FIBA Europe's EuroLeague Women game of the week from Russia was too early to watch by most people in central Europe. In Russia the clocks did not go back an hour this weekend. So for people in the central European time zone, it meant 3pm tip-off for the FIBA Europe game of the week between Sparta&K Moscow Region and Gospic Croatia and also an early start for UMMC Ekaterinburg.
UMMC Ekaterinburg once again needed a couple of minutes to get going (4-4) and then killed the game for good with a 10-0 run to lead (14-4) with just over seven minutes played.
They were never in danger the rest of the way while pacing themselves gradually to a comfortable victory (85-59).
With the exception of Yelena Leuchanka all the players who got on the court for UMMC scored. Candace Parker led the way with 15 points and 3 blocks while Olga Arteshina had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals.
Sandrine Gruda and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota also scored 13 points while Svetlana Abrosimova added 11 points. Cappie Pondexter was the last player in double digits with 10 points and 5 assists. Deanna Nolan was absent for this match after picking up a knock during domestic action at the weekend.
Sparta&K Moscow Region were much too strong for Gospic Croatia in the transition and walked away with an easy win (86-68) with all 12 players getting on the score sheet.
Pokey Chatman (in picture), the coach of Sparta&K Moscow Region, explained after the game: "We were soon able to establish our game and while using our transition game as a weapon we were able to stop their transition game as well as their pick and roll offense. This is was a team effort and that is one of the things which make me hopeful for the continuation of the season."
This game was the FIBA Europe game of the week and was broadcast live. FIBA Europe will provide game highlights on their video platform.