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The 2013 European Women Basketball Championship, commonly called EuroBasket Women 2013, will be the 34th regional championship held by FIBA Europe. The competition will be held in France from 15–30 June 2013.

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Important!!! From June 15 you may follow daily news, results, boxscores and analyses from EuroBasket Women 2013 here.

June 15, 2013 - Underdogs ready to bite in Group A

ivan vojtkoIt has hardly been the smoothest of preparation for Group A underdogs Slovak Republic, and head coach Ivan Vojtko isn't expecting life to get easier in their opener against Montenegro. Speaking ahead of the day one clash in Vannes, the play-caller is anticipating a tough initiation to EuroBasket Women 2013. "The first match will be important," reiterated Vojtko. "Montenegro entered the last EuroBasket Women famously and it even seemed that they would go for medals, but they gradually ran out of power. "We have the misfortune to play them now in the opening match. They are very strong and experienced, particularly the guards. "They have the ideal form of a team that dares to play for those precious medals." Read more here.

June 15, 2013 - Latvia fire French warning shot

elina babkinaLatvia will be out to cause one of the biggest shocks in EuroBasket Women history when they open their 2013 campaign against France. The hosts and silver medalists from last year's London 2012 Olympic Games are heavy favourites to repeat their success of 2009 and lift the trophy in front of their home fans. France come into the tournament good form too having won all of their nine preparation games. But this doesn't discourage Latvia guard Elina Babkina, who will shoulder the majority of the scoring responsibility following a number of withdrawals due to injury. Babkina said: "We have nothing to worry about because we have nothing to lose. "We came here just to fight and to show who we are. It doesn't matter who is against us, we respect all our opponents even if they maybe don't respect us because we are missing some players. Read more here.

June 15, 2013 - Wide open Group D hosts renewed rivalry

yelena leuchankaThe Czech Republic will face a familiar foe in their EuroBasket Women 2013 opener. Lubor Blazek's new-look side are entering a major competition without either Eva Viteckova or Hana Horakova for the first time since 1999. But they will receive little sympathy from Belarus, with who they share a growing rivalry, according to returning star Yelena Leuchanka. "With the Czechs we have a little bit of history," said Leuchanka, who is back with Belarus after spending last summer playing in the USA. "It goes all the way back to Italy (EuroBasket Women 2007), they were then European Champions but we played them and we won and then in the World Championships (2010) we went to overtime. "They are a great team, very big and strong. We have watched some film and they run a lot for their size, it's amazing. We have our hands full but they still have to guard us too." Due to all their changes, the Czechs are something of an unknown quantity - even to themselves. Read more here.

June 14, 2013 - Serbs ready to enact Sister act

marina maljkovicThe time has come for women's basketball to win its place back in the spotlight in Serbia, starting at EuroBasket Women. That is the rallying cry on the eve of the 2013 tournament from head coach Marina Maljkovic as she prepares to lead an inexperienced group into the first round of the competition in Trelaze, hoping that it will not be a brief stay. This adventure, she says, has been years in the planning, way beyond the summer of 2009 which proved to be the last time that the Serbs earned their place in the finals. Until now. Formerly in charge of the country's Under-18 and U19 teams, Maljkovic has been closely involved with the grand project to raise the sport back to the heights it enjoyed over three decades ago. It's not yet complete. "In all the Balkans - Serbia, Croatia, everywhere, 30 years ago, women's basketball was massively popular," she recounts. "Then with a lack of results, different situations, war, it all went down. Now we're growing it back. Read more here.

June 14, 2013 - Kochubei hails Ukrainian heart

inna kochubeiExperienced playmaker Inna Kochubei has insisted the heart and spirit of Ukraine, blended with the confidence given to them by head coach Vadim Czeczuro, will help them flourish on French soil. Despite having initially stated that he feels Ukraine will be the weakest team in Group A, Kochubei hinted her boss had his tongue firmly in his cheek when he made the comment. "First of all, I want to tell everyone, our head coach is the man who believes in our team the most," insisted the guard. "Every single day, he reminds us about it and puts all of his heart into working with us. "Like everyone else, our national team has been on a pathway of serious preparation ahead of EuroBasket Women. "We have all been working very hard in practice and will try to approach the official games in our best shape. Read more here.

June 13, 2013 - Final selection made by Ukraine

alina lagupovaUkraine head coach Vadim Czeczuro has decided upon his final roster for EuroBasket Women 2013 in a list which is topped by current FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the year Alina Iagupova. There is a real buzz of anticipation from those heading to Vannes and will see the talented shooting guard in action. However, there will be some disappointment that exciting forward Olesia Malashenko, who has been playing her club basketball in France with Arras, hasn't recovered from a foot injury in time to play. Veteran center Olena Zherzherunova won't be back on board either, although there is a return for the experienced Olena Ogorodnikova after maternity leave. She will be hoping to have the same kind of impact as four years ago when she amassed an impressive 17 points per game at Final Round in Latvia. Read more here.

