|12 June 2012|
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Spanish internationals Silvia Dominguez and Amaya Valdemoro, who played in the EuroLeague Women final with Ros Casares and Rivas respectively, are both heading East|
DOMINGUEZ TO UMMC, VALDEMORO TO TARSUS
Silvia Dominguez suffered a few blows recently.
She lost her spot in Spain's national side this summer when attempting to make the Seattle Storm roster for the WNBA but then did not make the team.
Ros Casares, Dominguez's club side that just won the EuroLeague Women and the Spanish league, then announced it had lost its major sponsor and was no longer going to compete in Europe or Spain's top flight, thus leaving Dominguez searching for a new team.
But Dominguez has been snapped up by Russian champions UMMC Ekaterinburg.
The 25-year-old averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 assists per game this season with Ros.
She had played a leading role for Perfumerias Avenida the year before in their capture of the EuroLeague Women and Liga Femenina trophies.
Another Spaniard on the move is Amaya Valdemoro.
The veteran, injured for much of the 2011-12 campaign before recovering in time to play for Rivas Ecopolis at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight, has penned a deal to play for Tarsus in Turkey's top flight.
DIKEOULAKOS TO TARGOVISTE
Greek coach George Dikeoulakos has made a habit of collecting titles in recent times.
As an assistant to Kostas Missas at the 2009 U20 European Championship in Rhodes, Dikeoulakos helped coach the Greeks to the gold medal and the following season, he guided Sony Athinaikos to a Greek Cup, League and EuroCup Women treble.
|Another year, another country for George Dikeoulakos who is heading to Romania after having coached in Poland, Turkey and the national team of Latvia|
The next year, after taking over Lotos Gdynia midway through the campaign, he coached the team to a Polish Cup and in 2011-12, Dikeoulakos led Fenerbahce to an unbeaten mark through the Second Round of the EuroLeague Women before they fell in an upset to Rivas Ecopolis at the Final Eight.
He and the club rebounded, though, by overcoming Galatasaray in the Turkish play-off finals.
Expected to remain in charge of the Istanbul outfit, Dikeoulakos decided to quit Fenerbahce because of a disagreement with the club bosses but he hasn't been out of work for long.
Dikeoulakos was contacted by the Romanian champions Municipal Targoviste at the end of May and the two sides have reached an agreement on a contract.
The tactician is expected to coach Targoviste on a two-year deal.
MEESSEMAN TO PLAY FOR VILLENEUVE D'ASCQ
Belgium international Emma Meesseman recently penned a four-year deal with Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje that will allow her to continue her studies for the first two years and play for another team close to home.
The FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year is to compete for ESB Villeneuve d'Ascq-Lille Metropole.
A 1.92m center, Meesseman said: "I want to help my team succeed in this (French) LFB championship and I look forward to realizing this challenge."