Major surgery for BLMA while Bourges opt for more subtle changes
MUNICH (EuroCup/EuroLeague Women) – BLMA are turning a new page for the 2018-19 season, revealing a string of high profile signings, while Bourges Basket are keeping the faith with their Championship-winning core.
BLMA ready to challenge back for the LFB title
It looks like BLMA could have a real tilt at the French Championship next year and also be a powerful force in Europe after they opted to rejuvenate their roster.
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Leading the revolution is former France national team great and current GM, Edwige Lawson-Wade, who has managed to lure some big-hitters – not least Endene Miyem, Helena Ciak and Diandra Tchatchouang. That could mean Montpellier have three starting players for France at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 in Tenerife.
Miyem arrives via Famila Schio, while Ciak returns to her homeland after a couple of seasons with Dynamo Kursk where she was crowned a EuroLeague Women winner. Tchatchouang arrives with another LFB winners' medal hanging around her neck, after finishing top of the heap with Bourges – a club that all three players have represented with distinction during their respective careers.
There is also a berth for dynamic playmaker Alix Duchet and the experienced frontcourt operator, Marielle Amant.
Other new faces set to play a big role are Australian swingman Samantha Whitcomb, who has WNBA court time on her resume with Seattle and has spent the last few years with Perth Lynx in the WNBL. Taylor Wurtz also arrives, having been outstanding for Telge Basket in Sweden - almost posting a 2017-18 season double-double for points and rebounds.
BLMA have revealed a new logo for the club, while there will be some continuity assured with guard duo Romane Bernies and Ornella Bankole staying on board.
Bourges bring in new trio
Having been crowned champions last month, Bourges Basket aren't changing the ingredients too much for next season, although they will see a trio of new arrivals.
With veteran guard Laia Palau off to Girona, Tchatchouang confirmed at BLMA and Valeriane Ayayi not extending her stay, there will be three new faces.
Canadian power-forward Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe has been a towering presence for Nantes in the LFB and she comes in, meaning she will get to play alongside her compatriot Katherine Plouffe.
There is also an injection of youth from rising star Lisa Berkani in the backcourt and she joins another exciting talent in FIBA U16 European Women's Championship 2017 MVP, Iliana Rupert.