Veteran Pawlak Fires Polish Warning

13 February 2015
6. Paulina Pawlak (Poland)
Paulina Pawlak acknowledges EuroBasket Women will present a number of challenges for Poland 

Long-serving national team playmaker Paulina Pawlak has warned Poland won't have much margin for error when they make a return to the Eurobasket Women Final Round this summer.

Her country will step back out at the prestigious event for the first time since they hosted the tournament four years ago and she is bracing herself for a real test.

"There are no easy opponents at EuroBasket Women and nobody is there by accident," she declared, while considering what it might take to overcome Group B opponents Belarus, Greece, Italy and Turkey in Group B.

"To achieve a good result at EuroBasket Women, you may need to beat every opponent.

"You can't look at it and forsake anything, because anything is possible, especially in women's sport.

"The Group is certainly demanding, since Turkey and Belarus have shown their European and now also their world class for several years.

"Greece, led by George Dikeoulakos are a well-organised team that won the initial Qualifying Tournament.

"However, I don't know too much about the Italian team," added Pawlak, who averaged 5.7 points and three assists last year during qualification.

The 30-year-old is of course known by most European fans for having donned the vests of both Lotos Gdynia and Wisla Can-Pack in EuroLeague Women during the last decade.

However, last summer she was a notable omission on the White Star roster after opting to join BLK newcomers, Sleza Wroclaw.

Sat in mid-table and still within a shot of cementing their play-off spot, Pawlak is comfortable with her decision to turn a new page in her career.

"I am happy with the fact that I play now with Wroclaw and I am glad that Wroclaw have revived women's basketball," she revealed.

"Right from the beginning, I felt good playing with the girls, but I have a big hunger to win more games.

"Our team has changed a lot during the season, which is also not an easy thing.

15. Magdalena Leciejewska (CCC Polkowice)
Pawlak's team-mate Magdalena Leciejewska could also be in line to represent Poland 

"Many new players have been with us since the middle of the season, so we have needed some time to get to know each other.

"We still have a lot of games where we will fight for a victory and also a place in the top eight."

Indeed Pawlak and Co have just been handed another new team member - but it is a face that is very familiar to the point guard.

Former CCC Polkowice and EuroLeague Women forward, Magdalena Leciejewska has penned a deal with the club and she could also be back on board with the national team this summer.

Meanwhile the pending BLK All Star Game will provide a chance for the cream of Polish talent to congregate and Pawlak confirmed that EuroBasket Women will be one of the primary topics of conversation in the locker room.

"For sure there will be some discussions on this topic," she agreed.

"We'll talk about the preparation of plans, as well as about our goals for EuroBasket Women.

"It's really the only opportunity for the national team representatives to meet with the majority of players in one place."

The All Star Game will take place on 28 February in Lublin.


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