Fenerbahçe women lose in Eurolegaue final
EKATERINBURGFenerbahçe failed to claim the Eurolegaue Women trophy, losing 77-63 to Russian club Dynamo Kursk in the final of the Final Four event in Ekaterinburg on April 16.
It was the third lost final for the Istanbul club, which lost in the final to UMMC Ekaterinburg in 2013 and city rival Galatasaray one year later.
Led by Final Four MVP Angel McCoughtry, Dynamo Kursk was sluggish early on, conceding a 10-0 lead. However, it quickly turned the game on its head by rallying to go on a 31-11 run, putting itself in a dominant position.
Fenerbahçe fought back to within two points, notably with just over nine minutes remaining, but it was ultimately a night of celebration for the Lucas Mondelo-coached Kursk side, with the play-caller taking a time-out, before a 15-0 run ensued to seal the game.
McCoughtry was exemplary in both the semifinals and gold medal game, scoring 28 points in her side’s April 14 victory over ZVVZ USK Prague before adding 20 in the final.
Earlier in the day, host and defending champions UMMC Ekaterinburg made up for the disappointment of missing out on the championship game in front of its home fans, by defeating ZVVZ USK Prague 68-63 to claim the bronze medal.