Avenida Begin Building Early

02 May 2013


14. Eshaya Murphy (Dynamo Kursk)
Eshaya Murphy played at Dynamo Kursk and Galatasaray this season but will be back in Spain for the next

Having been crowned champions of Liga Femenina last weekend, Perfumerias Avenida have wasted little time in starting to build for the 2013-14 season.


After his mid-season arrival at the club, Avenida have been delighted with the accomplishments of head coach Victor Lapena during his first six months or so and have given him the task of continuing his work.

The play-caller has been a success since his switch from UNB Obenasa, helping to turn around a disappointing EuroLeague Women season to claim a play-off spot and also inflicting a memorable loss on eventual champions UMMC Ekaterinburg - their only one of the entire campaign.

He then led his team to their thrilling Championship success against regular season Spanish League winners and arch rivals, Rivas Ecopolis.



Avenida have also moved to secure the services of Spanish shooting guard Leonor Rodriguez, who should bring an increased three-point threat to the team next season, as well as improve the team with her impressive passing ability.

Rodriguez exploded during her final NCAA year at Florida State University, with a string of eye-catching displays and terrific numbers. She shot 45% from the field on her way to 14.9 points-per-game.

This led not only to Avenida handing her a first professional contract in Salamanca, but Spanish national team boss Lucas Mondelo also named the guard on his initial 15-strong preliminary roster for EuroBasket Women in France.



The backcourt will be boosted further by the arrival of Eshaya Murphy, who knows Liga Femenina well, having previously played with Soller Bon Dia and also Ros Casares, where she won a EuroLeague Women title.

The guard is currently with Galatasaray, although she started the season playing with Dynamo Kursk in Russia, averaging a fruitful 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in EuroCup Women.

She is preparing to play her first EuroBasket Women tournament this summer having been handed the naturalised spot by Montenegro.



With a couple of key backcourt acquisitions, Avenida have put their faith in center Krystal Thomas to do the business for them under the hoop.

The American will patrol the paint next season having just played in China last year with Jiangsu where she corralled a massive 17.2 points and 14.7 rebounds-per-game.

Her power and hard work on the on the glass should certainly make her a big hit with the fans at Wurzburg Arena.



Finally, Avenida inked a deal with highly rated guard Mariona Ortiz, who will make the short move from Caja Rural to Salamanca in the summer.

She impressed last year at the U20 European Championship with a host of vibrant performances as Spain finished top of the podium, to clinch gold in Debrecen and a place for Ortiz on the All Tournament Team.

She averaged eight points, three rebounds and 2.9 assists in Liga Femenina last season and has been given a three year deal to underline her potential importance to the future of the Avenida backcourt.



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