Parker Leads UMMC to EuroLeague Crown

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EUROPE: ALL ROADS LEAD TO EKATERINBURG

When the UMMC Ekaterinburg roster was released for the 2012-13 season there was little doubt the Russian club was the overwhelming favorite to capture the EuroLeague Women's Championship, the most prestigious title in European basketball. With Los Angeles Sparks superstar Candace Parker and Phoenix Mercury talisman Diana Taurasi joining former WNBA champion Deanna Nolan for UMMC, even the loss of injured point guard Sue Bird couldn't derail what seemed an inevitable trip to the European mountaintop.

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So it was no surprise when UMMC defeated Turkish club Fenerbahce for the title this week, securing a comfortable 82-56 victory before a raucous hometown crowd in Ekaterinburg.

Parker was the dominant force for UMMC, posting a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double, in addition to dishing out five assists and blocking two shots, while Nolan, whose WNBA rights were recently acquired by New York Liberty GM/Head Coach Bill Laimbeer, her former championship coach with the Shock, poured in 28 points. Taurasi was the picture of efficiency for UMMC, scoring 14 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists.

It was an historic night for Fenerbahce despite the defeat, as the Istanbul-based team became the first Turkish club to reach the EuroLeague Final. WNBA players led the way for Fener, with Atlanta Dream gunner Angel McCoughtry scoring 22 points, grabbing seven rebounds, making five steals and dishing out three assists.

The New York Liberty's dynamic point guard Cappie Pondexter suffered an off night at the wrong time, going 0-14 for the field, one game after leading Fener into the final with a stellar 19-point, six-rebound, three-assist, two-block effort in a 68-56 semifinal victory over Good Angels Kosice. New York Liberty teammate Plenette Pierson paced Good Angels (Slovakia) with 23 points and eight boards in the semifinal loss.

UMMC cruised in the semis, dominating French club Bourges Basket 73-44 to reach the final. Parker was immense in the semis, scoring 24 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, blocking four shots, dishing three assists and making a pair of steals. Taurasi, the picture of consistency posted 16 points, five boards and five assists in the win.


Player Country Team

Atlanta
de Souza, ErikaBrazilRecife
Hayes, TiffanyTurkeyBesiktas, Istanbul
Henry, AneikaSpainRivas Ecopolis
Koehn, LaurieAustraliaLogan Thunder
Kraayeveld, CathrineKoreaShinhan Bank
Leuchanka, YelenaChinaLiaoning
Lyttle, SanchoTurkeyGalatasary
McCoughtry, AngelTurkeyFenerbahce
Price, ArmintieTurkeyBesiktas, Istanbul

Chicago
Fowles, SylviaTurkeyGalatasaray
Murphy, ShayRussiaDynmao Kursk
Prince, EpiphannyRussiaDynmao Kursk
Petrovic, SonjaRussiaSpartak
Swords, CarolynTurkeyCeyhan
Vandersloot, CourtneyCroatiaNovi Zagreb

Connecticut
Charles, TinaPolandWisla Can Pack
Griffin, KelseyAustraliaBendigo Spirit
Hightower, AllisonIsraelRamla
Jones, AsjhaTurkeyKayseri
McCray, DanielleItalySchio
Mims, MistieFranceLyon
Montgomery, ReneeRussiaNadezhda
Shegog, ChayHungaryUNI Seat Gyor

Indiana
Catchings, TamikaChinaGuandong
Christmas, KarimaIsraelRamat Hen
Davenport, JessicaTurkeyIstanbul University
Douglas, KatiePolandWisla Can Pack
Goodlett, SashaChinaHeliongiiang
January, BriannIsraelRamat Hasharon
Larkins, ErlanaTurkeyMersin
Zellous, ShavonteTurkeyMersin

Los Angeles
Anosike, NickyTurkeyKayseri
Lavender, JantelItalySchio
Milton-Jones, DeLishaTurkeyTarsus
Ogwumike, NnemkadiPolandCCC Polkowice
O'Hea, JennaAustraliaDandenong
Parker, CandaceRussiaUMMC
Sykes, AprilAustraliaDandenong
Toliver, KristiRussiaDynamo Moscow

Minnesota
Adair, JessicaAustraliaTownsville
Augustus, SeimoneRussiaSpartak
Brunson, RebekkahCzech RepublicUSK Praha
Harris, AmberKoreaSamsung Life Bichumi
Moore, MayaChinaShanxi Xing Rui Flame
Peters, DevereauxItalyLe Mura Lucca
Whalen, LindsayTurkeyGalatasary
Wright, MonicaAustraliaDandenong

New York
Carson, EssenceTurkeyIstanbul University
Mitchell, LeilaniCroatiaNovi Zagreb
Pierson, PlenetteSlovakiaKosice
Pondexter, CappieTurkeyFenerbahce
Powell, NicoleSpainPerfumerias Avenidas
Vaughn, KiaCzech RepublicUSK Praha

Phoenix
Bonner, DeWannaRussiaNadezhda
Dupree, CandiceRussiaSpartak
Houston, ChardeIsraelMaccabi Ashdod
Kizer, LynettaKoreaKB Stars
Sanford, NakiaKoreaWoori Bank Hansae
Simon, DymondSlovakiaPiestanske Cajky
Taurasi, DianaRussiaUMMC
Thomas, KrystalChinaJiangsu Phoenix

San Antonio
Adams, DanielleIsraelMaccabi Ashdod
Appel, JayneChinaHenan
Hammon, BeckyRussiaSpartak
Johnson, SheniseHungarySopron
Morrison, ZiomaraSpainRivas Ecopolis
Robinson, DanielleTurkeyTarsus
Young, SophiaChinaBeijing Great Wall

Seattle
Abrosimova, SvetlanaRussiaDynamo Moscow
Bird, SueRussiaUMMC
Clark, AlyshaIsraelRamat Hasharon
Jackson, LaurenAustraliaCanberra Capitols
Kobryn, EwelinaRussiaUMMC
Little, CamilleChinaShanghai Octopus
Stricklen, ShekinnaTurkeyAntakya
Wauters, AnnTurkeyGalatasary

Tulsa
Black, ChanteTurkeySamsun
Cambage, LizChinaZhejiang
Hodges, RoneekaSpainPerfumerias Avenidas
Johnson, GloryRussiaChekavata
Johnson, TemekaRussiaDynamo Kursk
Paris, CourtneyTurkeyBotas
Pedersen, KaylaTurkeyCeyhan

Washington
Castro Marques, IzianeBrazilMaranhao
Currie, MoniqueRomaniaTargoviste
Langhorne, CrystalRussiaDynamo Moscow
Novosel, NatalieRomaniaTargoviste
Snow, MichelleRussiaDynamo Kursk
Thomas, JasmineRussiaChekavata
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