Ekaterina Dimitrova is back in Italy

Ekaterina Dimitrova is back in Italy
21-12-2007 01:38

20-year old national player Ekaterina Dimitrova played her last game for Maccabi Ramat Hen. She will continue her career in Italy for the team of New Wash Montigarda in Seria A. Her contract in Israel was until the end of the year with option for extension but the talented Bulgarian preffered the offer from Italy.

Yesterday in a game from Israeli Cup Dimitrova and her now ex-team defeated Hapoel Tel Aviv 92-63.

Up to this moment Dimitrova had played 10 games in the championship and 3 in the Cup averaging 6.3 points and 2.6 rebounds for 20.4 minutes per game.Dimitrova is coming back in Bulgaria on saturday and next thursday will fly to Milano.


New Wash Montigarda will be the second Italian team for Ekaterina. In 2005 still 17-year old she signed for Terra Sarda Alghero. In her first season there she played 32 games and helped the team stay in the top division. Dimitrova averaged 10.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in that season. Last year she was again the top guard in the team but unfortunately they were relegated from Seria A.

In the summer Dimitrova was captain of Bulgaria U20 Women National Team that finished 9th at the European Championship in Sofia. For 8 games in the tournament she averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebonuds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals.

"I go there with big hopes and expectations to help my new team to reach at least the playoffs. I'm very happy that I return to Italy. The championship there is very strong and I like the style of play. I leave Israel with good impressions and even little upset. I played in a great team here, we had good coach and board. The conditions were more than perfect, from basketball point of view I'm very happy because I got a lot of experience playing against and with very good players. I'll miss the most my roommate Tatyana Troyna from Belarus".

The Italian team is currently 11th in the standings with only 3 wins and 7 losses. With the same record are Pool Comense of Gergana Slavcheva and Italmoka Pozzuoli of Tanja Cirov. In her debut Dimitrova will have to meet the Serbian with Bulgarian passport on 3rd of January.

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