Tolo Stays, Wauters Moves, BLMA Changes

12. Ann Wauters (UMMC Ekaterinburg)
Ann Wauters will move closer to her native Belgium as her storied career comes closer to an end

Australian center Marianna Tolo is remaining with Tango Bourges, EuroLeague Women legend Ann Wauters is switching to Villeneuve d'Ascq and there are big changes at Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration.

Having recently confirmed the core of the Bourges team would return for the 2014-15 campaign, the future of Tolo was uncertain, but player and club have since struck a deal for her to play in the French League for a third consecutive season.

The Aussie originally played with Aix-en-Provence and averaged 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in EuroLeague Women this season. She is also hoping for a call up to the Australian national team side for the FIBA World Championship for Women later this year.

Tolo will again be joined in the frontcourt by Les Bleus' star Endene Miyem who has also committed herself to Bourges for another year.

Wauters meanwhile is transferring from UMMC Ekaterinburg and will move as close as possible to her native Belgium for what is expected to be her final career move at club level.

The veteran will suit up for Villeneuve d'Ascq and is likely to play in EuroCup Women, replacing former FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year and compatriot Emma Meesseman who is making the move in the opposite direction to link up with Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.

Elsewhere in France, Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration have been busy shaping their team for next season and there will be an entirely new look.

Ingrid Tanqueray, Gaelle Skrela and Fleur Devillers are all back on board, with center Helena Ciak likely to join the trio, but the roster will see some major new arrivals.

Rising star and national team small forward Valeriane Ayayi has been snapped up and so has center Elodie Godin, who moves from Beretta Famila Schio.

General Manager, Edwige Lawson-Wade has also drafted in Netherlands forward Naomi Halman and bolstered the backcourt with the additions of French playmaker Anael Lardy and Australian guard Jenna O'Hea.

Having lost Ayayi, Basket Landes have also lost one of the other biggest young talents in French Basketball in the shape of point-guard Olivia Epoupa who is going to wear the colours of Toulouse.

There will however be some continuity for Landes after they re-signed seven players, namely, Danielle Page, Carmen Guzman, Anais Le Gluher-Cano, Kamila Stepanova, Julie Barennes, Marion Laborde and Naura El Gargati.




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