CSKA On The March

03.12.2007

Fenerbahce received a severe 109-69 beating by CSKA Moscow last week in the EuroLeague Women but losing coach Zafer Kalaycioglu didn't hesitate to offer a prediction ahead of the next game between the two sides in Istanbul.

"We'll take revenge in Turkey!" the coach said in comments published on CSKA Moscow's website.

Only Kalaycioglu will know if that remark was said tongue-in-cheek.

What is not up for debate is the awesome look of CSKA right now.

No team has been able to stop CSKA, a team that has already won the FIBA Women's World League this year.

"We knew that CSKA are a very strong team but we didn't expect such a result," Kalaycioglu said.

"I'm sure that the road game in Istanbul will be tough," said CSKA Moscow coach Gundars Vetra.
We knew that CSKA are a very strong team but we didn't expect such a result.
Zafer Kalaycioglu
Fenerbahce coach


CSKA have looked unbeatable, but then again, they have yet to play Spartak Moscow Region who now have their front-line players back with Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Tina Thompson and Lauren Jackson making them look every bit as good as the side that won the EuroLeague and women's Superleague last year.

That team beat CSKA in the semi-finals of the EuroLeague and in the finals of the Superleague.
On Saturday, CSKA went through the motions and led only 42-36 over big underdogs Vologda-Chevakata before rolling to a fifth straight victory in the Superleague with a 98-66 triumph.

"I want to say that Vologda prepared very well for this game and played the first half at a very high level," Vetra said, before revealing the nature of his half-time team talk.

"At the same time, we played badly, missed rebounds, made wrong decisions in attack and failed on offense. This situation made me angry.

"But during the (half-time) break, I had a rather stern conversation with the team. After that, the game turned how we wanted."


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