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Eight players ready to shine in the EuroLeague Women Qualifiers

MUNICH (Germany) - The EuroLeague Women Qualifiers have arrived and they they will be packed with talent as clubs start their dash towards their primary aim of securing a prestigious Regular Season spot.

Here is a selection of just some of the players to look out for when the action tips off.

Shakira Austin - Elizur Ramla

The ambitious Israeli side will field a recently crowned FIBA Women's Basketball Cup 2022 winner, with Austin part of the all-conquering and record-breaking USA side that lit it up in Sydney. Averaging 8.6 points and 4.9 boards per game, she shot a superb 54 percent from the floor. Only graduating from the University of Mississippi six months ago, this is the forward's first overseas mission, having just completed her rookie WNBA season with the Washington Mystics.

Maria Araujo - Spar Girona

Entering her fourth consecutive campaign with Girona, it has been a real roller-coaster for the Spanish forward. Last season she posted some modest numbers in EuroLeague Women on return from an injury, having been one of the positive talking points in the previous campaign. Now it feels like she'll be ready and needed to be something of a leader in a new look role and can turn to the legendary Laia Palau for priceless advice on this. She's got the scoring, rebounding and wider skills to be a big hit again, while this feeds into raising her impact for the Spanish national team leading up to their likely participation at the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023.

Arella Guirantes - DVTK Hun-Therm

The guard just posted a staggering debut FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup to make history with Puerto Rico and was so influential and impressive that she was widely tagged as the MVP of Group A. Also making the Women's World Cup All-Second Team, she took her nation to their maiden win with a near triple-double and propelled them to the Quarter-Finals for the first time too. Any fans of DVTK should be super excited as she led the way for Puerto Rico in efficiency, points, rebounds and assists which shows she can do it all even against world class opponents. 

Megan Gustafson - Olympiacos S.F.P.

The American forward has been terrific during her brief time playing in EuroCup Women at Gorzow and last season elevating herself to EuroLeague Women with VBW Arka Gdynia. She averaged a fantastic tally of 18.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, so Olympiacos are going to benefit from that seriously heavy offensive punch. It is her shot selection, range and overall accuracy alongside her strength which makes such a fine mix for any team. She also lands in Greece having competed in the WNB