Forward Steph Gandy insists the signs are positive that Great Britain’s women can make strides at this summer’s EuroBasket.
Gandy picked up the MVP award after shooting 25 points for the City of Sheffield Hatters as they beat Nottingham Wildcats 76-62 in the Women’s Basketball League Trophy Final in Birmingham last weekend.
Hatters featured no fewer than four GB internationals in Birmingham, with Naomi Campbell, Helen Naylor and Lauren Thomas-Johnson also playing.
And with the EuroBasket draw already having been made – GB will play Serbia, Croatia, Latvia and Russia – London 2012 Olympian Gandy admits international commitments are never far from her mind.
“I try to lead by example on the floor. I don’t say much off the floor but on it, it's different,” she said.
“There is basketball Steph and regular world Steph. They just like to see me leading by example.
“I am trying to get ready for this summer with GB. It is in the back of my mind always.
“We are positive. We did not have a full team last summer and look what we did. We had a young team last summer, when we get more game time and experience we will improve.
“I am really looking forward to it because the young girls are pushing each other and us. They do not think they are just young players who are not going to play, they beat the hell out of us in training. That's something to look forward to.”
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