|21 May 2008|
Ramune Kumpiene will lead Lithuania at the U18 European Championship for Women this summer in Slovakia.
The Baltic country will be looking to improve upon its 10th place finish one year ago in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Coach Kumpiene visited with FIBA Europe about his teams chances.
FIBA Europe: Ramune, what can you tell us about your preparations for this summer's U18 European Championship for Women in Slovakia? Do you know what your team will be and have you been able to gather with the players to have any practices, yet?
Ramune: The preparations for this summer's U18 European Championship for Women in Slovakia started on the 17th of May. We will have two months to get ready and we are planning to play about 12 friendly games. Candidates for the Lithuanian team are known, but the main squad will be selected before the championship.
FIBA Europe: Was the draw good for Lithuania?
Ramune: The draw has placed us with Italy, Poland and Turkey. Was this a good draw for us? We will see on the 18th, 19th and 20th of July.
FIBA Europe: Do you know for certain that some players will definitely be in the team?
Ramune: As I said, the candidates are known, but the main squad will be selected before championship.
FIBA Europe: Lithuania has a reputation for being a country of great shooters, both for the women and the men. Why is this, and can you already tell that some of the youngsters in your team will be great shooters one day?
Ramune: Yes we are the country of great shooters, and I hope Lithuania will have more great shooters for women and the men in future.
FIBA Europe: Are there any players that we should look out for in the Lithuania team who could be important to the senior team in the future?
Ramune: There are young players who can be important to the senior team in the future, but that future is in their hands.
FIBA Europe: Have all of your players come from a famous basketball school in Lithuania?
Ramune: Yes, all our players come from the best basketball schools from around the country.
FIBA Europe: How will your players feel about spending time outside of Lithuania this summer?
Ramune: I think our players will enjoy travelling this summer to play in Slovakia.
FIBA Europe: Thanks for your time