June 13, 2013 - Croatian warrior is ready for battle

ana lelasAfter sitting out most of EuroBasket Women 2011, Ana Lelas is raring to go as Croatia prepare to switch from surprise package to having to deal with increased expectation. A cornerstone of the Croatian team, Lelas has been reflecting on what has been a remarkable couple of years. Two years ago, Croatia walked off court against Montenegro staring into the abyss, having lost two of their first three games in Katowice. They looked certain to be on the plane back to Zagreb, but in the face of adversity, they rallied to eventually finish fifth - despite losing Lelas to injury. "The loss against Montenegro was a turning point for us" concurred the forward. "There was nothing else to lose and we played with no pressure which we should have done earlier. "We were the biggest surprise and the injuries made us stronger as a team, when nobody expected us to win. "It was definitely hard to be done with the tournament after the third game, but I don't regret it because we did a great job finishing fifth. Read more here.

June 12, 2013 - Croatia confirm Final list for Trelaze

ana lelasSeeking to build upon a fifth place finish two years ago, Croatian head coach Stipe Bralic has revealed the twelve players tasked with meeting that objective when the action gets underway in Trelaze. The play-caller has had strong competition for places, but hasn't been able to find a place for Josipa Bura or Tea Buzov, whilst Davorka Balic was dropped as a contender last week. The experienced Mirna Mazic also misses out because of nasal surgery but despite this, Croatia have been able to rely on the spine of the team from both EuroBasket Women 2011 and the London Olympics last summer. There are three newcomers who bolster the potential firepower from the wings, much of which was lost with the retirement of Sandra Mandir. The shooting prowess of Monika Bosilj was evident during the club season and she had the perfect chance to stake her claim under the watchful eye of Coach Bralic who is her club coach at Gospic Croatia. Read more here.

June 12, 2013 - Consolini a surprise omission for Italy

chiara consoliniItalian head coach Roberto Ricchini has sprung a surprise with his final selection for EuroBasket Women 2013, by deciding to leave Famila Schio guard Chiara Consolini at home. One of the few players in the candidate list with any EuroLeague Women experience, it was widely anticipated that Consolini would play a pivotal role, but instead, she will now have to deal with the disappointing reality of being overlooked. Also set to miss the EuroBasket Women party are Valeria Battisodo, Martina Crippa and also Lavinia Santucci who didn't recover from an injury. The other side of the coin was delight for two 1993-born young guns in the form of guard Francesca Dotto and center Alessandra Formica, who hadn't necessarily been expected to make it, but impressed during the preparation games. Read more here.

June 12, 2013 - Russia benefit from U-Turn over Prince

epiphanny princeIn a dramatic twist of events, Epiphanny Prince will help reigning EuroBasket Women champions Russia try and defend their title after being included in the final candidate list. Confusion had reined over the status of the naturalised guard after she sprained an ankle on debut in a preparation game against China recently. After returning home to the States for further medical assessment, it was confirmed she would be out for 2-3 weeks and would not play, but doctors have unexpectedly done a U-turn and given her the all-clear to step out in Vannes. It is likely to be a considerable relief to head coach Alfredas Vainauskas, who is already without a lengthy list of absentees and especially since Prince is a player he knows and trusts due to also being her club coach at Dynamo Kursk. Vainauskas took time to explain his decision in composing the final roster, which led to Elena Volkova, Mariia Cherepanova and Tatiana Abrikosova, all missing out. Read more here.

June 12, 2013 - Youthful and ready to make a noise

monika grigalauskyteLithuania finished second in Group C last summer, with six wins from their eight qualification games. It's sixteen years since Lithuania topped the podium for the only time in their history and they last made it to the semi-finals back during 2005. The real plus point for Lithuania is that former FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year Ginatre Petronyte may be rejuvenating her career and finally dealing with the aftermath of the overwhelming expectation which accompanied her during her teenage years. Having perhaps struggled to live up to the hype so far, she was simply outstanding last summer when she amassed a staggering double-double of 18.3 points and 11.5 rebounds-per-game to drive her team to another Final Round appearance. She is a powerful player who seems to be maturing and fine-tuning her game under the hoop and she will be tough to contain for opposing defences. Read more here.

June 12, 2013 - No dwelling on absent friends

katerina elhotovaCzech Republic qualified via finishing in fourth spot two years ago in Poland and followed this up with a disappointing performance at the London Olympics last summer, losing four of their six games. They have a mixed record in the competition, often blowing hot or cold. They have finished outside of the quarter-finals and in ninth spot on three occasions, with their most productive period between 2003 and 2005, when they reached the Final of the competition and went from silver to gold. A terrific shooter and talent, Katerina Elhotova intriguingly comes into the summer off the back of her least productive club season, although fans will be hoping she can re-ignite her game in France. She is a real danger from long-range and a smart player who if on form, can have a big say in propelling Czech Republic to success. Read more here.

June 11, 2013 - EuroBasket Women debuts for seven Serbs

ana dabovicSerbian head coach Marina Maljkovic has put the finishing touches to her first ever EuroBasket Women roster and will hand no fewer than seven players a debut at the event. When Serbia step out in Trelaze at the weekend, less than half of their roster will have tasted Final Round action, with Ana Dabovic, Bojana Vulic, Sasa Cado, Dajana Butulija, Jovana Rad, Nevena Jovanovic, and Sara Krnjic all now able to look forward to a first major tournament experience. EuroLeague Women star Jelena Milovanovic tops the list of those who have played previously at a Final Round and she will be expected to lead the team from the frontcourt. There are also five players included who play for Coach Maljkovic at club level with Partizan Galenika. The two unfortunate players who didn't make it were Tijana Ajdukovic and Aleksandra Crvendakic. Read more here.

