Taranto Excitement Ahead Of UMMC Clash

03 November 2009

Cras Basket Taranto could be forgiven if they were even a little anxious ahead of this week's EuroLeague Women game in Italy against UMMC Ekaterinburg.

UMMC are, after all, the defending champions of Russia and they opened their European campaign last week with an 85-56 drubbing of TEO Vilnius while Taranto fell at Galatasaray, 76-64.

Roberto Ricchini even called UMMC "the strongest team in the world" ahead of the game.

There is nothing quite like making a bow in a major competition,  though, which is what Taranto will do when they host a EuroLeague game for the first time on Thursday.

"It's an historic meeting," club president Angelo Basile said.

"Taranto, for the first time, will host a EuroLeague game, the top continental competition of women's basketball.

"The show is assured hence, we invite the public to come out in numbers to the PalaMazzola.

"The team needs the warmth of our fans to embark on an incredible challenge."

Taranto have been flying high so far in Italy's top flight with four wins in as many games.

Their latest triumph came against Umbertide over the weekend, a 63-41 win.

When it was put to coach Ricchini that UMMC would be far better than Umbertide, he answered: "Definitely. Obviously on Thursday against Ekaterinburg, it will be a different story because in front of us we will have the strongest team in the world.

"We have the job to give our best and try and close the gap with our rivals.

"The winner will be the team that deserves it and that shows the best basketball."

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