In Game 1 of the Semi-Final series, UMMC demonstrated the seriousness of its intentions and beat the opponent - 85:50. However, the game in Orenburg was not an easy ride for the visiting side in spite that the acting Champion prevailed in the starting period with a notable score advantage - 29:17.
Nadezhda was fueled up with burning desire to win, while the Foxes kept on making mistakes. There were too many losses – 18. Thus, the game transformed into the high-speed race with both sides trying to catch up the lead. For the next 20 minutes, Roberto Iniguez’s team managed to win a couple of points that they had lost in the starting period, but not more.
Unlike his opponent who broke the rules for a number of time stepping up on court, Olaf Lange seemed calm, at least on the outside. He believed in his team and trusted the players to all the work. In return, they did not let him down and ended Game 2 celebrating another important win - 80:64.
This was a hard win, compared to Game 1, however UMMC reached the primary goal – won 2 games of the Russian Championship Semi-Final round and became the first Final participant. The second finalist will be determined after the Semi-Final match between Dynamo Kursk and Dynamo Moscow.
That night Diana Taurasi was at the heart of the show and tolled 24 points. Kristi Toliver scored 13 points, while Emma Meesseman contributed a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Our center players missed 1 point each in order to add more double-doubles. Olga Vieru gathered 9 points and 14 rebounds, while Brittney Griner contributed 12 points and 9 rebounds.
So far, our team can focus on the EuroLeague woman Final Four that will take place in Ekaterinburg on April 14 to 16 at DIVS Sport Hall. In the Semi-Final challenge, Foxes are facing Turkish Fenerbahche competing for the place in the big Final game.