|26 June 2013|
|A big part of of Germany's fortunes will be based on the form of Laura Hebecker |
Having won promotion from Division B last summer, Germany head coach Harald Janson is targeting survival in the top tier when his players take to the floor in Samsun, Turkey.
Last years' success in Klatovy was built primarily around an older 1992-born team, particularly Sonja Greinacher and Finja Schaake who have signed off their youth careers.
Therefore Coach Janson is understandably targetting preserving his sides' Division A status, with much of the responsibility for meeting that aim, likely to lie in the hands of Laura Hebecker and Anna Heise.
The former played more minutes than any other player in attaining promotion, with her inside-outside game harvesting 9.9 points , 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals-per-game.
Meanwhile center Heise also played last summer and will arrive in Turkey having completed her NCAA freshman year at Maine.
One interesting player to watch out for will be the free-scoring Carla Bellscheidt, who has not pulled on a national team vest since back in 2010 at the U16 European Championship.
Germany play in Group D and will open their campaign against Lithuania, before facing host nation Turkey and then Sweden.
The full roster is as follows: Mary Ann Mihalyi (Chemcats Chemnitz), Levke Brodersen (TV Saarlouis Royals), Elisabeth Dzirma (Bender Baskets Grnberg), Isabell Meinhart (Bender Baskets Grnberg), Lena Gohlisch (Berlin Baskets/ASV Moabit Berlin), Caroline Van der Velde (Herner TV), Laura Hebecker (SV Halle LIONS), Lena Bradaric (TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs), Carla Bellscheidt (BBZ Opladen), Anna Heise (University of Maine), Katharina Mller (Herner TC), Ilka Hoffmann (Eisvgel USC Freiburg).