Basketball Euroleague Women 2010

  • Valencia Goes Crazy Over The Final Four

    Ros Casares launched ticket sales on Friday for the EuroLeague Women
    Final Four that is to be staged at La Fonteta in Valencia.
    the club's season-ticket holders are allowed to purchase tickets on
    Friday and Saturday at the city's El Corte Ingles department stores
    while from Monday, the general public can buy them.
    "In certain
    centers of El Corte Ingles, they have needed to reinforce staff in order
    to help with the selling of tickets seeing as there have been more fans
    than expected," Ros Casares general manager Carme Lluveras said.
    ticket prices for the event, which has two Semi-Finals on April 9 and a
    title game and battle for third place on April 11, range from €12 to
    Fans can also buy tickets for a given game at the price of €8
    to €11.
    Ros Casares are hosting the Final Four for the first
    They will go up against Wisla Can-Pack Krakow in the second
    game on Friday while in the opener, three-time defending champions
    Spartak Moscow Region will face UMMC Ekaterinburg for the third year in a
    Ros Casares aim at selling out La Fonteta for at least one
    game during the Final Four.
    The 9,000 spectators would
    automatically mean a new attendance record for a EuroLeague Women game.

  • Semi-Finals:

    vs. 85:79 (17:16, 23:27, 23:24, 24:12)

    Spartak: Diana Taurasi 37, Sylvia Fowles 14, Anete
    Jekabsone-Zogota 12, Janel McCarville 8, Sue Bird 7, Irina Osipowa 6,
    Ilone Korstin 2, Kelly Miller 1, Marina Karpunina 0, Natalia Wieru 0.
    Candice Parker 18, Cappy Pondexter 16, Deanna Nolan 13, Ann
    Wauters 10, Celine Dumerc 9, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 9, Sandrine Gruda 4,
    Olga Artieszyna 0, Maria Stiepanowa 0, Swietłana Abrosimowa 0.

    vs. 86:57 (31:15, 26:20, 21:7, 8:15)

    ROS Casares: Erika De Souza 23, Delisha Milton-Jones
    17, Anna Montanana 12, Belinda Snell 10, Laila Palau 8, Amaya Valdemoro
    8, Jana Vesela 5, Elisa Aguilar 3, Ljubica Drljaca 0, Begona Pallardo 0.
    Wisła Can Pack: Ewelina Kobryn 16, Liron Cohen 10, Iziane Castro
    Marques 9, Marta Fernandez 6, Janell Burse 5, Anna Wielebnowska 3,
    Paulina Pawlak 3, Dorota Gburczyk 3, Agnieszka Majewska 2.

  • FINAL:

    vs. 87:80 (24:23, 25:16, 14:18, 24:23)

    Spartak: Diana Taurasi 29, Janel McCarville 20, Ilona
    Korstin 16, Irina Osipowa 8, Sue Bird 5, Marina Karpunina 5, Sylvia
    Fowles 4, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 0, Natalia Wieru 0;
    Delisha Milton-Jones 19, Erika De Souza 16, Amaya
    Valdemoro 14, Belinda Snell 12, Anna Montanana 10, Laila Palau 4, Jana
    Vesela 5, Elisa Aguilar 0, Ljubica Drljaca 0, Begona Pallardo 0.

    3RD PLACE:

    vs. 84:50 (12:17, 28:11, 17:7, 27:15)

    UMMC: Candice Parker 21, Ann Wauters 14, Agnieszka
    Bibrzycka 9, Maria Stiepanowa 8, Sandrine Gruda 8, Olga Artieszyna 6,
    Celine Dumerc 6, Deanna Nolan 4, Swietłana Abrosimowa 3, Jelena Wołkowa
    3, Cappy Pondexter 2;
    Wisła Can Pack: Iziane Castro
    Marques 14, Janell Burse 11, Marta Fernandez 10, Ewelina Kobryn 6,
    Liron Cohen 3, Agnieszka Majewska 3, Paulina Pawlak 3, Agnieszka Kułaga
    0, Maja Vucurovic 0.

  • Spartak Moscow Region had to suffer but they won a fourth consecutive
    EuroLeague Women crown on Sunday by beating Final Four hosts Ros
    Casares in front of a EuroLeague Women Final Four record 7,800

    Diana Taurasi followed up her 37-point explosion
    against UMMC Ekaterinburg on Friday with a game-high 29 against Ros as
    Spartak won 87-80.

    The American superstar was voted MVP of the Final Four, something
    that also happened last year when Spartak beat Halcon Avenida in

    "This is probably the sweetest of them all," Taurasi
    said of the title.

    Spartak, whose owner Shabtai von Kalmanovic
    died tragically on November 2, wore t-shirts after the game that read
    'This is 4 Shabtai'.

    They had ample opportunity to fold against
    Ros, who were cheered on by a EuroLeague Women Final Four record 7,800

    Erika De Souza and Delisha Milton-Jones wreaked havoc
    in the first three minutes for the Spanish club, helping them build an
    11-4 lead.

    Spartak replied with a 9-0 run, one that was sparked by
    a Taurasi jumper - her first points of the game.

    Marina Karpunina
    followed with a three-pointer from the left corner and the Russia
    international next added a lay-up to knot the contest at 11-11.

    McCarville then caught a pass from Sue Bird and made a lay-up to give
    Spartak their first lead of the game with 4:40 remaining.

    That was
    a sign of things to come because McCarville would go on to turn in the
    most important performance of her EuroLeague Women career.

    finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds and might have earned MVP honors
    herself had she not had a brilliant teammate named Taurasi.

    finished the first quarter with a tip-in to give Spartak a 24-23 lead.

    6:39 to go in the first half, Spartak took the lead for good.

    Osipova followed up Bird's miss with a put-back and McCarville then
    added a jumper.

    With McCarville and Ilona Korstin pouring in the
    points and Taurasi on the bench in the closing minutes of the first
    half, Spartak built a 49-39 interval lead.

    McCarville left the
    court at half-time with a game-high 13 points.

    When play resumed,
    Ros Casares made numerous runs and kept the pressure on.

    Two De
    Souza free-throws and a Belinda Snell jump shot cut the gap to 57-56
    late in the third quarter, only for Osipova and Korstin to combine for
    the last six points of the frame for a 63-57 advantage.

    three-ball pulled Ros to within 63-60 but Korstin followed up her own
    miss for a five-point lead.

    Amaya Valdemoro made an acrobatic
    lay-up only for Osipova and McCarville to answer with baskets for

    McCarville even showed her ability to bury the
    long-distance shot, drilling a three-pointer with 7:11 to go in the game
    for a 72-62 lead.

    Ros got no closer than six points the rest of
    the way.

    Milton-Jones had 13 points, Erika 12 and Valdemoro 10 for

  • I won't comment Wisła's performance. It was awful. Maybe it would have been better, if Wisła hadn't played 3rd place match because of national mourning in Poland - less shame... Now it is more difficult to remember good Wisła's performance in group stage and play-offs. :(

    The most important 3:

    5th place - Prediction Game - World League 2011 :D