The EuroLeague Women competition organised by FIBA Europe is split into distinct phases:
1. Mini League: Twenty-four teams are split into four groups of six teams. The teams then participate in a round robin competition playing each other twice.
The top four teams from each group qualify for the next phase of the competition while the remaining teams are eliminated.
2. Elimination Series: This stage of the competition is often referred to as the play-off or knock-out stage of the competition. The teams are put into brackets according to the ranking system from the Mini League.
The first two rounds are played according to the rules of best-of-three games.
The semi-final and final are played in the format of a final four in a single location.
A lot of teams have modified their rosters since the start of the competition. As a consequence comparing teams' achievements become less important.
Rivas Ecópolis started the season with 7 wins and everybody got excited. But once qualification was secured they failed to win another game.
They face Frisco Sika Brno who have some of the most experienced players in the EuroLeague Women competition.
Rivas have had to lately rely on the work of Crystal Langhorne. But when they were winning it was Anna Cruz that supplied the spark.
Frisco Sika Brno have been hit by injuries this season. Hence they have never been able to get into the flow. All the same with Hana Horakova (left) firing on all cylinders they have the one player that can get them through this series.
Wisla Can-Pack have been the team of the competition so far with Marta Fernandez and Janell Burse dominating match after match. Liron Cohen holds everything together with her point guard play.
Their opponents MiZo Pécs 2010 may not have the depth in numbers. Yet with Anna Vajda and Nicole Ohlde they have two players who love the challenge in EuroLeague Women basketball.
MiZo Pécs tend to play without urgency which helps them overcome tough situations. So the winner of this series will be the team that handles the rebounds better.
The series between Beretta-Famila Schio and Good Angels Kosice has all the ingredients of being the game of the round.
The partnership of Candice Dupree and Angel McCoughtry for Good Angels is the talking point in all the basketball news. These two players score more than 50% of the team's points.
Beretta-Famila Schio have a roster of who is who in European basketball with the likes of Laura Macchi, Bernadette (Mudju) Ngoyisa, Audrey Sauret-Gillespie, Nicole Antibe and Raffaella Masciadri.
The Italian side has the inside presence to neutralise the dynamic duo. However they must avoid turning the ball over.
Laura Macchi's (left) performance over the series is likely to determine the outcome.
UMMC Ekaterinburg played Galatasaray twice this season and came on top on both occasions.
UMMC have all the injured players back. With Candace Parker (right) settling into the European style of basketball, they have become more difficult to beat.
Galatasaray have made some changes to their squad and added Tamika Catchings. Her presence will change the make-up of the team. If Yelena Leuchanka returns from injury fully fit then maybe Galatasaray can scare UMMC.
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