Pleter-Novi Zagreb 47-92: League-leading Novi Zagreb grabbed its frst double-digit of the lead at 15-4. They had six scorers in double figures including all starters and all 12 players who saw action in the game scored at least two points. Leilani Mitchell (165-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) collected 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 steals in 27 minutes, Matea Vrdoljak scored 14 points, Sandra Mandir and Latoya Williams both added 11 points and Ana Cacic and Gordana Bedalov netted 10 points each. Pleter commited 29 turnovers and Katarina Mrcela (190-F/C-75) was its lonely scorer in double digits with game-high 17 points. Split-Gospic 48-87: The defending champion lead 26-6 after the first period, the won in all four quarters and hit ten 3-pointers. Martina Dover (177-G-86) finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds, Chevon Keith socfred 13 points, Ivana Jurcevic came off the bench for 11 points and Monika Bosilj added 10 points. For Split, Maja Puljic (176-F-93) had 11 points and 9 rebounds, Iva Laura scored 11 points and Ivana Roje grabbed 11 rebounds. Sibenik Jolly-Tresnjevka 2009 70-56: Sibenik opened the game with 13 consecutive points. Antonija Misura (178-F-88) scored 16 points, Ivona Dujic 14 and Ana Semren 11. Tresnjevka's lone player in double figures was Anja Skara (184-F-91) with 14 points. Ragusa-Zadar 66-52: The home team ended six game lossing streak. Ragusa never trailed, opened the game with nine straight points and lead 22-7 after the first quarter and 30-13 in the second period. Zadar cut the deficit to 52-57 with two minutes t go, but Sandra Tosic answered with eight straight pointers to secure the win for Ragusa. Tosic finished with 16 points, Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86) had 26 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and Mariela Petrovic posted 13 points. Zadar was led by Lara Nikpalj (180-F-89) who came of the bench for 13 points and 10 rebounds, Zana Cvjetkovic scored 12 points and Antonia Erslan scored 10 points. Agram-Studenac Omis 61-70: After eight straight defeats, Omis recorded its third consecutive win. Antonela Anic (177-F-85) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Marta Perlic had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Milena Dincic collected 12 points and 8 rebounds.After trailing 8-19, Omis made a 24-7 run spanning the first and second quarters to go ahead 32-26. Winless Agram take a lead 49-46 late in the third quarter and the visting team responded with a 11-2 run for a 57-51 lead. Agram cut the deficit to 61-63 but they were unable to make a basket until the end of the game. Iva Meznaric (186-SG-86) finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds, Branka Vukicevic added 18 points and Dana Saric 12. Rockwool Pula-Medvescak 59-78:Nina Premasunac (186-F-92) scored 21 points for Medvescak who led by as many as 19 points at the half. Ana Marija added 19 points and Petra Peric 10. Pula limited the visiting team to just 8 points in the final quarter. Chelsea Pickering (175-G-89, college: Idaho St.) finished with 17 points, Martina Zubak added 13 and Ivana Dukic 10.
Tresnjevka 2009 II and Omis are still unbeaten in Croatian A2 League. Tresnjevka 2009 II crushed Medvescak II 90-50. Matilda Soric and Tonia Bilic both scored 20 points for Tresnjevka and Ivona Franic (185-C-98) was the lone Medvescak's scorer in double-figures with a game-high 21 points. Omis defeated winless Otocac 70-49. Karla Kalajzic (173-G-93) led all scorers with 21 pointa for Omis and Katarina Puljic(171-G-92) added 19 points. Group A - Round 7: Brod-Zagreb 45-89 (Majstoric 19, J... [read more]
Tresnjevka 2009 II and Omis are still unbeaten in Croatian A2 League. Tresnjevka 2009 II crushed Medvescak II 90-50. Matilda Soric and Tonia Bilic both scored 20 points for Tresnjevka and Ivona Franic (185-C-98) was the lone Medvescak's scorer in double-figures with a game-high 21 points. Omis defeated winless Otocac 70-49. Karla Kalajzic (173-G-93) led all scorers with 21 pointa for Omis and Katarina Puljic (171-G-92) added 19 points.
Group A - Round 7: Brod-Zagreb 45-89 (Majstoric 19, Jerkovic 10 - Jerkovic 20, Bjelobradic 16), Mursa-Radost 76-69, Tresnjevka 2009 II-Medvescak II 90-50 (Soric 20, Bilic 20 - Franic 21), Folka Borovje-Koprivnica 81-72 (Milosevic 29, Saric 21 - Vida 25, Mihalic 21), Jabuka-Dubrava BLC 43-57 (Dobric 10 - Nenada 18, Benkovic 18). Standings: Tresnjevka 2009 II 6-0, Dubrava BLC 6-0, Zagreb 5-2, Mursa 4-2, Folka Borovje 4-3, Medvescak II 3-3, Jabuka 3-4, Radost 1-5, Brod 0-6, Koprivnica 0-7.
