Ummc Ekateinburg Also Overwhelms Wisla For The Third Place


The first quarter showed an irregular game from both teams which defended well but weren’t good at offense. Ann Wauters lead Ekaterinburg in the first with 10 pts while in the Polish outfit was more a team effort to not letting the game be put away by the powerfull Russians, indeed they took the first round 17-12.

But things turned around in the second.

UMMC’s defense stepped up and resulted in a 14-3 in the first four minutes, putting Gundars Vetra’s team ahead, 26-20, leading to Wisla’s timeout. The Polish reacted and closed the gap into two points, 28-26, with four minutes to the break. Ekaterinburg didn’t shake and regained their momentun, and again from defense not letting Wisla score any other field goal until the break –just two freebies from Iziane- and beginning to put the game away, reaching the interval 40-28 ahead, with a good performance in both ends from Candace Parker who scored 9 pts.

The first half of the third was levelled and saw a trading, with a 47-35 scorre after 5:25. José Ignacio Hernández called time out to search some reaction but he got just the opposite. Russian defense stepped up again and stopped the polish offense that wouldn’t score no more in the third while UMMC, perfectly directed by Celine Dumerc, iced the game and the third spot, reaching the fourth 57-35 ahead.

The last quarter was an extra punishment for Wisla since they had given up the fight and Vetra even afforded himself to put an entirely Russian team in the last three minutes, which also outplayed Wisla that finaly lost 84-50.

Wisla turned the ball over 22 times for 12 from UMMC.

Candace Parker had21 pts, 7 boards and 4 assists, helped by Ann Wauters who added 14 pts.

For Wisla Can-Pack Iziane Castro-Marques had 14 pts and 7 boards, Janell Burse added 11 pts and 20 boards and Marta Fernández poured in 10 pts.


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