One of the most anticipated games in the EuroLeague Women so far this season will take place in Italy on Wednesday when Beretta-Famila Schio host Ros Casares in a battle of unbeatens. The winners will sit atop Group D with three victories.
While Ros Casares will give Nicky Anosike her EuroLeague Women debut, they won't have Katie Douglas because of a foot injury that kept the American out of their game over the weekend in the Liga Femenina.
Ros didn't need her, or injured Germany international forward Linda Frohlich, because they laid the wood to UNB Obenasa Navarra, winning 86-41.
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Frohlich will travel to Italy, however.
Schio are going into the contest on the back of a 69-57 triumph over Pool Comense.
One player that flat out dominated in that contest was Italy international Laura Macchi, a player for Europe earlier this year at the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game in Gdynia, Poland.
Macchi missed the summer with the Azzurre while trying to get over the plantar fasciitis that forced her out of the Italian post-season earlier this year.
She looked as good as new against Como, drilling four of five shots from the arc and finishing with 26 points.
"It 's been a tough game and maybe we paid something for some tiredness after the EuroLeague Women game against Gorzow," Macchi said.
"We did some good and some not so good, like turned the ball over too much."
Ros Casares are team that has every intention of reaching the EuroLeague Women Final Four for the second season in a row and Schio know they'll have to overcome this kind of opposition if they have designs on reaching the showpiece event themselves.
"It will be a battle but we will play our game," Macchi said.
"We will prepare, as always, in the best possible way. This year we can play against anyone, with the roster that we have, we can do well.
"This game is a battle for the top spot in the group.
"We will need to use our head, to show character and above all, heart, which is something that characterizes Famila."
Watch here highlights of Ros Casares' victory against Bourges, last week.