April 14, 2017
The Final Four started on Friday in Ekaterinburg. The hosts were up first against a Fenerbahce team entering the weekend with some changes. The visitors found their stride in the second half and Jantel Lavender helped them pull the 70-61 upset. Diana Taurasi was left trying to carry UMMC again as she has had to do an unexpectedly large number of times this season, but it was not enough.
The second game ended up being even better as Dynamo Kursk put its undefeated record on the line against a USK Praha team with a history of grinding out results when they mattered. The game did not disappoint as it became a war of attrition at the end heading into overtime. Kursk was able to grind out a tough win and secure a final spot with an 87-80 win. As expected, Angel McCoughtry led her team while Candice Dupree had a monumental effort for USK in the loss as several stars struggled with foul trouble and general ineffectiveness. T
The third place game on Sunday will provide interesting storylines as UMMC and USK Praha have had their share of dramatic finishes between them in recent years. UMMC are in desperate need of some momentum headed into the domestic league finals. The championship game will be a contrast between the steady results of a great season for Dynamo Kursk and the late season changes that have helped get Fenerbahce to this point.
Fenerbahce vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg 70-61 FENE Lavender 21/10r Quigley 17 Verameyenka 13/6r Gruda 5/7r Parker 4/15r UMMC Taurasi 26 Baric 11 Griner 7/7r Toliver 7 Lyttle 6 Meesseman 2 Nolan 2 Torrens 0
Dynamo Kursk vs. ZVVZ USK Praha 87-80(OT) KURS McCoughtry 28 Vadeeva 18/8r Cruz 9 Prince 6 Ogwumike 5/7r ZVVZ Dupree 39/13r Xargay 16 Petrovic 6 Vaughn 4/7r Steinberga 1