June 11, 2013 - Unfathomable expectations

ana lelasCroatia qualified after finishing in fifth place at EuroBasket Women 2011 and proceeded to make a historic first ever appearance at the Olympic Games last summer. This will be the fifth Final Round appearance for Croatia as they look to build on their achievement two years ago which was their best ever placing. They have only failed to reach the quarter-final stage on one occasion. The strength of Croatia could be their frontcourt, since they have a couple of terrific do-it-all forwards in Ana Lelas and Jelena Ivezic. Both are driving forces who bring so much to the team, both on and off the floor. Lelas received French citizenship this year and so it will be a special tournament for her and she is likely to be the one taking the fight to opponents. She is aggressive, feisty and never far from the action - the type of player for whom having a quiet game is almost impossible. Read more here.

June 11, 2013 - Sweden put their faith in Johansson

lars johanssonWhatever the outcome at EuroBasket Women 2013, Sweden won't be parting ways with head coach Lars Johansson after he was handed a contract extension on the eve of the tournament. The Federation have given the play-caller the perfect tonic as he prepares to guide his nation back to the event after a gap of 26 years. Having ensured Sweden punched their ticket in emphatic fashion last summer by topping the Qualification Round Group D with seven wins from eight games, including a memorable double over Spain, he won't only be holding the reins in France, but also potentially at EuroBasket Women 2015 too. The height of the ambition and faith stored in Johansson is also further highlighted in that he has been promised an extra 12-month extension if Sweden were to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Read more here.

June 11, 2013 - Jennings names his first Tournament 12

damian jenningsRecently appointed Damian Jennings has finalised his first roster ahead of his inaugural tournament holding the coaching reins for Great Britain. Despite having had the considerable satisfaction of welcoming back Johannah Leedham - the ace in the British pack - the play-caller will have to cope without three of his teams' top contributors from last summers' Olympics in Julie Page, Temi Fagbenle and Natalie Stafford. But, the retirement of Stafford has belatedly opened the door for Stephanie Gandy, one of three players who have been handed a tournament debut by Jennings. The naturalised Gandy has certainly had to be patient, since former head coach Tom Maher always preferred Stafford, but this time she will finally get to step out. She will be joined by Oral Roberts University graduate and playmaker Georgia Jones, who was also regularly overlooked by Maher and has finished her first pro-season in the Romanian League. Read more here.

June 10, 2013 - No place for Pascua in Spanish twelve

lucila pascuaVeteran center Lucila Pascua has suffered the agony of being the last cut for Spain, after head coach Lucas Mondelo selected his final roster for EuroBasket Women 2013. Having previously dispensed with the services of shooting guard duo Anna Cruz and Leonor Rodriguez, it was almost inevitable that there would also be a frontcourt casualty. With an injury concern in relation to WNBA participant Sancho Lyttle having seemingly cleared up, leaving the forward free to join up with her colleagues, there was no room for Pascua. Instead, Coach Mondelo opted for the experience of Cindy Lima under the basket, along with Laura Nicholls and also Laura Gil, who is one of three younger players set to make their tournament debuts with the senior national team. Read more here.

June 10, 2013 - Dealing with the bare bones

elina babkinaIt was a tight squeeze for Latvia last summer as they finished behind Italy in Qualification Round Group E, with the same 5-3 record as Greece, but just scraped through regardless. Latvia are searching for a fifth successive quarter-final place, their best performance coming six years ago in Italy when they reached the last four of the competition, but just missed out on a first medal. Elina Babkina led the way two years ago in Poland and she is likely to do the same this time around. Debate has always raged about her best position in the backcourt, although her strength is that she can play both roles and this versatility will be useful for Latvia. She will have to have a big tournament both scoring wise, creating for her team-mates ad also limiting turnovers if success is to be achieved. Read more here.

June 10, 2013 - Russia lose Prince, Sniokaite ruled out

epiphanny princeReigning EuroBasket Women champions Russia will have to defend their title without Epiphanny Prince, whilst Lithuania have had to replace the injured Greta Sniokaite. Russia have been left with a backcourt crisis, after the naturalised Epiphanny Prince was ruled out of competing at the tournament with an ankle injury sustained on debut. It had been hoped she would be able to recover from the sprain which occurred at the end of last week in a preparation game against China. But, the highly rated guard, who was destined to be a primary scorer for the Russians, has remained in Chicago where tests revealed she would be out of action for around two to three weeks. Tatiana Abrikosova, of Dynamo Moscow has been drafted into the camp of the Russian World University Games team, although the 24-year-old guard has never yet represented her country at the senior level. Read more here.

June 10, 2013 - Does a glass ceiling await?

jelena milovanovicSerbia sealed their trip to France despite having seen their qualification hopes balanced on a real knife-edge. They eventually finished second in Qualification Round Group B with a 6-2 record, squeezing out a crestfallen Poland in a three-way tie and progressing behind neighbours Montenegro. Since becoming an independent nation, Serbia first qualified for the tournament in Italy six years ago, when they finished 11th and then 13th place in 2009 in Latvia. However, they failed to make it to EuroBasket Women 2011. There is lots of talent on the Serbian roster, with Jelena Milovanovic leading the frontcourt. She finished as the second highest scorer in EuroLeague Women last season with UE Sopron and seems to have returned to her best form after shrugging off the injury woe which meant limited participation last summer. Read more here.

