Jelena Budimir (192-C/F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Bethel, TN) is a new member of Galatasaray. The Serbian PF/C signed a 2-month deal with Galata's option to keep the player for the entire season. Budimir averaged 6.1 points and 6.2 rebounds for 19 games with Hungarian DKSK Miskolc last season. Before Miskolc she spent two years with Bajai NKK. In 2010, Jelena Budimir was top rebounder of Hungarian league with 8.5 rpg and also fourth scorer with 15.2 ppg for 22 games. She graduated at Bethel College three years ago. In the past, Budimir played for Radnicki Belgrade and Crvena Zvezda.
Outlook: Jelena is a post player, born and bred. She has been performing her leadership skills in the center position by battling in the paint on both ends of the floor. Jelena is a great ball handler which is unusual for players her size. She has the mentality of a point guard which helps her better understand the game of basketball. She is an excellent passer, and proven scorer on every team she has played for. Also has the ability to use her scoring and passing skills to really change the game. Jelena is a disciplined player who works hard every day and is willing to work even harder for the betterment of her team. She plays solid defense and is able to block shots. Her great physical condition helps her move quick up and down the floor. OFFENSE: Great hands and tremendous basketball IQ. Excellent passer, who finds open shooters in a heart beat. In transition sees the floor well and is able to throw long and accurate passes. Jelena is also a solid middle range shooter, who will sink baskets from around the perimeter. Physically strong, which helps her post up in the paint and scores with her back to the basket using a variety of moves such as up and under, hook and baby hook, spin moves, drop step moves, etc. Not afraid to take responsibility down the stretch of a game, Jelena is a winner and team leader. Able to adapt to virtually any style of the game. Able to finish shots around the basket even when double or triple teamed. DEFFENSE: Overall big and strong, has a real basketball body, which Jelena uses to real advantage. Physically tough in the paint and able to stop opponents from scoring. Great off the ball defender as well, where she communicats well with her teammates. Gets a lot of blocks, taking advantage of her height advantage and quick hands. Out of great box outs able to crash the boards. Overall, great team defender, comfortable in any type of man-to-man or zone defense.
Results and Stats from Round 1 of Regular Season - 10 hours ago
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Group A Familia Schio - Fenerbahce 73-75 The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Italian Familia Schio (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Turkish Fenerbahce (1-0) 75-73. Hungarian-American guard Allie Quigley (178-86, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 35 points (!!!) for the winners and center Esra Ural (198-91, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American Jolene Anderson (175-86, college: Wisconsin) responded wit... [read more]
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Italian Familia Schio (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Turkish Fenerbahce (1-0) 75-73. Hungarian-American guard Allie Quigley (178-86, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 35 points (!!!) for the winners and center Esra Ural (198-91, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American Jolene Anderson (175-86, college: Wisconsin) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and French center Isabelle Yacoubou (190-86, agency: Comsport) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Familia Schio players scored in double figures. Fenerbahce will play against Lattes Montpellier (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Familia Schio will play against UNI Gyor and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Familia Schio: J.Anderson 24+5reb, N.Miyem 14+6reb, G.Sottana 14+4reb+4ast, I.Yacoubou 12+11reb+2ast, C.Zandalasini 4+2reb+3ast, N.Martinez 3+3reb+2ast Fenerbahce: A.Quigley 35+2reb+2ast, E.Ural 16+9reb, A.Cora 6+4reb, P.Bilgic 5+2reb+2ast, T.Canitez 4+2reb+2ast, A.Veremeenko 4+4reb+5ast
An interesting game was also a 39-point tough home loss of Hungarian UNI Gyor in a game versus undefeated Czech USK Praha (#6) 90-51. The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. UNI Gyor managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded UNI Gyor 40-23 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. USK Praha looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and center Alena Hanusova (190-91) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. American forward Cyesha Goree (190-93, college: Michigan, agency: Interperformances) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Slovakian power forward Zofia Hruscakova (190-95) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for UNI Gyor in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha will meet at home Wisla Can-Pack (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UNI Gyor will play against Familia Schio and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: UNI Gyor: C.Goree 16+6reb, Z.Hruscakova 10+7reb, B.Kiesel 10+2ast, A.Lakloth 4+4reb+2ast, P.Szabo 4, Z.Simon 4+1reb+3ast USK Praha: M.Xargay Casademont 18+1reb+3ast, S.Petrovic 16+13reb+5ast, A.Hanusova 15+7reb+1ast, A.Steinberga 10+1reb, K.Vaughn 10+6reb+2ast, K.Elhotova 7+1reb+1ast
