We know the surprise team of the season. Rostov Don SFEDU thrived in offense and scored 95 points for a 95-92 success on Thursday, February 21 at Lulea Energi Arena. The Panthers won the series 177-166 to book a place at the Final Four.
Players of the game
Six players scored for Rostov Don in the fourth quarter – Irina Miroshnikova, Eleonora Oleynikova, Anastasiia Maksimova, Alexandra Kirina, Anna Zaitseva and Daria Prosolupova.
Daria Prosolupova averaged 4,0 points in the competion but stepped up when it mattered the most.
Her basket tied the game at 84 with 02:59 minutes left.
Prosolupova added two more points in the next possession for a 86-84 and connected one of the two free throws in the final seconds.
Irina Miroshnikova and Anastasiia Maksimova went for a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line to maintain a 94-92 advantage with 39 seconds to go.
Prosolupova finished the game with eight points, includind five in the final 180 seconds.
Maksimova led her team with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists for a efficiency rating of 19.
Miroshnikova added 16 points, including 2-of-2 shooting from the three point line and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Alexandra Kirina and Eleonora Oleynikova had 15 and 13 points respectively, while Anna Zaitseva chipped in 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Tournament`s best scorer Chastity Reed didn`t played at Rostov Don but this time finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for a efficiency rating of 38.
Chioma Nnamaka and Precious Hall had 13 points each. Antonija Sandrič and Michaela Houser also finished in double figures.
Most of the teams score the most points in the first quarter and sometimes in the money time. Rostov Don scored 29 points in the second quarter and another 29 points in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers outmuscled their opponents and won the battle of rebounds 56-42.
Russian team also shot the ball better from the field, by making 47% of their attempts inside the perimeter (27/57) and 33% from the three point land (7/21).
Lulea numbers weren`t too bad either – 42% in two pointers (25/60) and 30% in three pointers (7/23).
Rostov Don bench outscored Lulea 36-25.
The Panthers had 26 points on fast breaks compared to 20 points for Lulea.
The game was tied four times and featured seven lead changes.
Coach Dmitry Fedoseev led his team into the Final Four for the first time.
Rostov Don SFEDU will face Belarus champions Tsmoki Minsk in semifinal on March 16.
Schedule (local time only)
(A1) Tsmoki Minsk – Pieštanske Čajky (B4)
January 23, game one: 55-55
February 13, game two: 67-52
Minsk wins the series: 122-107
(A2) A3 Basket – Žabiny Brno (B3)
February 2, game one: 63-97
February 13, game two: 80-62
Brno wins the series: 159-143
(B2) Lulea Basket – Rostov Don SFEDU (A3)
February 10, game one: 74-82
February 21, game two: 92-95
Rostov Don wins the series: 166-177
(B1) TTT Rīga – Olimpia Grodno (A4)
Wednesday, February 27, Riga, 18:00
Thursday, February 28, Riga, 13:00
Tsmoki Minsk – Rostov Don SFEDU
Žabiny Brno – TTT Rīga/Olimpia Grodno
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
The playoffs 2018
(A1) Good Angels 151-107 Pieštanske Čajky (B4)
(A2) Al Riyadi 123-144 Dynamo Moscow (B3)
(A3) Lulea Basket 172-173 Udominate (B2)
(A4) Liepājas Papīrs 108-179 TTT Rīga (B1)
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