Sunday, August 20, 2017

UMMC Yekaterinburg wins championship

The Yekaterinburg UMMC women's basketball team defeated Sparta Vidonoe on Saturday to win the Russian women's basketball league championship.

The Ural Foxes ended the championship series with an 89-64 victory, defeating the Moscow team three times in the three game set.

"I'm glad it's over," UMMC Yekaterinburg coach Algirdas Paulauskas said, according to FibaEurope.com. "A tough season is behind us. Of course, the victory wasn't easy. And the last game - it is generally always the hardest."

Paulauskas said that UMMC Yekaterinburg was not playing its best in the final game of the series and that the large victory margin was not representative of how well the team played, FibaEurope.com reports.

The Saturday victory marked Yekaterinburg's fourth consecutive championship title running and its sixth championship title overall. The team won its first championship in 2002, and has since gone on to win championship titles in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The game was dominated by Sandrine Gruda and Candace Parker, whose efforts were largely responsible for UMMC's big win. Gruda ended the game with a total of 23 points, while Parker scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. For Sparta, Candace Dupree was the top scorer, with 22 points.