Following a practice game against Russian male student squad, head coach Boris Sokolovsky made final four cuts to the Russian National Team roster, bringing it down to the 12 who will go to London.
In the practice game the Russians earned their first victory against male student squads this summer 89-75.
Unlike what was reported by some Russian outlets two days ago, the final four cuts for the Russian NT were Liudmila Sapova, Katerina Keyru, Ekaterina Lisina and Tatiana Popova.
Russian 2012 roster looks like this:
|Elena Danilochkina||182 cm||guard||27.01.1986||Nadezhda|
|Becky Hammon||168 cm||guard||11.03.1977||Sparta&K|
|Natalia Zhedik||183 cm||guard||11.07.1988||Nadezhda|
|Ilona Korstin||183 cm||guard||30.05.1980||Perfumerias Avenida, Spain|
|Evgenia Belyakova||182 cm||guard||27.06.1986||Sparta&K|
|Olga Arteshina||188 cm||forward||27.11.1982||UMMC|
|Natalia Vodopyanova||188 cm||forward||04.06.1981||Dynamo Kursk|
|Marina Kuzina||195 cm||forward||19.07.1985||Sparta&K|
|Natalia Vieru||196 cm||center||25.07.1989||Good Angels|
|Anna Petrakova||189 cm||forward||04.12.1984||Dynamo Kursk|
|Nadezhda Grishaeva||195 cm||center||02.07.1989||Arras, France|
|Irina Osipova||196 cm||center||25.06.1981||Sparta&K|
From the 2011 European Champion squad they will be bringing back only 6 players – Danilochkina, Korstin, Belyakova, Arteshina, Kuzina, Osipova. With 50% from that squad they are bringing back 55% of their scoring, 40% of their rebounding 51% of their assists and 49% of their steals.
For Natalia Zhedik, Anna Petrakova and Nadezhda Grishaeva this will be their debut in a major tournament with the National Team.
Russia have been drawn in Group B with Australia, France, Brazil, Canada and Great Britain.