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Recap: Dynamo Kursk and UMMC to meet in EuroLeague Women championship game

Breanna Stewart scored 32 points for Dynamo Kursk to advance to Sunday’s championship game. She’ll face UMMC Ekaterinburg for the title, for whom Courtney Vandersloot and Brittney Griner had strong Final Four performances of their own.

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Breanna Stewart scored 32 points for Dynamo Kursk in their EuroLeague Women Final Four matchup against USK Praha.
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The semifinals of the EuroLeague Women Final Four are now complete. Here’s what went down:

With big third quarter, Dynamo Kursk blows out USK Praha, 84-67

In the first matchup of the day, Dynamo Kursk blew out USK Praha to advance to the championship. Breanna Stewart dominated with 32 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks for the victors. Natasha Howard added 22 points and 10 rebounds for Dynamo Kursk.

For USK Praha, Alyssa Thomas scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. However, she was held to just 5-of-16 shooting. Isabelle Harrison was also held to a low-scoring outing, with just 6 points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Though this game was a blowout, it was relatively close in the first half, with Dynamo Kursk leading 43-38. In fact, there were 15 lead changes. But a big 24-9 run in the third quarter decided the outcome of the game. Even then, Stewart still scored 11 points in the first quarter alone.

If Dynamo Kursk wins the EuroLeague Women championship, Stewart would be in a great position to win her fifth MVP award within a year.

Courtney Vandersloot leads UMMC to 81-57 rout of Sopron Basket

In a rematch of 2018’s EuroLeague Women championship, UMMC Ekaterinburg played Sopron Basket. And for the second year in a row, the Russian superpower team won.

Unlike the Dynamo Kursk victory, UMMC had a more even team effort. Courtney Vandersloot erupted for 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Brittney Griner led UMMC with 19 points and 8 rebounds. She also blocked three shots, including this one:

For Sopron, Yvonne Tuner led with 15 points in the loss.

UMMC and Sopron were in a tight first half with UMMC threatening to blow the game open in the first quarter and Sopron making a big 25-15 run in the second quarter. But like the Dynamo Kursk versus USK Praha game, UMMC put on a defensive clinic on their Hungarian foes, going on a 39-20 run in the second half.

The championship game is Sunday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m. ET, and it will be followed by a battle for third place. All EuroLeague Women Final Four Games can be streamed for free on FIBA’s YouTube channel.