Sony Athinaikos captured the EuroCup Women title on Thursday night by completing a narrow two-legged triumph over Russian outfit Nadezhda.
The Orenburg team trailed by eight points after the first leg and managed to close the gap to just two points on aggregate late on Thursday, but it ended up winning the second leg 57-53.
Anastasiya Veremeenko knows she and her Nadezhda teammates face a very difficult task in Athens on Thursday night as they attempt to hit back from a first-leg deficit to Sony Athinaikos and win the EuroCup Women.
The Greeks won the first leg last week in Orenburg, 65-57.
Sony Athinaikos will carry an eight-point advantage into the second leg of their EuroCup Women Final against Nadezhda Orenburg in Greece on Thursday.
However, the players for both sides know that a lot can happen in 40 minutes of basketball.
If Nadezhda end up winning the EuroCup Women, Monique Currie will have had a lot to do with it.
As late-season signings go, she's been about as good as they come.
Sony Athinaikos are in command of the EuroCup Women Finals after winning the opening leg at Nadezhda on Thursday.
In a battle of Greece versus Russia, Athinaikos got 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals from their Greek national team point guard Dimitra Kalentzou in a 65-57 victory.
The team that wins the battle of the boards will win the EuroCup Women, according to Nadezhda coach Vladimir Koloskov.
The Orenburg outfit will host the first leg of the Final on Thursday against Sony Athinaikos.
Nadezhda coach Vladimir Koloskov believes his team's EuroLeague Women struggles in 2008-09 have paid dividends one year later.
The Orenburg club suffered a couple of narrow defeats at the start of last season's competition and ended up winning just two of its 10 games, but the players logged a lot of minutes in the toughest competition in Europe.
The men receive the lion's share of the attention in Greece when it comes to basketball, yet it's beginning to dawn on people that women in the country play the sport at a high level, too.
At the 2004 Olympics, the Greek women played as the host nation and reached the Quarter-Finals before falling to the United States, the eventual gold-medalists.
Nadezhda Orenburg host Sony Athinaikos in the first leg of the EuroCup Women Final this week and one prominent coach in Europe is certain a thrilling tie is going to unfold.
Nadezhda are in Russia's Superleague Women and one of the coaches that has had to contend with them and their experienced coach, Vladimir Koloskov, is Spartak Moscow Region boss Pokey Chatman.
It should come as no surprise that Russians Nadezhda are in the EuroCup Women Final.
Under the leadership of veteran coach Vladimir Koloskov, who has a very talented roster of players, the Orenburg club has been flying high all season both in Russia's top flight and in Europe.