Game of the Week: Will Beretta Famila Schio win in Istanbul to make the Quarter-Finals?
ISTANBUL (Turkey) - With Fenerbahce Safiport having already wrapped up top spot in Group B, all eyes will be on Beretta Famila Schio as they go for victory in Istanbul in pursuit of a Quarter-Finals ticket.
The Italian side will have to cause an upset if they want to guarantee making it to the post season, although they could still squeeze through if they lose and other results go their way.
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Schio have bolstered their roster with the acquisition of Aby Gaye from Sopron Basket and she will replace Charli Collier, who has had to remain in the USA with an injury issue.
The clash will also see Schio coach Georgios Dikaioulakos returning to his former club to add an extra dimension and he will be looking to complete a double over his former employers, having masterminded victory earlier in the season. Meanwhile Fenerbahce playcaller Victor Lapena is back in situ after helping Canada reach the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022.
The live broadcast of the game between Fenerbahce Safiport and Beretta Famila Schio will be freely available on the EuroLeague Women YouTube channel, as well as on Facebook, at 16:00 CET on Saturday, February 19.
Form guide: Confirmed Group B winners Fenerbahce are currently 10-3 and have also lost only once at home all season. That was the very first outing, against Basket Landes and since then they have gone 4-0, winning each game by an average of 29 points. The reigning Turkish champions are an impressive 15-1 in their domestic league. Schio are 8-5 and sit in fourth place in Group B, also topping their domestic league with a flawless 16 wins and zero losses.
Last meeting: It was a super victory for Beretta Famila Schio as they won a hard-fought battle 64-60, with Sandrine Gruda getting it done by contributing 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Could Kitija Laksa be the difference-maker for Schio and lay the foundation for a surprise win against the Group winners?
Key matchup: Kitija Laksa will probably need to have a good shooting night for Schio if the visitors are to be successful in this game. Her matchup with Alina Iagupova could be a fun one to watch, since both can put points on the scoreboard in a hurry.
X-factor: Schio can't afford the hosts to be able to 'run and gun' because of their significant offensive firepower. They have to use their defense and controlling the tempo to keep pace with their opponents. You get the sense that the lower the score, the more the chance of Schio winning the game.
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