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Strautmane set to fire Latvia to success

RIGA (FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017) - Latvia will be looking to the stellar talent of Digna Strautmane when they debut at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup.

The highly-rated forward had been pushing hard for selection to the senior national team for the recent FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017, but had to settle for the experience of preparation camp - prior to being cut.

Latvia 17-player squad for FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017
Maija Gertsone Laura Grabe  Emilija Grava  Aleksa Gulbe 
Ivanda Hudjakova Marianna Klavina Anda Kuzmina Sabine Lipe
Alise Markova   Mara Mote Nikola Ozola Dinija Pavelsone
Janeta Rozentale Kristiana Sprudzane Digna Strautmane Linda Svenne
Luize Septe      

Strautmane was on fire last year in Sopron at the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship, when she proved to be the team's heartbeat on their historic run to the Semi-Finals.

She finished as the tournament’s leading shot-blocker and racked up an eye-catching five double-doubles during her seven outings.

Luize Septe is also ready to shine after pouring in 14.3 points per game, as well as leading the side in assists in Hungary.

Septe competed at last year's historic appearance by Latvia at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup and is likely to be joined by the core of that team, with the likes of Aleksa Gulbe, Nikola Ozola, Sabine Lipe and several others included in the squad.

Latvia will play Canada, France and Korea in the first phase.