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By Jeff Taylor
The fact that the two sides are meeting in the EuroLeague Women Final Eight at the Abdi Ipekci on Thursday makes the clash even more special.
Add to that Galatasaray's sense of urgency after their opening day defeat to Rivas Ecopolis, and the knowledge that superstar Diana Taurasi is going to pull out all stops in a bid to lead Gala past Fener, and the meeting has all the makings of a classic.
Fener pulled away from a resilient Beretta-Famila Schio on Wednesday, 74-58, while Rivas Ecopolis won 75-68 over Galatasaray.
After his team's triumph over Schio, George Dikeoulakos, the Fenerbahce coach, was asked about the club's rivalry with Galatasaray.
"For some people, this is a game of life and death," he said.
"For some people it's just a game.
"I would describe it as just a celebration."
Season So Far
The Hot Hand
Penny Taylor vs. Diana Taurasi. Australia international Taylor was in peak form against Schio for Fenerbahce, scoring 24 points and crashing the boards. She is sure to spend much of Thursday night guarding Taurasi, and attacking the American when Fener have the ball.