|Elodie Godin will bring veteran know-how to the BLMA roster|
With EuroLeague Women set to tip-off on 05 November, fibaeurope.com has reviewed every team playing in Europe's premier women's club competition and next up it is Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration.
Last Season: It proved to be a landmark season in 2013-14 for BLMA who were crowned French champions for the very first time. However, this was tempered by failing to make the EuroLeague Women play-offs after finishing with a disappointing 3-9 record in Group B.
Significant Summer Departures: There has been something of an exodus during the off-season with Helena Ciak, Geraldine Robert, Gunta Basko-Melbarde, Fatimatou Sacko, Virginie Bremont and Lidija Turcinovic all leaving.
Roster Review: Major roster surgery was undertaken during the summer by General Manager and FIBA Europe Women's Basketball Ambassador, Edwige Lawson-Wade. The club have welcomed a string of new arrivals, arguably headlined by Mistie Bass and Elodie Godin. With the loss of Ciak and Robert, it was imperative that the power inside was replenished and in this new duo, the club have done that. Bass has been one of the outstanding players in French basketball in recent years, while Godin is an Olympian who knows what is required under the hoop after several years with Schio and CB Taranto in the competition. Another player with Olympic experience is Jenna O'Hea and the Australian small forward will make her EuroLeague Women debut. There is another intriguing dynamic on the wing with Valeriane Ayayi also arriving and no doubt stung by her omission from the FIBA World Championship for Women roster, maybe with a point to prove. Three players who did go to Turkey will form the backcourt, in the shape of shooting guard Gaelle Skrela and playmaker Ingrid Tanqueray who return, while Anael Lardy is a newcomer.
Headline Writer: While much of the talk has been around Bass, it could be the acquisition of Godin which proves vital. A rebounding machine with masses of EuroLeague Women experience, a couple of summers off from national team duties means she will be fresh and raring to go.
‘X-Factor': - There doesn't look to be a lot of depth compared to some of their arrivals and so staying healthy will be a key factor.
Sliding Onto The Radar: There are plenty of emerging talents on the Montpellier roster including the likes of Fleur Devillers who briefly tasted action in the competition last season and Elise Cammas, a guard who played at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in Czech Republic.
In Just Ten Words: Must perform at high level to compete for play-offs.
Next time, we take a look at Beretta Famila Schio.