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Play-Off bracket4
Euroleague Standings
Group A
1. Samara 9-1
2. Pecsi 9-1
3. Ros Caceres 5-5
4. Mondeville 4-6
5. Dexia 2-8
6. USK Praha 1-9
Group B
1. Gambrinus 8-2
2. Bourges 8-2
3. Ekaterinb. 5-5
4. Sopron 5-5
5. Schio 2-8
6. Lotos 2-8
Group C
1. USVO 9-1
2. Dynamo M. 7-3
3. Lietuvos V. 7-3
4. Napoli 5-5
5. Wisla 2-8
6. K Cero K. 0-10

Euroleague Stats Leaders

All Stats

1 Douglas, Lietuvos 20.8
2 De Forge, Wisla 18.8
3 Milton, Gambri. 17.5
4 Taylor, Famila 17.3
5 Volnaya, USK 16.7
1 Brunson, Dexia 11.3
2 Stepanova, VBM 11.1
3 Burse, USK 9.6
4 Johnson, K Cero 9.0
5 Godin, Bourges 8.7
1 Koechlin, USO 6.1
2 Dumerc, Bourges 5.7
3 Ivanyi, MiZo-P. 5.5
4 Zara, Phard 5.2
5 Skerovic, Wisla 4.8

All-Euroleague 1st Team 2006





Stepanova All-Euroleague Awards 2005-06

Player of the Year - Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79) of Lietuvos telekomas Vilnius (LTU)
Guard of the Year - Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Forward of the Year - Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Center of the Year - Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Import Player of the Year - Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Domestic Player of the Year - Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Defensive Player of the Year - Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Coach of the Year - Jan Bobrovsky

1st Team::
Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79) of Lietuvos telekomas Vilnius (LTU)
Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)

2nd Team:
Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) of Valenciennes USVO (FRA)
Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) of Lietuvos telekomas Vilnius (LTU)
Sandra Le Drean (186-F-77) of Valenciennes USVO (FRA)
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)

All-Domestic Players Team:
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Jana Vesela (194-F-83) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Jurgita Streimikyte (190-F-72) of Lietuvos telekomas Vilnius (LTU)

All-Imports Team:
Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74) of Gambrinus Sika Brno (CZE)
Vedrana Grgin-Fonseca (188-F-75) of Valenciennes USVO (FRA)
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)

All-Defensive Team:
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Olga Arteshina (190-F-82) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)
Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) of VBM-SGAU Samara (RUS)

Gambrinus Sika Brno 2005-06







Milton-Jones Delisha 186 (6'1'') F 74


Viteckova Eva 190 (6'3'') F 82


Vesela Jana 194 (6'5'') F 83


Machova Hana 182 (6'0'') F 79


Kulichova Petra 198 (6'6'') C 84


Sales Nykesha 183 (6'0'') F/G 76


Kovacova Alena 190 (6'3'') C 78


Zirkova Zuzana 175 (5'9'') F 80


Hartigova Michala 192 (6'4'') C 83


Vecerova Ivana 195 (6'5'') C 79


Hejdova Romana 181 (5'11'') F  


Vyhnakova Martina 174 (5'9'') G 87
Head Coach: Bobrovsky Jan
Assistant: Veverka Milan

