds
A powerful second quarter performance by a slightly under-par UMMC Ekaterinburg proved enough to both secure a 66-57 Group C win against CCC Polkowice and preserve their unbeaten EuroLeague Women status.
This third win of the campaign for the Russian powerhouse was built quite firmly around a blistering 25-7 second period that broke the game open - although it was a less than slick offensive display from the tournament favourites.
Their general shooting form deserted them in a big way and particularly from downtown where they managed to make just two of 21 attempts.
That meant they had to rely on their inside presence and specifically Candace Parker, who came up trumps with a double-double and game-winning display of 16 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Holding a 25-20 lead after the first fifteen minutes of action, Ekat exploded and outscored their opponent 16-2 up until the half-time break to take control of the contest.
To their credit, CCC Polkowice didn't crack completely and after trailing by 20 points at the end of the third, they launched a fight-back in the final period to cut the deficit to single digits.
Agniezska Majewska was the pick for the visitors with an impressively efficient 16 points, whilst Laia Palau had a decidedly mixed evening, failing to register a single point but dishing up 10 assists.