It's been a busy week in EuroLeague Women, with reigning champions UMMC Ekaterinburg announcing they will be making only one change from last season's title winning team and several other clubs making a number of roster moves.
|Diana Taurasi will be back for UMMC Ekaterinburg next season|
CHAMPIONS GO WITH GOLDEN STARS
Having waited for a decade between their two EuroLeague Women titles, it looks like UMMC Ekaterinburg are keen to build a dynasty, after assembling virtually the same team which delivered their all-conquering 2012-13 campaign.
With Quanitra Hollingsworth having moved to Istanbul to join Fenerbahce, the recent addition of Ann Wauters by UMMC has now been confirmed by General Manager Maxim Ryabkov as the only change to be made to the roster this summer.
It means the headline trio of EuroLeague Women Final Eight MVP Candace Parker, five-time title winner Diana Taurasi and French ace Sandrine Gruda, will all be back on board.
They will be joined by Anete Jekabsone, Sue Bird, Silvia Dominguez and Ewelina Kobryn, as well as the Russian contingent of Deanna Nolan, Tatiana Popova, Anna Petrakova, Olga Arteshina and Maria Stepanova.
TRIO CONFIRMED FOR RIVAS
After the recent appointment of new head coach Jose Hernandez, Rivas Ecopolis are pushing ahead in creating their roster for next season.
They have moved for the scoring power of forward Rachel Allison, who averaged 19.1 points per game in Spanish Liga Femenina last season with Burgos and also weighed in with an impressive 7.6 rebounds each time she took to the floor.
The American will be joined by Gabriele Ocete, who returns having started her career with Rivas. Since starting out on her pro-career as a teenager with the club, the guard has since played for five years with Soller Bon Dia and spent last season in the French League with Tarbes.
There is also some continuity via the re-signing of Spanish forward Vega Gimeno, whose blistering start to the 2012-13 season in EuroLeague Women was cruelly cut short by an ACL injury last November.
POLISH PAIR ON THE MOVE
Polish rising star Magdalena Zietara will get the opportunity to step back into the EuroLeague Women after Good Angels Kosice moved to secure her services.
The small forward, who excelled at the U20 European Championship Women in Debrecen last summer, previously played with Lotos Gdynia and started to make a name for herself, prior to the club having to withdraw from EuroLeague Women.
Another player with previous EuroLeague Women experience through her time with Lotos Gdynia is Marta Jujka. The center will get the chance to re-join the competition after making the switch to Wisla Can-Pack from Matizol Lider Pruszkow, where she averaged 4.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in the Polish League, during her only season with the club.
|Spanish international Laia Palau will suit up for ZVVZ USK Prague in the upcoming season|
PALAU FOR PRAGUE, VAUGHN EXTENDED
ZVVZ USK Prague have snapped up Spanish veteran playmaker Laia Palau, who excelled in her first season with CCC Polkowice last season by dishing up 6.4 assists per game in EuroLeague Women.
After helping the Polish club to a domestic sweep and to a place at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight, she will now resume her working relationship with Natalia Hejkova who coached her at Ros Casares.
And, one of the players she will be trying to get the ball to in the paint will be Kia Vaughn, after the club confirmed the center was extending her stay in the Czech capital for another season.
The American averaged 12.9 points and 7.7 rebounds in EuroLeague Women during her first campaign, having previously played in the competition for a year with Cras Basket Taranto.