We take a look at the Euroleague Women prospects of Slovak Republic champions and Final Eight 2013 semi-finalists, Good Angels Kosice.
Last season: Good Angels were scintillating and finished top of Group B with a fantastic 9-3 record. Things got even better with a historic appearance at the Final Eight and a fairytale run all the way to the last four of the competition.
|Back running the point for the Good Angels: Miljana Bojovic|
Roster review: The Good Angels have lost some key players and are even younger this season, which means a big challenge for head coach Maros Kovacik, recently handed the reigns of the Slovak Republic national team. They still have the exciting Slovakian quartet of Barbora Balintova, Zsofia Hruscakova, Beata Janoscikova and Martina Kissova, but have also brought in Polish guard Magdalena Zietara and Swedish forward Farhiya Abdi, who both have a real chunk of EuroLeague Women court time already under their belts. Abdi is likely to have the biggest impact since she can also now call upon WNBA experience with LA Sparks. Tijana Krivacevic stays in the frontcourt which is a huge plus, alongside team leader Plenette Pierson. With Belarus veteran center Yelena Leuchanka arriving on a short-term deal, the paint looks to have a nice feel. Lucia Kupcikova is one of the most underrated players in EuroLeague Women and a superb ‘glue' player, whilst playmaker Miljana Bojovic has established herself as a premier playmaker and will have rookie A'dia Mathies alongside her, with the guard having played with Abdi at the Sparks. Katarina Pindrochova is also a reliable player coming off the bench.
Headline writer: Keeping Pierson, the self-confessed ‘mom' of the team, is a real coup and vitally important. She is the one capable of posting hugely instrumental displays and holding things together in what could be a very tricky few months.
Sliding Onto The Radar: Hruscakova is an exceptional frontcourt talent, who at 1995 born, should really have no chance of making an impression this season. However, she continues to develop at an eye-catching rate and could realistically establish herself as one of the best young players in the entire competition, in what is becoming a fabulous basketball education for her.
Scanning the schedule: Good Angels Kosice are in the ‘Group Of Death' this year which includes champions UMMC Ekaterinburg, Tango Bourges Basket, Famila Schio, Kayseri Kaski spor, and Uni Gyor. They should still get enough wins to advance to the play-offs, but three road trips in their last four games stands means getting the job done early would be helpful.
In just ten words: Dynamic, young, exciting to watch, but last four repeat unlikely.