Tresnjevka 2009-Sibenik 92-69: Tresnjevka made a 12-2 run to go up 14-8 and later went on a 13-1 run spanning the first and second quarters for a 34-15 lead to take the control of the game. Tresnjevka outrebounded Sibenik 58-35, picking up 25 offensive boards. Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) led all scorers with 21 points, Josipa Pavic (187-C-99) finished with 19 points and 21 rebounds, Marta Galic (182-G-99) came off the bench for 19 points, Andjela Katavic (177-SG-99) scored 13 points and Ana... [read more]
Tresnjevka 2009-Sibenik 92-69: Tresnjevka made a 12-2 run to go up 14-8 and later went on a 13-1 run spanning the first and second quarters for a 34-15 lead to take the control of the game. Tresnjevka outrebounded Sibenik 58-35, picking up 25 offensive boards. Karla Erjavec (172-G-99) led all scorers with 21 points, Josipa Pavic (187-C-99) finished with 19 points and 21 rebounds, Marta Galic (182-G-99) came off the bench for 19 points, Andjela Katavic (177-SG-99) scored 13 points and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) poured in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Sibenik was led by Klaudija Perisa (180-SG-96) with 19 points, Andjela Strize (175-F-99) added 13, Iva Cigic (174-PG-94) 12 and Kristina Ivancevic (183-PF-99) 11. Podravac Gigant-Ragusa 55-63: The game featured 10 lead changes and 9 ties before Ragusa went on a 10-0 run for a 49-40 lead late in the third quarter. Podravac cut the deficit to two, 51-53, midway through the fourth quarter. Ragusa answered with eight straight points for their first double-digit lead of the night, 61-51, with 2:23 remaining. Ragusa outrebounded the home team 60-33, picking up 29 offensive boards. Ina Marin (168-G-86) scored 15 points, Romana Stojanovic (186-F/G-93) added 13 points, Marta Erslan (178-SF-96) had 15 rebounds and Katarina Popovic (188-C-92) grabbed 13 rebounds. Podravac was led by Valentina Simunic (175-G-98) with 14 points and Danijela Bukovcan scored 12. Split-Croatia 2006 76-68: After trailing 32-33 early in the third quarter, Split went on a 13-2 run to go up 45-35 and never looked back from there. Croatia cut the deficit to 48-51, but Split responded with a 9-2 run to retake the double-digit advantage, 60-50. Croatin once again trimmed the deficit, 56-60. At that points, Split made a decisive 10-0 run for a 70-56 lead with four minutes left. Maja Puljic (170-G-93) scored 25 points on shooting 7-of-8 from 3-point range and Emanuela Salopek (178-SG-87) added 15 points. Croatia outrebouned Split 47-27, picking up 23 offensive boards, but Split made 15 3-pointers on 30 attempts. Helena Vidakovic (182-G-94) led Croatia with 18 points, Martina Suster (168-PG-90) had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Marijana Mamic (186-F-93) collected 14 points anf 19 rebounds. Pula Crnja Tours-Medvescak 04/12, Zadar-Brod na Savi postponed, Plamen Pozega bye
Lorena Molnar selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Croatian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is U18 international center Lorena Molnar (192-98). Sheto an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale in the Slovenian SKL in Saturday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Croatian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is U18 international center Lorena Molnar (192-98, currently plays in Slovenia). She led Athlete Celje to an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale (0-7) crushing them 91-37 in the Slovenian SKL in Saturday night's game.
Molnar scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court.
ZKK Athlete Celje (7-1) is placed second in the SKL.
It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
It's Molnar's first season with the team.
She is currently a member of the Croatian U18 national team.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international shooting guard Iva Slonjsak (183-97, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lorena Molnar and both played together in the last Slovenian SKL game.
Slonjsak led Athlete Celje to an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale (0-7) crushing them 91-37.
She scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Slonjsak is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers.
She has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.8%(20-34), 3FGP: 58.6%(17-29).
Slonjsak is in the roster of the Croatian U20 national team.
#3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nina Premasunac (186-92, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Italy). She could not help La Spezia in their last game. Despite Premasunac's very good performance La Spezia was badly defeated 73-56 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Napoli.
She had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 17 rebounds. Premasunac also added and 3 steals in 34 minutes.
Premasunac belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #3) and also on the list of best blockers (second place).
This year she has very good stats: 15.0ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(50-88), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 37.9% in eight games she played so far.
Premasunac is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.
#4. Center Andrea Maric (195-97, currently plays in Slovenia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lorena Molnar. She played also in the last Slovenian SKL game facing Iva Slonjsak (above) in the other team.
Maric led Athlete Celje to an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale (0-7) crushing them 91-37.
She scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Maric is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 0.8bpg.
This year she also averages: 9.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3spg in eight games.
Maric used to play for the Croatian U18 national team
back in 2014.
