The 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup tips off this Wednesday, and Team USA will enter the competition aiming for its fourth consecutive gold medal. It will be favored to accomplish that goal, though things may be a little less certain than in years past.
And then there were four! The 2021-22 EuroLeague Women season concludes this weekend with the competition’s semifinal round and championship game. Perfumerias Avenida, ZVVZ USK Praha, Sopron Basket and Fenerbahçe Safiport are the competing teams.
A handful of postponed EuroLeague Women games for the 2021-22 regular season still need to be made up, so FIBA has moved the postseason back to accommodate the make-ups. This week, Fenerbahçe Safiport takes aim at Beretta Famila Schio, which upset the Group B favorites earlier in the regular season.
We’re in the home stretch of the 2021-22 EuroLeague Women regular season, but COVID-19-related disruptions have made the remaining schedule a bit messy. It’s further complicated a tight playoff scenario in Group B, while Group A will need to wait until next week to determine its fourth and final postseason entry.
ZVVZ USK Praha had a lengthy winning streak snapped by EuroLeague Women favorite UMMC Ekaterinburg last week, setting up a crucial matchup against Group A rival Perfumerias Avenida. We’re at the point in the season where every game is a must-win; which club will take control of the group’s second overall seed?
COVID-19 has forced the postponement of several EuroLeague Women games as the competition resumes after its winter break. Week 11’s main attraction — a game between UMMC Ekaterinburg and ZVVZ USK Praha — will continue as scheduled, and it’s a matchup with massive playoff implications.
Fenerbahçe Safiport has risen to the top of Group B and Kayla McBride is a major reason why; the Minnesota Lynx sharpshooter is currently leading EuroLeague Women in scoring. McBride and Fenerbahçe will take on Kennedy Burke and Spar Girona in Week 9 of the 2021-22 EuroLeague Women regular season.
Dynamo Kursk and Galatasaray enter Week 9 of EuroLeague Women action with .500 records. They’ll face off in a pivotal Group B matchup as Arike Ogunbowale, Kaela Davis and more big WNBA names take the court.
With Satou Sabally back at full strength for Fenerbahçe and Kaela Davis in the fold for Galatasaray, both Turkish teams are loading up for what should be another epic EuroLeague Women game. Meanwhile, Michaela Onyenwere is set to make her debut for Spar Girona and ZVVZ USK Praha will seek revenge against BLMA.
Spanish EuroLeague Women club Perfumerias Avenida recently welcomed WNBA Finals MVP Kahleah Copper to its roster. Will Copper’s addition be enough for Avenida to topple a star-studded UMMC Ekaterinburg squad in the competition’s seventh week of group play?
Kennedy Burke hasn’t been known for her scoring during her time in the WNBA, but she’s been lighting it up in EuroLeague Women for Spar Girona. Burke and Girona take on Tina Krajišnik, Riquna Williams and Galatasaray in the fifth week of the 2021-22 EuroLeague Women season.
Brittney Griner joins Jonquel Jones, Emma Meesseman and Maria Vadeeva on UMMC Ekaterinburg, which faces its toughest test thus far in Alyssa Thomas, Brionna Jones and ZVVZ USK Praha. Elsewhere, Alina Iagupova and Fenerbahçe look to get back on track against Gabby Williams and Sopron Basket.
Alyssa Thomas is back overseas, fully recovered from the Achilles injury that kept her out for most of the 2021 WNBA season. Both Thomas and her Connecticut Sun teammate Brionna Jones will play for Czech club ZVVZ USK Praha, which is expected to make big noise in EuroLeague Women.
Following a shortened 2020-21 season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, FIBA’s EuroLeague Women competition is back in business for 2021-22, and it will once again feature some of the biggest names in the WNBA. Here’s everything you need to know for the world’s premier women’s international basketball event.
Washington Mystics forward Erica McCall is rebooting her podcast "Bird’s Eye View" and her sister, DeWanna Bonner of the Connecticut Sun, is set to be one of the guests for the new season. The podcast will focus on what life is like overseas for WNBA players.
The 2021 NCAA Tournament Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Haley Jones keeps a booked schedule focused on her present and future goals.
The EuroLeague Women Final Four features every club that went undefeated in the 2020-21 regular season. Unsurprisingly, UMMC Ekaterinburg and Fenerbahçe are among them, with Perfumerias Avenida and Sopron Basket rounding out the semifinal competitors.
A condensed, two-game format made the 2020-21 EuroLeague Women quarterfinals look a little different than usual, but for the giants of the league, it was business as usual. UMMC Ekaterinburg, Fenerbahçe, Sopron Basket and Perfumerias Avenida were all victorious and now prepare for the EuroLeague Women Final Four.
Dynamo Kursk earned a trip to the EuroLeague Women playoffs on the final day of group play, defeating Izmit Belediyespor to secure Group A’s second playoff seed. The EuroLeague Women postseason will begin on March 17.
From several teams finishing group play with perfect records to an achingly close playoff race in Group C, the second hub of regular-season EuroLeague Women action had it all.
Recap: Sun stars Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas dazzled, forced three-way tie in EuroLeague Women Group B
Through the first hub of games in the condensed 2020-21 EuroLeague Women season, LDLC ASVEL Féminin, ZVVZ USK Praha and Fenerbahçe Oznur Kablo are in a three-way tie for Group B. Perfumerias Avenida, UMMC Ekaterinburg and Sopron Basket, meanwhile, are undefeated atop their respective groups.
Jonquel Jones led all scorers with 21 points in UMMC Ekaterinburg’s blowout of Spar Girona. Four of her teammates joined her in double-digit offense. Satou Sabally again led Fenerbahçe to victory. And Marine Johannes’ 38 points were not enough to get Lyon past Praha.
The December hub of EuroLeague Women regular-season games finishes on Friday, and it’s to no one’s surprise that Fenerbahçe and UMMC Ekaterinburg have been the cream of the crop.