#1. This week's number one is an international point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France). She led Perpignan to a victory over the ninth-ranked Toulouse (7-9) 74-68 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game.
Ciglar was MVP of the game. She recorded 27 points (!!!) and added 3 passes in 32 minutes on the court.
Perpignan Basket (11-4) is placed third in the LFB.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Ciglar's first season with the team.
Ciglar is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 4.3apg.
She also averaged so far 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 66.7% in the 15 games she played so far.
Ciglar is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman Ana Lelas (183-83, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB. She could not help Lattes Montpellier (14-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lelas' good performance the league leader Lattes Montpellier was defeated 66-60 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Union Hainaut (#13).
She was the second best scorer with 12 points. Lelas also added 6 rebounds.
This season Lelas averages: 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 39.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 97.0%(32-33).
She is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.
#3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Petra Stampalija (189-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Ana Lelas in the French LFB last game.
Stampalija contributed to an Union Hainaut's surprising victory against the league leader Lattes Montpellier (14-2) 66-60.
She recorded 11 points and added 9 passes.
Stampalija's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 44.4% and FT: 75.0%.
She played for the Croatian national team three years ago.
#4. Swingman Jelena Ivezic (182-84, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Edremit (1-12) 89-71 in the Turkish TKBL on Saturday night.
Ivezic recorded 9 points.
Ceyhan Belediyespor (7-6) is placed sixth in the TKBL.
Ivezic has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg.
She is also Croatian national team player.
#5. International center Marija Rezan (198-89, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca in a victory against the third-ranked Mondeville (4-4) crushing them 82-54 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game.
Rezan recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (3-6) is placed sixth in group C.
There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Rezan's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 6.5rpg in the two games.
She plays currently for the Croatian national team.
#6. Center Dina Sesnic (188-87, currently plays in Adriatic League), who plays in Serbia was not able to help Vojvodina (9-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Sesnic's good performance the fifth-placed Vojvodina was badly defeated 84-66 at home by the leading Partizan in the group T of Adriatic League.
She scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
There are only three games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Sesnic's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3spg.
She is a former U16 international player as she played for the Croatian team ten years ago.
#7. International power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Hondarribia-Irun (4-7) in their game against Jopisa Burgos (5-6) in the Spanish LFB. Karcic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
She scored only 1 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Hondarribia-Irun was crushed 80-54 in Burgos by the higher-ranked (#6) Jopisa.
It was Hondarribia-Irun's third consecutive loss in a row.
Karcic is currently fifth on the list of most steals with 2.2spg.
This year her other stats are: 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 11 games.
Karcic is a naturalized American.
She is also Croatian national team player.
Strangely Karcic has never played in Croatia.
The list of other players, who all have Croatian passport but never been selected to any of Croatian national teams:
#1. Experienced Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) led Adelaide Lightning to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Canberra Capitals (6-12) crushing them 98-67 in the Australian WNBL on Friday night.
Batkovic-Brown scored 14 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 25 minutes.
Adelaide Link Lightning (12-6) is placed third in the WNBL.
Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 21.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2.8bpg and 1.4spg in the 13 games she played so far.
Batkovic-Brown has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.
#2.Iva Grbas (188-F/C-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division) could not help Limoges (7-8) in their last game. Despite Grbas' very good performance Limoges lost 59-71 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) LTB 29.
She was the top scorer with 21 points. Grbas also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes.
Grbas belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5 with 15.5ppg.
This year she also averages: 5.5rpg in the 12 games.
Croatian A1 starts October 1st with 12 teams - 4 days ago
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The first round will be played on October 1, 2016 - pairs will be known soon. A week before that, first round of Croatian cup will be played between A2 division teams - pairs will be also know soon.
Former Croatian national team member Gordana Bedalov(191-C-84, college: FIU) will stay in Italy for antoher one season, after agreeing a one-year contrat with Serie A2 side Libertas Bologna. Bedalov last season spent with Edelweiss Albino, where she averaged 9.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in 18 Seria A2 League games. Bedalov has already played for Croatia Zagreb, Ragusa Dubrovnik, Medvescak, Lupa promotion Novi Zagreb and Rockwool Pula in her native Croat... [read more]
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Matteiplast Bologna (Serie A2) landed 32-year old Croatian center Gordana Bedalov (191-84, college: FIU). It is actually her comeback to Bologna as she has played here before. Bedalov played most recently at Edelweiss Albino in the Serie A2. In 18 games she averaged 9.8ppg and 5.8rpg last season. Among other achievements Bedalov's team made it to the Croatian A1 Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League 1st Team award in 2014. Bedalov was a member o... [read more]
Matteiplast Bologna (Serie A2) landed 32-year old Croatian center Gordana Bedalov (191-84, college: FIU). It is actually her comeback to Bologna as she has played here before. Bedalov played most recently at Edelweiss Albino in the Serie A2. In 18 games she averaged 9.8ppg and 5.8rpg last season. Among other achievements Bedalov's team made it to the Croatian A1 Semifinals in 2012 and 2014. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Croatian League 1st Team award in 2014. Bedalov was a member of Croatian international program for some years. She was called to Croatian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2005 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004. Bedalov has played also professionally in Luxembourg (Sparta) and Croatia (ZKK Croatia 2006 Zagreb, ZKK Medvescak, Rockwool Pula and Lupa Promotion). She attended Florida International University until 2007 and it will be her tenth season in pro basketball.
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