June 9, 2013 - Blazek decides Final Round Czech list

lubor blazekCzech Republic play-caller Lubor Blazek has selected his final twelve players ahead of the start of EuroBasket Women next weekend. Preparing for his fourth major tournament as head coach of the national team, Blazek has thrown a surprise by omitting Lenka Bartakova, who participated at the London Olympics last year as the Czechs reached the quarter-finals. But, with veteran Veronika Bortelova back on board to orchestrate affairs at the point guard position, the coach explained that there was simply no space for the 22-year-old Bartakova when it came to the final shake-up. "We have decided to go with two playmakers, along with five wings, four pivots and also [Jana] Vesela who can play at either the three or four," said Blazek. "Currently I am convinced that Veronika Bortelová gives very good performances and [Katarina] Bartoňová same. "At that moment when we decided that we were not going to three [point guards], the cards were dealt. Read more here.

June 7, 2013 - Avoiding post Olympic blues

johannah leedhamGreat Britain qualified for the tournament due to their status as host nation of the 2012 Olympic Games. Great Britain caused something of a shock when they went into their first EuroBasket Women tournament two years ago, grabbing an unexpected victory and making it past the first round. Having looked like she may not play due to her WNBA ambitions, the return of Johannah Leedham to the roster is an immeasurable boost to the prospects of Great Britain. She has always been the one player with the extra little bit of class to make a difference in games. The shooting guard can score in bunches, has quick hands defensively and will be an even more rounded player after her exploits last season in helping a short-handed Bourges to third place at the EuroLeague Women Final Eight. Read more here.

June 7, 2013 - Can Mondelo find the perfect fusion?

lucas mondeloSpain finished second in Group D last summer with a 6-2 record and they will get the chance to avenge two losses against group winners Sweden, when they resume their rivalry in Vannes. Spain suffered a disappointing early exit two years ago in Poland and didn't make it to the final phase of the competition, something which ended a superb record of five successive medal placings. This year is also the 20th anniversary of their only ever EuroBasket Women title. After missing out last summer, point guard Silvia Dominguez is back to run the plays, fresh from having secured a third successive EuroLeague Women title, with a third different club. She will be full of confidence after her success in her first campaign with UMMC Ekaterinburg and reunites her working relationship from Perfumerias Avenida with head coach Lucas Mondelo. Read more here.

June 7, 2013 - Do the Shooters hold the Key?

celine dumercFrance finished with a bronze medal at EuroBasket Women 2011 and then bettered their medal haul with a silver last summer at the London Olympics. The home side are bidding to land their third EuroBasket Women title, having topped the podium in both 2001 and 2009. Incredibly, they have never finished below fifth spot when they have competed at a Final Round. There is little doubt that the spotlight will shine brightly on reigning FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year, Celine Dumerc. Whilst she's always been touted by most as one of the best playmakers in Europe, her Olympic exploits finally gained her more widespread global recognition and respect. She showed her offensive capabilities in the British capital, having previously been labelled as more of a defensive specialist and provider for others. Read more here.

June 7, 2013 - Turkey down to 14, Prince fear

olcay cakirTurkey have made six cuts as they reduce their roster to 14 players, whilst Russia have been left sweating on the fitness of Epiphanny Prince who turned her ankle on debut. After finally reducing his 20-strong candidate list, Turkish head coach Ceyhun Yildozoglu has revealed he is taking 14 players to play in the last preparation tournament in France and will therefore not be naming his final roster until the last minute. With a little over a week remaining until Turkey takes to the floor in Vannes, the play-caller decided to dispense with no fewer than six players, as 1990's born Merve Aydin, Olcay Cakir, Pinar Demirok, Elif Emirtekin, Ozge Kavurmacioglu and Tugce Murat all had their respective dreams dashed. Despite their disappointment, one teenager has made it to the last fourteen. Read more here.

June 6, 2013 - Test for new-look Azzurre

giorgia sottanaRather worryingly, a new-look Italy lost their opening qualification game last summer in Latvia, but the early concerns were blown away when then subsequently won an impressive seven consecutive games to top Group E with a 7-1 record. Italy didn't feature at EuroBasket Women 2011, after failing to find the necessary edge and spark in the qualifying games. They have twice made the final of the competition, coming out with silver in 1995 and landing gold way back in 1938. Giorgia Sottana is a point guard who is always fun to watch because of the diverse nature of her game and creative flair. Whilst sometimes she can blow hot and cold, when she gets red-hot, she really can be a momentum changer for her team. She is a fabulous passer and can also penetrate effectively to the hoop which means she is a constant danger. Read more here.

June 6, 2013 - Heartbreak for Rodriguez, one cut left

leonor rodriguezSpanish head coach Lucas Mondelo is edging ever closer to determining his final roster after following up his decision to cut Anna Cruz by ending the hopes of fellow shooting guard Leonor Rodriguez. The Florida State University graduate, who recently inked her first pro-deal with Mondelo's former club side Perfumerias Avenida, had been widely touted to force her way onto the team. However, after having an opportunity to shine in five friendly games, she will have to wait a little longer for a tournament debut at senior level. It was another tough call for Mondelo, who paid tribute to the 21-year-old. "Leonor Rodriguez has been very close to entering the final list, because she is a quality player who has demonstrated a level of adaptation to our basketball more than last season, when she was a guest in the selection process," stressed the play-caller. Read more here.

