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Quarter-Finals preview: Who's heading into the last four?

MUNICH (Germany) - There are now just eight clubs left standing in EuroCup Women and they're all determined to secure a place in next month's Semi-Finals.

Each tie is to be played across two legs in a home and away format with the first games taking place on Wednesday 22 February and Thursday 23 February before the second legs are scheduled for next week. Full schedule, here.

Here is everything you need to know about each of the four ties:

Umana Reyer Venezia (ITA) v Elitzur Landco Ramla (ISR)


Jessica Shepard carried Reyer into the Quarter-Finals with a big show in the Round of 16

The mission continues for Italian side Umana Reyer Venezia as they hope to make it fourth time lucky, having been runners-up three times. They beat Israeli opposition in the Round of 16 although were just a last second rimmed out shot away from being eliminated. Elitzur Landco Ramla continue to show their ambition with a great season and are being talked about as the dark horses for the title.

Team Leaders: Awak Kuier, Shiori Yasuma, Jessica Shepard (Umana Reyer Venezia) - Shakira Austin, Alysha Clark, Elina Babkina (Elitzur Landco Ramla)

Key matchup: A frontrunner for MVP, it has been a stunning first season at Ramla for Shakira Austin and the USA forward continues to be their driving force. Similarly, Awak Kuier and Jessica Shepard have been the constant menace in the paint for Venezia and so one of those will most likely be required to put the brakes on their opponents' standout baller.

'X-Factor': Both teams look relatively well matched when it comes to their team numbers, but Elitzur Landco Ramla will be mindful of the fact that Umana Reyer Venezia score a very productive 17.1 fast-break points, so must take care of the ball and ensure their transition defense is solid.

Stats don't lie: Elitzur Landco Ramla are the leading scorers in the tournament with 83.4 points per game and they are also the best rebounding team still in the competition with 44.2 boards per game.

Galatasaray Cagdas Factoring (TUR) v Cadi La Seu (ESP)

Galatasaray Cagdas Factoring are gunning for a third EuroCup Women title

They have already won the competition twice before and the hat-trick is now only a few steps away for Turkish giants Galatasaray Cagdas Factoring. Meanwhile, Spanish side Cadi La Seu have defied expectations and made a much deeper run than many had ever imagined was possible. Now they are in the last eight of the competition, can they continue causing surprises?

Team Leaders: Teaira McCowan, Azura Stevens, Kamile Nacickaite ( Galatasaray Cagdas Factoring) - Stephanie Watts, Georgina Bahi, Laia Raventos (Cadi La Seu)

Key matchup: Cadi La Seu will obviously have to try and somehow come up with a strategy to nullify January MVP Teaira McCowan. Outside of that, Laia Raventos has been making Cadi La Seu tick in the backcourt and she will have to ball out and come up with a couple of big shows to facilitate the shock of the round. She will probably find herself up against a Galatasaray legend in the vastly experienced Isil Alben, or the dangerous Pelin Bilgic.

'X-Factor': The Cadi La Seu defense and 'underdog mentality' to get the job done has been exceptional. This will be put to its strongest test yet and because they average just over 65 points per game, the pressure is on. One bad quarter and they could be out of this tie as they probably have to control the tempo as much as possible to make sure it is not a shootout. 

Stats don't lie: Cadi La Seu have made it this far despite only one of their players being in double-digits for efficiency (and that is less than 12), plus being ranked as low as 34th for two-point shooting percentages at 43.9 per game.

Casademont Zaragoza (ESP) v Villeneuve d'Ascq LM (FRA)

Casademont Zaragoza have lost just once all season

These teams have excellent records this season in the competition and are both yet to taste defeat on their respective homecourts. Zaragoza have just one loss to their name, with Villeneuve D'Ascq LM 7-2 across the campaign. On paper at least, no two teams looks anywhere near as closely matched as these two. That surely only means this could be an epic duel.

Team Leaders: Leonie Fiebich, Mariona Ortiz, Vega Gimeno (Casademont Zaragoza) - Kennedy Burke, Kamiah Smalls, Hind Ben Abdelkader (Villeneuve d'Ascq LM)

Janelle Salaun could be someone that can slow down Zaragoza star Leonie Fiebich 

Key matchup: Leonie Fiebich has been killing it for Casademont Zaragoza and also in a Germany national team vest recently and as she holds the hot hand, it will be fascinating to see how Villeneuve match up with her. One option would be for Janelle Salaun to guard her and that would really be something as she is also highly rated.

'X-Factor': Both of these teams are physically big, are absolutely fine in mixing it up in this way off the ball, so this could come down to fine margins. It looks like the 'X-Factor' might be more about who is most locked in and delivers in the clutch. Zaragoza have had so many close games this season and won - could that be the difference-maker? The fact they have done it so many times together?

Stats don't lie: Casademont Zaragoza only score 7.3 points per game on the fast break and that illustrates their ability to win by playing a more controlled brand of half-court basketball.

Angers (FRA) v LDLC ASVEL Feminin (FRA)


After losing the first game of the season, Angers have posted a stunning 9-game winning streak

Unlike every other tie, these two clubs are domestic competitors, so know each other very well. It will be interesting to see how the French league rivalry plays into this. For the record, ASVEL beat Angers last November and the latter are actually struggling in the standings with a losing record, so this could continue to prove a welcome distraction.

Team Leaders: Alexis Peterson, Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova,  Ivana Jakubcova (Angers) - Gabby Williams, Marine Johannes, Sandrine Gruda (LDLC ASVEL Feminin) 

Key matchup: Marine Johannes and Alexis Peterson have both been the main carriers of their respective teams to this stage. The former has been playing some of the best basketball of her career to date, while the latter has been the do-it-all baller for all seasons, with Angers getting better and better ever since they lost their first game of the campaign.

'X-Factor': Angers have more steals than any other team with a super 13 per game, while ASVEL are ranked 44 places below them in this chart with just 6 per outing. So, can Anger continue to apply that ball pressure and will their opponents crack, or deal with it? This could be the main key to this intriguing matchup - especially with leading ASVEL playmaker Julie Allemand injured.

Stats don't lie: Angers make the most of their ability to get steals and punish other teams for it by averaging a phenomenal 23.6 points per game from turnovers.

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