USO Mondeville was the third team after Montpellier and Challes refused, being offered to play in EuroLeague Women.
This team’s roster was put together with playing in EuroCup Women in mind. Only later did the opportunity to play in EuroLeague Women presented itself. That’s really all you should know about Mondeville.
Since KB Sharp has obtained French passport, the team will have four pure foreigners. Lithuanian power forward Giedre Paugaite is kind of like a younger, rawer version of Egle Sulciute. Last couple of seasons she has struggled with a 40% shooting, which isn’t much for post players. Her early performances this season could be an indication of improvement in that regard.
American forward Amanda Lassiter has had a cold start to the season or she’s way over her head by just playing in France. She has been shooting 22% from the field. If she’s over her head this season, or whatever amount of games she stays on the team, will not be pretty for her.
Malian center Naignouma Coulibaly is the Mondeville’s best option on the boards. That’s where she also gets most of her scoring chances – on putbacks.
The fourth one is a young Swedish wing Binta Drammeh who should be happy to get any playing time – a commodity not going her way too much in French league.
Of all the French players there’s no one with any experience on the French senior NT.
Laetitia Kamba joins Paugaite and Coulibaly inside to form a decent post rotation for the French league and even EuroCup Women, but for EuroLeague Women it’s one of the worst post rotations out there.
Guards KB Sharp and Ingrid Tanqueray don’t take your breath away either. Neither of them can match-up against Taurasi, Palau, Elhotova, Xargay. Heck I’d even preferred Sandra Mandir over Mondeville’s guards.
This would be a very decent EuroCup Women team that would qualify for the quarterfinals, but by playing in EuroLeague, where even the EuroCup winners have struggled, they are out of their league.