June 5, 2013 - From atonement to achievement

frida eldebrinkSweden topped Qualification Round Group D to finish with a 7-1 qualifying record, including an impressive home and away double over fellow qualifiers Spain, who they will meet again this summer. The last time Sweden were at a Final Round was back in 1987, when they achieved their best ever finish of seventh place. This is their fifth ever appearance. Affectionately described by center Louice Halvarsson as 'Frida Power', the player leading the team will be Frida Eldebrink. The shooting guard was the top scorer of any team during qualification last summer, racking up 20.9 points per game. She has just returned from wrist surgery, which prematurely ended her season with Bourges - although she will get the chance to resume her EuroLeague Women career next season, after penning a deal with Rivas Ecopolis. Read more here.

June 5, 2013 - New chapter for Champions

ilona korstinRussia arrive after scooping gold two years ago in Poland and having also made the Olympic semi-finals in London last summer. With a staggering eight podium finishes during the last 18 years and three gold medals in the last decade alone, Russia have a rich and impressive heritage in the competition. There is likely to be an increased opportunity for players such as shooting duo Evgenia Belyakova and Natalia Zhedik to rise to prominence and play with greater freedom under the new structure. There is also excitement at the progress of Natalia Vieru during recent seasons in the paint and her performances could definitely be something to savour with anticipation high that she can produce a true breakthrough tournament at this level. Meanwhile forward Anna Petrakova produced the finest form of her career under the tutelage of recently installed head coach Alfredas Vainauskas whilst at Dynamo Kursk in 2011-12 and she could really come alive this summer. Read more here.

June 5, 2013 - Latvia trim roster to twelve

liene jansoneWhilst Latvia head coach Aigars Nerips is not slamming the door just yet on his final twelve players for EuroBasket Women 2013, the play-caller has named his most likely line-up. Heading to a preparation tournament in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic to face the hosts, China and Russia, Nerips has trimmed his list of players to twelve. Whilst a longer list of candidates will continue to practice next week, he has indicated this is likely to be his final list for France - barring any subsequent injury issues. "A month of practices and seven friendly games have helped evaluate the players" said the coach. "Though the answers to all questions have not been answered yet and currently some of the twelve players will have to work for the coaching staff not to change their minds. "This includes work in practices, tactical discipline on the court as well being supportive from the bench. Read more here.

June 4, 2013 - Heading into the unknown

lucia kupcikovaThis is the third consecutive Final Round appearance for the Slovak Republic, exactly 20 years after their first. However the halcyon days of 1993-1999 are now but a distant memory - a time when they reached four semi-finals in a row, to harvest bronze and silver medals. Until EuroBasket Women 2011 when they went out after the first phase, they had held a proud record of having always made the quarter-finals.The Slovak Republic had a sparkling summer last year, riding out winners of Qualification Round Group C, with seven wins from their eight qualification games. She rarely gets the recognition of other European players due to her impressively unassuming approach to everything she does, but Lucia Kupcikova is a colossus for her team. The small forward isn't necessarily a clutch player; she is an all-action 40-minute player, who holds her team together. Read more here.

June 4, 2013 - Return of Leedham boosts British hopes

johannah leedhamGreat Britain head coach Damian Jennings has expressed his delight after marquee player Johannah Leedham confirmed she will participate at EuroBasket Women after all. After being named in the initial Great Britain squad for 2013, Leedham was unavailable to join camp as she tried out with WNBA side, Connecticut Sun. But, she did not make the final cut and has belatedly returned to link up with her Great Britain team mates. "We are pleased to have her as a person and as a basketball talent as we complete our final preparation phase leading into France," said Jennings. "It was great to see Jo do so well during training camp in Connecticut and I have no doubt she will be even more determined to play in the WNBA - I'm sure you will see her improving every year in pursuit of that goal." Read more here.

June 4, 2013 - Final selection made for Sweden

louice halvarssonAfter not appearing at EuroBasket Women Final Round since the eighties, Sweden have named the twelve players entrusted with making the most of their return to the top table. There were a few surprises thrown up by head coach Lars Johansson, who had to inflict heartbreak on Martina Staalvant and Agnes Nordstrom, who both played in qualification last summer but won't be heading to France. Staalvant in particular has been a regular for several years as the back-up point guard and so is likely to be particularly distraught at missing out. Meanwhile Johanna Kallman was the third player to be cut from the 15 players that had remained over the weekend, after the Four Nations Tournament against Great Britain, Latvia and the Turkish A2 team. Read more here.

June 4, 2013 - Vojtko confirms Slovak Republic roster

ivan vojtkoSlovak Republic head coach Ivan Vojtko has finalised his roster for EuroBasket Women 2013, although it was not as he had planned earlier this year. The play-caller laid out his intentions for the tournament several months ago, in the hope he would be able to call upon all of the players who gave such a good account of themselves during an impressive qualification campaign, plus naturalised forward Erin Lawless and a number of the best young emerging players. However, Lawless will not be participating and neither will Ivana Jalcova, Regina Palusna, Luisa Michulkova, Andrea Oravcova and Janka Mincikova. But, he can at least be heartened by the return of point guard Gabriela Kubatova from her ACL injury and also the inclusion of team leader Lucia Kupcikova. Read more here.

