|12 June 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
|25-year-old guard Chiara Consolini was one of the last players to be cut from the Italian roster|
Italian head coach Roberto Ricchini has sprung a surprise with his final selection for EuroBasket Women 2013, by deciding to leave Famila Schio guard Chiara Consolini at home.
One of the few players in the candidate list with any EuroLeague Women experience, it was widely anticipated that Consolini would play a pivotal role, but instead, she will now have to deal with the disappointing reality of being overlooked.
Also set to miss the EuroBasket Women party are Valeria Battisodo, Martina Crippa and also Lavinia Santucci who didn't recover from an injury.
The other side of the coin was delight for two 1993-born young guns in the form of guard Francesca Dotto and center Alessandra Formica, who hadn't necessarily been expected to make it, but impressed during the preparation games.
They are also major tournament debuts for the overwhelming majority of the roster, with no fewer than nine players experiencing Final Round action for the first time, in a list made up entirely from the Italian League.
Italy begin their first EuroBasket Women campaign for four years, with a Group B encounter against Sweden on Saturday in Vannes.
And, considering the Swedes haven't played at the tournament since the 1980's, it means nerves and excitement will be overflowing, with 21 players of the 24 involved, all set to suit up at Final Round for the very first time.
Italy's full roster is as follows: Giulia Gatti (Goldbet Taranto), Francesca Dotto (Gesam Gas Lucca), Giorgia Sottana (Famila Schio), Gaia Gorini ( Acqua & Sapone Umbertide), Benedetta Bagnara (Gesam Gas Lucca), Ilaria Zanoni (Goldbet Taranto), Martina Fassina (Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto), Raffaella Masciadri (Famila Schio), Nnena Wabara (Goldbet Taranto),Sabrina Cinili (Acqua & Sapone Umbertide),Kathrin Ress (Gesam Gas Lucca), Alessandra Formica (Umana Reyer Venezia)