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Friday, April 09, 2010

Bird, Taurasi one win from another title

Diana Taurasi's reputation as the best women's basketball in the world at the current time certainly didn't suffer as a result of her performance in the semifinals of the EuroLeague semifinals on Friday.

The former UConn star had 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block to lead three-time defending champion Spartak Moscow Region to an 87-79 win over Russian rival UMMC Ekaterinburg. Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota of the Connecticut Sun had 12 points and former UConn star Sue Bird added seven points, three rebounds and three assists as Spartak advances to meet Ros Casares in Sunday's championship game.

Candace Parker had 18 points to lead four players in double figures for UMMC Ekaterinburg while the Connecticut Sun's Sandrine Gruda had four points and 11 rebounds. Former UConn star Svetlana Abrosimova did not score and had one rebound in eight minutes for Ekaterinburg.

Ros Casares, playing at home in Valencia, Spain, defeated Wisla Can-Pack of Krakow, Poland 86-57 in the second semifinal behind a 23-point, 11-rebound effort from former Connecticut Sun forward/center Erika de Souza.

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