Group D features three time EuroCup Women champions Dynamo Moscow, eleven times Polish champions Basket 90 Gdynia, Belarus champions Horizont Minsk region (2016), Belarus Cup winners Tsmoki Minsk (2016), two time Lithuania champions Kibirkštis Vilnius and ambitious BC Avangard Kiev from Ukraine.
Dynamo Moscow made it to the Russian Cup Final Four tournament in Kursk to compete against three EuroLeague Women powerhouses – UMMC Ekaterinburg, Nadezhda Orenburg and Dynamo Kursk.
White-blues lost against the next champions UMMC, 60-66, and suffered a 71-72 loss in the battle for the third place against Orenburg. All teams played with the all-Russian lineups.
Basket 90 Gdynia (5-8, #8) record is 5-2 since arrival of American point guard Renee Montgomery. The team played four games in eight days before the Christmas break, winning at Lodž, 74-45, and Sosnowiec, 80-61.
Belarus Cup winners Tsmoki Minsk (10-2, #2) started December with three wins in the National league over Olimpia Grodno, Viktoria and Gomel but were denied in the last game of 2016 against Horizont, 54-66.
Horizont Minsk region improved to a 11-1 record in the National league after posting the second double digit win over Tsmoki Minsk (72-61 at home and 66-54 on the road).
Lithuania representatives Kibirkštis Vilnius (9-3, #2) registered a 3-1 record in December. The Sparks were better than Fortūna Klaipeda, Šiauliai Universitetas and Vilkmerge Ukmerge. Their only loss came at the hands of Aistes LSU Kaunas, 65-75.
Avangard Kiev (8-1, #2) had only one game in Superleague, winning home contest against DVUFK, 108-77.