Power Rankings: 4th Edition

11 March 2013

EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013

Every second week leading up to EuroBasket Women 2013, fibaeurope.com's undercover expert ranks the 16 teams headed for France. The 4th edition sees the hosts claim back the lead after weeks of Russian supremacy.

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1

FRANCE

Bourges edging Wisla gives France a boost with a vital core of national team players joining Sandrine Gruda and Isabelle Yacoubou at the F8. Will it be enough to stay on top for longer?

 

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2

RUSSIA

Not that anything looks worse for Russia with Dynamo still chasing the EuroCup Women championship and hosts Ekaterinburg surging towards their first EuroLeague Women title in 10 years, it is merely the strong hosts that change the order here.

 

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3

TURKEY

Isil Alben is enjoying her best EuroLeague Women season to date and Birsel Vardarli is having a similar impact on Fener's success. With Kayseri hosting the EuroCup Women decider, it looks to be all smiles for the Turks.

4

SPAIN

No team from the Iberian Peninsula made it to Ekaterinburg, but a solution of Spain's problems under the hoop is near with Astou Ndour and Vanessa Ble dominating the boards of the domestic Liga Feminina.

 

5

MONTENEGRO

Montenegro are profiting from a major blow dealt to the Czechs, while prolific performances from Milka Bjelica in a Besiktas shirt is coming in handy as well.

 

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6

CZECH REPUBLIC

While her participation was far from a lock, the announcement of Hana Horakova to skip EuroBasket Women 2013 leaves the Czechs without their influential point guard and sees them falling one spot in the rankings.

 

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7

CROATIA

Novi Zagreb's maiden EuroLeague Women season was a rocky one but Iva Ciglar's good performances and team success in France as well as Maria Rezan's good form after injury keep the Croats in the mix.

 

8

SLOVAK REPUBLIC

The only thing that Slovak fans could not like about Kosice's impressive season is the lack of minutes for domestic players. But Kupcikova and company are hanging in for a top-eight finish.

9

ITALY

Italy stay put, despite the good effort of Schio and their return to the F8. Laura Macchi and Raffaela Masciadri are reliable threats, but there is little more coming from other contributors in Italy and Europe.

10

LITHUANIA

Lithuania move up a spot, thanks to Gintare Petronyte and her good form in Italy for Taranto. Egle Sulciute's contribution in Salamanca should also not be overlooked.

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11

BELARUS

It is Anastasiya Verameyenka all over the place, but is that really enough to repeat successful results from previous editions of EuroBasket Women with few other players making positive headlines?

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12

UKRAINE

While Oleksandra Kurasova will have to watch the EuroLeague Women F8 from home, her good form of late is the main reason to cheer for the Ukrainians. With a couple of players already approaching veteran status, the integration of some youngsters could be vital.

13

SERBIA

The list of potential absentees is long for Serbia but a potential return of Miljana Bojovic, the second-best ball distributor in the EuroLeague Women, could mean a vast improvement to the chances of the Balkan side. "Could" that is...

14

LATVIA

Latvia are finally on their way up und it is mainly due to the fine performances of Aija Putnina. The forward is in the top four in scoring and rebounding in Spain's top flight, playing for UNB Obenasa Lacturale.

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15

SWEDEN

It has been quite a descent for Sweden since the first edition of the rankings, all due to injuries. Inside threat Louice Halvarsson is side-lined with a knee injury that makes her participation in France unlikely.

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16

GREAT BRITAIN

The Brits now know it will not be Tom Maher leading them on the side-line and with no mention of a replacement, the Brits remain locked at rock bottom.


 


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