Three down, one to go. The fourth and final quarterfinal series will begin on Wednesday, February 26, with Rostov Don SFEDU hosting Pieštanske Čajky.
Local time: Central European Time 17:00 = Pieštany 17:00 = Rostov on Don 19:00
What`s at stake
Rostov Don SFEDU managed to complete the biggest upset in the European Women`s Basketball league play-offs history, when they defeated the higher seeded Swedish giants Lulea Basket 177-166 back in 2019.
The Panthers are probably 80 minutes away from their second consecutive Final Four but so are the Pieštanske Čajky. The Slovak team didn`t qualified in 2018 and 2019, by losing the series against the Good Angels and Tsmoki Minsk. Third time may be the lucky one.
Road to the playoffs
Rostov Don SFEDU won the opening game against Kibirkštis MRU 79-75. The Panthers added three more wins in the next four games, including double figure wins over Olimpia Grodno, Young Angels Košice and SBŠ Ostrava.
Their first loss came at the hands of Russian Premier League side Dynamo Novosibirsk 68-84. The Panthers then traveled to Novosibirsk where they suffered a 87-97 loss against the Belarus champions Tsmoki Minsk. They rebounded with a 67-52 win over Astana Tigers to finish third in Group B.
Pieštanske Čajky posted two wins in three games during their trip to Brno. Both victories were registered against Russian teams – Dynamo Moscow (63-53) and Nika Syktyvkar (60-53), while the Žabiny Brno were too strong that day (37-71).
Richard Kucsa`s team marched on to score four consecutive wins at the Diplomat Arena and Liepāja, Latvia. They finished the regular season with three double-digit successes over Horizont Minsk (74-62), Orange Lions (83-63) and Liepāja/LSSS (82-42) to secure the second place in Group A. This is their highest achievement so far.
Rostov Don SFEDU sit atop Superleague 1 standings with impressive 34-2 record. Dynamo Farm Kursk is six wins behind (28-8) and Nika Syktyvkar is third (27-9). They lost to Nika (November 13 at Syktyvkar) and at Stavropol (December 25). The Panthers are perfect on the home floor.
Pieštanske Čajky are 13-4 at the Slovak Extraliga. They trail only to historic Ružomberok (17-0) and are followed by the Young Angels (9-8). Čajky lost at Ružomberok with a single point 56-57 on January 25.
Schedule (local time only)
(A1) Žabiny Brno – SBŠ Ostrava (B4)
February 6, game one: 71-47
February 9, game two: 82-45
Brno wins the series: 153-92
(A2) Pieštanske Čajky – Rostov Don SFEDU (B3)
Wednesday, February 26, Rostov on Don, 19:00
Saturday, February 29, Pieštany, 17:00
(A3) Nika Syktyvkar – Tsmoki Minsk (B2)
January 30, game one: 69-75
February 12, game two: 59-70
Minsk wins the series: 145-128
(A4) Orange Lions – Dynamo Novosibirsk (B1)
February 19, game one: 57-89
February 21, Amsterdam: 76-78
Novosibirsk wins the series: 167-133
Žabiny Brno – Tsmoki Minsk
Dynamo Novosibirsk – Pieštanske Čajky/Rostov Don SFEDU
THE PLAYOFFS 2019
(A1) Tsmoki Minsk 122-107 Pieštanske Čajky (B4)
(A2) A3 Basket 143-159 Žabiny Brno (B3)
(A3) Rostov Don SFEDU 177-166 Lulea Basket (B2)
(A4) Olimpia Grodno 121-188 TTT Rīga (B1)
THE PLAYOFFS 2018
(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
Rīga 2016: TTT Rīga, Basket 90 Gdynia, Astana Tigers, Tsmoki Minsk
Košice 2017: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Basket 90 Gdynia
Rīga 2018: Good Angels Košice, TTT Rīga, Dynamo Moscow, Udominate Basket
Rostov on Don 2019: TTT Rīga, Tsmoki Minsk, Rostov Don SFEDU, Žabiny Brno
Final Four experience
Tsmoki Minsk 2016 (first time), 2019
Rostov Don SFEDU 2019 (first time)
Žabiny Brno 2019 (first time)
Playoffs: January 20 – March 1, 2020; best-of-two
A1 – B4, A2 – B3, B2 – A3, B1 – A4
Final Four: March 21-22
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