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Women's Eurobasket 2013 Preview

The Women's Eurobasket tournament starts today with teams from every corner of Europe competing for the Eurobasket crown. France, Russia and Turkey all have good chances to win the tournament but we will as always be focusing on Team GB.

The team will need to give it 100% with a group including the tournament hosts France, Serbia and Latvia.

The betting odds on success for Team GB are slim, with Bet365 giving the team the WORST odds of getting through any group.

But with much determination and a boom in British basketball over the last twelve months, this tournament gives GB basketball the chance to shine.

Here are the list of all the GB players:

Dominique Allen
Rose Anderson
Kimberley Butler
Ella Clark
Stefanie Collins
Stephanie Gandy
Chantelle Handy
Georgia Jones
Johannah Leedham
Azania Stewart
Lauren Thomas-Johnson
Rachael Vanderwal

11 of the 12 players are England national players with one from Scotland (Rose) and will be hoping to progress past the group stages which would b…

Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby

Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby is no ordinary teenager. A Team GB hopeful, with a dream of playing the in the big time.

Coached by Matt Harber at Loughborough University, the 17-year-old will be moving to America to pursue her dream - after playing for Team GB at youth level in August.

Harriet has been speaking to us ahead of the Women's Eurobasket and while she just missed the cut this time, she will almost certainly be representing Great Britain in Olympics and Eurobasket in the near-future.

She said: 'The highlight of my year was receiving a call-up to the GB first team, we played against Greece and I scored two points in front of our home crowd - it was amazing.'

'At the moment I'm focusing on moving from Loughborough to America where I'm to play basketball, in the long term I'm hoping to represent Britain at the Olympics.'

'I'm working on staying in shape and developing my skills even further, I'm quite young and I have a long way to go.'…

Slam Dunkin' Divas tournament set for Saturday

The LGBT side Slam Dunkin' Divas are set for a tournament in Manchester to host the first women's LGBT tournament featuring five sides from teams including one from France.

The Divas' are based in Manchester and will be part of the Pride Games which see's the teams face-off in multiple matches and a 3-point contest.

Georgia Tsakiri is the assistant manager of the club and see's this as an exciting time for the team.

She said: 'It's basically a very big step forward for us, we've competed in smaller tournaments organised by the league in Manchester but this tournament will also have teams from outside of Manchester.

'As a club we are trying to promote the sport especially among the female population, this tournament is putting the spotlight on the sport.'

'There will be a lot of LGBT women attending so it is encouraging the inclusion of LGBT people within the sport.'

The full interview with Georgia can be heard below: