April 8, 2022
Both series started on Friday as there was an air of mystery about how the games would go. Maria Vadeeva could not be stopped and Ekaterinburg slowed down Nika’s stars to win 77-70. MBA has not had to deal with the same scale of roster changes as other teams and Zhosselina Maiga helped them dominate the last quarter in a 75-67 win over Dynamo Kursk. Each series will now shift venues for the next games on Tuesday.
Ekaterinburg vs. Nika Syktyvkar 77-70 EKA Vadeeva 38/17r Papova 17 Belyakova 3 NIK Marchenkova 18/7r Burik 15 Musina 13/10r Goldyreva 10 Ben Abdelkader 2
Dynamo Kursk vs. MBA Moscow 67-75 DYK Abaiburova 18 Lisec 15 Shabanova 10 E. Frolkina 10 MBA Maiga 21/8r Kirillova 11
The consolation bracket also started play on Friday and Nadezhda rolled to a 78-49 win over Dynamo Novosibirsk in Orenburg. Spartak Moscow also used a fast start to win 77-62 over Enisey in Vidnoje. The format is 1-2 in these series so home teams will be looking to sweep starting Tuesday to advance.
Nadezhda Orenburg vs. Dynamo Novosibirsk 78-49 NAD Linskens 15/8r Zhedik 15 Tohtash 13/9r Komarova 13/6r DYN Zvereva 13/7r Novikova 13
Spartak Moscow vs. Enisey Krasnoyarsk 77-62 SPM Fedorova 15/9r Nuritdinova 15/6r/11a Zotkina 14 Ignatova 13 Repnikova 12/9r/7a ENI Krymova 17 Pashkovskaia 13 Kuzmenkova 11/9r Latsgal 11