Taurasi Off To Quick Start In Russia

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Looks like Diana Taurasi is back to her old self after missing most of the WNBA season with her various injuries.

Here is the game report from the Euroleague’s website www.fibaeurope.com about her first game of the season, played on Hallowee night.

UMMC Ekaterinburg didn’t set the world on fire with their first performance of the 2012-13 EuroLeague Women campaign but held on to beat Novi Zagreb in Russia on Wednesday afternoon.

Newcomer Diana Taurasi, who helped fire UMMC’s rivals Sparta&K M. R. Vidnoje to European titles in 2007, ’08, ’09 and ’10 and spent the last two seasons playing in Turkey with Fenerbahce and then Galatasaray, had 25 points for Ekaterinburg as they beat Novi Zagreb, 83-77.

Sandra Mandir, just a couple of months removed from making her Olympic debut with Croatia, led a spirited Zagreb attack with 20 points but Olaf Lange’s squad prevailed in the Group C game.

UMMC went in front by 16 points in the first half but their opponents from Croatia fought back and twice pulled level early in the third quarter.

Courtney Vandersloot’s three-pointer knotted the game for the second time at 43-43.

Taurasi went to the other end and put the hosts back in front with a three-ball of her own.

She finished three of eight from behind the arc and seven of 13 overall from the field.

Playing just one day after the announcement that Ekaterinburg would serve as hosts for this season’s Final Eight, the Russians made hard work of it the rest of the way against Zagreb.

They only led 63-60 going into last frame following a jumper by Latoya Williams for Zagreb.

Sandrine Gruda caught a pass from Anna Petrakova and made a jumper to start the last period for UMMC.

Petrakova then fed Taurasi on a fast-break and the USA international nailed a jump shot.

Gruda capped the 6-0 run with another jumper, this time after a pass from Taurasi, as Ekaterinburg established control.

A three-point play by Mirna Mazic reduced the UMMC advantage to four points with less than two minutes to go but they got no closer.

Russia’s Olympic forward Petrakova was outstanding on her EuroLeague Women bow with UMMC, scoring 14 points and corralling 10 rebounds.

Silva Dominguez, a EuroLeague Women winner the past two seasons with Perfumerias Avenida and Ros Casares, played 25 minutes and had 12 points with three assists for UMMC.

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4 thoughts on “Taurasi Off To Quick Start In Russia

  1. James Kerwin

    Russia’s players were outstanding and DT was hooo hum, according to the writer of the above blurb. Yet DT made all the big plays and scored the game high of 25. Are they that biased against USA players?? But biased or not they pay well.

    Hope DT fares better than Toby Kimball (UConn star of the past) who played for an Italian team. He was so loved the fans stripped him naked at half time at center court.

  2. bridget

    I really like diana alot she happens to be one of my favorite ex uconn player ever

  3. Eileen

    John, Keep the updates coming of our ex UCONN women playing overseas. Glad to see that Dee is back in the groove. Bridget, Dee is not “one” of my favorite ex UCONN players, she IS my favorite.

    John, How is Sue Bird coming along after her hip operation? Is she again recouping at UCONN with the help of their training staff?

  4. HarryH

    I personally think that DT got very tired last year as all the women who play all year round. Her game tends to show it. I think she put all her effort into the Olympics and sort of bagged (injured and not) the WNBA this year.

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