Horizont Minsk scored 46 points in the paint to beat previously undefeated Prometey Kamianske 84-73 and qualified for the 2021 EWBL final on Saturday, April 3, at Maladziechna sports center.
Players of the game
Anastasiya Verameyenka scored a team high 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field to earn a game high efficiency rating of 31.
Belarus international added seven rebounds, six assists and one steal.
Verameyenka with her presence stopped the initial Prometey run and went for a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in the first half.
Viktoryia Hasper stepped up too. Center had 12 points on perfect 6-of-6 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for a efficiency rating of 23.
Yuliya Rytsikava struggled from the three point line but moved on to finish the game with 15 points.
Adrienne Webb chipped in with 11 points. Louisiana State graduate dished four assists before she was fouled out.
Bernice Mosby led Prometey with 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. Baylor star added seven rebounds for a team high efficiency rating of 24.
Oksana Mollova had 12 points and three steals, while Olha Dubrovina posted eight points and six assists.
Prometey scored eight quick points off turnovers and led by 10 points early in the game.
Horizont used size to secure the paint and slowed down Kamianske offense.
Minsk team won the first quarter 24-20. Prometey tied the game or regained the lead four times, including three short lived attempts in the third quarter.
Hasper and Verameyenka delivered another blow midway the second half to extend Horizont lead up to 13 points 76-63 with 08:20 left.
Prometey cut the gap to seven points 80-73 but turned the ball over in crucial moments.
Horizont outscored opponents in the paint 46-24 and had only six turnovers in the second half.
Minsk region team, coached by Nataliya Trafimava and Zlatan Presic, reached the EWBL final for the first time.
Saturday, April 3, semifinals
Prometey Kamianske – Horizont Minsk 73-84
15:45 TTT Rīga – Nika Syktyvkar
Sunday, April 4, medal games
11:00 Bronze medal game
15:30 Award ceremony
Final Four experience
TTT Rīga: 2016-2019, 2021
Horizont: 2021 NEW
Prometey: 2021 NEW
Nika Syktyvkar: 2021 NEW
Final Four history
Rīga 2016: TTT Rīga, Basket 90 Gdynia, Astana Tigers, Tsmoki Minsk
Košice 2017: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Basket 90 Gdynia
Rīga 2018: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Udominate Basket
Rostov on Don 2019: TTT Rīga, Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don SFEDU, Žabiny Brno
Brno 2020: season five cancelled due to pandemic (Žabiny Brno-Tsmoki, Novosibirsk-Pieštany)
Playoffs: March 2-16, 2021; best-of-two
A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4
Final Four: April 3-4, 2021
EWBL member countries so far: Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Turkey.
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