Sony Athinaikos and Nadezhda Orenburg are 2010 Eurocup Women finalists

Nadezhda Orenburg qualify for 2010 EuroCup Women © FIBA Europe

Nadezhda dominated the EuroCup Women second leg match against Saarlouis Royals (81-51) to book their ticket for the final.

Nadezhda never trailed in the match. They were in control of their destiny after the 11 first-quarter points by Sheana Mosch (25-13).

Anastasiya Veremeenko © FIBA EuropeSaarlouis who were without Petra Manakova gave the hosts a little scare early in the second quarter by scoring the first 8 points.

However this was as close as Saarlouis were to get in troubling their hosts.

Mosch led the scoring with 19 points while Anastasiya Veremeenko (right) contributed 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.

Romy Bär 8Tatiana Dmitrieva DNP
Joana Meyer 2Tatiana Burik 5
Stina Barnert 10Katsiaryna Snytsina 10
Kelci Fushikoshi 2Olga Ovcharenko 7
Janina Wellers 0Anastasiya Veremeenko 14
Katharina Müller 0Sheana Mosch 19
Yvonne van Daalen 9Tatyana Troina 9
Natalya Myasoedova DNPMonique Currie 7
Tyresa Smith 9Elena Baranova 10
Kelly Brugman 0 
Candyce Bingham 10 

After the success of the men's handball team in Athinaikos, it is now the turn of the women's basketball team to become centre stage with the qualification for the final.

Sony Athinaikos beat Dynamo Kursk (60-55) in the second leg for an aggregate victory (124-113).

Ruth Riley © FIBA EuropeAthinaikos, playing at home, took hold of the tie by opening a 10-point advantage by the end of the first quarter (19-9) with Dimitra Kalentzou leading the scoring with 6 points.

The second quarter was a ding dong affair with Athinaikos remaining in front throughout to go into the interval (36-26).

Ruth Riley (right) turned back the clock and came up with some of her trademark moves to maintain the advantage of Atinaikos (43-33) midway through the third quarter.

Dynamo Kursk continued to battle away with Michelle Snow and Jillian Robbins doing most of the offensive work. But they left themselves too much to do trailing by 13 points (39-51) when they went into the final quarter.

The Greek fans will be back in Athinaikos for the second leg of the final on 8 April 2010.

Dynamo Kursk
Sony Athinaikos
Ksenia Lapteva 0Dimitra Kalentzou 9
Michelle "Donnette" Snow 11 Iouliti Lymoura 1
 Olga Chatzinikolaou 8
Ausra Bimbaite 8Vakina Volonaki 0
Sandra Linkeviciene 7Nikole Soulis 2
Jillian Robbins 10Gintare Petronyte 4
Raisa Lenshina DNPPolymnia Saregkou 0
Natalia Gvozdeva DNPCandice Wiggins 6
Anastasiya Bocharova 6Zoi Kechagia 0
Svetlana Maksimenko 5Afroditi Kosma 3
Varvara Psareva 8Ruth Riley 17
 Irena Vizbariene 10

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Date created: 18 March 2010

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