A 12-0 run at the start of the final quarter by Ros Casares was enough to turn the game in their favour as they overcame a 5-point deficit to lead (63-55) with six minutes to play.
The last five minutes were up and down with the Russian side reducing the deficit to 2 points on several occasions. However the turning point of the game with 40 seconds to go was when Becky Hammon was called for a five-second violation when holding off Silvia Dominguez.
Pokey Chatman (in picture) complained a little too much and picked up a technical for her efforts. Eshaya Murphy and Lauren Jackson hit the resulting free throws and the EuroLeague Women game was decided.
The Russians led for more than 30 minutes in the match thanks to their shooting from beyond the arc (11-of-23) and good transition basketball. Yet the experience of the Ros Casares players pulled them through.
UMMC Ekaterinburg led for most of the game. Yet it took a good bit of defending by Candace Parker with 30 seconds to play that won the match for the Russian side.
She somehow knocked the ball away from Nicole Powell under her own basket to prevent Wisla Can-Pack making it a 1-point game.
Wisla were forced to foul the rest of the way which allowed Deanna Nolan (in picture) two trips to the charity stripes. She made all 4 shots while Sue Bird's buzzer beater three-pointer iced the victory (67-59).
The victory did not mean anything for UMMC because they had been eliminated from the race to the final before the game started.
On the other hand with their second defeat Wisla are also out of the title race. Their turnovers at critical moments cost them not only their victory but also the chance to qualify for the final.
Beretta-Famila: Chiara Consolini 3, Ivana Jalcová 2, Liron Cohen 10, Janel Mc Carville 7, Maja Erkic 7, Raffaella Masciadri 5, Emanuela Ramon DNP, Aija Brumermane DNP, Jenifer Nadalin 6, Cheryl Ford 11, Laura Macchi 7, Head Coach: Maurizio Lasi
Rivas Ecópolis: Laura Nicholls 5, Essence Carson 8, Kourtney Treffers DNP, Elisa Aguilar 11, Vega Gimeno 3, Amaya Valdemoro 0, Asjiha Jones 28, Anna Cruz 10, Gema Garcia 0, Tijana Krivacevic 0, Sandra Pirsic 0, Head Coach: Miguel Martinez Mendez
Fenerbahçe SK won explosive derby
8573 people turned up for the most explosive encounter of the EuroLeague Women on and off the court. The official attendance is a new record for an ELW Final stage.
As the game started an avalanche of streamers followed by fire crackers descended on top of us. We were actually hit on two occasions by fire crackers.
While all these activities were going on outside the court, the game had started and the teams were level (4-4) with two minutes played.
Both sides remained locked together until the sixth minute (9-9). Then the hosts took control and raced off to a first-quarter lead (26-18).
Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi continued to dominate for the hosts while their guests suffered set-back after set-back. First Angel McCoughtry had to sit out after 48 seconds into the second quarter with 3 fouls. Then six minutes into the quarter Penny Taylor came off second best in a clash of knees with Isil Alben.
After initial treatment, Taylor returned but was limping and eventually had to leave the game for good.
The hosts took full advantage and went into the locker room with (45-36) in front.
After the break McCoughtry returned. She sparked her team into action with 6 straight points while the arena erupted with supporters from both sides having a shouting match.
Zane Tamane was calm, throwing her weight about in the paint while her mean-mate Birsel Vardarli controlled the pace as they took the lead (59-57) at the end of the third quarter.
The last quarter was energy sapping with the only points in the first two minutes coming from the charity stripes. Taurasi was clever enough to foul off a good screen set by Tina Charles.
The teams were tied for the last time (63-63) with six minutes to play. Galatasaray did not have the legs or the match fitness to compete in the closing stages of the second game in the EuroLeague Women Final 8 and hence lost (67-75).