|23 October 2013|
|Long-term EuroLeague Women participant DeLisha Milton-Jones is now seeking to add a EuroCup Women trophy to her collection |
We take a look at the four teams preparing to fight it out in Group C of EuroCup Women.
The sole representatives from Romania in women's European club basketball competitions this season are ACS Sepsi, who return to the competition after a gap of four years.
They will probably be seen as an underdog in the group, with much of their success most likely dependent upon on how rookie Jasmine Watson and WNBA playmaker Samantha Prahalis both perform.
Watson averaged double-digits in points and 6.2 rebounds-per-game at the University of Massachusetts, whilst playmaker Prahalis has played limited minutes in the WNBA, with this also being her first club season on European soil.
The other two prominent players for Sepsi will be Swedish wing Kalis Loyd and fellow small forward Lejla Bejtic, who hails from Bosnia and Herzegovina and could be a source of some handy points production.
Horizont Minsk are back for a fourth successive season in the tournament and may also be viewed by some people as underdogs, but their roster is packed with national team experience - including former Belarus head coach Anatoli Buyalski.
They have five players who played at EuroBasket Women 2013, plus team leader Tatyana Troina, who would have played but she did not recover from the ACL injury she suffered in Nantes this time last year.
Natallia Anufryienka, Nataliya Trafimava and Tatsiana Likhtarovich are all dangerous wing players and especially the latter, who played a big role in helping Belarus qualify for the FIBA 2014 Championship for Women.
Marina Kress is a veteran center of the national team and will do a solid job in the paint alongside fellow pivot Aleksandra Khomenchuk, who represented Ukraine in France.
Tarsus Belediye SK were EuroLeague Women rookies last season and this year, they are embarking on their inaugural EuroCup Women campaign and will be expected to challenge for pole position in this group.
They have a lot of veteran players with none other than Delisha Milton-Jones leading the way. The bona-fide EuroLeague Women legend will not compete in the elite competition for the first time in almost a decade, and would dearly love to lift a EuroCup Women title to make up for that run being broken.
The forward is joined by another vet under the basket in Croatian Sonja Kireta, whilst Donneka Hodges should bring plenty of firepower from the three-spot and Katsiaryna Snytsina has been a leader of the Belarus national team for many years and will therefore will be a factor for sure.
Meanwhile with Renee Montgomery pulling the strings in the backcourt, she is the kind of classy guard who could put potentially put Tarsus at a higher level than their opponents.
Completing the quartet of teams are Dynamo Novosibirsk, who are coached by former EuroBasket Women gold medal winning coach Boris Sokolovskiy.
The Siberian side made some changes during the summer and swooped for some interesting new players, including Swedish small forward Binta Drammeh and Belgian forward Noemie Mayombo.
The marquee signings have been WNBA center Devereaux Peters, who is still in the process of trying to get through some visa issues and experienced Russian wing player.
Notably Dynamo have posted three winning season records in their four previous EuroCup Women campaigns and so will provide a stern test for the other three clubs and especially at home.