Zaragoza Move Into Third In Spain

EuroCup Women

12. Roksana Yordanova (Bulgaria), 7. Ana Baletic (Montenegro)
Athinaikos new signing Ana Baletic (right) had a brief spell with Thursday's opponents Zaragoza in the 2008-09 season

EuroCup Women beat EuroLeague Women on Thursday night in Spain as Mann Filter Zaragoza edged Rivas Ecopolis 61-58 in the Liga Femenina.

Aneika Henry, the 24-year-old center from Jamaica, had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Mann Filter, who took over sole possession of third place in the Liga with the victory.

Copa de la Reina winners Rivas got a game-high 23 points from Amaya Valdemoro although the Spain international was just one of seven from long range.

Mann Filter will be squaring off against defending champions Sony Athinaikos in the Quarter-Finals of the EuroCup Women next week with the first leg in Spain.

Rivas will begin their best-of-three EuroLeague Women Eighth-Finals play-offs on Tuesday at UMMC Ekaterinburg.

Athinaikos, meanwhile, who had to come from behind in their Eighth-Finals tie with Partizan Galenika to progress, have signed Ana Baletic.

The 1.85m Montenegro forward averaged 14 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last summer as her national team clinched a spot in the EuroBasket Women.

Top Talent In EuroCup Women

If the EuroCup Women has proved anything over the years, it's that the best players on the continent do not only compete in the EuroLeague.

In this year's EuroCup, in fact, are three leading players in the Greek team that were on show at the FIBA World Championship for Women.

Dimitra Kalentzou, Olga Chatzinikolaou and Iouliti Lymoura all turn out for Sony Athinaikos and will again represent their country at the EuroBasket Women in June.

Russia's Elena Danilochkina, who is on the books of EuroCup quarter-finalists Chevakata, and France's Johanne Gomis of Arras, played in the Czech Republic last year as well.

Le'Coe Willingham, Tanasha Wright and Shay Doron have a lot of EuroLeague Women experience and play with Elitzur Ramla, a team capable of going all the way this season in the EuroCup.

Willingham was one of Halcon Avenida's best players when they hosted the EuroLeague Women Final Four and finished runners-up to Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.

Dynamo GUVD's leading scorer this season is Sheana Mosch, a former EuroLeague Women All Star who helped Nadezhda reach the EuroCup Women title game against Athinaikos last season.

Olesia Malashenko, an Arras player like Gomis, is a nominee for Young Women's Player of the Year.

Veteran Italian center Kathrin Ress is with quarter-finalists Gran Canaria while at Mann Filter, there is a lot of promise in Spanish youngsters such as Cristina Ouvina and Queralt Casas, not to mention a EuroLeague Women veteran in Allison Feaster-Strong.

Nantes feature another Young Women's Player of the Year nominee in forward Sabine Niedola, one of the most important players in the Latvia national side.


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