Celine Dumerc is in Atlanta and could make her WNBA debut for the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday after the team activated her from the suspended list. Atlanta waived rookie guard Inga Orekhova to make room on the roster.
Dumerc signed as a free agent over the summer and is expected to play a big part in the team's point guard rotation. She has been regarded as one of the best players in Europe and has had plenty of success in Olympic competition. From today's press release:
Dumerc, a two-time EuroLeague All-Star, just completed a French League season that saw her help Bourges Basket reach the semifinals of the EuroLeague championships as well as the finals of the French League playoffs. She averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 31 French League games, and 8.9 points, 4.9 boards and 4.9 assists in 18 EuroLeague contests.
The five-foot, seven-inch lefty is also the captain of the French national team and led her team in scoring while guiding France to the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. She was named the 2012 FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year following her Olympic performance.
Dumerc was named France's Sportsman of the Year in 2012 by Radio France, becoming the first female to ever receive the award. She also earned the prestigious La Gazzetta dello Sport Female European Basketball player of the year award for 2012.
Dumerc will be available to play on Tuesday when the Dream host the L.A. Sparks at Philips Arena. Jasmine Thomas has started each of the first six games at point guard with rookie Shoni Schimmel getting the majority of playing time as the backup. It will take a bit of time for Dumerc to get up to speed with Michael Cooper's system but it will be interesting to see how her addition affects the rotation.