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EuroLeague Women: Undefeated Fenerbahçe and DVTK face off in Week 7

The two remaining undefeated clubs in EuroLeague Women—Fenerbahçe Alagöz Holding and DVTK HUN-Therm—will meet in Week 7 of group play. Meanwhile, Çukurova Basketbol Mersin and ZVVZ USK Praha will play for the top spot in the Group B standings.

Fenerbahce v ACS Sepsi - EuroLeague Women
Natasha Howard (left) is just one of the several WNBA stars featured on Turkish club Fenerbahçe Alagöz Holding.
Photo by Esra Bilgin/Anadolu via Getty Images

Entering Week 7 of EuroLeague Women group play, there are only two undefeated clubs remaining: reigning-champion Fenerbahçe Alagöz Holding and, perhaps the biggest surprise of the season thus far, DVTK HUN-Therm. They’ll play each other this week in a must-watch matchup.

While it’s little surprise that Fenerbahçe has breezed through its schedule to this point—four of the Turkish club’s six wins have come by 30 points or more, and its cumulative point differential of +190 is more than twice that of the next-best club—credit should still be given to the defending champs for reloading their roster and remaining so dominant. Fenerbahçe lost some huge names after winning last season’s EuroLeague Women championship, including Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot, Satou Sabally and Alina Iagupova, but players like Kayla McBride, Emma Meesseman and Natasha Howard have ensured that their club has retained its winning ways.

DVTK, meanwhile, has continued ascending since its EuroLeague Women debut last season, which could certainly be described as a pleasant surprise. In its second-ever season in the competition, the Hungarian club has defied preseason expectations, winning its first six games with a defensive-minded approach. Though most of its victories have not been as convincing as those of Fenerbahçe, DVTK has still prevailed over every other club expected to compete in Group A, including Beretta Famila Schio and Valencia Basket Club.

There’s also a big-time matchup over in Group B, with ZVVZ USK Praha and Çukurova Basketbol Mersin playing for the group’s top seed. Both clubs are currently 5-1 and feature some of the best players at their respective positions in the competition; Ezi Magbegor is averaging 18.3 points and 9.7 rebounds for Praha, while Mersin has one of the league’s highest-scoring backcourts in Iagupova and Marina Mabrey.

These games, along with all other EuroLeague Women matchups, will be streamed live and for free on FIBA’s EuroLeague Women YouTube channel. Here’s a rundown of everything we’ll be watching for in Week 7 of group play.

Wednesday, November 29

Fenerbahçe Alagöz Holding (6-0) vs. DVTK HUN-Therm (6-0)

When: 12 p.m. ET

Where: DVTK Aréna in Miskolc, Hungary

How to watch: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable players: Natasha Howard, Kayla McBride, Emma Meesseman, Yvonne Anderson, Kitija Laksa, Nikolina Milic (Fenerbahçe Alagöz Holding); Kaila Charles, Darcee Garbin, Réka Lelik, Nina Aho (DVTK HUN-Therm)

Matchup details: Fenerbahçe has been running circles around the competition in most offensive categories and, with the amount of talent on its roster, it’s not difficult to see why. DVTK has specialized in negating opposing clubs’ star power by junking the game up and controlling the boards, but has yet to run into a team of Fenerbahçe’s caliber. With each of McBride, Meesseman and Anderson averaging over four assists per game, there’s no one playmaker DVTK can hone in on defensively. It’s by far the biggest test Charles and company will face all season; will they pass?

LDLC ASVEL Féminin (1-5) vs. ACS Sepsi-SIC (0-6)

When: 12 p.m. ET

Where: Sepsi Aréna in Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania

How to watch: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable players: Gabby Williams, Marine Johannès, Stefanie Dolson, Julie Allemand, Sandrine Gruda, Marine Fauthoux (LDLC ASVEL Féminin); Bethy Mununga, Borislava Hristova, Morgan Green, Chelsea Nelson, Ellen Nystrom (ACS Sepsi-SIC)

Matchup details: ASVEL won its first game of the season last week, although it wasn’t as convincing as one might hope (a Stefanie Dolson layup with seven seconds remaining was the deciding bucket). But for a club that had been struggling massively until then, ASVEL will take it. The French club continues the soft spot in its schedule against Sepsi-SIC, which has been playing porous defense (81.5 points allowed per game) and has been missing Mununga, its leading rebounder, due to a concussion. Though the records and statistics might suggest an even matchup, ASVEL and Sepsi-SIC are different clubs now than they were to begin group play—for better and for worse.

Perfumerias Avenida (3-3) vs. Serco UNI Győr (1-5)

When: 12 p.m. ET

Where: University Hall of Györ in Györ, Hungary

How to watch: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable players: Bria Hartley, Sika Koné, Alexis Prince, Silvia Dominguez (Perfumerias Avenida); Bridget Carleton, Kristine Anigwe, Cyesha Goree, Destiny Slocum (SERCO UNI Győr)

Matchup details: Győr got disappointing news when it was revealed that Diamond Miller’s knee injury would need to be treated surgically and that the rookie wing would be out for at least six more weeks. In Miller’s absence, Győr signed Carleton, who will be facing her previous EuroLeague Women club this week in Avenida. Avenida is coming off a big upset win over Polkowice—one that may have put the Spanish club back in the playoff picture in Group B—that was highlighted by a near-flawless scoring performance from Koné, who scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field.

