Gala Swoop, Bourges sign Coleman

13 February 2013


6. Lindsey Marcie Harding (TEO Vilnius)
Lindsey Marcie Harding has not played in Europe since 2011

Galatasaray have reacted to the loss of influential point guard Lindsay Whalen by securing the services of both Lindsey Harding and the naturalised Montenegrin Eshaya Murphy, whilst Bourges have strengthened their roster with the addition of Marissa Coleman.


After a wrangle over alleged salary payment delays resulted in Lindsay Whalen walking out last week, Galatasaray have turned to Lindsey Harding to pull the strings in the backcourt and the scoring power of Eshaya Murphy to boost their Final Eight prospects.

The 28-year-old Harding briefly played in EuroLeague Women back during 2010 when she suited up for TEO Vilnius, averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

During the following campaign, she had a similarly brief stint in EuroCup Women with Dynamo Kursk although didn't play in Europe last season, nor the beginning of this one.

Harding averaged 12.3 points and 4.5 assists in the WNBA last summer with Atlanta Dream and should be available to go up against ZVVZ USK Prague next week in the play-offs.

There is a strong Dynamo Kursk connection between the pair since Murphy switches to Istanbul directly from Russia where she represented Kursk in EuroCup Women this season, averaging 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Murphy also knows what it takes to be crowned a EuroLeague Women champion, having lifted the title in her rookie season last year with Ros Casares, ironically on the home court of Galatasaray.

The guard also represented Montenegro last summer, helping her adopted nation to secure successive Eurobasket Women Final Round places. This also means that she will not affect the foreign player quote for the Turkish outfit.

Galatasaray left it up until the final moment to announce their new signings, just beating the eligibility window for new EuroLeague Women players, which closed at 17:00 CET, Wednesday night.


10. Marissa Coleman (MKB Euroleasing ), 7. Sandrine Gruda (UMMC Ekaterinburg)
Bourges will be the fourth EuroLeague Women club for Marissa Coleman (right).


It's been an injury plagued season for Bourges Basket and they continue to bring in re-enforcements as they bid to make it to a first ever Final Eight.

Having recently replaced leading scorer Frida Eldebrink with Great Britain star Johannah Leedham, the French club have now filled the hole left by the injured Cathy Joens with the signature of Marissa Coleman.

Joens' season ended when she suffered a broken bone in her foot and the reigning French champions believe Coleman fits the bill.

The versatile forward has already played for three Euroleague Women clubs previously including Famila Schio and MKB EuroLeasing Sopron, most recently stepping out for Perfumerias Avenida.

The 26-year-old also has experience of playing in the French League via a stint at Lyon and this will be an extra bonus as Bourges try to defend their title.

Bourges face Wisla Can-Pack in the EuroLeague Women play-offs next week.



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