Friday, June 23, 2017

UMMC Yekaterinburg defeats Turkey's Fenerbahçe in Euroleague Women's final

Russia’s UMMC Yekaterinburg defeated Turkey’s Fenerbahçe 82-56 in the Euroleague Women’s final game on Sunday.

The Turkish champion team got off to a poor start in the game, losing the title match of European basketball’s top-level competition for women. Yekaterinburg began the game with a 15-point lead and finished the first quarter 26-11, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Despite the loss, Fenerbahçe made Turkish basketball history as the first team from the country to participate in a European title game.

Yekaterinburg was led by American guard Candace Parker, who scored 24 points and 11 rebounds. France’s Sandrine Gruda scored 19 points and eight rebounds, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Also on Fenerbahçe, Ivana Matovic and Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points each. Turkey's top players, including Cappie Pondexter and Birsel Vardarlı, failed to pull through in the game, with Pondexter scoring only one point, for a 0-for-14 percentage. Turkish guard Vardarlı did not score any points.

Parker was named the MVP for the Final Eight, averaging 17.4 points and 12 rebounds throughout the competition, Hurriyet Daily News reports.