Let The Silly Season Begin

04 May 2011
EuroLeague Women

It's the crazy season of women's basketball in Europe, when every club can dream of putting together a championship team for the next campaign.

EuroLeague Women outfits from as far west as Salamanca, Spain, and east as Ekaterinburg, Russia, are holding talks with agents concerning players and coaches.

There is a frenzy of activity, even while some domestic competitions have yet to finish.

On Thursday, four EuroLeague Women outfits will be in post-season action.

Bourges and Tarbes meet in Game 2 of their LFB title series while Cras Basket Taranto and Beretta-Famila Schio will square off in Italy in the third game of their tie.

What is known on the player front is that Penny Taylor, who left for personal reasons at the end of the EuroLeague Women Qualifying Round this season, is returning to Fenerbahce.

The Australian played nine games in Europe and ended up as the leading scorer in the competition with an average of 19.2 points per contest.

There will be big changes at Halcon Avenida, the winners of this season's EuroLeague Women, with sharpshooter Anke De Mondt on her way to Wisla Can-Pack Krakow to play for her former coach in Salamanca, Jose Hernandez, and Alba Torrens joining Galatasaray.

Eight players are expected to leave the Salamanca club.

The oft-injured Greece international Evina Maltsi could return to ZVVZ USK Prague.

"We are considering what to do and how to proceed, as is she," said Prague general manager Marek Kucera on the club's website.

"It is an open matter."

Prague had tried to lure 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women MVP Hana Horakova to the club but were unsuccessful.

Horakova spent this season with Fenerbahce and won the domestic league title in Turkey.

"Negotiations with Hana (Horakova) were correct, but she said she still wants to stay abroad, which we respect," Kucera said.

Eve Viteckova, Katerina Elhotova, Katerina Bartonova, (Delisha) Milton-Jones, Lindsay Whalen and Petra Kulichova are coming back.

Prague have announced that Czech internationals Michaela Ferancikova and Marketa Bednarova will not be in next year's squad.

"Both are bidding farewell to the senior basketball family," Prague announced on their website.

"Club management will also not use the services of (Czech internationals) Tereza Peckova or Edita Sujanova, or foreign reinforcement Anna Vajda (Hungary).



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Schio, ITA
Bourges, FRA
Istanbul, TUR
Istanbul, TUR
Gorzów Wielkopolski, POL
Gospic, CRO
Salamanca, ESP
Gdynia, POL
Sopron, HUN
Orenburg, RUS
Pécs, HUN
Rivas Vaciamadrid , ESP
Valencia, ESP
Tarbes Cedex, FRA
Riga, LAT
Verkhnyaya Pyshma, RUS
Mondeville, FRA
Kaunas, LTU
Krakow, POL
Prague 7, CZE