We want to continue our good performance in France on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the city where we failed to reach the EuroCup quarter-final last year.
Villeneuve d'Ascq have proven to be the better side by a margin of 78-63 in February, and we didn't stand a chance in front of their fanatic crowd. The full house is guaranteed in Lille this time as well, but it would be nice if we could be happy at the final buzzer this time. Let's take a look at who are trying to keep us from doing so!
Thanks to the fantastic performance it is self-explanatory that the price of the French champions' players has greatly increased, so they couldn't keep all of their valuable players. Three French players have left! We could already see Epoupa wearing Galatasaray's colors, we'll meet Ayayi in the battle against Bourges, while Gaye chose Tarbes as her new home. From the international players Stepanova (to Győr) and Ukranian Iagupova chose to leave the club.
Although they still have key players left, on whom they could easily base their team. Gomis, Bremont, Aman and Diop are some of these players, next to whom they signed ballers who have already proven their worth somewhere else. The biggest name from them might be Jo Leadham, who made her mark in Bourges, too. Nevana Jovanovic is a gifted basketball player, just like Kamba and Akonga.
Like us, they beat Ekaterinburg during pre-season, and in the last round of Euroleague Belgian side Castors Braine learned that it's not easy to be successful as a guest on French soil. From the 81-71 win Akonga had her fair share of points with no less than 28, but Amant's 15, Gomis' 14 and Leedham's 12 points are also worth mentioning. Before that Polkowice also lost in their gym, but their 15-point loss against Kursk shows it, too, that they will be among the competitors for the play-off round spots in the group.
It would be nice to get a step ahead of them. Hopefully our injured players, Zsófia Fegyverneky and Jelena Milovanovic will be eligible to play on Wednesday night, and in that case we could have a chance in France.
Before travelling on Tuesday we asked Jelena Milovanovic about her expectations.
Our team is getting ready for a Euroleague Quarter final again, what's more, thanks to our outstanding regular season performance, we are facing the duel against Fenerbahce in possession of the home-court advantage
In a constantly changing game with huge fight and better clutch performance our national team beat Lithuania, and kept its second place in the group that is still a qualification spot! Both our players have shone, Betti scored 20 while Debi put 11 points on the scoreboard! Congratulations!
Hungary - Lithuania 78-76 (24-25, 21-15, 16-19, 17-17)
Scorers: Határ 20, Raksányi 18, Studer Á