Nadezhda O.: took 3rd place (7-5) in Group B of the First Round, lost to Spartak VMR 1-2 in the Second Round
Spartak V MR: took 1st place (11-3) in Group C of the First Round, beat Nadezhda 2-1 in the Second Round, took 3rd place (1-2) in Group B of the Semifinal Round, lost to Galatasaray 71-73 in the 5th Place Game
UMMC: took 3rd place (10-4) in Group A of the First Round, beat Good Angels (SVK) 2-0 in the Second Round, took 2nd place (2-1) in Group B of the Semifinal Round, beat Fenerbahce 75-68 in the 3rd Place Game (!!!)
UMMC swept the Final series, won 2011/2012 title - Apr 27, 2012
UMMC swept the Final series and won 2011/2012 title in the country. They edged Spartak Vidnoye 89:64 to win the series 3-0. The latter managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Spartak Vidnoye 42-21 including a 23-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) helped adding 23 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) with 22 points and Becky Hammon scored 7 points and 5 assists. Nadezhda Orenburg meanwhile won the Bronze medals of the League. In the third game they overcame 79:65. It was an exceptional evening for Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 33 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) accounted for 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Temeka Johnson (160-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Dynamo Kursk in the defeat.
UMMC clinch Russian Cup title - Mar 8, 2012
UMMC - Nadezhda 92:72
UMMC defended their Russian Cup title. They toppled Nadezhda in the title game tonight. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners. UMMC left no chance for Nadezhda. The Cup holders stormed into the game. The hosts grabbed a 30:18 lead after ten minutes. Nadezhda stopped the bleeding in the second term and cut the deficit at 8-point mark 44:52. But UMMC took over again after the big break. The hosts ensured a 13-point lead heading into the final frame and sealed the win at the end. Deanna Nolan (182-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) notched 18 points, while Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Natalia Zhedik (182-G-88) answered with 15 points each for Nadezhda.
Spartak MR finished their Russian Cup campaign on a high note. They defeated Dynamo Kursk in the consolation final tonight. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) stepped up with 20 points for Spartak. The teams were tied at 16 after ten minutes of action. Spartak MR however went on an 18:8 run in the second term to clear off. The Russian powerhouse stretched the margin in the third term. Spartak gained a 58:36 advantage with one quarter remaining. They never slowed down in the fourth term scoring 32 points and claiming a comfortable win at the end. Eugeniya Belyakova (183-G-86) notched 16 points, while Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) added 11 points in the victory. Ekaterina Lisina (202-C-87) answered with 18 points for Dynamo Kursk. Ausra Bimbaite (178-SG-82) had 15 points in defeat.
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