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The play-offs have started in Russia with little surprises so far. The special attention of national team coach Alfredas Vainauskas will be on teams with a big core of Russians such as Dynamo Moscow, who are currently tied with Kursk.
Pierre Vincent has come out with his preliminary roster and it turns out he will have to go without a quintet of Olympic silver medalists for a variety of reasons - a worrying perspective.
Having Quanitra Hollingsworth ready to roll for Turkey is a bonus, but the positives might be overshadowed by the possible absence of icon Nevriye Yilmaz whose condition remains unclear.
Some Spanish national team players are having a short break due to qualified Salamanca and Rivas waiting for their play-off opponents, but Spain remain in place thanks to guard duo Nuria Martinez and Cristina Ouvina who are doing well abroad.
Good news for the Czechs is coming out of Spain, where back-up guard Katarina Bartonova is enjoying a solid season, leading ICG Software Cadi into the play-off semi-finals.
Snezana Aleksic, with her mix of youth and EuroCup Women winning experience comes in handy for Montenegro as the guard is still battling in the play-offs with Dynamo Moscow.
The end of the domestic season is approaching and that means all players not on the roster of Kosice and Ruzomberok have time to rest - or get out of shape...
Jelena Ivezic is filling the score-sheet for Ceyhan BLD in Turkey. Her season could soon be over though with game one in the quarter-final play-offs already in the books and the opponent being Fenerbahce.
Gaia Gorini and Sabrina Cinili (Umbertide) have just eliminated Giulia Gatti and Nnena Wabara (Taranto) from the play-offs, which does not take the Italians far as the latter two miss out on further high-level competition.
Coach Rimantas Grigas has announced his preliminary squad and both Tatyana Troina and Yelena Leuchanka are included, something that fueles hopes of another deep run in the competition.
With Partizan Galenika as the unofficial national team enjoying success, expect Serbia to be a well-oiled machine come June, run by a motivated technician in Marina Maljkovic.
Petronyte - out of the play-offs with Taranto. Sulciute - resting with Salamanca. Paugaite - season over with Mondeville. Not too many positives for the Lithuanians, other than the good form of Kibirkstes-Vilnius in the domestic league.
Alina Iagupova keeps posting incredible numbers in the domestic league, looking good to go all the way to the title. Good for Ukraine to have their top-scorer's confidence on a high.
Farhiya Abdi is the second best scorer of the Czech league on a Brno team that looks capable of going for the title. Given her disappointing showing in yellow and blue last summer, she could be key for the Swedes.
Chantelle Handy is a big part of Mersin's success in Turkey, a fact that will make freshly appointed play-caller Damian Jennings sleep a lot easier.
SK Cesis have reclaimed the Latvian-Estonian title with Anda Eibele showing promising performances. However, more good news will need to come out of the Baltics to move the Latvians up the ladder.