UMMC extend historic streak with fourth SuperCup Women success
EKATERINBURG (Russia) - Reigning EuroLeague Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg have retained their SuperCup Women crown, winning the competition for a fourth time.
Having made history by becoming the first club to win three titles last year, UMMC extended their record as they coasted to an 87-67 triumph against domestic rivals Nadezhda.
It was the first appearance in the showpiece game for Nadezhda but like the eight previous EuroCup Women winners before them, they were unable to get their hands on the coveted SuperCup Women trophy.
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They were undone by a devastating 21-5 run by UMMC spanning the third and fourth quarters, plus a towering display from Brittney Griner. The center was on fire and finished the contest with a sparkling double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds.
Evgeniia Beliakova also weighed in with some nice shooting for 17 points and playmaker Courtney Vandersloot handed out 10 assists. Meanwhile Erica Wheeler was immense in defeat for Nadezhda with 20 points and 9 assists.
"We are very happy because it is always something special to win in our house, in our city front and i front of our fans," commented UMMC play-caller, Miguel Mendez.
"We always try to do our best for our people. We played a very good game. I am very happy for the players because they tried to fight for the whole match.
"I can promise that every day we practice hard, to prepare us to play the best basketball possible and we have to fight with ourselves to keep our feet on the floor," concluded Mendez.
Both clubs will now turn their attentions to the EuroLeague Women Regular Season which starts on October 16.
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