|Pierre Vincent has to make the tough decision to cut eight more players ahead of EuroBasket Women|
France have trimmed down their initial roster to 20 names ahead of EuroBasket Women next month, with head coach Pierre Vincent cutting a number of players from his initial list.
Missing out on the action will be, Adja Konteh (Aix-en-Provence), Hhadydia Minte (USO Mondeville), Alexia Plagnard (Lyon), Melanie Plust (Lyon), Isabelle Strunc (Perpignan), Pauline Lo ( Perpignan), Ingrid Tanqueray (USO Mondeville), Amel Bouderra (Charleville), Jessica Clemencon (University of Windsor, CAN), Lorraine Lokoka (Toulouse), Maud Medenou (CFBB) and Alice Nayo (Villeneuve).
Another eight players are set to be released before the hosts step out in Trelaze, with those remaining, tasked with sealing their place in the final roster, by impressing in a comprehensive programme of friendly games.
Still in the frame are young forward Valerine Ayayi of Basket Landes, who was the only teenager to be selected, along with 20 year old three-point danger Sara Chevaugeon, who impressed last summer at the U20 European Championship in Debrecen with her accuracy from long range.
Kristen Sharp still looks to be on course to possibly be included as a naturalised player, with the veteran guard having been a standout player for USO Mondeville in recent seasons.
There are also a number of other players who didn't make the final cut for the London Olympics last year, or feature at EuroBasket Women 2011 whilst the likes of Perpignan duo Helena Ciak and Isabelle Strunc are dreaming of making tournament debuts with the senior team.
The 20 strong party will descend on Lyon in a few days, to commence the second phase of preparation with a week of practice, ahead of three games against Italy as they tour around the country ahead of the start of EuroBasket Women.
The roster is as follows: Marielle Amant (Nantes Reze), Valeriane Ayayi (Basket Landes), Ana Cata-Chitiga (BLMA), Sarah Chevaugeon (Lyon), Helena Ciak (Perpignan), Celine Dumerc (Bourges), Emilie Gomis (BLMA), Sandrine Gruda (UMMC Ekaterinburg), Laetitia Kamba (USO Mondeville), Pauline Krawczyk (Bourges), Anael Lardy (USK Prague), Edwige Lawson-Wade (BLMA), Endene Miyem (Bourges), Emmeline Ndongue (Bourges), Paoline Salagnac (Tarbes), Kristen Sharp (USO Mondeville), Gaelle Skrela (BLMA), Isabelle Strunc (Perpignan), Diandra Tchatchouang (Perpignan), Isabelle Yacoubou (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje).