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Paugaite Injury Forces Lithuanian Hand

02 June 2015
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2015
Giedre Paugaite (Lithuania), Romana Vynuchalova (Slovak Republic)
Giedre Paugaite will not represent Lithuania at EuroBasket Women 2015 due to injury

Lithuania have effectively confirmed their final roster for EuroBasket Women 2015 after having their hand forced by an injury to Giedre Paugaite

The forward will miss the Final Round having also not played during qualification last summer.

Her expected return to the team had been widely heralded after a standout season for Tsmoki Minsk in Belarus, but an injury to her arm which was sustained in a friendly tournament in France recently has failed to heat and therefore curtailed her participation.

Head coach Mantas Sernius received a double blow when another important member of his frontcourt rotation in the shape of the experienced Egle Sulciute, withdrew for personal reasons.

"The final twelve is maybe not as we imagined at the beginning of preparations for EuroBasket Women," he confirmed.

"But we are very motivated and focused on the factors that led to qualification.

"The team's desire to prove that they can achieve despite the injuries is very high and the main objective is still to pass to the Olympic Games," added Sernius.

The Federation has invited rising star Laura Juskaite back into the camp, although they have reiterated that this is with an eye on the long-term, rather than the short-term.

Lithuania will rely more than ever on their kingpin center Gintare Petronyte, who along with her colleagues will match-up against neighbours Latvia in a traditional friendly game in Riga on Wednesday evening before completing their warm-up programme against China at the weekend.

The final roster for Lithuania is as follows:

Egle Siksniute, Sandra Linkeviciene, Kristina Alminaite, Gabriele Gutkauskaite (BC Utena, LTU); Santa Okockyte (Suduva, LTU); Kamile Nacickaite (Istanbul Universitesi BGD, TUR); Monika Grigalauskyte, Marina Solopova (Fortuna, LTU); Vita Kuktiene (Spar Citylift Girona, ESP); Gintare Petronyte (Wisla Can-Pack, POL); Inesa Visgaudaite (Basket Konin, POL); Neringa Skadaite (Aistes-LSU, LTU)

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