Nadezhda Win Sets Up Decider At Sparta&K

24.02.2012

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

33. Rebekkah Brunson (Nadezhda)
A more than solid double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by Rebekkah Brunson sparked Nadezhda to a win over Russian rivals Sparta&K

Nadezhda hit back with a vengeance on Friday against Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje to set up a deciding third game in their EuroLeague Women Round 2 series.

Beaten 93-79 in Game 1, Nadezhda's 87-75 win in Orenburg has set up a do-or-die battle back in Vidnoje on Wednesday.

Both sides are chasing a berth in the Final Eight and veteran Katie Douglas, who played at the Final Four last season with Ros Casares, helped keep Nadezhda hopes alive with 27-point eruption in the 12-point triumph.

Rebekkah Brunson also had a game to remember with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Aleksandr Kovalev's team.

Sparta&K trailed 23-9 late in the first quarter but clawed their way back and went in front by five before half-time.

A Seimone Augustus three-point play put the visitors in front, 40-35.

Augustus had a game-high 28 points.

Pokey Chatman's team wasn't able to press home the advantage, though.

Douglas replied with a shot from the arc and Nadezhda went to the break trailing, 41-38.

A jumper by Elena Danilochkina early in the third quarter put Nadezhda on top, 42-41.

They did not go in front to stay, however, until Nadezhda's 1.78m point guard, Ekaterina Ruzanova, drilled a three-pointer to snap a 50-50 tie midway through the third quarter.

That sparked a 9-2 run for the hosts.

Nadezhda did a lot of their damage at the free-throw line, making 20 of 24 attempts.

The sensational Brunson was eight of 10 and Douglas six of eight.

Ruznova was also four of four at the stripe and finished with 14 points.


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