Germany's women's basketball team are to face a stern test of their mettle with a
double-header against Italy in the next week.
In preparation for September's European Championships qualifiers, the German Basketball Association (DBB) have arranged two warm-up games as part of a week-long training camp for the squad of 14.
The two nations will first meet in Wasserburg, Germany on Thursday August 12 before meeting again in Tarvisio, Italy three days later.
"They are roughly at the same level as us," said head coach Olaf Stolz.
"They're not at the top in Europe but are between eight to 14."
Stolz is therefore expecting a balanced game, although the results are not as important as the performances as he looks to see "stability in the offense and defence."
His squad selection was hampered by the loss of Lubica Schultze through injury and five players - Susanne Biemer, Emily Doharty, Agathe Kiersz, Andrea Vetter and Sandra Weber - have all been put on standby to join the squad should there be any more injuries.
Germany squad: Marlies Askamp (uniVersa NB Oberhausen), Corry Berger (free agent), Anne
Breitreiner (TSV Wasserburg), Annika Danckert (BG Gottingen), Linda Frohlich (Risto Rovereto), Petra Glaser (Uni Long Beach), Andrea Harder (TV Saarlouis), Tini Ishaque (free agent), Katharina Kuhn (SC Rist Wedel), Alexandra Muller (BSG Ludwigsburg), Katja Munck (TSV Wasserburg), Dorothea Richter (BG Dorsten), Sophie von Saldern (BG Dorsten), Lubica Schultze (TGB Tarbes/France)