We should not miss anothera road victory of French Lattes Montpellier (1-0) over Turkish Mersin BSB (0-1) 74-68. The game without a history. Lattes Montpellier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Fatimatou Sacko (177-85, agency: Comsport) fired 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Gaelle Skrela (177-83) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Lattes Montpellier players scored in double figures. American swingman Marissa Coleman (185-87, college: Maryland) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Tiffany Hayes (177-89, college: Connecticut) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Lattes Montpellier's next round opponent will be Fenerbahce in Istanbul and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mersin BSB will play on the road against Dynamo Kursk and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Mersin BSB: M.Coleman 23+9reb+1ast, T.Hayes 17+4reb+2ast, C.Parker 13+3reb+1ast, F.Eldebrink 8+3reb+7ast, G.Petronyte 5+4reb+2ast, K.Nevlin 2+4reb Lattes Montp.: G.Skrela 15+5reb+3ast, F.Sacko 13+7reb+5ast, E.Godin 12+7reb+3ast, R.Jarry 11+4reb+4ast, G.Robert 11+8reb+2ast, S.Michel 10+1reb+5ast
And finally the game worth to mention about is Dynamo Kursk's victory against Wisla Can-Pack 67-61. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Wisla Can-Pack won third quarter 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dynamo Kursk dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Wisla Can-Pack's 32. They outrebounded Wisla Can-Pack 44-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American Angel McCoughtry (187-86, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Polish-French center Helena Ciak (197-89, agency: Comsport) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Ewelina Kobryn (193-82) answered with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Meighan Simmons (175-92, college: Tennessee) added 17 points in the effort for Wisla Can-Pack. Four Wisla Can-Pack players scored in double figures. Dynamo Kursk will face Mersin BSB (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Wisla Can-Pack will play against USK Praha and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Wisla Can-Pack: M.Simmons 17+3reb+1ast, E.Kobryn 11+7reb+4ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 11+5reb+1ast, S.Ygueravide 10+3reb+8ast, Z.Morrison 9+10reb+2ast, A.Szott-Hejmej 2+1reb Dynamo K.: A.McCoughtry 16+8reb+9ast, H.Ciak 14+10reb, E.Prince 12+4reb+2ast, M.Vadeeva 9+7reb, E.Kirillova 8+3reb+2ast, K.Levchenko 4+1reb+3ast
Hatay was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Orenburg 70-58 on Thursday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-58. Nadezhda Orenburg dominated on the defensive end, holding Hatay to just 5 points in second quarter. Quite impressive performance for Swedish center Amanda Bazoukou (196-93, college: Minnesota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Spanish point guard Cristina Ouvina (173-90) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Nadezhda Orenburg players scored in double figures. American center Courtney Paris (191-87, college: Oklahoma) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Marina Bas (-85) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hatay. Nadezhda Orenburg will face Villeneuve D'Ascq (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hatay will play against Perfumerias Avenida in Salamanca and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Hatay: M.Bas 18+6reb+2ast, C.Paris 18+7reb+4ast, B.Ozturk 15+9reb+1ast, N.Hurst 5+6reb+5ast, K.Snytsina 2+2ast, J.Popovic 0 Nadezhda O.: A.Bazoukou 18+11reb+2ast, N.Zhedik 10+3reb+1ast, C.Ouvina 10+7reb+6ast, E.Williams 10+4reb+2ast, T.Petrushina 7+2reb+3ast, N.Anoykina 6+1reb
CCC Polkowice lost to the opponent from Sopron 90-82 on Wednesday night. MKB Euroleasing made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKB Euroleasing made 10 blocks. CCC Polkowice was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American guard Yvonne Turner (176-87, college: Nebraska) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. Serbian-Hungarian center Sara Krnjic (191-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Croatia center Marija Rezan (198-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 23 rebounds and 4 blocks and Russia guard Valeriya Musina (183-87, college: Lee) added 18 points in the effort for CCC Polkowice. CCC Polkowice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MKB Euroleasing will face UMMC Ekaterinburg (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CCC Polkowice will play against Bourges and hope to win that game. Top scorers: CCC Polkowice: M.Rezan 27+23reb+1ast, V.Musina 18+4reb+3ast, R.Musina 9+7reb+1ast, M.Leciejewska 9+2reb, B.Boyd 8+2reb+4ast, N.Mayombo 4+1ast UNIQA Eurol.: Y.Turner 33+7reb+10ast, S.Krnjic 24+13reb+1ast, C.George 14+9reb+1ast, Z.Fegyverneky 9+4reb+7ast, B.Drammeh 7+3reb+2ast, A.Crvendakic 3+1reb
Villeneuve D'Ascq was defeated by the opponent from Bourges 81-74 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bourges made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Quite impressive performance for Brazilian center Clarissa Dos Santos (184-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Marine Johannes (174-95, agency: Comsport) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Bourges' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ukrainian swingman Alina Iagupova (186-92, agency: LBM Management) answered with 18 points and power forward Marielle Amant (190-89, agency: Comsport) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Villeneuve D'Ascq. Bourges will face CCC Polkowice (#5) at home in the next round. Villeneuve D'Ascq will play against Nadezhda Orenburg and hope to win that game. Top scorers: Villeneuve: A.Iagupova 18+1reb+2ast, M.Sy-Diop 16+4reb, M.Amant 10+9reb+2ast, O.Epoupa 9+4reb+4ast, V.Ayayi 8+6reb+1ast, V.Bremont 7+3ast Bourges: C.Dos Santos 23+12reb+2ast, M.Johannes 11+5reb+2ast, I.Tanqueray 9+3reb+6ast, A.Filip 9+4reb, A.Chartereau 7+2reb+1ast, P.Salagnac 6+1reb
