The Final Four started in Istanbul Friday with the rematch of the Final from a year ago. UMMC Ekaterinburg was favored again and took a lead heading into halftime after an even first quarter. Their lead was enough to hold up off the defending champs even though USK Praha found their offense in the final frame. USK came up short 78-72, leaving them unable to complete a third high profile surprise. The Russian team was led by Diana Taurasi as their new frontcourt rotation looked solid, with the team looking to finish exorcising the rest of their demons at this stage. Anete Steinberga proved to be a helpful signing in the loss as Sonja Petrovic also had another good game, but their efforts were not enough without some additional options. The hosts from Fenerbahce were in the second game and the second quarter proved to be the difference maker again as Nadezhda took the lead they would hold in a 74-68 win. DeWanna Bonner helped set up the all-Russian final as she could not be stopped by the personnel available to the hosts. Jantel Lavender worked hard inside, keeping her team in the game early, but it was not enough. Now the four teams will complete the tournament on Sunday. USK vs. Fenerbahce will play for third place and UMMC and Nadezhda will compete in the final.
April 15, 2016
ZVVZ USK Praha vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg 72-78 USK Steinberga 21/10r Petrovic 21 Vaughn 10/7r Elhotova 5 Burgrova 4 Xargay 3 EKA Taurasi 21 Griner 19/6r Meesseman 13/9r Toliver 10 Lyttle 4/9r Torrens 2/8r Belyakova 0 Nolan 0
Fenerbahce vs. Nadezhda 68-74 FEN Lavender 24/11r Quigley 15 Hollingsworth 8 Coleman 8 Nacickaite 5 Cakir 0 NAD Bonner 20/8r Cruz 13/6r McBride 12 Robinson 10 Anoikina 10