June 4, 2013 - Solopova and Pikciute miss out

marina solopovaLithuania have confirmed their roster for EuroBasket Women and it won't include Marina Solopova or Lina Pikciute, after the duo were the last players to be released. The decision taken by head coach Algirdas Paulauskas over Solopova was particularly difficult in the context of having to already deal with a lengthy list of influential absentees, including the likes of Sandra Linkeviciene, Rima Valentiene, Ausra Bimbaite and Egle Sulciute. But, the feisty and dynamic small forward who averaged six points per game at EuroBasket Women 2011, has been suffering from a back problem of late which has limited her effectiveness. And, on that basis, the play-caller decided to cut her from the final line-up along with Pikciute. Lithuania are likely to be led by former FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year, Gintare Petronyte, who racked up a stellar double-double during the qualification games last summer. Read more here.

June 4, 2013 - Still punching above their weight

jelena skerovicMontenegro grabbed their spot after winning Qualification Round Group B last summer with a 6-2 record, although they had to rely on coming out on top in a dramatic three-way tie with Serbia and Poland. With less than a decade behind them as an independent nation, Montenegro took a historic step at EuroBasket Women 2011, when they participated at their first major tournament. No team has made the same kind of impact on debut as the new kids on the block announced their arrival in spectacular fashion, with not only a historic first victory, but a sensational six wins in a row. Veteran playmaker Jelena Skerovic will continue to direct traffic in the backcourt and she will be a vital cog in the wheel as one of the best passers around. In the frontcourt, both Iva Perovanovic and Jelena Dubljevic will combine to do the most damage in the paint. Read more here.

June 4, 2013 - Underdogs or a dark horse?

alina iagupovaUkraine punched their ticket by the narrowest of margins, after finishing second in Qualification Round Group A last summer with a 5-3 record - the same as Hungary. But crucially, Ukraine did the double over their rivals. Ukraine last featured at a Final Round in Latvia during 2009, but lost all of their games and that campaign came after a six-year hiatus. They are however a nation that knows the sweet taste of success, having topped the podium with a glorious gold back in 1995. The stage looks set for the phenomenal talent of reigning FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year, Alina Iagupova to shine. She may still be young, but the shooting guard is the player who makes Ukraine tick and contributes in so many facets of the game due to her extensive skill-set. Read more here.

June 3, 2013 - Can the momentum be maintained?

nevriye yilmazTurkey qualified directly for the tournament after reaching the Final two years ago, which also led to them reaching the quarter-finals of the Olympics last summer. Turkey have qualified for their fifth successive EuroBasket Women Final Round and achieved their best finish last time out in Poland with a silver medal. Leading the way is Nevriye Yilmaz, the figurehead for this team and a true star - although her degree of participation had been shrouded in uncertainty due to a serious injury which sidelined her for almost all of the 2012-13 club season. However, it looks one of the most respected and best frontcourt players in Europe will play and she will have support under the hoop from naturalised center and recently crowned EuroLeague Women champion, Quanitra Hollingsworth. The anchor in the backcourt is still the irrepressible Birsel Vardarli. Read more here.

May 30, 2013 - Rosters begin to take shape

pierre vincentThere has been a raft of cuts during the last day or so for a number of EuroBasket Women participants, as head coaches begin to bear down on their final roster choice with just over a fortnight remaining until the big tip-off. Pierre Vincent has paved the way for one more unlucky player to miss out after trimming down the French roster to 13 players after releasing Kristen Sharp who had been a potential naturalised option, along with center Helena Ciak and small forward Pauline Krawczyk. Surviving the penultimate cut were Gaelle Skrela and Ana Cata-Chitiga who have both been left disappointed right at the last minute previously, whilst teenage forward Valeriane Ayayi is still on course to make the final roster. After already losing a host of players, new Russian play-caller Alfredas Vainauskas has been hit by more injury problems after he had to release Ekaterina Ruzanova and Tatiana Vidmer. Read more here.

May 29, 2013 - Aleksic ready for added responsibility

snezana aleksicThere is arguably no bigger role for any Montenegrin player in the years ahead, than the one which is likely to be thrust upon Snezana Aleksic. As part of the primary three guard rotation, she is the junior member of the gang with her backcourt colleagues Jelena Skerovic and Anna De Forge having a combined age of 69. Her more experienced team-mates will once again be absolutely vital in determining whether Montenegro can make the same kind of extraordinary impact as they did on debut two years ago, when they finished in sixth spot. But, with both players undeniably in the twilight of their respective careers, Aleksic is acutely aware that she is likely to be the one tasked with carrying the torch for her team in the medium term. Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - Coach Johansson handed valuable key

ashley keyLars Johansson has been handed a potential boost ahead of EuroBasket Women after Ashley Key was granted Swedish citizenship which has sparked a race to get her paperwork in order so she can become a genuine option for selection ahead of the tournament. The 27-year-old who was once drafted to the WNBA, has spent the last four seasons in Sweden, cementing her status as one of the best players in the league. A do-it-all guard who can not only contribute offensively, she is known for her defensive capabilities and rebounding prowess. Key had already been spending time preparing for the possibility that she could become a naturalised player for her adopted homeland, something which could be about to be realised. She said "It feels great to get a chance to take a place in the Swedish national team." Read more here.