Spanish Perfumerias Avenida defeated Russia UMMC Ekaterinburg in Salamanca 83-72. The game was mostly controlled by Perfumerias Avenida. UMMC Ekaterinburg managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Jelena Milovanovic (190-89) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Nigeria-American forward Adaora Elonu (185-90, college: Texas A&M, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Belgian center Emma Meesseman (192-93, agency: LBM Management) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American center Brittney Griner (203-90, college: Baylor) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for UMMC Ekaterinburg. Four UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. UMMC Ekaterinburg will play next round against strong MKB Euroleasing trying to get back on the winning streak. Perfumerias Avenida will try to continue on its current victory against Hatay at home. Top scorers: UMMC: E.Meesseman 18+5reb+1ast, A.Torrens 16+5ast, B.Griner 12+7reb+3ast, N.Baric 10+1reb+5ast, D.Nolan 6+2ast, O.Arteshina 5+5reb+3ast Avenida: J.Milovanovic 26+7reb+3ast, A.Elonu 18+3reb+1ast, S.Dominguez 15+2reb+3ast, G.Marginean 6+4reb+1ast, C.Givens 5+1reb+4ast, E.Wheeler 5+2reb+3ast
SuperCup: UMMC edge Villeneuve for title - 7 days ago
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Villeneuve - UMMC 63:66 UMMC earned the SuperCup title. The Euroleague defending champions overcame the EuroCup runners-up in the exciting clash in France tonight. The victory marked the second SuperCup success for the Ekaterinburg team as they won the trophy back in 2013. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) scored 17 points to lead the winners. UMMC eked out a narrow 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. UMMC boosted the gap in the second term. They held Villeneuve to just 10 points in the quarter... [read more]
Villeneuve - UMMC 63:66
UMMC earned the SuperCup title. The Euroleague defending champions overcame the EuroCup runners-up in the exciting clash in France tonight. The victory marked the second SuperCup success for the Ekaterinburg team as they won the trophy back in 2013. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) scored 17 points to lead the winners. UMMC eked out a narrow 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. UMMC boosted the gap in the second term. They held Villeneuve to just 10 points in the quarter and rallied to a 39:30 halftime lead. UMMC stayed in control throughout the third term. The Russian powerhouse ensured an 11-point lead at the final break. Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89, agency: Comsport) and Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94, agency: Comsport) put Villeneuve within 3 points late in regulation 63:66. Alba Torrens missed two free throws to give the hosts a chance in the dying seconds. However Valerianne Ayayi (184-F-94, agency: Comsport) missed a three-pointer and UMMC got away with a tough win. Brittney Griner (203-C-90, college: Baylor) notched 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) delivered 11 points for UMMC. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) responded with 17 points for Villeneuve. Valerianne Ayayi tossed in 14 points in the defeat.
Krnjic comes back to MKB Euroleasing - 1 month ago
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UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron (A Division) re-signed 25-year old Serbian international center Sara Krnjic (191-91). Krnjic played in the summer at Washington Mystics (WNBA). She managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). First Krnjic played at MKB Euroleasing where in 24 games she recorded 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian Lea... [read more]
UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron (A Division) re-signed 25-year old Serbian international center Sara Krnjic (191-91). Krnjic played in the summer at Washington Mystics (WNBA). She managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). First Krnjic played at MKB Euroleasing where in 24 games she recorded 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the league title and they also made it to the Cup final. A very good season in her career as she was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Domestic Player of the Year, Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team. Krnjic also played 14 games in Euroleague where she averaged 9.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2spg. In 2011 Krnjic was drafted by Washington Mystics (WNBA) in third round (35th overall). She has been also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Krnjic has regularly played for Serbian senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012. She also represented Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) this year. Krnjic's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg, 1.4rpg. Krnjic has played previously professionally in Hungary (Pecs 2010) and Serbia (Vojvodina). Her game is described as:
One of the rising stars in EuroLeague Women, she is an adept finisher around the basket and has some effective post moves which cause her defenders problems. She's good on the glass too.
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