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Gaelle Skrela (FRA) - Lattes Montpellier
13/05/2013
FRA - Skrela's time in limelight

PARIS (Coupe de France/EuroBasket Women) - Gaelle Skrela's national team career may not have blossomed the way she would have hoped back in 2003, when she was running up and down the floor for France at the World Championship for Young Women.

Skrela hasn't played for the senior side in a major competition.

Even so, the Toulouse-born shooting guard has made her mark on the sport in her country.

She was named Coupe de France Final MVP on Sunday after leading Lattes Montpellier (BLMA) to glory in that competition.

Skrela had one of the best performances of her career, making 11 of 14 shots from the floor and connecting on both attempts from the arc in a 67-64 triumph over Nantes Reze.

BLMA had hoped to win the league as well.

They had a 1-0 lead in the Finals but lost their next two games to Bourges.

Skrela had just two points in that championship series so she was glad to make amends in the Coupe de France.

"We had a pretty tough week (after losing to Bourges) but we were keen to finish the season well, finish well for Edwige (Lawson-Wade)," she said.

"It doesn't replace the Championship, which remains a sore point, but it still ends on a high note."

National team coach Pierre Vincent does believe that Skrela deserves a shot at making the national team.

She is in the preliminary squad for the EuroBasket Women, which is to be staged next month in France.

The event is serving as a qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Skrela's BLMA teammates Lawson-Wade, Ana Cata-Chitiga and Emilie Gomis are also in the preliminary squad.

Lawson-Wade, who played her last game for BLMA in the Coupe de France, and Gomis were in France's Olympic team last year.

France's national team are the favorites this summer.

They captured EuroBasket Women gold in 2009 and bronze in 2011 and also finished runners-up to the United States in London.

The last time France hosted the EuroBasket Women, in 2001, they won the gold medal.

Lawson-Wade, who turns 34 next week, was in that team.

In addition to Lawson-Wade and Gomis, other leading players from the Olympic team in the preliminary squad are point guard Celine Dumerc and frontline stars Sandrine Gruda, Endene Miyem, Emmeline Ndongue and Isabelle Yacoubou.

France launch their EuroBasket Women campaign in Trelaze against Latvia in Group C on 15 June.

They will also face Great Britain and Serbia.

France preliminary squad: Marielle Amant (Nantes Reze), Valeriane Ayayi (Basket Landes), Ana Cata-Chitiga (BLMA), Sarah Chevaugeon (Lyon), Helena Ciak (Perpignan), Celine Dumerc (Bourges), Emilie Gomis (BLMA), Sandrine Gruda (UMMC Ekaterinburg), Laetitia Kamba (USO Mondeville), Pauline Krawczyk (Bourges), Anael Lardy (USK Prague), Edwige Lawson-Wade (BLMA), Endene Miyem (Bourges), Emmeline Ndongue (Bourges), Paoline Salagnac (Tarbes), Kristen Sharp (USO Mondeville), Gaelle Skrela (BLMA), Isabelle Strunc (Perpignan), Diandra Tchatchouang (Perpignan) and Isabelle Yacoubou (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje).

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