Spain: Chamique Upbeat About Ros Casares

12 March 2005

Chamique Holdsclaw firmly believes Ros Casares have a chance to grab some silverware this season.

The 27-year-old small forward has played a starring role with the Valencia club, who are making excellent progress in the FIBA EuroLeague Women and in Spain's Liga Femenina.

Ros Casares, who also have the outstanding Spanish internationals Amaya Valdemoro and Rosi Sanchez in their line-up, are currently third in Spain's top flight behind Perfumerias Avenida and Hondarribia.

"It's clear we are among the teams that can aim to win it, although there are some powerful sides out there and it won't be easy," she said.

"We have to play at our best to have a chance."

In the EuroLeague, they face Russian juggernauts VBM-SGAU in the quarter-finals, starting on Tuesday in Samara.

Holdsclaw decided to stop playing in the WNBA for the Washington Mystics last year following the death of her grandmother.

After a break of several months, she accepted an offer to play for Ros Casares.

"A lot of the best women players (in Spain) are in my team," she said to

"I like the way, for example, that Rosi Sancehez moves.

"I know I have to work hard every day because the level of the European game is improving all of the time."

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