FIBA EuroLeague Women: Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe renew rivalry in Week 8

Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe will clash in Week 8 of EuroLeague Women play, restoring among the most significant and most extreme competitions in expert sports. It’s possibly today’s most engaging match — and it includes a lot of WNBA skill.

Incidentally, both Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe sit at 4-3 in Group B, which suffices by itself to raise some eyebrows. Fenerbahçe, in specific, hasn’t rather measured up to preseason expectations (FIBA ranked it at No. 2 in its preseason power rankings), however has actually come alive given that the mid-November break, winning a set of video games by a combined 42 points. Kayla McBride presently ranks 2nd in EuroLeague Women in scoring (20.4 points per video game) while Alina Iagupova leads the competitors in helps (6 per video game).

Galatasaray, on the other hand, is likewise on the increase after beginning the season 0-2. Though it dropped recently’s video game versus Beretta Famila Schio, the midseason addition of Kaela Davis is currently paying dividends, with the gifted wing leading the group in scoring while offering it much-needed size on the border. Davis coordinate with Riquna Williams to provide Galatasaray among the more explosive scoring duos in EuroLeague Women.

Elsewhere throughout the EuroLeague Women landscape, 2021 WNBA Rookie of the Year Michaela Onyenwere has actually gotten here in Girona. It’s a little later than anticipated — the group at first specified that she would report on Dec. 1 after rehabbing a thumb injury — however she seems excellent to go now. Onyenwere will be reuniting with previous UCLA colleague Kennedy Burke and she’s likewise recorded her EuroLeague Women journey so far in a quick TikTok video.

With these stories simply the suggestion of the iceberg, it’s an amazing time to be a EuroLeague Women fan. You can capture all of today’s action live and free of charge on FIBA’s YouTube channel. Here are the information on the remainder of the week’s video games, along with which gamers to expect.

Tuesday, December 7

Perfumerias Avenida (5-2) vs. MBA Moscow (2-5)

When: 11 a.m. ET

Where: Basket Hall Moscow

How to see: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Kahleah Copper, Katie Lou Samuelson, Karlie Samuelson, Bella Alarie, Emese Hof, Silvia Dominguez, Maite Cazorla (Perfumerias Avenida); Nina Glonti, Zhosselina Maiga (MBA Moscow)

Matchup information: Avenida was up to Russian superteam UMMC Ekaterinburg recently, 110-102, however it definitely wasn’t for an absence of effort. Avenida must have a a lot easier time versus Moscow, especially if Copper (34 points in Week 7) plays to her complete capacity as soon as again. Moscow made a video game of it throughout their Week 1 conference, though that lacked Copper and Katie Lou Samuelson in the fold; Moscow, to its credit, leads EuroLeague Women in both 3-pointers made (8.7) and tried (27.6) per video game, so we’ll see if the long ball suffices to keep this one close.

Wednesday, December 8

TTT Riga (3-4) vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg (7-0)

When: 9 a.m. ET

Where: UMMC Sport Palace, Ekaterinburg

How to see: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Daugilė Šarauskaitė, Ieva Pulvere (TTT Riga); Jonquel Jones, Brittney Griner, Allie Quigley, Emma Meesseman, Maria Vadeeva, Alba Torrens, Alex Bentley (UMMC Ekaterinburg)

Matchup information: Ekaterinburg held back Perfumerias Avenida recently in what FIBA explained as one of the very best video games in EuroLeague Women history, and now draws Riga, which came out and won a season back in the competitors’s biggest-ever upset. Despite the historic context, there’s a much higher opportunity this video game will be basic company for Ekaterinburg; Riga has actually clawed and battled its method to respectability in Group A, however it’s still the lowest-scoring group in the competitors (58 points per video game) taking on the highest-scoring group (84.1), and the total level of skill is barely equivalent.

Galatasaray (4-3) vs. Fenerbahçe Safiport (4-3)

When: 11 a.m. ET

Where: Metro Energy Sports Hall, Istanbul

How to see: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Kaela Davis, Riquna Williams, Tina Krajišnik, Anete Šteinberga (Galatasaray); Alina Iagupova, Satou Sabally, Kayla McBride, Elizabeth Williams, Amanda Zahui B., Kiah Stokes (Fenerbahçe Safiport)

Matchup information: Fenerbahçe lastly appears to be back on track, winning its 2 newest video games by comfy margins. The return of Sabally has actually definitely assisted; the gifted forward has actually been brought along gradually as she rehabs an Achilles injury, however an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double recently is excellent evidence that she’s prepared to be completely taken in into the group’s rotation. Krajišnik (17.9 points per video game) and Šteinberga (17.3 points per video game) continue to play exceptional basketball for Galatasaray, and they’ll as soon as again require to be at the top of their particular video games versus Group B preferred Fenerbahçe.

