Announced from basket.ugmk.com UMMC Ekaterinburg thanked head coach Paulauskas and his asistant Rimantas Grigas for their efforts but the duo is leaving. Paulauskas led them to 3rd place of Euroleague along with Russian League crown and Russian Cup crown. Grigas was appointed as Belarussian head coach recently.
Paulauskas was appointed last season as head coach after Gundars Vetra left for Ventspils. In the Eurolegue Final Eight Stage, they lost just one match and that one was against Ros Casares Valencia. Team Leader guard Sue Bird was unable to play in that match because just before the encounter, her nose was broken.
Announced from, the club added Quanitra Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth got Turkish passport last month and expected to play for Galatasaray, Fenerbahce or Kayseri. Apparently, neither of these rumors came true. Hollingsworth started last year in TT Riga and in January, joined SEAT Györ. The Hungarian team, with the help of Hollingsworth finished Euroleasing Sopron domination and became the new champions. He played with 13 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 22 games at Hungarian League and 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game at Euroleague.
Moreover, the transaction of Ewelina Kobryn is now officially announced. Polish center made a great improvement in recent years. She started her career at Lotos Gdynia and after 4 seasons, changed her sides for Wisla Can Pack. At Krakow, she added Euroleague Final Four to her achievements. Last summer, she improved on her WNBA experience at Seatle Storm and last winter, she was one of the main leaders at Wisla Can Pack. In Euroleage, her averages were 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 15 matches.
Moreover, as Lovewomensbasketball.com has reported, GM Maxim Ryabkov made an interview with Russian news agency RIA Novosti and confirmed that Sue Bird and Anete Jekabsone Zogota will stay for the next season. Zogota was injured in January and was closed the season early.
However, Russian national team captain Svetlana Abrosimova and Tatiana Vidmer is leaving. Abrosimova was with the foxes since 2007 where she left Spartak Moscow. Vidmer came from Volodga Chevakata 3 seasons ago and this year her minutes diminish when the season progressed.