May 28, 2013 - EuroBasket begins Ress' second career

kathrin ressFourteen months ago, Kathrin Ress lived a life-changing experience, by giving birth to her first son, Sebastian. Now the 27-year old is eager to check into Italy's new deal at EuroBasket Women 2013. For the first time, Ress will be one of Italy's veteran players, as only Raffaella Masciadri and Nnena Wabara are older. She can bring her experience in WNBA and FIBA Europe competitions (she played in two EuroBasket Women editions - 2007 and 2009; and won the EuroCup Women in 2008), and it will be a crucial presence, as Kathrin is one of Italy's few centers with international tenure. Even though Roberto Ricchini's squad had an excellent EuroBasket Women Qualification Round, with seven wins out of eight games, the side needs to step up in order to compete at the final stage. And Kathrin Ress and Chiara Consolini's comebacks can provide major help. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Poland left reeling as star duo retire

ewelina kobrynPolish basketball has been left stunned after two of its most influential players and biggest stars of the last decade, Ewelina Kobryn and Agnieszka Bibrzycka, both opted to end their long associations with the senior national team. Speaking to Dziennik Polski 24. Kobryn confirmed, "I have made a decision to end my career with the National Team. I sent the Polish Basketball Association a letter with similar content like Aga Bibrzycka. The decision is final." The center, who turned 31-years old earlier this month, has played for her country since 2003 when she helped Poland reach the semi-finals of EuroBasket Women. She last appeared when her nation hosted the event two years, contributing a healthy 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Bibrzycka has been playing for the national team for even longer, debuting at the tender age of 18 years old alongside the likes of the legendary late Malgorzata Dydek at EuroBasket Women 2001. Read more here.

May 27, 2013 - Serbia, Latvia Spring Surprises

jelena milovanovicSerbia has twice prevailed over Sweden in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday in Belgrade. Going up against the Scandinavian side after returning from a training camp in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, where they had split two meetings with Slovakia, Serbia overcame the Swedes 76-65 on Saturday with Jelena Milovanovic leading the way with 18 points. Milica Dabovic added 10, whilst another five players contributed six or more points. Sweden had five players in double-digits in scoring, but with Elin Eldebrink only top-scoring with 12 points, their offensive output proved too little against the Balkan side. In the re-match on Sunday, Serbia escaped with a win in a close affair, 77-72. Playing without Milovanovic, Serbia found their most productive scorer in Jovana Rad, who had 14 points with Milica Dabovic again scoring in double figures, finishing with 12. Read more here.

May 23, 2013 - Leuchanka ready to lose bitter taste

yelena leuchankaSome two years after shedding the wrong kind of tears at EuroBasket Women 2011, the bitter taste of disappointment is still lingering for Yelena Leuchanka and Belarus. Having achieved success in the five years prior to playing in Poland, the wheels came off when instead of pushing for a podium place and Olympic berth, they found themselves with an early ticket home to Minsk, meaning the center is now desperate to make amends. "Honestly it's crazy - it's been two years now and I still have a bitter taste in my mouth and I'm sure my teammates do too," bemoaned Leuchanka. "Maybe mentally we just weren't there and maybe pressure played a role - I still really don't know. "They say it's hard to get to the top, but it's even harder to stay there. "We now have a lot to prove, but only to ourselves - I know we will be ready this year." Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Rodriguez close to Senior breakthrough

leonor rodriguezThe big question hanging over Spain remains whether head coach Lucas Mondelo will choose the right blend of youth and experience during coming weeks, with rising star Leonor Rodriguez still very much in the frame. Having recently graduated from Florida State University, the shooting ace was not only called up to the preparation camp for EuroBasket Women 2013, but was also snapped up by Liga Femenina champions Perfumerias Avenida. Anticipating her first professional season in Salamanca, the player known to her friends simply as ‘Leo' is hugely excited about the deal and even more so with former team-mate and fellow young talent Mariona Ortiz also now on board. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - France dominate Italy

endene miyemFrance dominated Italy in a series of three friendlies played in three different French cities from 18-20 May. Having failed to score more than 43 points in the first two encounters, Italy were looking for redemption ahead of the third meeting in Clermont-Ferrand. France had different plans however and, in front of a frenetic 5,000-strong crowd, stormed out the gates to a 20-7 first-quarter lead, never looking back en-route to a 82-58 win. Sandrine Gruda and Endene Miyem dominated inside for 19 and 17 points respectively, as head coach Pierre Vincent used his entire 12-player rotation. Italy again found it difficult to score throughout the game, with youngster Francesca Dotto coming out as top-scorer with nine points. Veteran center Kathrin Ress added eight. Read more here.

May 21, 2013 - Sweden And Lithuania Edge Near Final 12

farhiya abdiThe candidates of both Sweden and Lithuania have been reduced down to fourteen and fifteen respectively, as each nation closes in on their final chosen line-ups ahead of EuroBasket Women 2013. Swedish play-caller Lars Johansson has almost reduced his roster in half with no fewer than ten players on his original 24 name list having been omitted from the latest list of 14 names now in contention to grab a spot in Vannes. The most high profile player who is seemingly no longer under consideration is Farhiya Abdi, who has been playing the WNBA pre-season with the Los Angeles Sparks. Of the 14 players remaining, a total of 12 will make the forthcoming trip to Serbia as preparation continues for their first major tournament since 1987. Read more here.

