Sweden And Lithuania Edge Near Final 12

21 May 2013

The candidates of both Sweden and Lithuania have been reduced down to fourteen and fifteen respectively, as each nation closes in on their final chosen line-ups ahead of EuroBasket Women 2013.



13. Farhiya Abdi (Sweden)
Farhiya Abdi will not suit up for Sweden at EuroBasket Women

Swedish play-caller Lars Johansson has almost reduced his roster in half with no fewer than ten players on his original 24 name list having been omitted from the latest list of 14 names now in contention to grab a spot in Vannes.

The most high profile player who is seemingly no longer under consideration is Farhiya Abdi, who has been playing the WNBA pre-season with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Of the 14 players remaining, a total of 12 will make the forthcoming trip to Serbia as preparation continues for their first major tournament since 1987.

The roster is as follows: Malin Aasa (Norrkoping Dolphins), Frida Aili (Northland Basket), Kadidja Andersson (MBK Ruzomberok), Katarina Andersson (Solna Vikings), Anna Barthold (Northland Basket), Elisabeth Egnell (Norrkoping Dolphins), Elin Eldebrink (CUS Cagliari), Frida Eldebrink (Bourges Basket ), Louice Halvarsson (CUS Cagliari), Danielle Hamilton (Georgia Tech), Johanna Kallman (Norrkoping Dolphins), Agnes Nordstrom (Sallen Basket), Martina Staalvant (Northland Basket), Stefanie Yderstrom (University of Miami)



11. Laura Svaryte (Lithuania)
Could not make the final cut: Laura Svaryte

Lithuanian head coach Algirdas Paulauskas has opted to cut both Laura Svaryte and Kristina Alminaite from his candidate list, leaving fifteen remaining players, all hoping to make the final twelve.

The decision was taken after the team completed their tournament in Poland, which involved the hosts, Ukraine and Belarus. They finished in second place in Niemodlin, after wrapping up a 71-61 victory over Ukraine.

However, there may now only be two more players set to miss out, since it emerged Ausra Bimbaite is still on the list, but has yet to confirm she will be participating and still hasn't yet arrived to take part in preparations.

Lithuania have neighbours Latvia next on their warm-up schedule.


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