Rostov Don SFEDU went an extra mile and, despite missing three injured players, closed the bronze medal game with a 11-0 run and 74-65 win over Žabiny Brno on Sunday, March 17, at Rostov on Don.
Players of the game
Ekaterina Osipova usually entered the game from bench and played limited minutes but injury trouble changed everything.
Osipova sparked an early comeback by the Final Four hosts, scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the first half to give her team a 46-37 lead.
She added some other huge plays to finish the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds for a efficiency rating of 26.
Anastasiia Maksimova took over in the fourth quarter. She had seven of her 10 points in the final 10 minutes, including a huge shot from the deep.
Daria Prosolupova also finished in double figures. Captain posted 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Marques Webb led Žabiny Brno with 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Katerina Zohnova and Petra Zaplatova were injured early in the fourth quarter.
Fourth quarter featured two ties and six lead changes.
Karolina Maleckova hit a three pointer to lift Žabiny Brno ahead 63-65 but it was the last field goal for the Czech team.
Žabiny missed the next shot and the Panthers went on a 11-0 run.
It all started with a huge three pointer by Maksimova with three minutes left 66-65.
Yana Degtyarskaja and Maksimova added two more big plays 70-65.
Osipova intercepted the ball and extented the Panthers lead up to seven points with 52,2 seconds left.
Žabiny Brno registered seven of their 14 turnovers in the fourth quarter. Rostov Don scored 9 of their 13 points off turnovers in the final frame.
The Panthers went to the free throw line eight times in the final 10 minutes and connected 6-of-8 attempts, while Brno had no free throws.
Both teams reached the Final Four in their debut season. Both eliminated best Swedish teams and registered big wins in the play-offs.
Ekaterina Osipova and Marques Webb.
SCHEDULE (local time only)
Saturday, March 16: semifinals
TTT Rīga – Žabiny Brno 80:70
Rostov Don SFEDU – Tsmoki Minsk 53:72
Sunday, March 17: medal games
Zabiny Brno – Rostov Don SFEDU 65:74
TTT Riga – Tsmoki Minsk 73:63
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