|13 June 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
|FIBA Europe Young Women's Player Alina Iagupova is headlining Ukraine's squad for EuroBasket Women|
Ukraine head coach Vadim Czeczuro has decided upon his final roster for EuroBasket Women 2013 in a list which is topped by current FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the year Alina Iagupova.
There is a real buzz of anticipation from those heading to Vannes and will see the talented shooting guard in action.
However, there will be some disappointment that exciting forward Olesia Malashenko, who has been playing her club basketball in France with Arras, hasn't recovered from a foot injury in time to play.
Veteran center Olena Zherzherunova won't be back on board either, although there is a return for the experienced Olena Ogorodnikova after maternity leave.
She will be hoping to have the same kind of impact as four years ago when she amassed an impressive 17 points per game at Final Round in Latvia.
The other good news is that Lyubov Alyoshkina has recovered from a facial injury which had initially thrown her participation into doubt.
In addition to the inaugural appearance at a major tournament for Iagupova, half the team will be at the event for the first time, with debuts also for Krystyna Matsko, Oleksandra Khomenchuk, Olena Samburska, Viktoria Mircheva and Kateryna Dorogobuzova.
Ukraine open their account on Saturday with a Group A clash against Turkey.
The full roster is as follows: Oleksandra Khomenchuk (Horizont), Krystyna Matsko (Tim-Skuf), Oleksandra Kurasova (Rivas Ecopolis), Alina Iagupova (Dynamo Kiev), Lyubov Alyoshkina (Olimpia),
Viktoria Mircheva (Nantes Reze), Ganna Zarytska (Tim-Skcuf) Olena Ogorodnikova (Did not play), Olena Samburska (Montana 2003), Inna Kochubei (Tim-Skuf), Kateryna Dorogobuzova (PINKK Pecsi 424), Olga Dubrovina (Neftochimic)