|Plenette Pierson has been showing her versatility throughout the season with 16.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game|
Each weekday in the lead up to the EuroLeague Women Final Eight, fibaeurope.com profiles one of the eight teams who will be appearing in Ekaterinburg. Today we look at Final Eight debutantes Good Angels Kosice.
Road to Final Eight:
Good Angels Kosice went on a six game winning streak during the Regular Season to finally top Group B with a 9-3 record and head into the play-offs with home-court advantage. The Slovak team entered their series with Perfumerias Avenida highly motivated and after two easy wins, reached their first ever EuroLeague Women Final Eight.
Keep an Eye On:
Alexandria Quigley makes 52.5% of her three-point attempts, making her the most accurate three-point shooter in the competition. The Hungarian international, along with forward Plenette Pierson, provide the firepower for Kosice - each averaging a team-high 16.1 points-per-game. Both profit from the hand of point guard Miljana Bojovic, who dishes out 5.6 assists each time she steps out.
It has been a dream season for Kosice who continue to evolve as a club with each and every season. It's critical they continue this trend and remain focused on not merely being satisfied with reaching the Final Eight and in this context, it will be an interesting test of temperament and mental attitude. Their great strength is that they do have several all-round contributors, even if the shooting of Quigley and inside play of Pierson have been the headlines rising to the fore during recent weeks. Quigley in particular may get some serious defensive attention when she takes to the floor and that means her team-mates will have to work harder off the ball - both to get her open and also to exploit the space and opportunities left if teams decide to focus on her too heavily. Good Angels always look a team built around collective energy and intensity. This comes from the likes of Natasha Lacy, whilst the direction and string-pulling of Bojovic is critical. They must box-out more effectively as a team under their own hoop, because second chance points will kill them when playing the highest level teams in this epic season finale.
Kosice give up more points per game at 69.4, than any other team competing at the Final Eight. Statistically, they are also the worst total rebounding team at the event with 36.2 per game. Ironically, they are actually the best offensive rebounding team in the entire competition with 12.1 per game, although this shows their potential fragility on the defensive glass.
Kosice debuted internationally in the Ronchetti Cup back in 1994 and have established themselves in EuroLeague Women during recent years. They are currently competing in their eighth campaign. The team made it past the group stage last season, but entered the play-offs as outsiders and eventually succumbed to UMMC Ekaterinburg.