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Game of the Week: Will Fenerbahce extract revenge on Polkowice?
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Game of the Week: Will Fenerbahce extract revenge on Polkowice?

ISTANBUL (Turkey) - Fenerbahce Alagoz Holding will be out to erase the memories of a big opening day defeat at BC Polkowice as the Group A table-toppers clash during the first Game of the Week of 2023.

The Istanbul juggernauts didn't just go down on Polish soil, they were torn apart in a 27-point defeat that made everyone sit up and take notice.

This time around, things might be very different. Not only is a big slice of revenge on the menu, but Fenerbahce are on an impressive winning streak and may now also have both Breanna Stewart and Satou Sabally making their season debuts. 

You can watch the live broadcast of the game between Fenerbahce Alagoz Holding and BC Polkowice on the EuroLeague Women YouTube channel on Wednesday, January 4 at 17:00 CET.

Form guide:
Fenerbahce are second in Group A with a 5-2 record and go into this contest looking to make it six victories in a row. They have not yet lost on their home floor and in the Turkish league they also sit in second place with 11 wins and 2 losses.

Polkowice are top of Group A with a 6-1 record with their only loss so far coming at the hands of Virtus Segafredo Bologna. Domestically, they are 9-3 and sit in third place. 

Last meeting: The previous meeting saw Polkowice shock their group rivals 73-46 as they made it a case of fifth time lucky. It was a small slice of history as they achieved their first ever success over Fenerbahce after four previous losses. 

Key matchup:
Recently crowned December MVP Steph Mavunga has been a colossus all season long for Polkowice and she may well end up going against the classy Emma Meesseman. Alternatively, it might be the rugged defense of Artemis Spanou that is employed to slow down Meesseman, but either way, this match-up in the forward spot will be vital. Not least since Mavunga posted an epic 23 points and 21 boards in the last matchup between the sides, when Meesseman was absent due to an injury.

'X-factor': Polkowice remain the best three-point shooting team in the competition with a near 40 percent return on their downtown attempts. Can they continue to shoot with prowess from long-range or will Fenerbahce take that threat away from them? Additionally, one of the strangest factors is that the Polish club are 6-1 despite having more turnovers than any other club. Will Fenerbahce be able to punish them or will the transition defense and recovery of Polkowice continue to limit the potential damage? Plus, there is the additional 'X-Factor' of Stewart and Sabally potentially both stepping into the Fenerbahce team.

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