National Federations Responsible for Eligibility
FIBA Europe processes over 3,000 player licences in a 6-week period before the start of each season, and would like to emphasise that the eligibility of players is the responsibility of the respective national federation as stated in the European Club Competition Regulations.
FIBA Europe Judge Ruling
A preliminary enquiry into the case regarding the eligibility of certain UMMC Ekaterinburg players participating in the EuroLeague Women was conducted at the beginning of the season at the request of Bourges Basket on 4th November 2003. FIBA Europe sought legal advice on the issue and was informed that no violation of the eligibility rules had taken place.
In light of recent developments regarding the eligibility of 2 players participating in the EuroLeague Women and in accordance with Article 14.3 of the Regulations for European Club Competitions, FIBA Europe has decided to postpone the EuroLeague Women Quarter-Final games between clubs UMMC Ekaterinburg and Gambrinus JME Brno by one week.
As the EuroLeague Women regular season ends one player stands out as having made her presence felt whenever she has hit the court. UMMC Ekaterinburg‘s Yolanda Griffith has dominated the inside game in Group A, not least during the final game against CariChieti. Griffith’s double double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, including 100% shooting from the field, lifted Ekaterinburg to a 87-74 win and the top position in the group. It also earns her Player of the Week honours.
EuroLeague Women defending champions Ekaterinburg clinched top spot in Group A after their defeat of Italian side Carichieti in the final game of the Qualifying Round.
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