Boshkov Casts Net Wide For Bulgaria

23 April 2014
4. Donneka Hodges (Tarsus Belediye SK)
Donneka Hodges could once more suit up for Bulgaria this summer

Bulgarian head coach Georgi Boshkov has cast his net wide after announcing 23 players on his preliminary roster ahead of the EuroBasket Women 2015 2nd Qualification Round this summer.

Having already received a body blow in once again being denied the services of star forward Jaklin Zlatanova, who is out with another serious injury, the play-caller has at least been able to recall naturalised guard Donneka Hodges, who could return for the first time in three years.

Although on the subject of making a return, the potential of Hodges pulling on a Bulgarian vest is significantly outstripped by Lidia Varbanova, who hasn't played for her country in more than 20 years and at the age of 43, has had the door opened for a swansong.

At the other end of the spectrum, versatile teenager Borislava Hristova is one of the brightest young Bulgarian talents and she is likely to be handed her debut with the senior national team.

However, the bulk of the final selection is likely to be made up from those who competed in the 1st Qualifying Round, with leading scorer Milena Tomova and the dynamic Daniela Peteva included.

Bulgaria have been drawn into a three-team group and will compete against Croatia and Israel.

The full roster is as follows: Daniela Peteva (CB Bembibre), Dimana Georgieva (Donau Ries), Hristina Ivanova (Levski), Stefka Miteva (RilskiSportist), Tsvetomira Sharenkapova (Dunav 8806 Ruse), Ralitsa Naneva (Levski), Emiliya Yancheva (Argentonnaises Thouars Basket 79), Milena Tomova (Montana 2003), Radostina Dimitrova (Dunav 8806 Ruse), Lidia Varbanova (Haskovo 2012), Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (Tarbes GB), Borislava Hristova (Neftochimic), Stefka Nikolova (Montana 2003), Viktoriya Stoycheva (Levski), Donneka Hodges (Tarsus), Ivelina Vrantcheva (Beroe), Maria Tsankova (Neftochimic 2010), Roksana Yordanova (San Salvadore), Violina Kocheva (Dunav 8806 Ruse), Zornitsa Naydenova (Beroe), Aneta Miteva (Neftochimic 2010), Radostina Slavova-Naneva (Montana 2003), Gabriela Kostova (Neftochimic).


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