2010 EuroLeague Women semi-finals went to Spartak Moscow Region and Ros Casares


Diana Taurasi © Miguel Bordoy Cano-womensbasketball-in-france.comSpartak Moscow Region have qualified for the EuroLeague Women final by beating Russian rival UMMC Ekaterinburg (87-79) in the first semi-final.

Once again Diana Taurasi (left) was the player of the match. She finished the game with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists.

UMMC Ekaterinburg lost for the third year in a row against Spartak Moscow. Candace Parker led the scoring for the losers with 18 points.

In the second game, Belinda Snell got the hosts going with her shooting from beyond the arc as Ros Casares went 16 points clear (31-15) by the end of the first quarter.

Wisla Can-Pack tried to come back into the game during the second quarter but fell further behind at the break (35-57).

Ros Casares dominated the rest of the game. With Erika De Souza leading the way with 23 points they won the match (86-57).

Select the links below to read the EuroLeague Women basketball news from the two games games:

1. Spartak Moscow Region did it again

2. Ros Casares did not allow Wisla Can-Pack a chance to settle


Diana Taurasi loves the EuroLeague Women final four

Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi © Miguel Bordoy Cano-womensbasketball-in-france.comDiana Taurasi was a one-player wrecking machine: in the first quarter she scored 7 of her team's first 9 points. She fired in 13 points during the second quarter which included a series of three three-pointers. Taurasi went into the interval with 20% of her team's score with 20 points.

She finished the game with 37 points, went 8-of-11 from beyond the arc. Taurasi collected 12 rebounds and dished out 6 assists.

UMMC Ekaterinburg were more collective during the first 20 minutes. Despite trailing (16-17) at the end of the first quarter Ekaterinburg went into the locker room ahead (43-40) thanks to a three-pointer by Cappie Pondexter.

Taurasi continued from where she left off at the break. She levelled the score with a trey (43-43).

Her team-mate Sue Bird was hustled throughout by Céline Dumerc as she found herself knocked to the ground on a couple of occasions as UMMC Ekaterinburg did not allow any space to operate.

Candace Parker finished the quarter with a baseline jumper and a free-throw to take UMMC Ekaterinburg into the final quarter leading (67-63).

The pendulum finally swung in favour of Spartak Moscow Region when Taurasi hit a trey for her 35th point of the match to bring the teams level (71-71) for the last time with just over three minutes to play.

Spartak Moscow Region players thank supporters © Miguel Bordoy Cano-womensbasketball-in-france.comJanell McCarville put the defending champions in the lead for good when she forced her way towards the basket to score.

Things became worse for UMMC when Agnieszka Bibrzycka was called for an intentional foul against Sylvia Fowles. Fowles actually scored when the foul was committed.

Fowles hit the free-throw and Spartak Moscow Region's lead was 5 points with just over a minute to play (76-71).

The rest of the game was played out on the free-throw line as Bibrzycka, Parker and Pondexter all fouled out.

Spartak Moscow Region: Janel Mc Carville 8, Marina Karpunina 0, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 12, Ilona Korstin 2, Sue Bird 7, Irina Osipova 6, Diana Taurasi 37, Ekaterina Lisina DNP, Anastasia Anderson DNP, Natalia Vieru 0, Kelli Miller 1, Sylvia Fowles 14

UMMC Ekaterinburg: Olga Arteshina 0, Sandrine Gruda 4, Elena Volkova DNP, Céline Dumerc 9, Tatiana Vidmer DNP, Maria Stepanova 0, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 9, Candace Parker 18, Deanna Nolan 13, Ann Wauters 10, Cappie Pondexter 16, Svetlana Abrosimova 0.

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Ros Casares cruising to EuroLeague Women final

Wisla Can-Pack scored the first 3 points of the match and stayed in front for 90 seconds.

Belinda Snell's first three-pointer put the hosts in front. However the lead did not last long because Marta Fernandez took the ball away from Laia Palau at mid court and went on to score (7-7). This was the only time in the contest with just of 2:30 played that the game was tied.

Erika De Souza And Iziane Castro Marques at 2010 EuroLeague Women final four © Miguel Bordoy Cano-womensbasketball-in-france.comSnell responded with her second three-pointer on the very next attack. DeLisha Milton-Jones and Jana Veselá did the rest of the scoring as Ros Casares went on a 10-0 run (17-7).

Ros Casares continued to dominate with Erika De Souza (left)as their main offensive threat. They ended up winning the first quarter (31-15) with Amaya Valdemoro hitting a couple of treys.

Ros Caseres scored 5-from-8 attempts from beyond the arc during the first quarter.

Ewelina Kobryn at 2010 EuroLeague Women final four © Miguel Bordoy Cano-womensbasketball-in-france.comLiron Cohen opened the scoring in the second quarter with a three-pointer for Wisla Can-Pack. This was quickly followed by 2 points by Ewelina Kobryn (right).

This was as close as Wisla-Can-Pack got in reducing their deficit (20-31).

The hosts took hold of the game and went into the interval leading (57-35). They ended the game as a contest early in the third quarter (66-37).

Ros Casares, leading (78-42), relaxed during the final quarter as they cruised to victory (86-57).

De Souza led the scoring for the hosts with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Ros Casares: Jana Veselá 5, Belinda Snell 10,DeLisha Milton-Jones 17, Begona Pallardo 0, Laia Palau 8, Elisa Aguilar 3, Anna Montañana 12, Amaya Valdemoro 8, Erika De Souza 23, Ljubica Drljaca 0.

Wisla Can-Pack: Agnieszka Kulaga DNP, Marta Fernandez 6, Liron Cohen 10, Anna Wielebnowska 3, Katerina Zohnová DNP, Ewelina Kobryn 16, Agnieszka Majewska 2, Janell Burse 5, Dorota Gburczyk 3, Maja Vucurovic DNP, Paulina Pawlak 3, Iziane Castro Marques 9.

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Wisla Can-Pack win the last ticket for the final four

Ros Casares, Spartak Moscow Region and UMMC Ekaterinburg qualify for EuroLeague Women final four

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Date created: 09 April 2010


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