EuroCup Women Champions Eye Up A Repeat

01 August 2013
31. Tina Charles (Wisla Can-Pack)
Taking her talents east: Tina Charles joins Dynamo Moscow

Reigning EuroCup Women champions Dynamo Moscow look intent on successfully defending their trophy after continuing to assemble a stellar squad for the forthcoming season.

The Russian capital will witness some of the best talent in women's basketball from around the globe, after the club swooped to land Tina Charles and another highly rated former Galatasaray player in Lindsay Whalen.

MVP of the WNBA last summer, Charles foraged a superb 24.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in EuroLeague Women last season at Wisla Can-Pack, whilst Whalen was the heartbeat of Galatasaray before leaving mid-season due to an alleged contract dispute.

Dynamo have also re-upped Kristi Toliver who was a pivotal figure in their EuroCup Women title success last season when she made a gigantic triple during the last sixty seconds of the second-leg of the Final in Kayseri which swung the game back into Russian hands.

Her influence and importance is underlined by the 16.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists she accumulated in the competition.

The champions are unlikely to be short on firepower, since they have also decided to take Serbian scoring ace and poster girl Ana Dabovic, who caught fire in Russia with Dynamo-GUVD a few seasons ago.

There will also be power in the paint once again, with Russian center Nadezhda Grishaeva retained for the upcoming season.

Elsewhere in the competition, Tsmoki Minsk are close to finalising their line-up after re-signing the core of their team from last season, including Belarus national team representatives Zhanna Haradzetskaya and Volha Istseliatsova, plus Nadzeya Yakovits, Viktoryia Pantsiukh and Katsiaryna Urbanovich.

They have also acquired former Artego Bydgoszcz power forward Kristen Morris, who averaged 12.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

13. Maryia Papova (Belarus)
Maryia Papova left her native Belarus to play with namur in belgium next season

Also on the theme of players from Belarus, reigning Belgian champions Namur have snapped up rising star Maryia Papova, who played against them in the competition last season with Olimpia Grodno where she recorded an impressive 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds each time she stepped out.

The teenager also made a senior team breakthrough by participating at EuroBasket Women 2013 and then helped Belarus reach the last four of the U20 European Championship for Women.

However, the biggest signature for Namur comes from the hand of Belgian point guard Kathy Wambe, who returns to her homeland and back to her old club after more than a decade away. She played in Euroleague Women last year with Famila Schio.

Adana Botas will have two sisters on board for the forthcoming season after standout center Courtney Paris inked a new deal, but was also joined by sister Ashley, who also played in the Turkish League last year. She racked up a season double-double for Edremit in domestic action.

Courtney has been a tower of strength for Botas under the hoop in EuroCup Women during the last couple of seasons and posted a monstrous 19.3 points and 13.2 boards last year. The duo last played together in the NCAA, whilst suiting up for the University of Oklahoma.

With an immeasurably deep frontcourt assembled in preparation for a renewed assault on EuroLeague Women, Fenerbahce have chosen to once again send young forward Ozge Kavurmacioglu out on loan for the season.

Having played at Besiktas during the previous campaign, the next stop will be will be Homend Antakya, meaning she will also get to play in EuroCup Women. The player recently averaged 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds for her country at the U20 European Championship for Women in Samsun which helped deliver successive bronze medals for Turkey at the event.

Finally in Hungary, both Pinkk Pecsi 424 and PEAC Pecs have been making moves, with the former adding Slovak Republic guard Janka Mincikova who played for MBK Ruzomberok in the competition last season and the latter welcoming American forward Latoya Williams who stepped out for Novi Zagreb in EuroLeague Women and harvested 12.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.


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