Sparta&K Moscow Region ready to defend EuroLeague Women title
EuroLeague Women final four hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg failed again in the semi-final match against Russian rivals Sparta&K Moscow Region (43-54).
Gundars Vetra, (left) the coach from UMMC, continued his tradition of keeping club captain Svetlana Abrosimova on the bench when it comes for the final four.
He explained after the match that his team played well in the first half and controlled the pace. However during the second half Sparta&K changed their defense and mixed up zone with one-to-one marking.
This took them out of their rhythm and they started to make mistakes and failed to execute well offensively which effected their defense.
Pokey Chatman, the coach from Sparta&K Moscow Region, said that they were lucky to win because both teams knew each other well. After being dominated in the first half, the switch to zone defense enabled her players to dominate the court.
For the defending champions 40-year old Taj Mc Williams compiled a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds while Epiphanny Prince led the scoring with 13 points.