#5. International guard Ivana Seric (170-88, college: NJIT, currently plays in MZRKL) was not able to help the league outsider ZKK Kraljevo (0-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite her good performance ZKK Kraljevo was defeated 72-60 in Beograd by the higher-ranked Partizan (#4).
Seric was the second best scorer with 13 points. She also added 5 assists.
There are only three games left until the end of the WABA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Seric's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 3.0apg.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
#6. Guard Shavonte Zellous (178-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Besiktas' victory against the 11th-ranked Hatay (1-4) 68-64 in the Turkish KBSL in Sunday night's game.
Zellous scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes.
Besiktas CT Istanbul (6-2) is placed fifth in the KBSL.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Zellous has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.8apg in five games.
She is a naturalized American.
Zellous is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.
Strangely she has never played in Croatia.
#7. Former international center Josipa Bura (186-85, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-3) in their game against BLK Praha (8-4) in the Czech Republic ZBL.
Bura scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Sokol Hradec Kralove was defeated 76-67 in Praha by the lower-ranked BLK Praha (#5).
They ended the series of five consecutive victories.
Bura's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
seven years ago.
#8. Power forward Ivona Matic (189-86, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Bolzano (6-2) in their game against Sesto SG (8-0) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite her good performance in Saturday night's game Matic recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Matic has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 10.4rpg and 3.3spg.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
back in 2008.
#9. International forward Matea Vrdoljak (183-85, also represented by LBM Management, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Angers (2-6) in their game against Hainaut (2-6) in the French LFB, despite her good performance last Sunday.
Vrdoljak scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was her first game for Angers this season.
But Angers lost 56-71 in Saint-Amand to the higher-ranked (#10) Hainaut.
Vrdoljak used to play for the Croatian national team
#10. Center Marija Rezan (198-89, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help CCC Polkowice (4-5) in their game against Basket Gdynia (3-6) in the Polish TBLK. Despite her good performance on Sunday night She scored 10 points and blocked 2 blocks.
Rezan is currently fifth on the list of best blockers.
Her overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6bpg.
Rezan is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.
#11. International center Ivana Tikvic (189-94, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Torino's victory against the closely-ranked Umbertide 75-69 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game.
She scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Tikvic is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 0.9bpg.
She also averaged so far 8.1ppg and 6.8rpg in eight games.
Tikvic plays currently for the Croatian national team.
#12. International center Luca Ivankovic (201-87, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Canik Belediyesi Samsun to win against the closely-ranked Osmaniye 67-55 in the Turkish KBSL last Sunday.
She scored 5 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Ivankovic's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.3apg.
She is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.
#13. Former international forward Davorka Balic (188-88, currently plays in Spain) led Cortegada to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Ponce Valladolid crushing them 74-46 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) on Saturday night.
Balic scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes.
This year her overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg in seven games.
Balic used to play for the Croatian national team
two years ago.
#14. International shooting guard Ivana Dojkic (180-97, currently plays in Russia) contributed to a Spartak Vidnoye's victory against the closely-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk 76-63 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game.
She recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Dojkic's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.9apg.
She plays currently for the Croatian national team.
#15. International center Iva Cuzic-Sliskovic (190-84, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matea Vrdoljak and both played together in the last French LFB game.
Cuzic-Sliskovic couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Angers in their game against Hainaut.
She scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Her team lost 56-71.
Cuzic-Sliskovic has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in eight games.
She used to play for the Croatian national team
The list of other players, who all have Croatian passport but never been selected to any of Croatian national teams:
#1.Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, currently plays in Spain) could not help Al-Qazeres (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Al-Qazeres was edged 67-64 at home by the higher-ranked Araski (#4).
Dacic recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
This season Dacic averages: 9.3ppg and 7.3rpg.
She has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Italian.
#2. Experienced Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Townsville Fire in their game against Perth Lynx (7-4) in the Australian WNBL, despite her good performance on Friday night.
Batkovic-Brown scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes.
But Townsville Fire lost 85-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Perth Lynx.
It was Townsville Fire's third consecutive loss in a row.
Batkovic-Brown is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Townsville Fire's roster.
She has individually a very good season with high stats. Batkovic-Brown averages: 18.5ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6bpg and 1.3spg in 11 games she played so far.
She is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.
#3.Martina Bozikov (189-PF-84, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for ChemCats Chemnitz (8-4) in their game against TV Saarlouis Royals (8-2) in the German DBBL.
Bozikov recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was her first game for ChemCats Chemnitz this season.
ChemCats Chemnitz was badly defeated 65-49 in Saarlouis by the second-ranked TV Royals.
#4.Iva Bosnjak (174-G/F-1, currently plays in Switzerland) managed to help BC Winterthur in a victory against the seventh-ranked Bellinzona (3-4) crushing them 83-62 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game.
Bosnjak scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court.
BC Winterthur (5-2) is placed third in the LNA.
It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Bosnjak's total stats are: 2.6ppg and 1.2rpg in five games.
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