Every second week leading up to EuroBasket Women 2013, fibaeurope.com's undercover expert ranks the 16 teams headed for France. The 3rd edition of the rankings sees stability at the top of the roost.
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With Dynamo Moscow reaching the EuroCup Women Finals, and two Russian teams taking part in the EuroLeague Women Final Eight, Russia stays in the driving seat of European women’s basketball.
French duo Sandrine Gruda and Isabelle Yacoubou are both guaranteed a trip to the EuroLeague Women Final Eight, and will hope for Bourges Basket to increase the number of Frenchwomen in Ekaterinburg.
Last year’s runners-up Kayseri Kaski spor have a second shot at winning the EuroCup Women title; giants Fenerbahce and Galatasaray swept their EuroLeague Women play-off series – Turkey is not leaving the top three of this table anytime soon.
2006 was the last time no Spanish club finished among the top eight in EuroLeague Women; and while Perfumerias Avenida dropped out of contention, Rivas Ecopolis still fight for their spot at the Final Eight, hoping to continue the tradition.
ZVVZ USK missed out on the EuroLeague Women Final Eight, but Petra Kulichova helping Kosice reach the big event is duly noted by national team coach Lubor Blazek.
The Montenegrin fraction in Prague waved good-bye to EuroLeague Women action, but with Eshaya Murphy embracing playing time with new side Galatasaray and Milka Bjelica and Ana Turcinovic enjoying quality minutes in the competitive Turkish league, Montenegro go up one spot.
Sandra Mandir’s move to Istanbul Universitesi BGD might get her valuable experience in a strong Turkish league, but at the same time splits up the core of national team players at Novi Zagreb.
MBK Ruzomberok’s miracle run in the EuroCup Women came to an end after the semi-finals, but Good Angels Kosice making their debut EuroLeague Women Final Eight keeps the Slovaks in eighth spot.
Famila Schio are flying the Italian flag solo in this EuroLeague Women season, and are still in the race for a second consecutive Final Eight which would ensure quality court time for Giorgia Sottana, Laura Macchi and co.
Anastasiya Verameyenka is the only Belarusian to make the headlines these days, with her fellow Belarus team-mates not delivering mentionable performances.
No news is good news for Lithuania, who comfortably sit in 11th spot, with their players staying healthy and producing constant numbers.
Oleksandra Kurasova is one of the main reasons her club Rivas forced a deciding third game in their EuroLeague Women play-off series and her form could be worth a mint come summer.
Serbia would be in the top ten if EuroLeague Women Play-Offs Day 1 MVP Ivana Matovic committed to the national team. Of course, getting back Targoviste point guard Maja Miljkovic would not hurt either.
Frida Eldebrink’s return to the basketball courts has been postponed. Not good news for the Swedish national team who need their star player at full strength in order to compete at EuroBasket Women.
On the positive side, Latvian players produce regularly solid numbers across Europe. On the negative side, they don’t suit up for the national team (anymore).
No news is bad news for Great Britain, who are stuck in last place and are desperately in need of a new coach and structure.