Wauters Retires From National Team


12. Ann Wauters (Galatasaray)
Ann Wauters will now focus on the upcoming EuroLeague Women Final Eight with Galatasaray

A genuine legend of the women's game, veteran Ann Wauters will be focusing on her EuroLeague Women pursuits in the future after opting to retire from the Belgian national team.

Coming hot on the heels of her decision to skip the forthcoming WNBA season with Seattle Storm, the 32-year-old will spend the summer with her family.

Revealing her decision to Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad, the center spoke of some regrets and specifically her failure to play at an Olympic Games.

The closest she came to realising her dream was when she averaged 19.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as Belgium came seventh at EuroBasket Women 2007, eventually losing to Spain in the all-important quarter-finals and missing out on a spot at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Her decision is a blow to recently installed Belgian head coach Daniel Goethals ahead of the pending EuroBasket Women 2015 first Qualification Round.

Belgium will face Finland and Poland in a bid to advance to the semi-finals and even though Wauters hasn't featured since 2010, the star would have been the perfect centrepiece to spearhead their challenge.

At least Belgium have an exciting crop of younger players to build around, many of whom the coach has helped develop, and they will form the main basis of their attempt to be successful in their qualification campaign.

Wauters meanwhile will be focused on taking to the floor with Galatasaray at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight in Ekaterinburg and cementing her place as the all-time leading scorer in the competition.


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