Final: Ros Casares - Rivas Ecopolis 65-52 Ros Casares claimed the Euroleague trophy. They outgunned their Spanish rivals Rivas Ecopolis to reach the summit for the first time since 1993. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Valencia outfit to the crown. Ros Casares started the game strongly as they accumulated an 18:12 lead late in the opening quarter. But Essence Carson and Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) pulled Rivas Ecopolis within two at the first break 18:20. Rivas used a 7:0 run midway through the second period to secure a 32:28 advantage. The margin grew at 5-point mark after three points from Nicholls. She also capped the first half with a bucket as Rivas Ecopolis recorded a 37:33 lead. Rivas Ecopolis maintained the lead for the bigger part of the third term before Ros Casares exploded with eight points in a row and entered the final period up by 3 points 51:48. Moore nailed six consecutive points for Ros Casares to trigger a 12:0 run from Ros Casares late in the game that sealed the outcome. Silvia Dominguez (167-PG-87) produced 13 points, while Ann Wauters contributed 12 points for the winners. Asjha Jones responded with 14 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Essence Carson netted 8 points in the loss.
3rd Place: UMMC - Fenerbahce 75-68 UMMC clinch Bronze in Istanbul as they won over Fenerbahce in EuroLeague Game for the third place. The Russian titan beat the Turkish representative 75:68 in front of 2000 fans. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) scored the first 4 points for the winners and Candace Parker brought 17:13. Candace Parker and again Sandrine Gruda closed the first period at 27:20. The Russian team did not mind playing in front of the crowd and continued their dominance in the second period. They added 15-14 in it for 42:34 at the halftime. The third period however belonged to the Turkish side. At first Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) tied the game at 44:44 and then Birsel Vardarli brought 48:46 for the hosts. Doron however gave UMMC 53:52 lead after 30 minutes. The battle continued until the last minutes of the game. Angel McCoughtry tied the game at 67:67, but then UMMC went on a final push. Candace Parker scored four points in a row and then Deanna Nolan (182-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) and Sandrine Gruda added four more from the free throw line. Sandrine Gruda paced all the winners with 18 points, while Candace Parker collected 16 points and 11 rebounds. Deanna Nolan notched 13 and Sue Bird added 9. Angel McCoughtry delivered 20 points in the losing effort and Zane Tamane added 17. Birsel Vardarli posted 8, while Elina Babkina added 6.
5-6 Places: Galatasaray - Spartak V MR 73-71 Galatasaray wrapped up their Euroleague season with victory. They overcame Spartak MR in Istanbul tonight to finish in the fifth place. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) knocked down a jumper with just a second left in regulation to win the game for the hosts. She finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists to lead the effort. Galatasaray got to a sparkling start. The Turkish team ensured a 25:13 lead after ten minutes of action. But Spartak Moscow Region gradually picked up the tempo. Baric put the Russian powerhouse within three points 35:38 late in the first half. Dupree levelled things up at 45 midway through the third quarter. Soon Petrovic put Spartak in front 50:49. The visitors entered the final frame up by two points 56:54. Spartak still led by two points with under two minutes remaining 69:67 before Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management) and Taurasi made it 71:69 with 57 seconds to go. Seimone Augustus (187-G-84, college: LSU) answered with two free throws to tie things up but Taurasi knocked down a decisive basket sealing the victory for Galatasaray. Isil Alben (170-G-86) and Ivanka Matic accounted for 14 points each in the winning effort. Seimone Augustus responded with 15 points for Spartak MR. Becky Hammon produced 13 points in the loss.
7-8 Places: Familia Schio - Wisla Can-Pak 65-62 Beretta-Famila edged Wisla Can-Pack for the 7th place in Euroleague Final Eight. The Italian team grabbed 65:62 victory in the start of Final Day. Both teams come back home from Istanbul. Beretta-Famila started with a 9-0 run and Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) later scored for 11:3. Wisla Can-Pack woke up later in the quarter and managed to reduce to 16:10 at the end of the period. Ramon brought 23:14 early in the second and Liron Cohen made two free throws for 31:22. Maja Erkic later made the same for 38:30 at the halftime. Wisla started the third period better and cut it to 40:37 with Bjelicas shot. Moreover Anke De Mondt gave Wisla their first lead at 43:42. Masciadri meanwhile closed the third period for 48:45 as Beretta-Famila scored only 10 points in the period. In the last stanza both teams nailed 17 points each that brought the victory for the Italian team. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) gave Wisla 57:52 midway through the Final stanza, but it was not enough for the total success. Liron Cohen brought the last 6 points for the winners to take the 7th place in EuroLeague season. Maja Erkic top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Louisiana Tech) collected 13 points and 13 rebounds. Liron Cohen and Jenifer Nadalin followed them with 8 points apiece. Erin Phillips ended up with 15 points for the Polish side and Anke De Mondt notched 13.
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