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Recap: BLMA and Nadezhda advance to the EuroCup Women Finals

Sami Whitcomb and Allie Quigley were among the WNBA players who put up strong scoring and passing performances in the EuroCup Women Semifinals.

WNBA Finals - Game One
Storm guard Sami Whitcomb has continued to be one of the top performers in FIBA EuroCup Women competition this season.
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The EuroCup Women semifinals came to an end on Thursday, Mar. 29. Unlike last week’s quarterfinals, not every game was close.

Here’s what happened:

Nadezhda beats Famila Schio, 67-62

Like last week, in the first quarterfinal game between these two clubs, Nadezhda and Famila Schio played a close contest, with neither team leading by double digits. There were also six lead changes. In the second quarterfinal matchup, however, Nadezhda led for more than 34 minutes of the game and scored 15 fast-break points, while Famila Schio had none. That helped Nadezhda to the 67-62 win in the second game, and an aggregate final score of 134-123.

Erica Wheeler scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the win. She also made a critical basket with just over a minute left to give her team the victory.

For Famila Schio, Allie Quigley scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting while grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing 6 assists. Jantel Lavender added 13 points in the loss.

BLMA advances to the Finals after blowing out Girona, 98-69

Last week, BLMA let a large lead diminish in the fourth quarter against Girona. But on Thursday, they took a quick lead in the first quarter and never eased their intensity in a 98-69 blowout to advance to the EuroCup Women Finals.

BLMA shot 61 percent from the field while Girona shot just 38 percent. Sami Whitcomb scored 13 points and dished 5 assists in the win, while Endy Miyem added 15 points.

For Girona, Gabby Williams scored 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting and Keisha Hampton led Girona scorers with 21 points.

What’s next: The EuroCup Women Finals

Nadezhda and BLMA will play in the EuroCup Women Finals in a two-game home-and-home series starting on Wednesday, Apr. 3. The second game will be on Wednesday, Apr. 10. Both teams will be playing for their first EuroCup Women titles.