Amazing Oblak shot, Johannes the highlights Queen and Chagas potential headline talking points
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women) - There were some sensational plays during Week 3 of EuroLeague Women and one of them in particular has got us all thinking.
Here are the Week Three talking points - according to our women's basketball specialist Paul Nilsen aka @Basketmedia365
Oblak drops the three-quarter court buzzer-beater
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Yes, it wasn't the perfect scenario as it wasn't a game-winner for ZVVZ USK Prague against Bourges Basket (even if it could prove important in the final points difference calculations), but you have to admire the distance that Slovenian ace Teja Oblak dropped on that last second triple. It was probably less than two steps from her own three-point line, which in essence, means to beat that length of shot in this competition, someone would have had to have converted from inside their own arc. I can't remember that ever happening off the top of my head. So was this the longest three-pointer in recent memory? Let us know if you can remember another one from that far away in EuroLeague Women! Oh and how fabulous are Prague doing by the way? They're now 3-0 and absolutely flying.
Johannes still Queen of the Highlights Reel
Even though in that same game, Bourges Basket were eventually outgunned by Prague to fall to their first loss, you just can't keep Marine Johannes out of the headlines. She was born to play basketball and to entertain. I still maintain that unlike with the national team where I have the feeling she is a little more restricted at times, I am pleased to see that Bourges give her a license to thrill. And, women's basketball and of course EuroLeague Women, certainly need players who can show why it is a competition and sport worth watching. Nobody owns the highlights reel like Johannes and it is even sweeter that she is a European player with at least a decade still ahead of her.
The excitement of Chagas potential
Beneath the headline that Famila Schio are 0-3 and really suffering right now, the sunshine poking through those clouds is that Argentina rising star Florencia Chagas has made her debut in the competition. That is huge as she is one of the most entertaining and exciting young players in the world of her generation. It also opens up plenty of potential new EuroLeague Women interest in South America. Having seen what she could do in Minsk at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup and her 3x3 skills, she is another performer who could be one to watch. Delighted to see her get onto the floor and as anticipated, it wasn't long before she did something to catch the eye!
Fenerbahce showed some guts
I have been critical of Fenerbahce but I like to think that I am nothing but fair, so hats off to Coach Garnier and her players for showing the courage to take the tight home win against Sopron Basket. I say this because in the context of that stomach-churning overtime loss at Avenida the previous week, they could have crumbled mentally. I also thought it was important that Giorgia Sotttana reiterated afterwards that once the forthcoming FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019 Qualifiers window is over, Fenerbahce will have the added firepower of Bria Hartley and Kiah Stokes. Maybe then is the fairest time to judge them.
Under the radar
- ESBVA-LM did a great job defensively against Schio and leveled the best steals tally by any team in a game this season with 14 to their name.
- Carolo Basket became only the second team this season to score 90 points in a contest as they rode to that fine win against Hatay.
- Behind CCC Polkowice getting their first win (Congratulations by the way) I thought it was good to see Tiffany Hayes back in the competition and making an impact. She was 6-of-6 against Castors Braine.