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Valencia claim first-ever SuperCup Women title
VALENCIA (Spain) - There were scenes of jubilation inside the Pabellon Municipal Fuente de San Luis as the home fans celebrated local favorites Valencia BC landing the SuperCup Women title for the first time.
The reigning EuroCup Women champions upset the odds with a 73-66 triumph against EuroLeague Women winners UMMC Ekaterinburg, who had won the last edition of the SuperCup Women in 2019.
The Spanish side were led by Cristina Ouvina, who set the tone with her tenacious defense and leadership, and was crowned MVP having collected 11 points, 9 assists and 5 steals.
Valencia had led by double-digits at various stages of the game and when four-time SuperCup Women winners UMMC leveled heading into the closing minutes, it looked ominous for the Spanish debutantes.
However, they rallied with impressive verve and finished strongly to complete a major upset, with Australian forward Bec Allen and Spanish rising star Raquel Carrera important cameo roles with 18 and 14 points respectively.
Jonquel Jones had 20 points in defeat for UMMC, but Ekaterinburg were left ruing an uncharacteristic 27 turnovers and first major Final loss in years.
Valencia BC have become only the second Spanish team to lift the trophy, following on from Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca.
They are also the sixth different club to put their name to the silverware, joining UMMC, Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje, Dynamo Kursk and ZVVZ USK Praha.
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