Power Rankings: 8th Edition

06 May 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 8th edition is the last one before the test-game period will provide real evidence of the teams' progress.

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1

FRANCE

The 20 players still around for France include all the household names. With the excitement growing in the hosting country, it is hard to look past Les Bleues in this position.

2

TURKEY

Nevriye Yilmaz has found her form quickly in the Turkish league play-offs, averaging around 20 minutes of action in the finals. A fantastic outlook for Turkey.

 

3

SPAIN

Little surprises in the 15 players-list announced by Lucas Mondelo. He has Silvia Dominguez back and is still hoping to include Sancho Lyttle which would give Spain enough inside power to compete for a medal.

+1

4

RUSSIA

The point guard spot is transforming into a real headache with 2011 MVP Elena Danilochkina out. Further bad news for Russia.

-1

5


CROATIA

The retirement of Sandra Mandir had to come at some stage, but seldom has a team looked more prepared to make up for the loss of their top scorer, with Andja Jelavic and Ana Lelas returning.

+1

6

SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Little news coming out of the Slovak national team camp. One bright spot is Marie Ruzickova, who made a strong bid in the play-offs in Italy with Gesam Gas Lucca.

-1

7

MONTENEGRO

Jelena Skerovic's injury in the Czech league play-offs is not a real threat for her participation in EuroBasket Women, but will delay her participation in practice camp.

8

CZECH REPUBLIC

Getting Veronika Bortelova back after maternity leave is good news on the point guard position for Lubor Blazek. The rest of the roster is relatively young and inexperienced for Czech standards.

 

9

BELARUS

Anastasia Verameyenka has been crowned Turkish champion with Fenerbahce, contributing nicely against the powerful frontline of Galatasaray and being the ideal side-kick to Ivana Matovic.

10

ITALY

Schio have defended their league title in Italy with Giorgia Sottana maturing into a position where she can lead the team from the point.

11

SWEDEN

The Swedish preliminary roster includes the Eldebrink twins, Louice Halvarsson and Farhiya Abdi. If those players are in the final 12, expect them to climb up further in this ranking.

+3

12


UKRAINE

Ukraine will have their first test in Poland on 17 May. Only then it will be clear how well the pieces click.

13


LITHUANIA

The next generation has taken over for Lithuania, but not having Egle Sulciute and Sandra Linkeviciene is a set-back nonetheless.

-2

14

SERBIA

The Serbian team took on the men's U16 men's team twice in recent days and while this was rather a kick-off event then a real test, going down in both could affect the morale of the team with the next test about two weeks away.

-1

15


GREAT BRITAIN

The post-Olympic team does look different under new coach Damian Jennings. The youthful look of the preliminary roster with main contributors from 2011 and 2012 missing could make immediate success somewhat difficult.

16

LATVIA

As if things weren't looking grey enough: Aija Putnina is the next prominent absence with a shoulder injury.


 


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