|20 May 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
|29-year-old Paoline Salagnac is one of four players to miss out, as France head coach Pierre Vincent cut his roster to 16 players|
Pierre Vincent has whittled down the French roster to 16 names after releasing four candidates over the weekend ahead of his team breezing past Italy in the first two meetings of their three-game series.
Having survived the first cull a couple of weeks ago, there was disappointment for a number of French players hoping to squeeze onto the hosts' roster for next month's EuroBasket Women.
Coach Vincent opted not to give a first chance to Isabelle Strunc who has impressed in the French LFB with Perpignan last season, nor utilise the perimeter threat posed by young three-point shooter Sara Chevaugeon, or bring on board the athleticism and energy offered by power forward Laetitia Kamba.
Paoline Salagnac, who recently signed for Bourges Basket, is likely to be most disappointed of the four players to miss out. Despite the LFB champions swooping her services, she missed the cut - something which has been a regular occurrence in the past years.
However, there was good news for the only teenager in the squad as 18-year-old Valeriane Ayayi of Basket Landes who retained her place to edge a little closer to her dream of making the final twelve and hopefully avoiding the agony of being one of the last four to miss out.
In their second clash with the Italians, it was defence which paved the way for France to cruise to a 67-39 victory. They held their opponents to a meagre 23 points after 30 minutes, including just four points during the third quarter.
Ana Cata-Chitiga has an uphill task to break into an established and deep frontcourt, but the forward boosted her prospects with a game-high 12 points.
The second victory for France came hot on the heels of their 72-43 win in the first game.