A huge night of European basketball at the Copper Box Arena sees London Lions take on Turkey’s Melikgazi Kayseri with a place in the semi-finals of the EuroCup Women at stake.
🎟️ London Lions women tickets are on sale here.
London Lions Women have set a new bar for women’s basketball in the UK over the last two years. The 2021/2022 season saw the Lions complete a perfect 34-0 record in the WBBL and secure a clean sweep of WBBL Cup, Trophy, league and play-off silverware. And in 2022/2023 they backed up that remarkable achievement by once again claiming a quadruple of domestic trophies, in so doing confirming their status as the best ever side to play in the WBBL. London Lions women tickets for this season are on sale for their matches in the WBBL and the EuroCup!
LONDON LIONS WOMEN – 2023/2024 WBBL SO FAR
The WBBL 2023/2024 domestic campaign is underway and London Lions have picked up where they left off with eight wins from their opening eight matches in the Championship, including a 92-74 defeat of third-placed Sheffield Hatters at the beginning of February. And at the end of January the Lions brought up a record-equalling 10th straight British basketball title beating Essex Rebels 83-67 in the BBL Trophy final to lift the 2024 Betty Codona Trophy.
EUROCUP WOMEN – THE STORY SO FAR
In 2021/2022 London Lions Women became the first British women’s club in 10 years to feature in European competition (see below for an introduction to FIBA EuroCup Women). Last season they made it through to Round 1 of the EuroCup knockout stages where came unstuck in the last-32 against No.1 seeds Tango Bourges. This season the Lions have made yet more history – and the journey is not over yet!
The Lions topped Group I in the qualifying stages and then dispatched Turkish side Bursa Uludag Basketbol in Round 1 (last-32) of the knockout stages. In doing so the Lions became the first British team to reach Round 2 of the EuroCup Women Play-Offs. There they met Spanish side Lointek Gernika Bizkaia who were defeated in the last-16. An 87-59 victory at the Copper Box in mid-January sealing the deal.
Now the quarter-finals await where London Lions will meet Melikgazi Kayseri from Turkey over two legs in February. The first leg is away on Thursday 22 February. Then attention will turn to what promises to be a memorable night at the Copper Box on Wednesday 28 February for the second and deciding leg.
Will London Lions Women get the ‘W’ as they look to make it through to the last four in the competition? Or will the Turkish raiders spoil the party? All roads lead to the Copper Box Arena to find out!
ONES TO WATCH
A stellar London Lions roster includes Holly Winterburn. The youngest player in WBBL history to amass 1000 points, Winterburn was integral to the Lions side during their domestic quadruple achievements in 21/22 and 22/23 and has picked up where she left off last season with a number of standout performances. Most recently in the BBL Trophy final win over Essex Rebels.
Olympian and WNBA champion Temi Fagbenle has also been in superb form for London Lions. Fagbenle lead from the front with with a 26-point haul and the PotM award as Lions beat GDESSA Barreiro 79-60 to bring up a fourth straight win in Group I of the group stages. Another player shining on the European stage is Katsiaryna Snytsina. Snytsina was PotM for the Lions when they secured their place in the Round of 16. She racked up 20 points and 5 rebounds in the 122-63 victory over Bursa Uludag Basketbol. And not to be outdone Megan Gustafson was named MVP as London Lions lifted the Betty Codona Trophy at the end of January.
LONDON LIONS WOMEN TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL INFO
🗝️ Doors open at approximately 6pm.
🏀 Tip-off for London Lions v Melikgazi Keyseri is at 7pm.
🎟️ London Lions women tickets are on sale via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Copper Box Arena. Public transport is recommended. The nearest railway stations are Hackney Wick overground and Stratford International station. Both are approximately a 15-minute walk. Stratford (with links to the underground and DLR) station is about a 20-minute walk. Plan your journey at the Transport for London website. Limited parking is available at the Copper Box Arena, however parking is available at the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre.
About the FIBA EuroCup Women Regular Season: The FIBA EuroCup is a European knockout tournament. It features 48 women’s club sides from around Europe. It’s split into two conferences based on geographical criteria. There are a total of 12 groups (of four sides each) who play each other on a home-and-away round-robin basis. Teams that finish first or second in their respective groups will advance to the knockout rounds. Along with the four best third-paced teams from each conference. 32 sides progress from the group stages to the knockout stages. These take place on a home-and-away basis.