UMMC Yekaterinburg one step closer to title
In what proved to be a spectacular match, the Yekaterinburg Foxes quickly established a comfortable advantage, settling into a 12 point lead by the middle of the second quarter, button less than three minutes, the Moscow women struck back with an unexpected ferocity, very quickly bringing the game to a tie. After 15 more minutes of intense basketball, the Spartans had taken the lead at 42-40, OblGazeta.ru reports.
With the teams neck and neck, players fought with determination. Sue Bird, with a broken nose, fought like a lioness, scrambling for the ball without fear. UMMC star Candace Parker even found a worthy rival in Candy Dupree, resulting in a toss-up for the unofficial best player of the match.
The turning point came in the middle of final quarter. With the teams at 66-65, Parker was able to score off an offensive rebound, which was then followed up by a successful three-pointer from Bird, giving the Foxes some breathing space at 71-65. UMMC ended the game with an 80-73 lead, according to OblGazeta.ru.
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