April 10, 2018
The semifinals started on Tuesday. Enisey put up a credible fight in Ekaterinburg, forcing UMMC to rely far more on brilliant games from Maya Moore and Brittney Griner than expected to win 98-83. Dynamo Kursk had an easier time at home, rolling past Nadezhda 100-55 as Maria Vadeeva led the way in her final game before the WNBA draft takes place. The top seeds will be looking to take care of business on Friday so that they can fully focus on their upcoming titanic clash.
UMMC Ekaterinburg vs. Enisey Krasnoyarsk 98-83 UMMC Moore 40 Griner 28/9r Belyakova 10 Faulkner 7 Sanders 2/8r Toliver 1/8a ENI Kiryanova 14 Svaryte 12 McCallum 11 Marchenkova 10 Monroe 6
Dynamo Kursk vs. Nadezhda Orenburg 100-55 DYK Vadeeva 26/9r Prince 13 Zhedik 12 Ogwumike 11 Ciak 11 Petrovic 9 Cruz 2 NAD Cannon 16 Tikhonenko 12 Jones 10 Bentley 10
5th Place Playoffs:
The consolation playoffs also started on Tuesday and Spartak Moscow beat Inventa Kursk 68-53. MBA was the only road team to win, leaving Kazan with a 77-66 triumph behind Anna Leshkovtseva. The teams will swap venues for the next games on Friday.
Spartak Moscow vs. Inventa Kursk 68-53 SPM Simmons 19 Dojkic 19 Abaiburova 10/6r Osipova 4/6r INK O. Frolkina 10 Burovaya 9
Kazanochka Kazan vs. MBA Moscow 66-77 KAZ Stolyar 18 Burdick 17/10r Hempe 12 MBA Leshkovtseva 20 Nizamova 16