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Sometimes a defeat can look like a victory.
For instance finishing second in scoring in the EuroLeague Women when first place is held by Diana Taurasi is no small feat. That's what 27-year- old Sheana Mosch after her first season in the compeition.
"When I was ten years old, my dream was to play in Europe. It came true" says the Lattes Montpellier star.
Sheana started her career overseas in Turkey for Botas Adana and played EuroCup Women two years ago. She then landed in Arras, in the north of France, in a middle ranking club. She had a good season, averaging 19.4 points, and easily convinced Montpellier to sign her.
"It was my biggest goal to discover this competition. Every game is a great challenge. There are so many good players. It's what I expected."
Except for the team's results that is. Montpellier was eliminated after the first round, finishing last in Group D, with only one victory in 10 games.
"We had many injuries, and really played with only seven players, and no real centre, but I was not disappointed."
Her lack of disappointment had nothing to do with scoring so many points, finishing with an average of 18.7 (55% on two-pointers, 41% at three-pointers). She doesn't look at statistics she says. But defences had to learn about this small (1.78m) but physical shooting guard,who made the Rest of the World squad at the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game. Mosch was consistent with her worst performance (nine points) against eventual champions Spartak Moscow.
"I've tried to make myself a complete player. I improved the most in defence, in the overall comprehension of the game. Girls are much better shooters in Europe that in the USA. There is a lot of shooting practice at training."
Understanding is very important for this former student of anthropology and biology at Duke University. Her main preoccupation is with getting better.
"I'm obsessed with becoming the best I can be. If I feel I'm not playing to the best of my ability, I really turn crazy."
The next step for her might be the WNBA, even if it's not a dying desire for this American who was dreaming of Europe.
"It's hard to play 12 month a year, but maybe I'll try."
She'll have time anyway. Mosch says she wants to play until she is 40-years-old.
Born: June 23rd 1981 (Pennsylvania, USA)
2008-2009 statistics: 18.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg, 55.4% two-points, 41.4% three-points, 88.6% free-throws,