All you need to know about the Semi-Finals – who will make the title game?



SOPRON (Hungary) – It’s where EuroLeague Women dreams are mostly made and shattered, with Friday’s Semi-Finals likely to be no different as the last four teams standing try to make the title game.
ZVVZ USK Praha v Dynamo Kursk
Looking like the most balanced (on paper) of the two Semi-Finals, ZVVZ USK Praha will still be underdogs and will know that there will never be a better time to break their worrying losing streak against Kursk. They have lost all seven EuroLeague Women meetings against their opponents to date, including at the Semi-Final stage just two years ago, when they went down 87-80 in overtime. Although the positive is that Praha are on a six-game winning streak currently and so arrive in great form. Meanwhile Kursk are a staggering 50-2 in past seasons, losing to Sopron earlier this year and in the 2018 Semi-Final against UMMC.
Playcallers: Both clubs are competing in their fourth Final Four of the last five years, with playcallers Natalia Hejkova and Lucas Mondelo bringing vast experience with seven titles between them. If it goes down to the wire, both teams could barely ask for more know-how on the sidelines than they have.
β€˜X-Factor’: Sonja Petrovic of Dynamo Kursk has been relatively quiet in 2018-19, or at least if you are measuring by the sky-high standards the brilliant Serbian talent has previously set. Could this be the time she turns up the dial and shows her class? Of course, if she does, that would be driving a dagger through the heart of not only her former club, but where she won the title, in Prague back in 2015.
Thomas at the Double: ZVVZ USK Praha have seen their players make 15 double-doubles this season and that is more than any other team. Much of that is due to Alyssa Thomas, who has claimed 9 of them in her last 11 outings. She is also the only player in the competition this season to be leader for a team in points (17.4), rebounds (10.3) and assists per game (4.9).
All Eyes On Stewart: The fans voted her Regular Season MVP and she is the only player in EuroLeague Women averaging more than 20 points per game. Will she get to the Final in what has been her long anticipated rookie year?