  Gambrinus Brno won Euroleague 2006

Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) chose the opportune time to have the game of her life. After not even scoring in two quarter-final contests, Sales off the bench to score 16 points in the fourth quarter of a hotly contested game  to lead Gambrinus to a 68-54 win over Samara, giving the Czech team their first ever EuroLeague Women title. As Samara´s Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) misfired and time expired, a raucous celebration unfolded in front of a sold-out crowd at the Brno Arena in the Czech Republic. "This is a great group of women and I am so happy to be a part of this team," said Sales. The victory avenged Gambrinus´ defeat from last year when they lost to Samara in the final. In a game that went back and forth in the second half, Sales caught fire from the perimeter to carry Gambrinus. Her jumper with 1:45 remaining gave Gambrinus a 60-52 lead. Following a three-point misfire from Samara´s Svetlana Abrosimova (188-F-80, college: Connecticut), Sales came down and hit another jumper to essentially ice the game and give her team a 62-52 lead with 1:41 to go. For good measure, Sales hit another jumper to set off an early celebration in Brno as Gambrinus led 64-52 with 1:18 remaining. "The opportunity opened for me to step up and I took advantage," Sales said in an on-court interview in the midst of jubilant fans.
"I am a veteran so I know what to do in these types of situations."
"Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76, college: Connecticut) is an explosive scorer, especially in tight situations," said Sales´ teammate Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida), who collected a team-high nine rebounds despite sitting out a good portion of the first half with three fouls.
"I knew she would come up with a big performance. She had that look in her eye."
The native of Hartford, Connecticut scored all of her 16 points when it mattered in the fourth quarter. "I have had better games in my life, but tonight was my best performance in a game that was this important," she said. Sales opened the fourth quarter by burying a pair of three-pointers that gave Gambrinus a four-point advantage 52-48. "Sometimes you just need to make one shot to get into a rythmn," she said. Hana Machova (182-F-79) tallied 14 points for Gambrinus and hit a clutch foul line jumper with 2:31 to go in the game that allowed Gambrinus to open up a six-point lead, 58-52. From there, Sales sealed the victory.
"Which ever team could go on the late run would win the game," Milton said.
Gambrinus got off to a blistering start in the first quarter, making nine of their first 10 field goal attempts. It was the second consecutive game Gambrinus got off to a fast start. In their semi-final victory over USVO on Friday, Gambrinus scored the first 10 points of the game. A turnover by Samara and an Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) three from the corner with 3:52 to go in the first quarter put the sold out crowd into a frenzy and gave Gambrinus a 20-6 lead. With 2:29 to go in the first quarter, Milton picked up her third foul and Samara subsequently went on a 14-5 run.
"I was heart-broken when I picked up that foul," Milton said.
"I wanted to come and play aggressive, but unfortunately I got called for two quick ones early and then after that I could never get back in the rythmn of the game."
Viteckova led Gambrinus in the first quarter with nine points and finished with 12 for the game. After Milton picked up her third foul, Samara began to chip away at the lead and trailed 25-16 after one quarter. Edwige Lawson (167-G-79) scored seven straight points to get Samara within three at 25-22 to start the second.
Machova, who was getting a breather on the bench, re-entered the game and Gambrinus scored the next six points to get Gambrinus back on track.
With Milton sitting on the bench for the whole second quarter, Gambrinus still maintained a seven-point lead going into halftime, 38-31. Despite Samara´s tremendous height on the frontline, Gambrinus out-rebounded Samara 20-6 in the first half and 42-24 for the game.
"In big games, it comes down to executing and loose balls," said Milton.
"We wanted every loose ball and rebound and we did exactly that."
The third quarter was an all-out defensive struggle. Gambrinus connected on just three field goals. Samara also struggled, but was able to cut the lead to two at 46-44 going into the fourth quarter. The game was one of the most intense and physical women´s basketball contests in recent memory.
There is no statisic counts players´ diving for loose balls, but if there were, the totals would have been significant.
"We knew it would be very intense, there would be lots of elbows, contact and blood," said Milton.
"It´s part of the game," said Milton.
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) led Samara with 15 points and Ann Wauters (194-C-80) chipped in with 10, six of which came at critical junctures of the game midway in the fourth quarter. The win snapped Gambrinus´run of five EuroLeague Women Final Fours without a title.
Courtesy: FIBA

  FIBA Euroleague All-Star Game 2006

Today starting a Year of Women`s basketball. Opening ceremony was in Hungary. FIBA create a loo, wich one will be present at all FIBA Europe competitions over the next 18 months as part of the campaign to promote women's basketball. Also big promotion was a game between Europe team against Rest of the world. Russian star Maria Stepanova of BC Volgaburmash Samara was presented with the first-ever FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year award during the EuroLeague Women All-Star game in Pecs, Hungary. The 202-cm center was selected as the 2005 Player of the Year based on a vote from international media.

Europe - Rest of the world 86:67 (19:18, 18:16, 28:14, 21:19)
EUROPE (87):
Godin 4, Le Drean 15, Palau 4, Streimikyte, Ivanyi, Zara 6, Aguilar 6, Stepanova 18, Wauters 10, Valdemoro, Bibrzycka 13, Viteckova 10
REST OF THE WORLD (67): De Forge 10, Johnson 2, Hardy 6, Daley 18, Santos 3, Robinson, Milton 9, Douglas 4, Brunson 10, Burse 5

Europe roster:
Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76, college: Florida Intern.) Hungary
Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F-82) Poland
Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) Spain
Francesca Zara (178-G-76) Italy
Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) Spain
Jurgita Streimikyte (190-F-72) Lithuania
Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) Czech
Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) Spain
Sandra Le Drean (186-F-77) France
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) Russia
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) Belgium
Elodie Godin (190-C-85) France
World roster:
Vickie Johnson (177-G/F-72, college: Louisiana Tech) USA
Nikki Teasley (183-G-79, college: NCarolina) USA
Anna DeForge (183-G-76, college: Nebraska) USA
Diana Taurasi (180-G-82, college: Connecticut) USA
Grace Daley (170-G-78, college: Tulane) USA
Katie Douglas (183-G/F-79, college: Purdue) USA
Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) USA
Yolanda Griffith (193-C/F-70, college: Florida Atlantic) USA
Penny Taylor (186-F-81) Australia
Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, college: Georgetown) USA
Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) Australia
Janell Burse (196-C-79, college: Tulane) USA

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