Çukurova Basketbol Mersin (5-1) vs. ZVVZ USK Praha (5-1)

When: 1 p.m. ET

Where: Královka Arena in Prague, Czech Republic

How to watch: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable players: Alina Iagupova, Marina Mabrey, Elizabeth Williams, Olivia Epoupa (Çukurova Basketbol Mersin); Ezi Magbegor, Nyara Sabally, Maite Cazorla, Maria Conde, Valériane Vukosavljević (ZVVZ USK Praha)

Matchup details: Praha has won four-straight games dating back to October 11, going relatively unchallenged since then. Expect that to change against Mersin. The Turkish club has found its rhythm after a lukewarm start to the season and is one of the few teams in Group B that has the scoring to break through Praha’s defense. The battle up front between Williams and Magbegor could be a deciding factor, as it’s unlikely that Praha’s backcourt will match the production of Iagupova and Mabrey.

Villeneuve d’Ascq LM (3-3) vs. KGHM BC Polkowice (3-3)

When: 1 p.m. ET

Where: City Sports Hall in Polkowice, Poland

How to watch: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable players: Kennedy Burke, Kamiah Smalls, Shavonte Zellous, Maia Hirsch (Villeneuve d’Ascq LM); Brittney Sykes, Stephanie Mavunga, Brianna Fraser (KGHM BC Polkowice)

Matchup details: Villeneuve d’Ascq had little problem last week, running away from Landes in the second half of an all-French matchup, but the same can’t be said for Polkowice. The Polish club, despite getting Mavunga back from an extended absence, looked flat against Avenida, setting up a game against Villeneuve d’Ascq in which neither club appears to have a significant advantage. The individual matchup between Burke and Sykes—two athletic guards who can get it done on both ends of the court—will definitely be one to watch, as will Mavunga’s battle with Kariata Diaby (59.6 percent shooting).

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (3-3) vs. Basket Landes (1-5)

When: 1:30 p.m. ET

Where: Espace François Mitterrand in Mont-de-Marsan, France

How to watch: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable players: Lauren Cox, Iliana Rupert, Cecilia Zandalasini, Ivana Dojkić, Haley Peters (Virtus Segafredo Bologna); Alexis Peterson, Sam Fuehring, Luisa Geiselsöder (Basket Landes)

Matchup details: Bologna missed an opportunity to close the gap on Praha in the standings last week, but there’s a good chance the Italian club gets back on track here. With the worst offensive in Group B (68.2 points per game), Landes isn’t going to be able to take advantage of Bologna’s defense like Praha did. And while Landes is going to have an advantage at the free throw line in most matchups, that hasn’t been enough to overcome having just one player (Peterson) being a regular threat to score in double-figures. Bologna, on the other hand, typically does a good job at spreading things out and getting quality shots, so Landes will need to stick to its principles defensively to even things up.

Valencia Basket Club (3-3) vs. Beretta Famila Schio (3-3)

When: 2 p.m. ET

Where: Palazzetto Livio Romare in Schio, Italy

How to watch: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable players: Rebecca Allen, Marie Gülich, Alba Torrens, Leticia Romero, Clauda Contell (Valencia Basket Club); Dorka Juhász, Arella Guirantes, Robyn Parks, Jasmine Keys (Beretta Famila Schio)

Matchup details: Both Valencia and Schio suffered disappointing losses last week (for Valencia, it was the club’s third in a row), and it would be fair to say that the .500 pace each club is playing at would be a disappointment if it holds for the rest of the season. Schio does have the best rebounding average in the competition (40.5 per game), and the Italian club has a significant edge over Valencia in that regard. Neither club has been lighting the world on fire offensively, though Schio likely has the edge there, too, thanks to the perimeter scoring of Guirantes and Parks. Valencia’s vets—Allen and Torrens, in particular—will need to step things up to get their club back on track and defeat a key rival in Group A.

Casademont Zaragoza (4-2) vs. Polski Cukier AZS UMCS Lublin (1-5)

When: 2 p.m. ET

Where: Hala Mosir in Lublin, Poland

How to watch: FIBA YouTube live stream

Notable players: Tanaya Atkinson, Leonie Fiebich, Mikayla Pivec, Aleksa Gulbe (Casademont Zaragoza); Shyla Heal, Channon Fluker, Elin Gustavsson (Polski Cukier AZS UMCS Lublin)

Matchup details: That’s three-straight wins for Zaragoza, recently prevailing over Schio in a low-scoring affair; the Spanish club seems primed to continue that run against Lublin, which continues to scuffle along near the bottom of Group A. Despite not being the worst team in the competition record-wise, Lublin is averaging, by far, the fewest points per game (56.2). When stacked up against Zaragoza’s defense (59.8 points allowed per game), it could be another long day. Zaragoza also added another scorer in Pivec, who is expected to make her debut soon.