Tolo set for Euroleague Final Eight

Tolo set for Euroleague Final Eight

Jayco Australian Opals centre Marianna Tolo is in Ekaterinburg, Russia for what biggest week in European women’s club basketball – the 2014 Euroleague Women Final Eight Tournament.

The week-long tournament brings together the top eight teams through the preliminary rounds of the Euroleague Women’s competition that will see teams play as many as five games in seven days to find the best club team in Europe.

Currently sitting on top of the French LFB league table, Tolo and her Bourges team will be confident of advancing to Saturday’s semi-final stage when they begin their Final Eight against Czech outfit USK Prague tomorrow.

Split into two pools of four teams, they will play each other once with the top two from each pool advancing to the semi-final stage and a shot at winning the Euroleague title.

For Tolo, the move to Bourges has been a winning one, with the former Canberra Capital enjoying an outstanding Euroleague Women’s season, averaging 12.8 points (62.4% FG) and 5.1 rebounds per game.

This form has translated on to the domestic stage, where Bourges are currently well clear at the top of the LFB standings, with a remarkable 23-2 record.

Tolo will follow the opening game against USK Prague with a clash against home team UMMC Ekaterinburg and another outfit, Nadezheda Orenburg on Thursday.