Russia: Abrosimova In As Grudin Names Squad

29 August 2005

Russia coach Igor Grudin has announced the final EuroBasket Women squad, with Svetlana Abrosimova making a welcomed return to the side.

Abrosimova, one of the Russian stars in the WNBA who shot to fame as a player while a college player with the UCONN Huskies, returned to Moscow from the United States on Sunday.

The failure of the Minnesota Lynx to make the WNBA play-offs opened the door for Abrosimova to play for Russia, who are the defending EuroBasket champions.

She gives the side a major boost with star Elena Baranova unavailable for duty this summer.

Abrosimova, who has not played for the national team since the 2000 Olympics, trained with the squad on Sunday evening in Chekhov.

Russia will arrive in Turkey on Tuesday.

Russia squad: Ilona Korstin, Oxana Rakhmatulina, Olga Naymushina, Marina Karpunina, Elena Karpova, Olga Arteshina, Svetlana Abrosimova, Tatiana Schegoleva, Irina Sokolovskaya, Maria Stepanova, Elen Shakirova, Marina Kuzina.

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