Umana Reyer (2-5) vs. KSC Szekszárd (0-7)

When: 12 p.m. ET

Where: Szekszárd Városi Sportcsarnok, Szekszárd

How to see: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Dana Evans, Cyesha Goree, Nikolina Milić (KSC Szekszárd); Astou Ndour-Fall, Kayla Thornton, Yvonne Anderson (Umana Reyer)

Matchup information: Poor Szekszárd simply can’t appear to capture a break. The Hungarian club is still looking for its first-ever EuroLeague Women triumph after blowing a fourth-quarter lead versus Riga recently regardless of Evans’ best shots (17 points and 5 helps). Szekszárd will now get another fracture at Reyer, which opened the season with a remarkable 80-59 triumph in the very first match in between the 2 groups.

Dynamo Kursk (3-4) vs. VBW Arka Gdynia (1-6)

When: 12 p.m. ET

Where: Hala Gier Gdyńskiego Centrum Sportu, Gdynia

How to see: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Megan Gustafson, Morgan Bertsch, Alice Kunek (VBW Arka Gdynia); Arike Ogunbowale, Natasha Howard, Epiphanny Prince, Eva Lisec (Dynamo Kursk)

Matchup information: Kursk last played Gdynia back in Week 1, and it was a definitive triumph for the Russian club, regardless of missing out on both Ogunbowale and Prince. Things haven’t been going swimmingly for either group recently; both Kursk and Gdynia have actually lost three-straight video games, and they’ve enabled the most and second-most points per video game, respectively, in the competitors. Needless to state, it’s a must-win video game for Kursk, while Gdynia has basically fallen out of the playoff photo currently.

BLMA (4-3) vs. ZVVZ USK Praha (5-2)

When: 1 p.m. ET

Where: Královka Arena, Prague

How to see: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Olivia Epoupa, Haley Peters, Sydney Wallace (BLMA); Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones, Maria Conde (ZVVZ USK Praha)

Matchup information: The biggest cumulative point differential in EuroLeague Women (+160) presently comes from Praha, and it’s not especially close; UMMC Ekaterinburg ranks 2nd at +86. While that’s not a tell-all figure, it’s an excellent sign of simply how excellent Praha has actually been; it’s won three-straight video games (all blowouts), with its last loss concerning Ekaterinburg by simply 2 points. While BLMA directly beat Praha in Week 1, that lacked Thomas and Jones. Things will be substantially harder for the French club this time around.

Thursday, December 9

Spar Girona (4-3) vs. Sopron Basket (5-2)

When: 12 p.m. ET

Where: Novomatic Arèna Sopron, Sopron

How to see: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Kennedy Burke, Michaela Onyenwere, Rebekah Gardner, Laia Palau (Spar Girona); Gabby Williams, Shey Peddy, Briann January, Bernadett Határ (Sopron Basket)

Matchup information: Sopron stays at the top of Group B after recently’s huge triumph over Landes and now sets its sights on Girona, which has actually been nipping at its heels for the majority of the season. While we don’t understand if Onyenwere is cleared to play yet, Girona does have the competitors’s leading scorer in Burke (20.6); Sopron, on the other hand, has protectors on both the border and interior, so we’ll see if that’s enough to toss Burke off her video game. If not, we might be taking a look at a multi-team tie for top place in Group B.

Beretta Famila Schio (4-3) vs. Basket Landes (3-4)

When: 1 p.m. ET

Where: Espace François Mitterrand, Mont de Marsan

How to see: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Diamond DeShields, Charli Collier, Sandrine Gruda, Kitija Laksa, Kim Mestdagh (Beretta Famila Schio); Sophie Cunningham, Clarissa dos Santos, Celine Dumerc, Marianna Tolo, Regan Magarity (Basket Landes)

Matchup information: The arrow is pointing straight up for Schio after its third-straight win. DeShields contributed a bit of whatever (10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 helps) in her launching recently, while Gruda ended up being EuroLeague Women’s 2nd all-time leading scorer. Landes, on the other hand, hasn’t been so lucky, losing 3 of its last 4; the French club will require to turn things around in a rush if it’s going to remain in the thick of things in Group B.

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