The European Championships 2013 in Women Basketball are starting tomorrow
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The French and the Russians are big favorites, but Turkey Spain, Serbia, Croatia and the Czech Republic will be strong contenders 5dimes will have odds for sure
in the 1st Round tomorrow on Saturday i see Sweden -4.5 1unit as a clear winner over Italy
Sat 6/15 3585 Sweden -4.5 -105 06:00 AM 3586 Italy +4.5 -105
we will see some WNBA Stars in the exciting Tournament, Epihany Prince from the Chicago Sky have overcome her injury and is ready to play for Russia, Quanitra Hollingsworth is playing for Turkey, Sancho Lyttle from the Atlanta Dream is playing for Spain, there are just a few big names from the WNBA there are a lot more, for all Fans of Womens Basketball this is a must follow
Tournament Preview: One Eye On Vannes
12.06.2013EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
We take a look at the Group A and B action due to unfold in Vannes, as eight contenders seek to punch their respective tickets for the second phase in Lille.
Birsel Vardarli quicks around the court will be a key asset for Turkey
CAN THE UNDERDOGS SPRING AN UPSET?
Turkey have been installed as group favourites and ultimately, will be seeking successive medals after taking silver in 2011. Underwhelming preparation results culminated in a 0-3 record at their final warm-up tournament, but this will be forgotten should they have a winning start once the main event begins.
With Nevriye Yilmaz and Quanitra Hollingsworth going to work inside, they will be tough to deal with in the paint. The backcourt will be expertly patrolled by the silky skills of the lightning fast Birsel Vardarli, whilst the likes of Saziye Ivegin provides the necessary glue to hold everything together.
Montenegro will do well to match their brilliant start in Poland when they rolled for six successive wins. However, with a nicely balanced feel to their team, they may just be able to pull it off.
The backcourt includes Jelena Skerovic, Anna DeForge and Snezana Aleksic, whilst their frontcourt rotation is also strong. They can rely upon Iva Perovanovic, Ana Turcinovic and Milka Bjelica, whilst Jelena Dubljevic will hopefully stave off the back trouble which has plagued her recently.
Anything is possible for Ukraine with FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year Alina Iagupova. All eyes will be on her dazzling skills, especially when launching her trademark triples with a mesmerising sky-high trajectory.
Meanwhile, Inna Kochubei offers stability and organisation at point guard and Oleksandra Kurasova is a quality player, who offers a balanced inside-outside game in the forward spot.
Lucia Kupcikova holds the key to success for the Slovak Republic
Fellow underdogs Slovak Republic arrived without a host of key names, but they showed last summer that writing them off would be foolish and maybe they can also spring an upset.
Small forward Lucia Kupcikova is the unassuming team leader and whilst a potential lack of scoring power is a concern, playmaker Gabriela Kubatova will do everything possible to address this. Anna Jurcenkova and Romana Vynuchalova will rebound solidly and Katerina Tetemondova will hope to extend her terrific domestic form with MBK Ruzomberok to the national level.
WHO WILL LOSE OUT IN GROUP OF DEATH?
Labelled as the obligatory ‘Group of Death,' reigning champions Russia headline Group B. New head coach Alfredas Vainauskas is without the legendary Maria Stepanova and fellow veterans Svetlana Abrosimova, Olga Arteshina and Rebekkah Hammon; not to mention EuroBasket Women 2011 MVP Elena Danilochkina, who is unable to participate due to personal reasons.
The onus is on new naturalised option Epiphanny Prince. After an injury on debut in a warm-up game, it initially looked like she would not be travelling to France but more recent news out of the Russian camp is that Prince has overcome the injury and is now on board.
There will still be vast experience with the unmistakable presence of Ilona Korstin and center Irina Osipova, but defending their title will be tough if history alone is anything to go by.
Spain have a new head coach in Lucas Mondelo, but still have a host of famous women's basketball faces on their roster, including Amaya Valdemoro, Laia Palau, Elisa Aguilar and Sancho Lyttle.
Coach Mondelo has handed out some senior debuts to a new generation in Queralt Casas and Laura Gil who inject some youth, but it's likely to be the respective contributions of point guard Siliva Dominguez and Alba Torrens which could determine whether they can challenge for the podium again.
In an inexperienced Italian line-up, Giorgia Sottana has major expectation upon her shoulders
Sweden were last at a Final Round during the eighties and will be hoping to make the most of their return. They had a stunning qualification campaign to top the group and even beat Spain twice in a rivalry soon to be resumed.
They have dynamic sister combo Frida and Elin Eldebrink in the backcourt; two big ‘X-Factors' in Elizabeth Egnell and the recently naturalised Ashley Key; as well as Louice Halvarsson under the hoop. Expectations are relatively high, but in a tough group, they will have to bring their top form to progress.
A new-look Italian team put seven straight victories in the books to top their group in qualification and after making sizeable changes last summer, head coach Roberto Ricchini has followed this up by selecting a young and inexperienced team for the tournament with nine players set to debut.
He cut Chiara Consolini who many thought would be included due to her EuroLeague Women experience, meaning playmaker Giorgia Sottana will be the pivotal figure for the Azzurre, whilst Raffaella Masciadri and Benedetta Bagnara will have to find their range from three-point land to shoot their team to Lille