A tireless shooting guard who is famous for her speed and quick ball-release but also smart enough to dish the ball to wings if the situation calls for it. Coming on from the bench, Shmatova brings an additional boost to the transition game of Ukraine. By helping her teammates organise the fast-breaks, she could be considered as an additional playmaker on the court, when coach Czeczuro puts the emphasis on up-tempo offence. For the last two years, she has been playing in Kazakhstan, far from the eyes of the fans. But the experience she gained from participating in EuroCup Women and the Baltic League at the end of the last decade helps her to be ready for international challenges, having been handed her debut with the senior team in qualifying last summer.