Group G Preview

04 November 2013

EUROCUP WOMEN

4. Viktoria Mircheva (Nantes Reze)
Viktoria Mircheva joined Tarbes from fellow French EuroCup Women participants Nantes Reze

We wrap up our previews by taking a look at the last group in the competition ahead of the tournament tip-off this week.

Even though Tarbes haven't exactly got off to a flying start in the French League, they can justifiably target top spot in this EuroCup Women group, or at least if they find the right chemistry and balance.

Having drafted in the likes of Croatian national team player Mirna Mazic during the summer, the club have since made further changes, replacing her with Ukrainian Viktoria Mircheva, who played in EuroCup Women with Nantes Reze last year.

American Alex Montgomery will pose the main threat, with the guard returning to the club after a season winning the Brazilian Championship with Sport Recife.

Another important returnee will be Jovana Rad. The Serbian forward comes back after posting some excellent displays last year, including a team-high 13.1 points-per-game in EuroCup Women.

There is also a frontcourt spot for new arrival Katelan Redmon who has WNBA court-time to her name and has played most recently in Israel.

French guard Sylvie Gruszczynski is a big factor in the backcourt, having joined via Aix-en-Provence where she averaged 10.1 points and 3.6 assists-per-game. She will link up with the ever solid Joyce Cousseins, who has been handed another year by the club's management.

MBK Ruzomberok have seen their chances of progressing dealt a cruel blow after their star performer Nadia Parker was recently sidelined with a serious injury. A leader for the club last season, the forward has had surgery on her foot and may not return for months. Her absence has already taken a toll in the Middle European League, where the club has been struggling.

Stefanie Murphy is trying to hold things together under the hoop and comes having played for new head coach Juraj Suja at SBK Samorin last season. Also operating in the paint is young Swedish forward Josefin Vesterberg and she plays alongside another Swedish talent in playmaker Martina Staalvant who arrives with past EuroLeague Women experience to her name at BK Imos Brno.

Slovenian guard Katarina Ristic has also been handed a spot on the roster, whilst Slovak Republic national team trio Eva Kmetova, Dominika Baburova and Zuzana Brezianova, who all played at EuroBasket Women 2013 in France, return from last season's squad.

Julie Allemand (Belgium)
17-year-old Julie Allemand is the youngest player on Wallonia Basket's roster

Wallonia Basket could be one of the most exciting and intriguing teams to follow this year because they are not only new to the competition, they have some fine young players with a couple of veterans thrown in for good measure.

Estonian national team leader Merike Anderson is on board and the vet looks a great pick-up, as does Marjorie Carpreaux who has EuroLeague Women experience with Bourges.

Anete Steinberga averaged eight points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Latvian national team at EuroBasket Women and so she will be a force for sure. She could operate in tandem with American Celeste Trahan who played for Kibirkstis Vilnius last season in the competition.

Kim Mestdagh played for the Belgian national team last year, Emmanuella Mayombo tore it up at youth level for Belgium and look out for 1996-born Julie Allemand, who is a phenomenal talent.

Finally Pinkk Pecsi 424 have every right to believe they can make a big impression in their first season too, especially under the watchful eye of Spanish coach Roberto Hernandez.

They have brought in quality with the addition of Serbian center Tijana Ajdukovic who just missed out on a spot at EuroBasket Women with the eventual semi-finalists, whilst forward Aulani Sinclair could be the reference player having graduated from Indiana with a strong reputation after scoring 15.5 points-per-game.

The third big arrival inside is Louella Tomlinson, who has played in her native Australia for Dandenong Rangers as well as with Napoli in the Italian League.

Slovak Republic guard Janka Mincikova brings some firepower in the backcourt and the veteran hand of Hungarian legend Dalma Ivanyi is still capable of dazzling fans.


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