BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Glory Johnson powered Nadezhda Orenburg into the Russian Championship|
It continues to be a historic season for Nadezhda Orenburg, while a repeat of the EuroLeague Women Final looks increasingly likely in the Turkish League.
BREAKTHROUGH SEASON FOR ORENBURG
Having completed their maiden outing at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight where they also chalked up a first win at the event, Orenburg will now fight it out for the Russian Championship against holders UMMC Ekaterinburg.
Orenburg swept aside Dynamo Kursk 2-0 in the semi-finals, wrapping up their place in the final with a stunning 82-66 road success.
The victory was facilitated off the back of a 27-8 third quarter surge and a terrific double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds from Glory Johnson.
Natalia Zhedik also returned to action to show what the club were missing at the Final Eight by scoring 18 points as a triumphant Orenburg also guaranteed a return to EuroLeague Women next season. Rebekkah Brunson racked up 16 points in defeat.
With the disappointment of relinquishing their EuroLeague Women title still raw, UMMC Ekaterinburg took out their frustration on EuroCup Women winners, Dynamo Moscow with an 83-56 win.
Diana Taurasi excelled with 19 points thanks to a dazzling 7-of-11 shooting display and USA team-mate Candace Parker contributed 17 points. Russian national team center Nadezhda Grishaeva led Dynamo in scoring with 13 points.
Dynamo Moscow will now slug it out with Kursk for a likely third ticket into EuroLeague Women next season in a repeat of this season's EuroCup Women Final.
ISTANBUL DERBY FINALE LOOKING LIKELY
|Isabelle Yacoubou had a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double to take Fenerbahce to a 2-0 series lead over Kayseri in their Turkish League semi-final series|
Galatasaray odeabank and Fenerbahce look like favourites to compete for the Turkish League Championship as is usually the case, after each moved 2-0 in front in their respective five game semi-final series against Adana Botas and Kayseri Kaski spor.
That would of course set up a repeat of the recent EuroLeague Women final and give Fenerbahce the opportunity to make amends for their fans.
Roberto Iniguez and his team won their second game against Kayseri 67-60 thanks to a brilliant 21 points and 10 rebounds from Isabelle Yacoubou.
The win was a little more comfortable than the first meeting when the hosts had to survive a last-gasp shot from their opponents which would have won the game for Kayseri. This time though, it was more convincing, despite the best efforts of Tanisha Wright to spoil things for Fenerbahce, who had 17 points for the losing team.
Alba Torrens continues to have the hot-hand after torching Adana Botas with a sparkling 27 points to help Galatasaray claim a 74-63 success. Spanish national team colleague Sancho Lyttle was also instrumental with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Michelle Snow did her best to inspire Botas with an exceptional 16 points and the same number of boards.
|Ilona Burgrová has broken her wrist but should still be able to play at the World Championship this summer |
BURGROVA BREAKS WRIST AS PRAGUE PREPARE FOR BRNO
Czech Republic national team forward, Ilona Burgrova, will miss out on ZVVZ USK Prague defending their ZBL Championship crown against fellow EuroLeague Women competitors BK Imos Brno.
The 30-year-old sustained a broken wrist in the semi-finals against Sokol Hradec Kralove, although the injury isn't expected to jeopardise her prospects of playing at the FIBA World Championship for Women.
Prague coasted to the finals with a 94-60 victory wrapping up a 3-0 series win as Kia Vaughn amassed a huge 41-point haul in the decisive game.
BK IMOS Brno defeated city rivals Valosun Brno in similarly convincing fashion, completing the series sweep with a 67-50 win behind 18 points from Tereza Peckova and 15 points and 11 rebounds from Swedish national team star, Ashley Key.