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July 2017
7 Maria Vadeeva (RUS), 4 Raisa Musina (RUS)
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Relive devastating 1-2 punch of Vadeeva and Musina that made Russia champions

UDINE/CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI (FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup) - Maria Vadeeva and Raisa Musina went to absolute work in the Final of the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 on Sunday and the duo proved unstoppable.

Helping Russia to land their first title at the event in almost three decades, their individual plays and particularly their interactions with each other delivered the knockout blow to six-time champions USA.

Nobody would have argued had Musina been crowned MVP instead of Vadeeva after Russia's famous 86-82 win, with both players simply outstanding and showing their full range of skills.

It also gave a glimpse into what promises to be an exciting future partnership for the senior Russian frontcourt, as they try to get back to being one of the leading women's basketball nations in the world.

Toppling USA with such power, flair and almost telepathic understanding was a great start on that journey for Vadeeva and Musina.