March 2, 2015

Seb and Nneka in EuroLeague Women playoffs

The FIBA EuroLeague Women playoffs begin tomorrow, and two Stanford alumnae will be playing: Sebnem Kimyacioglu (2005) and Nneka Ogwumike (2012).

Seb plays for Turkish team Galatasaray. She has played for them since graduating from Stanford, but not continuously — she took four years off from professional basketball to study for her law degree.

This is Galatasaray's 15th season of competing in EuroLeague Women. They are the reigning champion.

Seb became a legend for Galatasaray last year when she stepped off the bench to hit two big triples that handed her team a first EuroLeague Women title over arch rival Fenerbahce.

Galatasaray and Fenerbache meet again this season in the EuroLeague Women quarter-finals. Read what Seb had to say about the upcoming competition: Kimyacioglu fired up for Fenerbahce

Nneka has played professional basketball overseas for three seasons. She is in Russia this season, playing for Dynamo Kursk, which is competing in EuroLeague Women for the first time.

Dynamo Kursk will play French team Tango Bourges in the EuroLeague Women quarter-finals.

In his preview of the quarter-finals, women's basketball journalist Paul Nilsen says of Nneka:

Arguably the frontrunner for season MVP as things currently stand, Ogwumike is proving to be a fire that can't be extinguished. She is leading the competition in field goal shooting with a wonderful 57.8% and is over 60% inside the paint. When you throw in her 11.5 boards per game for a season double-double, the scale of the task in terms of shackling her effectively becomes even clearer.

The quarter-finals are best two-of-three series. The first round is on Tuesday March 3, the second on Friday March 6, the third (if necessary) on Wednesday March 11.

All the playoff games will be shown live and archived on You Tube. See the TV Schedule on the EuroLeague Women home page for links to ongoing live games. Subtract 11 from Central European Time (CET) to get Pacific Time — e.g. 19:00 CET is 8:00(am) PT.

Click here for a playlist of live and archived games.

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