by David Breuer
|Signe Boye Knudsen and SISU are hosting Arras for their secong home game in the EuroCup Women|
The game between SISU and Arras on November 9 in Arras was closer than many people had expected. Arras led by only 48-45 in the middle of the third period, until taking control of the game in the last minutes, securing a solid 16-point victory, 70-54.
Arras were not very happy with their performance because they felt, they should have defeated SISU by at least 30 points.
SISU, on the other hand, were happy, because they found a way to stay in the game and they felt that they had a chance to win it.
This makes the second meeting between these teams very interesting. Will we have another close game or will Arras manage to take control of the game early on?
Arras has won three games and lost one in Group E in the EuroCup, whereas SISU has lost all four games. Arras will need a victory in their quest for first place in the group, but SISU are still hunting for their first win, after missing out on a victory in a very close game against Sint-Katelijne-Waver in Belgium two weeks ago.
Arras is the clear favorite in Thursday's game, with the high scoring Pauline Akonga, Romanian sharpshooter Gabriela Marginean and American point guard Leilani Mitchell (all previous WNBA players) in their starting lineup. Apart from them, guard Joyce Cousseins had a very strong performance against SISU.
The most effective players for SISU in the EuroCup have been Stephanie Madden (averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds), Kiki Lund (9 points on 38% three-point shooting) and Tea Jørgensen (8 points, 5 rebounds).
Head Coach Hrannar Holm is looking forward to the Arras game. "We are very excited about the game. We still have two EuroCup games on our schedule, both at home, and our goal is to win at least one of them.
"The season, until now, has been great fun for us, but at the same time strange, because, in the Danish Dameligaen we have rather easily won all 10 games but in the EuroCup we have lost all four games, rather clearly as well, with one exception.
"The competition is tough, and Arras is a strong team with a few really good players, and that will make our life difficult. But our formula is actually very simple. We know exactly how we want to play. We have to go out and do it, and if the shots go in, we will have a chance."
In SISUs first home game against BC Chevakata from Vologda, Russia, SISU's arena Kildeskovshallen was full and the atmosphere was good. SISU are hoping for similar support on Thursday.