Vetra Full Of Respect For Fenerbahce

16 February 2009

UMMC Ekaterinburg brushed aside TEO Vilnius in two Eighth-Finals games but coach Gundars Vetra doesn't expect an easy ride this week against Fenerbahce.

The Turkish giants won an extremely tight showdown with LOTOS PKO BP Gdynia, and that means UMMC's big signing last summer Cappie Pondexter will go up against her former team Fener.

Vetra, who began the campaign as CSKA Moscow coach but then left over the holiday period for UMMC to replace the sacked Laurent Buffard, said of Fenerbahce: "We have enough information on the rival team, however, the game will be difficult.

"Fenerbahce have organized play on defense and attack."

What might worry Vetra is the balance Fenerbahce now have with veteran USA international shooting guard Katie Smith throwing in three-point daggers.

They already possessed arguably the most underrated frontcourt in Europe.

Nevriye Yilmaz is their Turkey international center and she works in tandem with Canadian Tammy Sutton-Brown.

The latter has averaged 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague Women while Yilmaz has almost identical numbers (14.2 pts and 7.6 rebounds).

"At center, there are two good and tenacious players," Vetra warned.

"There will be a battle and it will not be easy."

What UMMC have, however, is quality of their own and also depth.

To counter, UMMC can play Asjha Jones, Yelena Leuchanka,  Maria  Stepanova and Sandrine Gruda in the lost post.

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