The international Anna Cruz will return to the Women’s League seven years after the hand of Kutxabank Araski who announced this Sunday the hiring of the Catalan player for the next season, in a knock-on effect from the Vitoria squad.
After the renewal of the best coach last year, Made Urieta, who is also in charge of sports management, the greens began to shape their squad, they did it in a big way, with one of the most important players in Spanish women’s basketball.
The 33-year-old shooting guard returns to the Women’s League after playing during six seasons in Russia and a half campaign in Turkish basketball, in the ranks of the powerful Fenerbahce.
The Badalonesa became the second national player in 2015, after Amaya Valdemoro, to achieve a WNBA ring. He did it in the ranks of Minnesota Lynx, where he played two seasons (2015,2016), after landing in the best league in the world with the New York Liberty.
Cruz has countless awards and titles. In addition to the WNBA ring, he held up the European champion with Dinamo Kursk in the 2016-17 academic year, the team with which he also won the Russian league for the second time, after doing so with the Nadezhda Orenburg.
It also has two Queen’s Cups with Rivas, the team with which he reached the Euroleague final, and two gold medals with the Spanish team in the 2013 and 2019 European Championship; two silvers at the Rio Olympics and the 2014 World Cup; and four bronze metals (World Cup 2018, European Cup 2015, World Cup 2010 and European Cup 2009).
Anna Cruz arrives at Kutxabank Araski with an immaculate baggage and with the intention of recovering sensations after having a meniscus operation this season, after being injured in the Turkish Fenerbache, where she stayed until December.
The new Araski player, who has played 158 games with the national team, acknowledged through a press release published by the Vitorian club that she had lost “the desire to basketball” and that she suffered instead of enjoying herself.
“Being out for so long, overcoming difficult situations takes its toll, and the body asked me to return”, noted Anna Cruz, who was proud to sign for “a humble, hard-working and ambitious club” that has returned “the desire to play basketball.”
“I can’t think of a better environment than Vitoria to recover the desire to eat the world, in a city that breathes basketball on all four sides, “said the international, who wants to identify with a club again,” feel its colors and feel the passion “with which basketball has always lived.
Anna Cruz will match Madelén Urieta, Araski coach and member of the coaching staff of the Spanish team in the last Eurobasket. “It is a privilege for Kutxabank Araski to have a player like Anna Cruz because at a sporting level it fits perfectly into the philosophy and style of the team, being a complete player and who contributes in all facets of the game, both offensive and defensive, “said the coach.