|Candace Parker came up with the performance of the night to carry UMMC past Kosice |
Candace Parker was the star of the show as two of EuroLeague Women's top teams lived up to their billing, UMMC Ekateringburg beating Good Angels Kosice 72-68 in Group A on Wednesday.
7,855 fans turned out in Kosice to watch their team take on the reigning champions in a battle of undefeated teams.
Parker was the difference maker as she poured in 35 points - 13 in the fourth quarter - on 13-of-16 shooting, and pulled down 16 rebounds as Ekaterinburg edged it late on.
Farhiya Abdi had a team-high 13 points for the hosts as they slipped to a first defeat but it was the Russian side who moved to 3-0.
Earlier, an A'dia Mathies made three-pointer sparked a 10-0 run into the second quarter, which gave the hosts a lead they would hold until the final five minutes.
The advantage was 58-51 heading into the final period as Abdi made her presence felt.
But when Parker and Diana Taurasi teamed up to score the first basket of the fourth quarter, this set the tone for a dominant final 10 minutes.
Parker would continue to get good looks, close to the basket and while Kosice did their best to hit back, they couldn't keep up - and when it became time to foul, Parker and Anete Jekabsone hit some big foul shots down the stretch to ice the victory.