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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Taurasi does it again

Former UConn star Diana Taurasi had 29 points to lead Spartak Moscow Region to an 87-80 win over host Ros Casares in the EuroLeague Women's Final Sunday in Valencia, Spain.

Taurasi, who had 37 points in the semifinal win over fellow Russian powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg, was named the Final Four's MVP for the second straight year.

It was the fourth straight title for Spartak but Taurasi said "this is probably the sweetest of them all." It was a trying year as Spartak owner Shabtai von Kalmanovic was assassinated on Nov. 2. Spartak also saw star forward/center Lauren Jackson opt to leave Spartak to play in her native Australia for Canberra.

Janel McCarville added 20 points, Ilona Korstin had 16 points while former UConn guard Sue Bird finished with five points and six assists.

Delisha Milton-Jones of the Los Angeles Sparks led Ros Casares with 19 points.

UMMC Ekaterinburg defeated Wisla Can-Pack 84-50 in the third-place game behind 21 points from Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks. Sandrine Gruda of the Connecticut Sun had eight points and seven rebounds for Ekaterinburg.

TRAINING CAMP UNDERWAY
The U.S. senior women's national team training camp started about an hour later with without Alana Beard of the Washington Mystics but the nine players including late arrival Candice Dupree of the Phoenix Mercury all took to the Gampel Pavilion court at 6 p.m. Although the practice was closed to the public, the entire UConn team was allowed in to watch the first day of the eight-day training camp.

At the current time none of the practices or scrimmages are open to the public but there is a chance that the scrimmage on Apr. 18 will be open to the general public although details on the time and place has yet to be announced. In the release put out about UConn's national championship parade, there was speculation that there would be a 12:30 scrimmage at the XL Center in Hartford although details on that scrimmage still have to be wrapped up.

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