Every second week leading up to EuroBasket Women 2013, fibaeurope.com's undercover expert ranks the 16 teams headed for France. The 7th edition is the first time a team not called France or Russia makes the top two.
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Need any more confirmation of how deep the French squad is? Diandra Tchatchouang has been drafted to the WNBA. The forward might not even make the final cut, but it's always good to have quality players pushing in.
The surprising return of Nevriye Yilmaz to action with Galatasaray makes the twin-towers combination with Quanitra Hollingsworth more likely, a devastating perspective for opponents.
It looks like a change of guard for Russia without the golden girls Maria Stepanova, Svetlana Abrosimova and Olga Arteshina. Russia do have the talent to deal with it, but might lack veteran leadership.
Spanish coaches in the recent past have had difficulties finding the right mix between experience and youth. Lucas Mondelo is not the man to envy, having to make a choice between motivated youngsters and experienced veterans.
Good news for the Slovak national team is again coming out of Ruzomberok, who are giving Kosice a hard fight in the finals and the national team players priceless minutes of high-level competition.
Ana Lelas is looking good to clinch the title in France with BLMA. Great outlook for coach Bralic and his players who had to do without the forward in 2011 and still finished 5th.
Is the absence of Jelena Dubljevic on the recent USK Prague box score a reason for concern for Montenegro? If a do-it-all player like Dubljevic is missing, a short rotation will be under pressure.
No Horakova - seen it coming. But no Viteckova? With their best shooting wing absent, memories of 2009 kick in. A Czech team missing key components finished 9th:
Olimpia have claimed the Baltic League title with Maryia Papova performing at her best. Another center in good form can never hurt.
Benedetta Bagnara appears to be in good form for Gesam Gas Lucca, ahead of the finals series with Famila Schio. The shooting guard broke through to the senior team last year and her contribution could be key on a rather old team.
Kibirkstis-Vilnius went out in the Baltic League semis, but rebounded to take third place with 2.05m center Kristina Alminaite leading the way. Her long frame can be a factor for the Lithuanians in two months’ time.
Ukraine’s 24-roster is out with no great surprises. Oleksandra Kurasova is there, together with the ’91 born post duo Olesia Malashenko and Olga Maznichenko as well as veterans Lyubov Alyoshkina and Olena Zherzherunova - solid.
What has long been debated has now become a reality. Serbia will be without most of their marquee players in France. Lots of work for Jelena Milovanovic and coach Marina Maljkovic.
Rumours are Farhiya Abdi could skip EuroBasket Women for a shot at the WNBA. It is Not what Sweden fans will want to hear with the roster getting thinner and thinner.
Johannah Leedham did not exactly shine as Bourges went down to BLMA in game 1 of their LFB finals series. Both her club and the national team need her to do better in order to have a chance.
SK Cesis look good to claim the Latvian domestic league title against national team boss Aigars Nerips and TTT Riga. The play-caller can oversee a big bunch of national team players in this series, but would need more external help to progress in the rankings.