Home Sweet Home For Montañana

20 June 2008

Anna Montañana loved her time in Salamanca with Perfumerias Avenida but on Friday admitted Ros Casares had made her an offer she couldn't refuse when explaining why she'd decided to return to the Spain giants for a second spell.

There is now a very good chance that the 27-year-old Montañana, who will play for the Spanish national team at the Beijing Olympics this summer, will be able to realise another dream by taking part in the EuroLeague Final Four next year.

The Valencia club looks like a major threat to two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region, the team that beat them in the final two years ago.

"I am delighted to have signed for a great team," Montañana said at her unveiling on Friday.

"I will bring a lot of enthusiasm to win titles. To be able to play at the EuroLeague Final Four would be a dream for me."

Montañana averaged 15.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in the EuroLeague Women with Perfumerias Avenida this season.

Ros Casares have turned into a powerhouse almost overnight.

While retaining USA international Delisha Milton Jones, evergreen Elena Tornikidou and Spain internationals Elisa Aguilar and Laia Palau, Ros also signed EuroBasket Women 2007 MVP Amaya Valdemoro, Slovakia sensation Regina Palusna, Gambrinus Brno superstar Jana Vesela and now Montañana.

The signing spree isn't over, either, with another high-profile player expected to be unveiled soon.

"In the last couple of years," Montañana said, "having played in the United States (at George Washington University), I needed time to adapt to the Liga Femenina but through work and effort, I have been able to polish certain things of my game, especially on offense.

"Ros Casares' offer was too tempting.

"I am at home and this is the best club. I didn't think twice about it."

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