FIBA: EuroLeague Women MVP candidates Thomas, Mavunga meet again

EuroLeague Women MVP prospects Alyssa Thomas and Stephanie Mavunga will fulfill as ZVVZ USK Praha (7-2) clashes with BC Polkowice (7-2) for the 2nd time in group play. It will be simply among the week’s 8 video games expanded throughout Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26.

According to a FIBA panel of specialists, Thomas and Mavunga presently rank No. 3 and No. 2, respectively, in the EuroLeague Women MVP race, with Fenerbahçe Alagöz Holding’s (8-2) Emma Meesseman leading the pack. Thomas boasts an outstanding well-rounded stat line, balancing 18.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, 7.1 helps and 3 takes per video game. Mavunga, on the other hand, leads the competitors in rebounding (13.1 per video game) to support 16.1 points and 2 blocks per video game.

It must go without stating that, while Thomas and Mavunga have actually been amongst the most efficient gamers in EuroLeague Women, their groups’ records will factor into things greatly when it comes time to identify the competitors’s MVP. Thomas is participated in Praha’s frontcourt by Connecticut Sun colleague Brionna Jones, who missed out on the early part of this season’s group play stage however has actually given that gotten where she ended in the WNBA, balancing 17.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per video game. For Polkowice, Mavunga is flanked by guard Erica Wheeler, who led her group in scoring recently with 30 points.

Elsewhere in the competitors, Sopron Basket (7-3) will handle Spar Girona (6-4) in a video game with a remarkable quantity of protective skill, while an outstanding young DVTK HUN-Therm (6-4) group will go for another distressed versus star-studded CBK Mersin Yenişehir Bld (6-4). All video games will be streamed live and free of charge on FIBA’s EuroLeague Women YouTube channel.

Wednesday, January 25

Fenerbahçe Alagöz Holding (8-2) vs. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (3-7)

When: 11 a.m. ET

Where: Metro Energy Sports Hall, Istanbul

How to enjoy: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Breanna Stewart, Satou Sabally, Emma Meesseman, Kayla McBride, Alina Iagupova, Kiah Stokes (Fenerbahçe Alagöz Holding); Cheyenne Parker, Iliana Rupert, Cecilia Zandalasini, Kitija Laksa (Virtus Segafredo Bologna)

Matchup information: Fenerbahçe has actually been downright machine-like given that including Stewart and Sabally to its lineup, winning its last 3 video games by approximately almost 35 points, and is now balancing 85.8 points per contest. Bologna should, in theory, likewise have a lot of offending firepower, however hasn’t put it together regularly; the Italian club got a crucial win recently over Polkowice, however any momentum developed because video game will likely be offed versus the Group A-leading Fenerbahçe.

Olympiacós SFP (0-10) vs. Atomerőmű KSC Szekszárd (3-7)

When: 11:30 a.m. ET

Where: Peace and Friendship Stadium

How to enjoy: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Megan Gustafson, Kylee Shook (Olympiacós SFP); Victoria Vivians, Ruthy Hebard, Cyesha Goree, Sydney Wallace (Atomerőmű KSC Szekszárd)

Matchup information: Is this Olympiacós’ finest opportunity at winning its very first video game? Szekszárd might have the much better record, however has actually been unimpressive recently, having actually lost 4 successive video games. These are the 2 worst defenses in EuroLeague Women (Szekszárd enables 82.3 points per video game and Olympiacós enables 81.1), so this will likely be a high-scoring video game. Back in Week 4, Szekszárd beat Olympiacós by requiring 19 turnovers; try to find the Greek club to take much better care of the basketball this time around and for Gustafson (competition-high 23 points per video game) to continue installing huge scoring numbers.

Sopron Basket (7-3) vs. Spar Girona (6-4)

When: 12 p.m. ET

Where: Novomatic Arèna, Sopron

How to enjoy: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Ezi Magbegor, Yvonne Turner, Jelena Brooks, Olivia Epoupa (Sopron Basket); Brittney Sykes, Rebekah Gardner, Marianna Tolo, Shay Murphy (Spar Girona)

Matchup information: After a surprise overtime loss to fellow Hungarian club DVTK HUN-Therm, Sopron reinforced its backcourt by including Olivia Epoupa, a veteran of the competitors who most just recently played a handful of video games with Fenerbahçe, balancing 4.1 helps and 2.6 takes. That extra defense will be practical versus Girona, a club that currently has a hard time to produce effective offense; provided the variety of premium protective gamers on both groups, in addition to Sopron’s signature slow-paced brand name of basketball, this will likely be a low-scoring video game whose victor merely makes less errors than its challenger.

