LFB roster change in Tarbes

With a tough LFB schedule for January and a hard battle for EuroLeague Women play-off qualification, Alain Jardel, the head coach from Tarbes, decided that he needed more presence in the paint.

 Vaida Sipaviciute © LFB  As a consequence the club negotiated with Vaida Sipaviciute (left) to end her contract.

Sipaviciute who played in France with Arras during the 2008-2009 season before joining Gospic in Croatia last year.

However she has not been able to reproduce the form she showed last season and has averaged 3 points and 2 rebounds domestically. In the EuroLeague Women she also averaged 3 points and picked up 3 rebounds.

 Brooke Smith< © La Gazzetta Del Mezzogiorno Her replacement is Brooke Smith (right in picture) who has been playing in Italy this season with Cras Basket.

Smith is averaging 11.6 points and 7.8 rebounds a game in the EuroLeague Women.

Smith, who is 26 years old, went to Duke University for one year but then transferred to Stanford for the final three years of her College career which ended in 2007.

She was drafted into the WNBA by Minnesota Lynx but was released before the season started. She was then picked up by Connecticut Sun but was waived.

Not withstanding she made into the WNBA in 2008 when she joined Phoenix Mercury that became WNBA Champions in 2009.

Outside the WNBA she was spending her time playing basketball in Italy. So this will be her first move into another European basketball league.

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Date created: 5 January 2011

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