McCoughtry, Ogwumike excel in Quarter-Finals to headline Top Performers
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women) - Dynamo Kursk cruised into the EuroLeague Women Final Four with a perfect record to their name after sweeping Bourges Basket in the Quarter-Finals, thanks mainly to outstanding performances by Angel McCoughtry and Nnemkadi Ogwumike.
McCoughtry has been a threat all season long, but kept her best for the Play-Offs, as she exploded for an average efficiency of 33.5 over the two games to lead the Top Performers of the Quarter-Finals. After going for 25 points and 8 rebounds in the first game in Russia, she erupted for 33 points on the road to help Kursk seal the deal and return to the Final Four following a one-year hiatus.Ogwumike had earned Top Performer honors on multiple occasions during the Regular Season and carried her good form into the Quarter-Finals as she averaged 24.5 points and 10 rebounds across the series, her efficiency ranking of 35 in the second game marking a personal season-best.
UMMC Ekaterinburg was the only other team to finish business early as they completed a 2-0 sweep over Italian side Famila Schio. The reigning champions could once more rely on Diana Taurasi to get the job done. The veteran guard had 21 points and 6 assists in Game 1, and took it up a notch by posting 26 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting in Game 2.
She is joined in the backcourt by Alexandria Quigley of Fenerbahce, who had to go the full distance against Perfumerias Avenida to reach their sixth consecutive Semi-Finals. Having struggled to find her shooting touch in the first two encounters, Quigley showed her true leadership in the third decisive game as she collected 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field to go with 8 assists and 3 steals.
The Quarter-Finals Top Performers are rounded out by Sonja Petrovic, who had a relatively quiet performance in Game 1, but stepped it up in the following two encounters to help ZVVZ USK Prague overturn their series against Nadezhda and book a spot in the Final Four. The Serbian international averaged 15 points and 6.7 rebounds over the three games.