2018 Final Four storylines

2018 Final Four storylines

Business end of the tournament is just a few hours away. Check the most intriguing storylines to follow on March 17-18.

Can the Good Angels win the back-to-back titles?

Peter Jankovic`s team is two wins away from its second title. The Angels have won 12 consecutive games – including three at the 2017 Final Four – and feature the best offense in tournament. They average 79.11 points per game and have the most players with WNBA experience.

Will TTT Rīga extend a home streak?

The hosts have won the first two EEWBL titles. TTT bested Basket 90 Gdynia at the 2016 Final Four, while Good Angels stormed past their opponents at the 2017 Final Eight. Daugava Sports Hall isn`t the home venue of the Rigans since 2007 but it`s still one of the best places to write your name in history.

Magic Eleven

Final Four rosters feature 11 league champions. Five are from TTT – Anda Eibele, Rūta Veidere, Baiba Eglīte, Ieva Krastiņa, Liene Priede. And six are from Good Angels – Zuzana Žirkova, Barbora Balintova, Romana Stehlikova, Anna Jurčenkova, Denisa Blanarova, Dominika Deptova (Baburova). Will they add more silverware?

May Dynamo Moscow be the dark horse?

Good Angels, TTT and Udominate all competed in the EuroCup Women, while Dynamo Moscow play in the Russian Premierleague – one of the two strongest national leagues in Europe. The Blue-Whites meet the EuroLeague Final Four teams like Dynamo Kursk and UMMC Ekaterinburg numerous times each year. May they use this experience to force an upset?

Is Udominate Basket the possible Cinderella?

The Swedes have a shorter bench than the other teams but they have enough experience and the league`s scoring record holder Tiffany Brown. American guard scored 40 points in all-Swedish battle against Lulea Basket to catapult her team into the Final Four.

 

THE PLAYOFFS

(A1) Good Angels 151-107 Pieštanske Čajky (B4)

(A2) Al Riyadi 123-144 Dynamo Moscow (B3)

(A3) Lulea Basket 172-173 Udominate (B2)

(A4) Liepājas Papīrs 108-179 TTT Rīga (B1)

 

FINAL FOUR HISTORY

The 2016 Final Four was played April 16-17 at the Daugava sports hall in Riga, Latvia. TTT Riga earned the first EEWBL title with a 81-67 win over Basket 90 Gdynia (Poland). Kristen Mann received the MVP award. Astana Tigers won the bronze medal game against Tsmoki Minsk.

The 2017 Final Eight was played March 31-April 2 at the Angels Arena in Kosice, Slovakia. Good Angels conquered the first title with a 67-44 win over TTT Riga. Zuzana Zirkova received the MVP award. Dynamo Moscow won the bronze medal against Basket 90 Gdynia.

 

COMING UP NEXT

Semifinals

 

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