Final Four tickets for UMMC, Kursk and Yakin Dogu; Sopron force a decider
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women) - Three passes to Final Four 2018 were snapped up on Wednesday night, while Sopron and Fenerbahce will fight it out next week for the last remaining spot.
UMMC Ekaterinburg were the first to punch their ticket as they continued their run of making the season's showpiece event. They strode their way past Prague 54-73 as Emma Meesseman starred with a double-double of 17 points and 11 boards.
"It's obviously a good win for us," said the Belgian star.
"We don't have to play a third game so we can go on and focus now on the Final Four.
"We had some really good stretches during the game and showed nice team play. And, when shots didn't go in, we showed that we're capable of keeping on fighting in defense."
There was a major slice of history for Yakin Dogu Universitesi as they stamped their pass to Final Four at their first attempt. The reigning EuroCup Women winners are now eyeing up a maiden EuroLeague Wome title in what is only their rookie season.
They crushed Bourges Basket 64-85 on the road, behind a dazzling 20 points from Kayla McBride and a fine 18 points and 9 boards from Jantel Lavender. As usual, Courtney Vandersloot also made sure she stuffed the highlights reel.
Dynamo Kursk had to work incredibly hard to reach the last phase as they overturned an 8-point half-time deficit at Famila Schio to eventually prevail 60-73. Angel McCoughtry proved to be the game-winner with 23 points.
The biggest drama came in Istanbul as Fenerbahce blew a double-figure lead against Sopron Basket to go down 72-78 as the joyous visitors forced a deciding third game next week on home soil.
Recent signing Alaina Coates chose a good time to post her best game to date as she went 5-of-5 from the floor for 13 points, as well as adding 8 rebounds. Meanwhile, Aleksandra Crvendakic came up with the dagger shot down the stretch to seal the deal for the Hungarian side.
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