|12 September 2013|
|Long-time Latvian national-team player Liene Janson will be in EuroCup this season for Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc|
A number of EuroCup Women clubs have been putting the finishing touches to their respective rosters ahead of the forthcoming season.
It's been an exciting summer for women's basketball in Sweden due to the exploits of the national team at EuroBasket Women and fans of Norrkoping Dolphins will be hoping their team can continue flying the flag at club level.
They can call upon Frida Aili to help lead the way, with the guard having played an essential role off the bench for her country in France and having excelled for Damligan rivals Northland Basket last season, posting an impressive 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
The other reference player for the Dolphins is likely to be American center Anne Farrell, who will make her debut in the competition, having played in Bulgaria last year with Rilski Sportist, where she had an impressive field goal percentage which helped to corral 13.1 points and eight rebounds-per-game.
Farell will see some familiar faces in Eurocup Women since Norrkoping will play Dunav 8806, who landed the Bulgarian Championship last season. The title winners could be a team to watch after completing the marquee signing of national team leader Jaklin Zlatanova. The 24-year-old arrives from Rivas Ecopolis where a potential dream season in EuroLeague Women was scuppered by a serious Achilles injury.
The buzz is also back for women's basketball in Belarus after the U20 side made the semi-finals earlier in the summer, following on from the national team posting a solid display at EuroBasket Women to finish in fifth place and punch a ticket for the FIBA World Championship for Women next year.
One of the hottest prospects around and hoping to finally break into the senior team is Maryia Filonchyk. Having played for Olimpia Grodno for several seasons already and having gathered 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in EuroCup Women last season, she is staying on board again this year- and beyond, after inking a long term deal with the Belarusian champions.
They will face stiff competition from fellow domestic title favourites Horizont, who are expected to make a statement after agreeing to deals with Belarus national team regulars Tatyana Troina and Nataliya Trafimava. The former sustained an ACL tear which ruined her time with Nantes Reze and the latter showed her talent in the strong Russian league last year with Energia Ivanovo.
They will be joined by Lidziya Panasiuk and the returning twin towers of Marina Kress and Ukrainian national team center Oleksandra Khomenchuk.
Meanwhile in Russia, national team wing player Liudmila Sapova is returning to Vologda to suit up for Chevakata after playing for three seasons in EuroLeagueWomen with Nadezhda and her former boss Boris Sokolovsky is back coaching Dynamo-GUVD. Indeed there has been plenty of activity for the Novosibirsk-based side, who have signed Swedish small forward Binta Drammeh, along with WNBA forward Deveraux Peters.
Last season, the daughter of Coach Sokolovsky was crowned a EuroCup Women champion with Dynamo Moscow, and Irina Sokolovskaya is re-joining the capital side to help in the defence of their title.
Elsewhere, proud German champions TSV Wasserburg have persuaded influential national team leader Anne Breitreiner to return to the club for a second consecutive season. She averaged double-digits in EuroCup Women last year and is likely to prove an offensive weapon once again.
Wasserburg will go up against Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc and they have boosted their potency under the hoop with the acquisition of experienced Latvian frontcourt operator Liene Jansone. The player brings a wealth of experience having played inEuroCup Women ansd EuroLeague Women for many years. She recently announced her retirement from national team duties after Latvia were knocked out of EuroBasket Women after the first phase.