Every second week leading up to EuroBasket Women 2013, fibaeurope.com's undercover expert ranks the 16 teams headed for France. The 5th edition is strongly influenced by the EuroLeague Women Final Eight.
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After the triumph of Ekaterinburg at the EuroLeague Women F8, many would expect Russia on top, but it is Bourges who make the difference with their national team players in top form and a third place finish to their name.
Two titles in two competitions for Russia's clubs makes you wonder why they are on second spot. A look on UMMC's roster explains a lot, with Olga Arteshina the only Russian to log more than 15 minutes per game.
Fenerbahce's success is not exactly built on domestic players and the form of Galatasaray at the Final Eight was a shock. Add to this that influential Nevriye Yilmaz was inactive in Ekaterinburg and Turkey are far from safe in third spot.
With Alba Torrens still looking for her form, Silvia Dominguez is the bright spot for Spain. The pass-first guard is committed to the national team and a reigning EuroLeague Women champion for a third straight year.
Usually not in the lime-light, Petra Kulichova was a tower of strength for Kosice in their impressive F8 run. Reliable as always in rebounding and on defence, she chipped in with some good moves on offence, too.
Iva Perovanovic sits in third spot in Russia with Nadezhda, indicating she will be used to winning come June.
Zofia Hruscakova is only 18 years old, but her involvement in the F8 gives national team coach Ivan Vojtko another option under the basket.
Despite Bourges' international success, the domestic league in France is dominated by BLMA and Ana Lelas is a big reason for that, while in Turkey, Jelena Ivezic is also enjoying a solid season.
Schio put up a fight in Ekaterinburg, but the involvement of the Italian national team players is rather worrying than encouraging, with only Giorgia Sottana showing glimpses of good form.
Marina Solopova is still not off the mark with rock-bottom Edremit in Turkey. On the bright side, Ausra Bimbaite is having a good season with Kursk in Russia.
Anastasiya Verameyenka was a no-show in the EuroLeague Women Final, but her impressive ten-point, five-block display in the semi-final was what Belarus fans will want to see from her.
Olga Maznichenko of Pozzuoli in Italy could be an answer for the lack of depth of Ukraine in case she teams up with age-peers Alina Iagupova and Olesia Malashenko.
Ana Dabovic keeps lighting it up for TED Ankara, but it's the displays of Ivana Matovic and Miljana Bojovic at the F8 that make you wonder where Serbia would end up in a perfect-for-them world.
With Frida still not back, Elin Eldebrink is the one in charge and her involvement with Cagliari is indicating she can indeed carry the scoring burden.
The first time the Brits leave last spot has two reasons: Johannah Leedham and her sticky defense that helped propel Bourges to a third-spot-finish at the F8 and Damian Jennings being confirmed as the new head coach of the programme.
As if a long list of absences and a roster with plenty of players without international experience was not enough, Liene Jansone is having a hard time in Turkey with Tarsus.