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02.07.2015
EUROPEAN ROUND UP
6. Giorgia Sottana (Beretta Famila )
Giorgia Sottana returns to Beretta Famila Schio for the upcoming season

Each week during the off-season, we scour the women's basketball club scene to wrap up the latest signings and news from around Europe.

 

SCHIO START BUILDING FOR NEXT SEASON

Italian champions Beretta Famila Schio are well underway with their building for next season in EuroLeague Women after re-signing versatile combo guard and Italy national team star Giorgia Sottana.

She will be joined a by a couple of new faces in the locker room with Schio having also swooped for Ashley Walker.

The American forward has spent the last couple of campaigns trying to deny her new team silverware on the roster at arch rivals, Passalacqua Ragusa and registered 14.4 points and eight rebounds per game in domestic competition last season.

Also heading to Schio is another frontcourt player in the shape of Martina Bestagno.

She missed out on EuroBasket Women recently and was one of the most productive players in the Italian League last season with Pallacanestro Vigarana, after amassing an impressive 15.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

 

AJDUKOVIC IN AND VESELA OUT AT PRAGUE

Reigning EuroLeague Women champions ZVVZ USK Prague won't be bringing back Czech Republic national team veteran Jana Vesela, as they prepare to defend their coveted and historical first title.

However, they will have newly crowned EuroBasket Women 2015 winner Tijana Ajdukovic in their ranks after she penned a deal to link up with Natalia Hejkova.

Ajdukovic will play another season of EuroLeague Women after averaging an impressive 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last year with rookies, Energa Torun.

Meanwhile her former club are said to be close to a deal to bring Belarus play-caller Anatoli Buyalski in as their new head coach.

 

11. Lina Pikciute (Lithuania)
Lina Pikciute is on the way to Spain for next season

GIRONA PREPARING FOR ROOKIE CAMPAIGN

Spar Citylift Uni Girona are ready to embark on their first ever season in EuroLeague Women after securing their maiden Liga Femenina title and have also looked towards Serbia for inspiration.

New head coach Miguel Angel Ortega who succeeds Roberto Iniguez, will be able to utilise forward Adrijana Knezevic.

She brings plenty of experience of both the Spanish League and EuroLeague Women - having previously suited up for Ros Casares, Halcon Avenida, Germano Zama Faenza and Lotos Gdynia.

The club have also nailed down another year from the long-serving Noemi Jordana, who is an essential part of the club both on and off the floor.

Lithuania veteran Vita Kuktiene is also back on board and she will be joined next season by her compatriot Lina Pikciute, who competed in EuroCup Women last year with Udominate Basket.

 

PAPOVA HEADING EAST

Following on from an excellent EuroBasket Women 2015 with Belarus where she finally demonstrated her longstanding potential, 20-year-old Maryia Papova will be playing in EuroCup Women next season with Enisey Krasnoyarsk.

The forward shot the ball really well at Final Round in Hungary and Romania, scoring eight points per game and corralling 3.6 boards.

She previously played outside of her homeland two seasons ago when she spent a year at Belfius Namur, before then returning to Tsmoki Minsk last year.

 

DE MONDT HANGS UP HER PLAYING SHOES

4. Anke De Mondt (Wisla Can-Pack)
Anke De Mondt has called an end on her career

Belgian shooter Anke De Mondt has called time on her playing career and one which harvested a EuroLeague Women title four years ago with Halcon Avenida.

The 35-year-old also suited up for Wisla-Can Pack and Kayseri Kaski Spor in the competition.

The popular guard averaged double-digits for her country at EuroBasket Women 2007 and also played in the 2003 edition.

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