Saturday, August 19, 2017

UMMC Yekaterinburg prepares for the EuroLeague Final Eight

The EuroLeague Final Eight, a new format that started this season after years of a Final Four, starts on Wednesday in Istanbul to determine the champion of the continent in women's basketball.

UMMC Yekaterinburg will play in Group B and features several members of the Seattle Storm, a WNBA team in the United States. Svetlana Abrosimova and Sue Bird are members of both the Storm and UMMC Yekaterinburg, Storm Basketball reports.

"(Bird) always keeps us updated on the coolest apps and teaches us how to use them," Abrosimova said, according to FIBAEurope.com.

UMMC Yekaterinburg plays on Wednesday after a week to prepare for the Final Eight with a mini-camp. Other teams that will play in the Final Eight include Ros Casares Valencia and Wisla Can-Pack Krakow.

Abrosimova spoke about the roles each of her UMMC Yekaterinburg teammates play off the court. Sandrine Gruda, a center who averages 13.4 points per game, is the team singer who enjoys singing in multiple languages. Deanna Nolan, a guard who contributes 10.0 points per game and 2.8 assists, is the team IT engineer with a nickname of "Tweety." Sandra Linkeviciene, a guard who averages 6.6 points and 4.4 boards per game, counteracts her tough image on the court with her shy and innocent demeanor off the court.

In return, UMMC Yekaterinburg's Candace Parker spoke about Abrosimova.

"'Svety' as we call her, is our international ambassador," Parker said, according to FIBAEurope.com. "You don't understand something? She translates it. Want a good restaurant? She picks it. Need important information? She's got you! 'Svety' always knows how to have a good time and make us laugh, sometimes at her. Like the time she brought two right shoes to practice."