Spartak Meet Galatasaray In SuperCup

20.10.2009

Spartak Moscow Region takes on Galatasaray in the SuperCup today in Vidnoje.

The game pits last season's winners of the EuroLeague Women (Spartak) and the EuroCup Women (Galatasaray), but new faces are expected to be on display for both teams.

10. Jurgita Kausaite (Solna Vikings), 10. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (Dynamo)
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota is another high profile addition to the already talent-packed Spartak roster

Spartak have added three former players of the now defunct CSKA Moscow, namely Russia international Ilona Korstin, Frenchwoman Edwige Lawson-Wade, American Janel McCarville.

The team also signed Anete Jekabsone-Zogota, the former FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year, in June.

Each has played for Spartak in their two Russian Superleague Women wins this season and Jekabsone-Zogota will be no doubt have an extra bounce in her step with the SuperCup being broadcast live back in her native Latvia.

While Team USA's Sylvia Fowles, Serbian Sonja Petrovic, guard Kelly Miller and Russia internationals Marina Karpunina and Irina Osipova are still with the team, the three biggest stars of the outfit - United States internationals Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird and Australia's Lauren Jackson - are not expected to join the team until later this season.

Spartak have had Pokey Chatman walking the sidelines the past two games, who served as an assistant coach the previous two years.

Isil Alben (Galatasaray )
Isil Alben and her Galatasaray side will get a first taste of EuroLeague atmosphere tonight in Vidnoje

Chatman excelled the past two summers as the coach of Slovakia's women's team.

Galatasaray have a change at coach with former Fenerbahce boss Zafer Kalaycioglu calling the shots. While the spark plug of a guard, Nilay Yigit, is running the point the team has bolstered its front line with Czech international Ivana Vecerova and Belarus center Yelena Leuchanka.

Another of the Galatasaray players is Turkey international Isil Alben, and she looked ahead to the game.

"Spartak Moscow Region are our rivals in the SuperCup, a really strong team. As always, we will pull together and do our best."

 


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