May 20, 2013 - Disappointment for Les Bleues quartet

paoline salagnacPierre Vincent has whittled down the French roster to 16 names after releasing four candidates over the weekend ahead of his team breezing past Italy in the first two meetings of their three-game series. Having survived the first cull a couple of weeks ago, there was disappointment for a number of French players hoping to squeeze onto the hosts' roster for next month's EuroBasket Women. Coach Vincent opted not to give a first chance to Isabelle Strunc who has impressed in the French LFB with Perpignan last season, nor utilise the perimeter threat posed by young three-point shooter Sara Chevaugeon, or bring on board the athleticism and energy offered by power forward Laetitia Kamba. Paoline Salagnac, who recently signed for Bourges Basket, is likely to be most disappointed of the four players to miss out. Despite the LFB champions swooping her services, she missed the cut - something which has been a regular occurrence in the past years. Read more here.

May 16, 2013 - Korstin counting down for French return

ilona korstinWhen the defending EuroBasket Women champions touch down on French soil next month, nobody in the Russian delegation is likely to have a bigger smile on their face than Ilona Korstin. The 32-year-old moved to France as a teenager before subsequently enjoying success as a player with Bourges and unsurprisingly, she is looking forward to hitting the hardwood in Vannes. She said, "For me it's very special to play in France because I have a lot of people who are close to me there. "This French national team is very strong, but I think we will have a good team and a good chance to play good and win. "I like France, but also I want to win when playing against France," laughed Korstin. When the action does get underway, it may feel slightly strange for Korstin and fellow veteran Irina Osipova, having witnessed some of their long-standing colleagues from a golden generation ebb away from the roster. Read more here.

May 14, 2013 - Niedola nightmare for depleted Latvia

sabine niedolaAn already threadbare Latvian frontcourt has been left decimated after it was revealed Sabine Niedola will be out of action for six months with a torn ACL. The forward had been hoping to participate at her third EuroBasket Women tournament, but she won't be heading to France next month, as Latvia sustained a fresh hammer-blow to their prospects pf making the second phase of the competition. Niedola sustained the injury playing against Belarus in a preparation game in the Lithuanian city of Alytus, although the player explained to sportacentrs.com that it was not immediately clear how serious it was. However, despite no significant swelling, tests confirmed an ACL tear in the left knee and whilst not considered to be the worst kind of this injury, it is still likely to keep Niedola out of action for the remainder of the calendar year. Read more here.

May 10, 2013 - Dazzling debut summer drives Jovanovic

nevena jovanovicWhen the sharp-shooting Nevena Jovanovic finally pulled a senior Serbian national team vest over her head last summer, it marked the start of what has been a highly productive and memorable 12 months. Having represented her country at youth level between 2005 and 2010, the 22 year old finally got the call she had been patiently waiting for, when head coach Marina Maljkovic gave her a place on the roster for the EuroBasket Women qualification campaign last year. The versatile Jovanovic certainly grabbed the opportunity given to her with both hands. She racked up a memorable debut campaign with nine points and two assists per game, but most impressively, shot an eye-popping 48% from the perimeter. It was a performance that put her on the three-point shooting podium, her numbers the third best in the entire competition. Meanwhile to add further joy, Serbia shrugged off the loss of WNBA bound Sonja Petrovic and the absence of other key personnel, to book their spot in France. Read more here.

May 7, 2013 - De Forge Returns For Montenegro

anna de forgeVeteran guard Anna De Forge will pull on the vest of Montenegro once again, two years after last playing for her adopted nation at their historical first major tournament appearance in Poland. The experience of De Forge was vital in helping Montenegro take sixth spot at EuroBasket Women 2011, although she was subsequently replaced by Eshaya Murphy in the naturalised spot during qualifying last summer. But, with Murphy no longer participating, the shooting guard spot will be handed back to the 37-year-old, who will re-join fellow veteran guard Jelena Skerovic in the backcourt, with the pair having played alongside each other last season at ZVVZ USK Prague. De Forge will arrive later than the rest of the players at a training camp to be held in Zlatibor this week and speaking ahead of the gathering, head coach Miodrag Baletic admitted his team had some injury concerns. Read more here.

May 7, 2013 - Turkey Welcome new Generation

olcay cakirA number of rising Turkish stars have been given a promotion to the senior set-up after head coach Ceyhun Yildizoglu welcomed a new generation to his initial roster for EuroBasket Women 2013. The preliminary list includes no fewer than nine players born in the nineties, including plenty of new arrivals and not least, a quartet of players who helped Turkey secure their first ever youth medal at the U20 European Championship last summer in Debrecen. Bronze medal winning Elif Emirtekin, Olcay Cakir, Ozge Kavurmacioglu and Merve Aydin, are all included in the initial squad of nineteen. The latter two in particular, have enjoyed good club seasons, with Kavurmacioglu racking up big numbers at Besiktas and Aydin playing a role in helping Coach Yildizoglu guide Mersin to an impressive third place in the Turkish League. Read more here.

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