Upcoming MatchRatiopharm ULM vs Segafredo Virtus Bologna/25 Jan 2022iten

The focus on our opponents

Bologna –

Eleven, the total meetings between Virtus and Ragusa in their history: the black and white girls lead by one length (6) the count of victories over the Sicilians (5).
Beyond the mere counts, they will have to deal with a peer that wants to sit at the table of the greats, who also lacks the game to be recovered against Sassari, able to equal the maximum points in the championship reached by Virtus: 97 points against Sassari on the sixth day.

Ample credit must be given to point guard Nicole Romeo who, if she travels with an average of 16 points in the league, second best shooter from three in the league with 61% (16/26), also with the National team she doesn’t play around as evidenced by the 12 points in the wide victory against Luxembourg with the blue jersey. Leading the Italian national team is the coach who will sit on the home bench on Sunday, Lino Lardo, who is already thinking about maybe some counter offensive to limit their vision and dangerousness.
The area will be protected by two players that will complicate not a little the offensive streak of Virtus and they answer to the name of Kuier and Ruzickova, both well above 6’9″, even if they are only 157 rebounds for Ragusa and penultimate place in this ranking.
If on the one hand they struggle to catch them, with a defensive dedication that is not impeccable, on the other hand, the fun is more than assured. Taylor, energetic and fiery 4 who likes to gravitate away from the basket, brings an average of 15 points and 7 rebounds, Tagliamento with his 11 points per game and 80% shooting covers the 3 spot, but if necessary he can move to the center, acting as a quick 4. The Sicilian team is ductile: in the control room, three players can be easily alternated and this widens enormously the gap in the preventive marking, putting in difficulty even the most organized defenses.
Further help comes from the market, with the arrival of Ruthy Hebard directly from the WNBA where she played one season with the Chicago Sky. The American, class ’98, arrives with a very respectable curriculum: best shooting percentage in the championship but above all the title of reigning champion, certainly not as a supporting player.
A graft that is an ostentatious declaration of war for the other pretenders to the title, because Ragusa is called to make the definitive leap in quality. Roster well oiled, mix of experienced and young players and a coach like Recupido, who needs no introduction. The problem, if anything, is to maintain expectations.