First tickets punched for the Quarter-Finals
MUNICH (Germany) - Both UMMC Ekaterinburg and ZVVZ USK Praha have extended their participation beyond the EuroLeague Women Regular Season after getting the wins needed to guarantee spots in the Quarter-Finals.
UMMC strolled past Reyer Venezia 97-44 as Brittney Griner proved a handful in posting 22 points from a blistering shooting effort, as well as picking up 7 rebounds and 3 blocks - all in just 21 minutes.
There was also an additional boost for fans of not only UMMC, but also Spain as Alba Torrens made her long awaited return from the surgery she had last summer, which ruled her out of FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019.
ZVVZ USK Praha were unstoppable at Geleck Koleju Cukurova as they obliterated their hosts 109-50 with a string of terrific displays. Valeriane Vukosavljevic and Teja Oblak headlined, with the former not far away from a triple-double with 12 points,11 rebounds and 8 assists, while Oblak barely missed on her way to 23 points, which was accompanied by 5 assists.
Fenerbahce Oznur Kablo are only just short of a place in the last eight in Group B and had little difficulty in taking an eye-catching 80-52 victory at Arka Gdynia, with the familiar sight of Alina Iagupova impressing most. The Ukraine national team ace claimed 17 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds to keep her side at the top of Group B with an 8-2 record.
There was a huge sigh of relief around Le Prado as home favorites Bourges Basket escaped with a tight 79-75 win against TTT Riga who almost completed an upset. Marissa Coleman showed out with a stunning 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
Elsewhere, BLMA recorded their fifth victory in six outings by completing a 90-78 win at Dynamo Kursk, who have now lost three consecutive games. Gabby Williams was outstanding for the visitors and did it at both ends of the floor with a majestic 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals. There was also an excellent contribution from Sami Whitcomb, who plundered 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Finally, Anastasiya Verameyenka had double cause for celebration by not only helping Nadezhda take an 80-47 victory at Castors Braine. She also swatted 6 shots and that was enough for her to make history and become the EuroLeague Women all-time shot blocker leader.