Turkey Welcome New Generation

07 May 2013

EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013

4. Olcay Cakir (Turkey)
Olcay Cakir has made the preliminary squad and is now hoping to snatch a desired spot in the final roster

A number of rising Turkish stars have been given a promotion to the senior set-up after head coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu welcomed a new generation to his initial roster for EuroBasket Women 2013.

The preliminary list includes no fewer than nine players born in the nineties, including plenty of new arrivals and not least, a quartet of players who helped Turkey secure their first ever youth medal at the U20 European Championship last summer in Debrecen.

Bronze medal winning Elif Emirtekin, Olcay Cakir, Ozge Kavurmacioglu and Merve Aydin, are all included in the initial squad of nineteen. The latter two in particular, have enjoyed good club seasons, with Kavurmacioglu racking up big numbers at Besiktas and Aydin playing a role in helping Coach Yildizoglu guide Mersin to an impressive third place in the Turkish League.

There are nine faces who didn't feature at the Olympics last summer, with experienced duo Yasemin Horasan and Nilay Karteltepe both omitted, meaning there could be an opportunity in both the backcourt and frontcourt for some of the younger players.

After a season ravaged by injury, Turkey confirmed the participation of their prize asset Nevriye Yilmaz, along with other leading players including recently crowned EuroLeague Women champion Quanitra Hollingsworth and dynamic playmaker Birsel Vardarli.

The training camp will swing into action with immediate effect, although the lengthy list of players who participated for either Galatasaray or Fenerbahce in the recently concluded Turkish Championship Finals will all be given an extra week of rest.

The 2011 silver medallists will announce their full warm-up schedule soon, ahead of playing in Vannes against Group A opponents Montenegro, Slovak Republic and Ukraine.

The full roster is as follows: Elif Emirtekin (Adana Botas), Olcay Cakir (Fenerbahce), Ozge Kavurmacioglu (Besiktas), Naile Cirak (Homend Antakya), Begum Dalgalar (Kayseri Kaski spor), Pinar Demirok (Kayseri Kaski spor), Esra Ural (Kayseri Kaski spor), Aysegul Gunay (Kayseri Kaski spor), Merve Aydin (Mersin BSB), Tugce Murat (TED Ankara), Tugce Canitez (Westmont College), Esmeral Tuncluer (Fenerbahce), Birsel Vardarli (Fenerbahce), Nevriye Yilmaz (Galatasaray), Saziye Ivegin (Galatasaray), Isil Alben (Galatasaray), Bahar Caglar (Galatasaray), Tugba Palazoglu (Istanbul University), Quanitra Hollingsworth (UMMC Ekaterinburg)


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