Roundup: Changes Made During Break

05 January 2014

EUROLEAGUEWOMEN

Several EuroLeague Women clubs have been subject to personnel changes during the mid-season break.

AJDUKOVIC ARRIVES IN VIDNOJE

Tijana Ajdukovic (Pinkk Pecsi)
Tijana Ajdukovic arrives in Vidnoje via EuroCup Women side Pinkk Pecsi

Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje are enjoying a renaissance in Group C having won four straight games off the back of two defeats at the start of the campaign.

After suffering the recent blow of losing American frontcourt star Asjha Jones to a serious Achilles injury, they have moved to fill the void by bringing in Tijana Ajdukovic.

The 22-year-old center had been playing in Hungary with PINKK Pecsi 424 where she averaged a team-high 11 points as well as 5.4 rebounds per game in EuroCup Women, before the club was knocked out of the competition.

She will make her debut in the competition having played at Lavezzini Parma in Italy last season, prior to just missing out on a roster spot with the national team at EuroBasket Women 2013.

Head coach Alexander Vasin is happy with his addition and said, "Replacing an American with the experience of Asjha Jones is very difficult. I I'm glad we were able to make an acquisition in a young and promising Serbian player in Tijana.

"I think she has the potential to be a very good player at the European level. The first workout showed that she is diligent.

"If she continues in the same vein, I'm sure she will significantly strengthen our young team and raise the level."

Ajdukovic will link up with fellow Serbian Sonja Petrovic who has been one of the key performers for the Russian side so far.

 

LATTES MONTPELLIER PART WAYS WITH CHRISTON

Lattes Montpellier standout player Shameka Christon has left the club to sign for Alimentos de Zamora in Spain.

Christon averaged double-digits in points both in the French League and in EuroLeague Women.

Club General Manager, Edwige Lawson explained, "The club was very happy with Shameka.

"Both the player and the club wanted to continue the collaboration, but unfortunately the schedule of the French League and the WNBA didn't allow us to sign Shameka back.

"It is a big loss, because Shameka played well for us and fit really well in the team chemistry.

"We are thinking about taking another player if the right player for the team is available."

 

SZENTENDREI HANDS OVER COACHING REINS IN GYOR

Hungarian club HAT-AGRO Uni Gyor are due to reveal a new play-caller after former head-coach Aron Szentendrei requested to terminate his contract due to family reasons.

Szentendrei was due to be an assistant coach this season but accepted the duties of head coach after the death of Akos Fuzy in the Gyor tragedy during last September.

The club are still searching for a first victory in EuroLeague Women after five games, but are 3-0 in Hungarian league.

 

KIBIRKSTIS SEEK SOLIDITY WITH SOLOPOVA

13. Marina Solopova (VICI Aistes)
No stranger to EuroLeague Women: Marina Solopova

Lithuanian champions Kibirkstis VICI-Vilnius have swooped for the services of Lithuanian national team wing Marina Solopova in a bid to end their four game losing streak.

The 23-year-old could fit the bill perfectly, since head coach Jurgita Steimikyte-Virbickiene recently criticised her players for their lack of aggression and the feisty Solopova isn't likely to be lacking in this department.

The small forward started the season in Turkey with Konak Belediye and has previously played in the competition with Good Angels Kosice and VICI Aistes Kaunas.

Solopova was a shock omission from the Lithuanian team which stepped out at EuroBasket Women in France last summer.

 

POCEK PENS DEAL WITH PRAGUE

The Montengrin links with ZVVZ USK Prague continue to strengthen after the club bolstered its' ranks with the acquisition of 20-year-old Ana Pocek (formerly Turcinovic).

The club already boasts two frontcourt players from the Montenegro team which stepped out at EuroBasket Women in Jelena Dubljevic and Milka Bjelica.

Last season, the Czech team had a Montenegrin backcourt with Jelena Skerovic and Anna DeForge who have since moved on.

Pocek made a splash at EuroBasket Women 2011 with some terrific performances for her nation when just 17 years old.

She averaged 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for Homend Antakya in the Turkish League last season and has been playing with Buducnost Podgorica most recently.

Pocek will make her debut in EuroLeague Women having previously played in EuroCup Women with Elitzur Ramla and Antakya.


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