|There will be only a few familiar faces on the Avenida roster next year, but Lucas Mondelo and his assistant, Alberto Miranda, will stay in charge of the reigning EuroLeague Women champions|
Halcon Avenida have jumped back into the limelight with several player signings and the renewal of coach Luca Mondelo's contract.
The EuroLeague Women champions have signed Mann Filter Zaragoza duo Lucila Pascua and 35-year-old sharpshooter Allison Feaster-Strong.
Both were instrumental in Zaragoza's run to the EuroCup Women Quarter-Finals this season.,
Pascua, 28, averaged 5.6 points and 6.2 rebounds and Feaster eight points.
Pascua has represented Spain since the EuroBasket Women 2003 in Patras when Spain staged a dramatic comeback in the bronze medal game to beat Poland and qualify for the Olympics.
Avenida have also brought in 33-year-old guard Laura Antoja from Girona while agreeing to an extension with veteran Isa Sanchez.
With young guard Marta Xargay coming back, the biggest cause for optimism may be the presence of 29-year-old Erika De Souza, the Brazil center that averaged 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
Halcon Avenida have also confirmed that Lucas Mondelo will remain in charge for another season.
The club said in a statement: "Avenida and the Catalan coach Lucas Mondelo will continue together after the agreement that was reached a few days ago.
"Just a mere conversation was needed to decide what was the best for both the club, and the coach.
"In this way, the coach of the European champions, Super Copa and league champions will remain on the books in the 2011-12 campaign."
Mondelo, who is also the Spain U20 women's team coach, led Avenida to a Super Copa, EuroLeague Women and Liga Femenina treble this season.
He knows that without players like Alba Torrens (signed with Fenerbahce), Sancho Lyttle, Silvia Dominguez (both Ros Casares) and Anke De Mondt (Wisla Can-Pack Krakow), the team will not be as strong.
Mondelo spoke about Avenida being in transition earlier this month.
"We have to start again," Mondelo had said.
"In this club, we know the financial limitations that we have.
"We cannot point to top class players.
"We need to search lower."
Meanwhile, one of the most experienced players in this season's Avenida team, Australian Belinda Snell, has looked back at the treble-winning campaign.
"It was just an amazing feeling and so fantastic for all the supporters there in Salamanca," Snell said.
"They're very passionate. It was an amazing experience and something I'll never forget, winning the Euroleague.
"Then beating Valencia (Ros Casares) as well in the Spanish League, that was a huge deal for the club and for me personally, because I played for Valencia the year before. It was a successful season and a great time."