Roundup: New Faces In Miskolc, Norrkoping



Aluinvent Miskolc and Norrkoping Dolphins both have new faces in their respective camps ahead of the EuroCup Women Eighth Finals.



4. Helena Sverrisdóttir (Aluinvent Miskolc)
Helena Sverrisdóttir and her Aluinvent Miskolc teammates have a new boss in coach Lopez Alonso

Hungarian side Aluinvent Miskolc have handed their coaching reigns to Spanish play-caller Miguel Lopez Alonso.

Their new head coach comes via Gran Canaria 2014, who he took to second place in Liga Femenina prior to making the switch.

Miskolc separated with Akos Nagy Peresztegi in early December, with Gabriella Dubeine Balogh having taken over the team on a temporary basis.

"I am honoured to have received the confidence of the team owner and managers," said Lopez after being given the nod.

"There is an excellent framework of players and my task will be to create a perfectly functioning and successful team from them.

"Additionally, I am glad that many people cheer for the team during home matches, and I promise to do everything possible to delight them with nice wins."

Miskolc will play one of the EuroCup Women favourites Istanbul Universitesi in the last sixteen of the competition.

Lopez follows fellow Spanish coach Roberto Hernandez to Hungary, who also competed in EuroCup Women with PINKK Pecsi 424, but wasn't able to make it past the initial group stage.



Norrkoping Dolphins have added strength in the paint by signing Serbian center Jefimija Karakasevic from fellow Swedish club Northland Basket.

The 24-year-old has signed a short term deal with the EuroCup Eight Final tie against Adana Botas in mind and both parties having an option to extend.

Karakasevic has previously played in EuroCup Women for both Partizan Galenika and ZKK Vojvodina.

The Dolphins are still enjoying domestic domination and yet o taste defeat in Damiligan, having won all 13 games so far this season.



Turkish club Homend Antakya have also made a coaching change after their failure to reach the eighth finals of EuroCup Women.

Hakan Acer resigned after failing to take a win in four EuroCup Women outings against Dynamo Kursk and domestic rivals Adana Botas.

Aydin Uguz is the new head coach and brings with him experience of coaching Istanbul Universitesi for some of the 2012-13 season.

Antakya started the current campaign with a real verve, but have faded badly during the last couple of months.

Uguz couldn't prevent his team crashing to a shock 76-59 loss at basement dwellers TED Ankara over the weekend as Antakya dropped to a 7-8 record in the TKBL.


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