BC Polkowice (7-3) vs. ZVVZ USK Praha (7-3)

When: 1 p.m. ET

Where: City Sports Hall, Polkowice

How to enjoy: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Stephanie Mavunga, Erica Wheeler, Artemis Spanou, Weronika Gajda (BC Polkowice); Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones, Maria Conde, Temi Fagbenle, Valériane Vukosavljević (ZVVZ USK Praha)

Matchup information: When these clubs last fulfilled in Week 4, they provided among the most amazing, back-and-forth video games of the EuroLeague Women season, eventually ending in a 3-point Polkowice triumph. Jones didn’t bet Praha because video game, however, while Wheeler had yet to sign up with Polkowice; both are needle-moving acquisitions, so we’ll see which gamer is more impactful for their particular group in this huge rematch. Praha and Polkowice rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the competitors in rebounds per video game, respectively, and while Praha has the edge in scoring (80.5 points per video game to 74.9), Polkowice has actually been even more reliable from 3-point variety, making 9.4 long balls per video game to Praha’s 4.9.

Beretta Famila Schio (7-3) vs. Basket Landes (2-8)

When: 1:30 p.m. ET

Where: Palazzetto Livio Romare

How to enjoy: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Rhyne Howard, Marina Mabrey, Amanda Zahui B., Astou Ndour-Fall, Kim Mestdagh (Beretta Famila Schio); Marine Fauthoux, Regan Magarity, Celine Dumerc (Basket Landes)

Matchup information: We’re at a point in the EuroLeague Women season when the competitors have actually emerged. Simply put, Schio is among them and Landes isn’t. Schio ranks simply behind Avenida for Group B’s finest offense (71.8 points per video game) and has the high-end skill required to make a run in the EuroLeague Women playoffs, and the Italian club is presently connected with Sopron for the group’s finest record, so it will likely get a chance to make that run in a couple of weeks. Landes, on the other hand, has actually been downright bad on offense (59.7 points per video game), and neither of its 2 success (Mechelen and Avenida) have actually come versus the leading half of Group B’s competitors. This is among the week’s larger inequalities.

Tango Bourges Basket (5-5) vs. Valencia Basket Club (7-3)

When: 2 p.m. ET

Where: Palais des sports du Prado, Bourges

How to enjoy: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Yvonne Anderson, Kayla Alexander (Tango Bourges Basket); Lauren Cox, Marie Gülich, Raquel Carrera, Leticia Romero, Alba Torrens (Valencia Basket Club)

Matchup information: Of the leading 4 groups in Group A, Valencia appears to be getting the least quantity of excitement, however it’s the only club in the competitors to be shooting much better than 40 percent from 3-point variety and ranks 2nd in the competitors in takes per video game (10.9). That two-way performance will be tested versus Bourges, which provided Valencia a close video game back in Week 4 however was eventually not able to seal the offer. Bourges, too, is proficient at requiring turnovers, so ball security will be of the utmost value for both clubs in this one.

Thursday, January 26

DVTK HUN-Therm (6-4) vs. CBK Mersin Yenişehir Bld (6-4)

When: 12:10 p.m. ET

Where: DVTK Aréna, Miskolc

How to enjoy: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Arella Guirantes, Cheridene Green (DVTK HUN-Therm); Chelsea Gray, DeWanna Bonner, Tiffany Hayes, Elizabeth Williams (CBK Mersin Yenişehir Bld)

Matchup information: With a thrilling upset of Sopron the club’s fourth-straight triumph, DVTK is formally among the most popular groups in EuroLeague Women — something few fans would have seen coming a number of months earlier. DVTK is confronted with a comparable opponent today because Mersin plainly has the upper hand in experience and high-end skill. Can the Hungarian giant-slayers do it once again today? Mersin won easily the last time the 2 clubs fulfilled, however DVTK has momentum and self-confidence on its side now, with Guirantes and Green becoming 2 of the competitors’s much better young gamers as the season goes on.

Kangoeroes Mechelen (1-9) vs. Perfumerias Avenida (5-5)

When: 2:30 p.m. ET

Where: Sporthal De Schalk, Willebroek

How to enjoy: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable gamers: Morgan Bertsch, Lisa Berkani, Ziomara Morrison (Kangoeroes Mechelen); Bridget Carleton, Michaela Onyenwere, Maite Cazorla (Perfumerias Avenida)

Matchup information: Avenida’s complimentary fall continues, having actually now dropped four-straight video games after a loss to Schio and looking less and less like the club that began group have fun with a 5-1 record. Making matters even worse, Serbian forward Aleksandra Crvendakić, who was balancing 10.6 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per video game, has left Avenida for a various club. All of that, obviously, still looks tame in contrast to how Mechelen (seven-straight losses) has actually fared; on paper, Avenida still tops Mechelen in spite of its many current problems, and merely need to win this video game if it’s going to remain in the EuroLeague Women playoff race.

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