WNBA Stars Win Big in Russia, Europe
April 29, 2014 -- International play wrapped up in Russia this morning (just in time for the WNBA preseason) with WNBA stars Sue Bird (Seattle), Sandrine Gruda (Los Angeles), Candace Parker (Los Angeles), and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix) who, along with their UMMC Ekaterinburg teammates, defeated Nadezhda Orenburg, another Russian team with WNBA players Temeka Johnson (Seattle), Glory Johnson (Tulsa), and DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix).
Ekaterinburg swept Orenburg in the best-of-five series to win the prestigious cup (which, as Sue Bird noted, is rather large):
LA Sparks Sandrine Gruda and Candice Parker lead the way for Ekaterinburg with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 16 points, 11 rebounds respectively.
Also recently in an all-Turkish EuroLeague final, Sancho Lyttle (Atlanta) and Kelsey Bone's (Connecticut) Galatasaray took down Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta) and Cappie Pondexter's (New York) Fenerbahce. Galatasaray beat Fenerbache 69-58 to clinch the title. Sancho Lyttle was also named FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year.
In the Polish league championship, Allie Quigley and Jantel Lavender both put up double-digit performances in the final game to stave off CCC Polkowice for their Wisla Can-Pack team.