The Storm got its first represenative in the Euroleague Final Four, when Sue Bird and Spartak Moscow Region swept their quarterfinal series. A second came Wednesday morning when the Storm signed Ros Casares Valencia forward Jana Vesela. Now, the Storm has a third player in the Euroleague’s showcase event after Janell Burse helped Wisla Can-Pack outlast Frisco Sika Brno 78-73 in the deciding Game 3 of their matchup.
The teams were tied at 65 midway through the fourth quarter, but Wisla controlled the stretch run, reeling off eight unanswered points and a deciding bucket from Marta Fernandez with 12 seconds left in the game. Burse was a major factor, scoring a game-high 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting and adding eight rebounds. Fernandez had 17, Iziane Castro Marques 14 and Ewelina Kobryn a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. Jelena Skerovic led Brno by scoring 18 points.
The win continues a stunning Euroleague run for Wisla, which only got a chance to play at Europe’s highest level because CSKA Moscow folded before the start of the season. Now, Wisla will join Russian powers Spartak and UMMC Ekaterinburg and Ros Casares in the Final Four, which will take place on April 9 and April 11. The host city has yet to be determined among the finalists.