Ekaterinburg Crush Avenida

28 November 2012

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

Candace Parker (UMMC Ekaterinburg)
Candace Parker poured in 21 points to remain unbeaten EuroLeague Women Group C

UMMC Ekaterinburg kept up their perfect record in Group C of the EuroLeague Women in style with a 94-62 rout of Perfumerias Avenida.

Candace Parker poured in 21 points for the Russians, who outscored the visitors 28-8 in the final period to turn a comfortable lead into a laugher.

They had already taken control in the opening period, but not before Avenida had enjoyed a brief lead.

When Marta Fernandez sank a three-pointer the visitors were up 10-4 three minutes in, but that was never likely to last against Ekaterinburg's high-octane offence, and in a blink of an eye they came back, tying the game up at 14-14 on Quanitra Hollingsworth's jump-shot.

They then finished the period on a 12-2 run to lead 28-18 following a three-point play from Ewelina Kobryn.

They held the visitors at arm's length through most of the second period, bar a late charge that saw them close to within 40-37 on Egle Sulciate's jump-shot. Ekaterinburg responded to that with a six-point burst to lead by nine at the break.

A quick start to the third period from Ekaterinburg seemed to have put the game beyond reach as they led 66-39 on Parker's jump-shot, but Avenida made a contest of it once more with an outstanding run of 15 unanswered points over the final four and half minutes of the period, closing to 66-54 on Fernandez's tip-in.

The Russians heeded the warning and were utterly ruthless in the final 10 minutes, starting with a three-pointer from Kobryn and never letting up.

Deanna Nolan finished with 19 points for Ekaterinburg while Kobryn collected 14, Sandrine Gruda and Diana Taurasi adding 12 apiece.

Sulciute had 12 for Avenida while Fernandez and Marta Xargay had 11 each and Isabel Sanchez 10.


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