After a long break for continental play, the playoffs started with one quarterfinal game on Sunday between the league’s two upstarts. MBA won 74-64 at Inventa Kursk, which should give them a major advantage needing only one win at home. The other series all got underway on Monday, starting in Novosibirsk as Brittney Griner led Ekaterinburg to a 95-53 win. Stephanie Mavunga and Enisey started well at home in Krasnoyarsk, but Viktoria Medvedeva and Nadezhda won 96-79 to bring a lead back to Orenburg. Breanna Stewart and Natasha Howard started their quest for another championship together in a 109-55 win over Spartak Moscow. With the top seeds all winning, they can advance with wins at home.
March 17, 2019
Inventa Kursk vs. MBA Moscow 64-74 INK Shabanova 11/8r K. Safonova 10 MBA Logunova 15/6r Sapova 15 Psareva 11
March 18, 2019
Dynamo Novosibirsk vs. Ekaterinburg 53-95 DYN Cheren 15/8r Fedotova 14 Scott 8 Caldwell 2/9r EKA Griner 22/7r Vadeeva 16/10r McBride 13 Musina 12/6r Meesseman 9 Vandersloot 6 Belyakova 4
Enisey Krasnoyarsk vs. Nadezhda Orenburg 79-96 ENI Mavunga 25 Levchenko 18/6a Namok 11 Hines-Allen 8/8r NAD Medvedeva 21 Jones 16/8r Wheeler 16 Tikhonenko 14
Spartak Moscow vs. Dynamo Kursk 55-109 SPM Ogun 10 Stallworth 10 O’Neill 8 DYK Stewart 25 Howard 21/8r Petrovic 16/6r Kirillova 16 Prince 9/6a Xargay 6