Meesseman headlines Top Performers as Quarter-Finals conclude
MUNICH (Germany) - With the Final Four calling, the top-ranked teams answered in style, snapping up their tickets with 2-0 sweeps in the Quarter-Finals.
Defending champions UMMC Ekaterinburg made light work of TTT Riga, 77-55 and could rely once again on their star-laden frontcourt. With Maria Vadeeva having claimed Top Performer honors after Game 1 on Tuesday, it was Emma Meesseman to the limelight on Friday.
The Belgium international scored a personal competition-best 27 points and added 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks for an efficiency rating of 29 to spearhead the team of the gameday.
There was also joy for ZVVZ USK Praha, as they led from start to finish to defeat Fenerbahce 77-65 and return to the Final Four after a one-year absence. Valeriane Ayayi was outstanding for the winners, recording a game-high 25 points as well as 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Ayayi's stat line accumulated an efficiency of 28, a mark which was matched by Breanna Stewart. The Dynamo Kursk star stepped up once more when it mattered most to help her side to an 81-77 win at CCC Polkowice, finishing the contest with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Jasmine Thomas did her best to keep the Polish hosts in the game up until the end, bowing out with her best performance of the season, as she racked up 24 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds.
The Top Performer lineup is completed by Aleksandra Crvendakic after leading last year's Finalists Sopron Basket past Bourges Basket, 74-64, and back into the Final Four. The Serbia international registered 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.