Italy have named a 16-strong initial squad for next week’s crucial EuroBasket Women qualifier with Great Britain in Lucca.

The Azzurre are 4-0 atop the group, including a 60-48 win in Manchester last year, and victory would seal their qualification for the Czech Republic next summer ahead of their final tie against Montenegro.

“We face a very tough match,” Italy coach Andrea Capobianco said. “Britain is playing for everything and has a complete staff for this occasion. On the other hand, if we want to have ambitions as a team, we must be able to deal with games like these.

“Surely we will be faced with difficulties but we’ll be certain that the public of Lucca, as always, will give us a hand. We have a week to prepare well, we will have to use every minute of time.”

Martina Bestagno (’90, 1.89, centre, Famila Schio)
Sabrina Cinili (’89, 1.91, forward, Saces-Mapei Napoli)
Chiara Consolini (’88, 1.85, guard, Passforwardcqua Ragusa)
Martina Crippa (’89, 1.78, guard-forward, Gesam Lucca)
Valeria De Pretto (’91, 1.85, forward, Spezzina La Spezia)
Francesca Dotto (’93, 1.70, point guard, Gesam Lucca)
Marcella Filippi (’85, 1.86, forward, Fila S. Martino Di Lupari)
Alessandra Formica (’93, 1.89, centre, Passforwardcqua Ragusa)
Maddalena Gaia Gorini (’92, 1.81, point guard, Passforwardcqua Ragusa)
Martina Kacerik (’96, 1.81, guard, Fixi Torino)
Laura Macchi (’79, 1.88, forward, Famila Schio)
Raffaella Masciadri (’80, 1.85, forward, Famila Schio)
Kathrin Ress (’85, 1.93, centre, Famila Schio)
Martina Sandri (’88, 1.84, forward, Umana Venezia)
Giorgia Sottana (’88, 1.75, point guard, Famila Schio)
Cecilia Zandforwardsini (’96, 1.85, forward, Famila Schio)

Photo: Mansoor Ahmed

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