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  • Writer's pictureMāris Noviks

Three magic days in Warsaw: full preview

Updated: Feb 2




The 2024 European Women`s basketball league`s second stage will take place on February 2-4 at the Centrum Sportu Wilanow in Warsaw, Poland.



SKK Polonia Warszawa vs BK Frankivsk


Series history: Polonia leads the series, 3-0.


The Poles won the first encounter, 73-70, on January 14, 2023, at Chomutov, and prevailed again in the bronze medal match, 100-53, on March 5 at Warszawa.


The third win came on November 26 at Ostrava, 89-56.



Key matchup: Polonia playmaker Anna Pawlowska has 12.8 points and 5.1 assists.


Zada Williams (Florida 2020) is the main force in the frontcourt, as she averages 9.9 points and 10.0 rebounds.


Kayla Wells (Texas A&M 2022) is the first in scoring with 15.7 points.


Taisia Udodenko joined Kibirkštis Vilnius, while Krystyna Filevich – has played in 8 games out of 14 – and Oksana Mollova continue to wear Frankivsk colors.


Mollova averages 19.9 points and 9.4 rebounds.


Filevich has 15.9 points and 11.4 rebounds – she returned on the floor in early December.


Olha Alekseichyk runs the point – she has 12.6 points and 6.9 assists.



National championships: Polonia Warszawa are 4-12 at the Orlen Basket Liga Kobiet.


The team has the same record as Polski Cukier Energa Torun.


Polonia has a 2-0 advantage against Torun and is in the eight place.


There are four games left in the regular season, starting with a crucial road game at Pruszkow on February 14.


Ongoing war has affected women`s basketball in Ukraine.


There were 12 teams in the Superleague during the first winter of war.


Six continue to play – Kyiv Basket, Frankivsk Prykarpattya, Rivne, Interhim Odesa, Vinnytsa and Dynamo Kyiv.


Kyiv Basket, coached by Olena Fedchenko, leads the table with a 14-0 record.


Frankivsk Prykarpattya is second with 12 wins and two losses.



Know your referees

Crew chief: Michal Sosin

Umpire 1: Kseniia Monzul

Umpire 2: Karina Kaminska



BK Frankivsk vs SBŠ Ostrava


Series history: the series are tied, 1-1.


Frankivsk won the first match, 1-0, thanks to a 74-63 win on January 12, 2023.


SBŠ Ostrava tied series on November 27, after a 94-72 home win.


Key matchup: Taisia Udodenko joined Kibirkštis Vilnius, while Krystyna Filevich – has played in 8 games out of 14 – and Oksana Mollova continue to wear Frankivsk colors.


Mollova averages 19.9 points and 9.4 rebounds.


Filevich has 15.9 points and 11.4 rebounds – she returned on the floor in early December.


Olha Alekseichyk runs the point – she has 12.6 points and 6.9 assists.


Ostrava had two solid frontcourt players.


India Lee Pagan (Stony Brook 2022) averages 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in 12 games.


Hannah Ariel Little (Oakland 2017) had 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds in 10 games – she moved to Israeli team Maccabi Haifa a couple of weeks ago.


Adéla Smutná averages 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds.



National championships: Ongoing war has affected women`s basketball in Ukraine.


There were 12 teams in the Superleague during the first winter of war.


Six continue to play – Kyiv Basket, Frankivsk Prykarpattya, Rivne, Interhim Odesa, Vinnytsa and Dynamo Kyiv.


Kyiv Basket, coached by Olena Fedchenko, leads the table with a 14-0 record.


Frankivsk Prykarpattya is second with 12 wins and two losses.


SBŠ Ostrava are 3-11 at the Chance ŽBL.


They occupy the eighth place among 10 teams.


DSK Basketball Brandys have the same record – with a 2-0 advantage.


SBŠ Ostrava posted a 75-69 win at Levhartice Chomutov on January 13.


Eight days later they fell at the hands of KP Brno, 73-96.



Know your referees

Crew chief: Karina Kaminska

Umpire 1: Kseniia Monzul

Umpire 2: Tomasz Holubek



SBŠ Ostrava vs SKK Polonia Warszawa


Series history: Polonia has a 2-0 advantage, thanks to a 76-60 win on December 10, 2022, followed by a 80-73 road success on November 25, 2023.


Key matchup: Ostrava had two solid frontcourt players.


India Lee Pagan (Stony Brook 2022) averages 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in 12 games.


Hannah Ariel Little (Oakland 2017) had 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds in 10 games – she moved to Israeli team Maccabi Haifa a couple of weeks ago.


Adéla Smutná averages 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds.


Polonia playmaker Anna Pawlowska has 12.8 points and 5.1 assists.


Zada Williams (Florida 2020) is the main force in the frontcourt, as she averages 9.9 points and 10.0 rebounds.


Kayla Wells (Texas A&M 2022) is the first in scoring with 15.7 points.


National championships: SBŠ Ostrava are 3-11 at the Chance ŽBL.


They occupy the eighth place among 10 teams.


DSK Basketball Brandys have the same record – with a 2-0 advantage.


SBŠ Ostrava posted a 75-69 win at Levhartice Chomutov on January 13.


Eight days later they fell at the hands of KP Brno, 73-96.


Polonia Warszawa are 4-12 at the Orlen Basket Liga Kobiet.


The team has the same record as Polski Cukier Energa Torun.


Polonia has a 2-0 advantage against Torun and is in the eight place.


There are four games left in the regular season, starting with a crucial road game at Pruszkow on February 14.



Know your referees

Crew chief: Michal Proc

Umpire 1: Tomasz Holubek

Umpire 2: Pawel Pacek




SCHEDULE, local time

Friday, February 2

18:00 SKK Polonia Warszawa – BK Frankivsk


Saturday, February 3

16:00 BK Frankivsk – SBŠ Ostrava


Sunday, February 4

12:00 SBŠ Ostrava – SKK Polonia Warszawa



Standings, as of February 1, 2024

Polonia Warszawa 2-0 (+40)

SBŠ Ostrava 1-1 (+15)

Frankivsk Prykarpattya 0-2 (-55)


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