UConn legend Diana Taurasi wins another EuroLeague title
Taurasi had 22 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead UMMC Ekaterinburg to a 72-69 win over Nadezhda in Sunday's title game.
A 3-pointer by DeWanna Bonner put Nadezhda ahead by four with 6:14 to play. Taurasi hit a pair of 3-pointers in a span of 30 seconds. Another 3-pointer by Taurasi, this one with 1:49 left, put Ekaterinburg in front for good. Taurasi hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds to play. When Bonner's 3-pointer with 3 seconds left was no good, Ekaterinburg had its third time in the last five seasons.
Taurasi, who had 21 points and three assists in a semifinal win over ZVVZ USK Praha, was named the tournament's MVP. It was the sixth Euroleague title for Taurasi between her time with Ekaterinburg and Spartak Moscow Region.
Taurasi's Phoenix Mercury teammate Brittney Griner had 12 points and six rebounds while fellow WNBA stars Sancho Lyttle (18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals), Kristi Toliver (9 points, 5 assists) and Emma Meesserman (7 points) also played pivotal roles in the victory.