|Zane Tamane is set to make a welcome return to the Latvian national team this summer|
TAMANE TO STEP OUT WITH LATVIA
Latvia have confirmed that center Zane Tamane has made a U-turn and will pull on a national team vest once again. Having chosen to end her international career to an end early last year, the experienced frontcourt star has agreed to play for newly installed play-caller Ainars Zvirgzdins.
In more good news for Latvian fans, the head coach has revealed that he is hopeful Latvian legend Anete Jekabsone could also make a return if she and her WNBA side Phoenix Mercury, are willing to allow her time to participate in the qualifying games. Jekabsone has not played for her country in five years, last starring at the EuroBasket Women Final Round in her homeland during 2009.
Latvia began their build up for the 2nd Qualifying Round in winning fashion in Arena Riga on Sunday, defeating Greece 73-68.
KOBRYN BACK ON POLISH DUTY
Polish national team coach and recently appointed Fenerbahce play-caller Jacek Winnicki has revealed the influential Ewelina Kobryn will play the last four games of their qualification programme.
The UMMC Ekaterinburg center will end a three-year sabbatical having last represented her country at EuroBasket Women 2011, which was held in Poland. Kobryn, who is also on the books of the Mercury, will certainly be a welcome addition since the team has been weakened by the absence of Magdalena Leciejewska and Agnieszka Szott-Hejmej.
|Katharina Fikiel starred in Germany's weekend win over Great Britain, with the series ending tied 1-1|
GERMANY AND GREAT BRITAIN SHARE HONOURS
It was a case of honours even for Germany and Great Britain as both teams beat each other in a double header at the University of Worcester Arena. It was first blood to the Brits who won in convincing fashion on Saturday with a 64-42 success, thanks mainly to 17 points and eight boards from the in-form Temi Fagbenle.
ITALY OFF TO A SLOW START
Italy did however beat China 82-72 thanks to 15 points from veteran Raffaella Masciadri and will now be looking to get some momentum behind them when they face the Netherlands.
TOLIVER TO STEP OUT WITH SLOVAK REPULIC
It looks like Kristi Toliver could play for Slovak Republic this summer in the naturalised player spot after it emerged the guard had been allowed to leave her duties at Los Angeles Sparks to potentially take up her role.
Toliver has played for the last three years in the Russian Premier League with EuroCup Women champions Dynamo Moscow and would boost the offensive options of Maros Kovacik, with the new Slovakian coach hamstrung by a number of withdrawls.
Erin Lawless has previously played for Slovak Republic as a naturalised player.
|Iva Ciglar is the only key missing name from the Croatian roster|
CROATIAN ROSTER REVEALED
New Croatian head coach, Braslav Turic will have a strong roster to choose from after his team prepared to go into their preparation camp. Of all the national team big-hitters, only Iva Ciglar is a prominent absentee.
There are also spots for some exciting young players who have just made history by lifting a first ever Croatian Championship for Turic at Medvescak. The team will now play friendly games against Hungary and Montenegro.
The full roster is as follows: Lana Packovski (Rockwool Pula), Antonija Misura (Toulouse), Davorka Balic (Le Havre), Emanuela Salopek (Kayseri KASKI), Jelena Ivezic (Novi Zagreb), Ana Lelas (Mersin), Ana-Marija Begic (Medvescak), Nina Premasunac (Medvescak), Mirna Mazic (Kayseri KASKI), Iva Sliskovic (UF Angers), Luca Ivankovic (Novi Zagreb), Marija Rezan (Perfumerias Avenida), Ivana Tikvic (Medvescak), Ivana Seric (Studenac), Carmen Miloglav (Ragusa)