|30 April 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
|Returns to the Spanish team with two more EuroLeague Women gold medals in the locker: Silvia Dominguez|
There will be no abrupt change of guard in Spanish women's basketball heading into preparation for EuroBasket Women 2013 as head coach Lucas Mondelo relies on an experienced core of players, together with a few new faces.
Perhaps the biggest boost for Mondelo and Spain will be the return of UMMC Ekaterinburg playmaker Silvia Dominguez, who recently celebrated winning her third successive EuroLeague Women title with a third different club.
Dominguez had sat out last summer's qualification round but revealed earlier in the year that she would return to the national team this summer.
She could be joined in the backcourt by the experienced guard duo Elisa Aguilar and Laia Palau.
In the traditionally short 15-name list, two household names are missing in the likes of Anna Montanana and Marta Fernandez.
Forward Montanana played in all eight qualification games last year, to help Spain seal their place in France, averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds during 21 minutes per game.
She had been an integral part of the Spanish team for the last seven years, having not made her tournament debut until the age of 25 years when she returned from playing college basketball.
Ever since stepping out for her country at EuroBasket Women in 2005, Montanana produced a phenomenal return in terms of productivity - only once failing to harvest double digits in scoring at a major tournament. However, she has had two club seasons interrupted by injury which may have been decisive.
Fernandez meanwhile played in seven games during qualification and averaged 13 minutes per game. She recently won the Spanish Championship with Perfumerias Avenida.
The only other player to miss out who participated in 2012 is 21 year-old Gran Canaria
|A star at youth level for Spain and now a rock solid EuroLeague Women player for Rivas: Queralt Casas|
forward Vanessa Ble - although the door may be re-opened for her depending on whether Sancho Lyttle makes herself available. The Galatasaray forward will wait until after the current Turkish play-off finals to confirm her participation, something which is by no means guaranteed.
Whilst Ble is a young player who will miss out, a trio of other rising stars have been included with Laura Gil, Queralt Casas and Leonor Rodriquez all being selected for what would potentially be their first major tournaments at senior level.
Both Gil and Casas won gold at the U20 European Championship Women in Debrecen last summer, whilst Rodriguez has impressed with her passing and three-point shooting ability during a stunning final year in the NCAA with Florida State University.
The full roster is as follows: Silvia Domínguez (UMMC Ekaterinburg), Laia Palau (CCC Polkowice), Elisa Aguilar (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje), Cristina Ouvina (Wisla-Can Pack), Marta Xargay (Perfumerias Avenida), Leonor Rodriguez (Florida State University), Anna Cruz (Rivas Ecopolis), Queralt Casas (Rivas Ecopolis), Alba Torrens (Galatasaray), Amaya Valdemoro (Real Canoe), Sancho Lyttle (Galatasaray), Laura Nicholls (Rivas Ecopolis), Cindy Lima (Uni Gyor), Laura Gil (Ciudad de Burgos), Lucila Pascua (Perfumerias Avenida)
Before crossing the border into France for the big event in June, Spain will play against Finland twice (24-25 May) and then once against both Netherlands and Croatia, before entering a tournament involving Canada, France and Turkey (07-09 June).