Power Rankings: 1st Edition

28 January 2013

Every fortnight leading up to EuroBasket Women 2013,'s undercover expert ranks the 16 teams headed for France. Here are the inaugural rankings.




The Olympic silver medalists are not only playing at home next summer, but also have two teams on track for the play-offs in the EuroLeague Women. Players like Elodie Godin are in fine form.



New Russian coach Alfredas Vainauskas has a fantastic pool of talent with experienced players and a younger generation waiting to make their mark. A question mark remains over Maria Stepanova, who was pushing for a Russian head coach.



The Turks are not going to be a one-show after their silver medal in 2011. Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are amongst the strongest teams in EuroLeague Women whilst Nevriye Yilmaz is close to making her EuroLeague Women comeback.



Croatia's injury woes can be overlooked, due to the fact that Matea Vrdoljak and Mirna Mazic are performing well for Novi Zagreb and Sandra Mandir is not slowing down a bit at the age of 35.



The Czech teams in the EuroLeague Women are underperforming with Eva Viteckova's stats at a five-year low. Still, they have a talent-level that is superior to most other teams and Tereza Peckova is turning into a reliable threat.



Alba Torrens is finally back and La Roja will hope their most talented player reaches her top form before she reports to training camp. Silvia Dominguez has played well for EuroLeague Women front-runners UMMC.



The fact that Jelena Dubljevic and Jelena Skerovic play together at club level further strengthens a team that already had great chemistry at EuroBasket Women 2011.



A solid qualification campaign has been followed by successful showings of Kosice and Ruzomberok in Europe with Ruzomberok relying heavily on domestic players. A deep run in the EuroCup Women should further boost the confidence of the Slovaks.



Schio are a real threat in EuroLeague Women with a host of domestic players contributing in a big way. After a strong Qualification Round, Italy seem to be back on track.



Belarus appear to be in trouble getting their best players on board in the likes of Yelena Leuchanka, and Tatiana Troina who is still recovering from an ACL injury.



Lithuania have some young talent around in the likes of Giedre Paugaite and Marina Solopova. Without a team in the EuroLeague Women it is uncertain how well the rest of the team is prepared for the top level.



If coach Marina Maljkovic can summon her best team, Serbia can be a real threat. In the past however, that has been a problem. Jelena Milovanovic and Sonja Petrovic are the key names in this aspect.



The Swedes beat Spain twice in the Qualification Round and also had a team competing in EuroCup Women. The injury-plagued season of top-performer Frida Eldebrink however, is worrying for the Scandinavians.



Latvia only just qualified for the Final Round and are constantly in danger of losing marquee players. With a handful of key players uncertain, they must be considered strugglers at the moment.



Ukraine have promising players and if Alina Iagupova keeps developing into a star player, they might be a surprise package. A lack of depth in the squad leaves a lot of questions though.



GB's issues are more off-court, with funding seriously cut down and a new head coach yet to be appointed. Johanna Leedham joining Bourges is a small ray of hope.





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