Turning The Page

26.11.2010

There is some British flair in the ESB Lille Metropole squad that has so far blitzed the competition in the EuroCup Women.

Julie Page, 27, hails from Manchester, England, and has helped the French side clinch five wins in as many games to seal its place in the next phase of the competition.

In this week's 79-64 triumph at Olivais Coimbra in Portugal, Page, a 1.88m power forward, had eight rebounds to go with her five points.

She is averaging 6.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game. 

Julie Page (Great Britain)
Julie Page is a key component of the Great Britain team that qualified to EuroBasket Women 2011

Page says she had no doubts that ESB was the club that she wanted to play for this season.

"I had heard from other players that Coach Abdou N'Diaye was a coach who made you work hard and I needed to continue to grow to become better," she said.

"That's why I decided to come to Villeneuve d'Ascq."

One good thing about living in France is that Page isn't that far away from one of her favorite cities.

"For now," she said, "it's a tie between Paris and Rome!

"I discovered Paris for the first time with my family.

"It was a very pleasant experience.

"Rome is a beautiful city full of history and where I'm sure you can spend a lifetime and still not find out all its secrets!"

Page lived in Italy when she played for Pallacanestro Ribera and they were a side in the 2009 EuroCup Women.

As for life on the court, Page admits all hasn't gone according to plan so far.

The team is 2-5 in the French top flight and she hasn't felt entirely comfortable on the floor.

"So far, it has been somewhat difficult for me to find my place in the team and our chemistry on the court," she said on the club's website.

"It's harder than it has in the past, but I have confidence in our team if we continue to work together."

This weekend, ESB face a tough home game in France's top flight.

They go up against league leaders Bourges.


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