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European Awards 2011 - Women Basketball


Men Awards 2011



Australian Penny Taylor was the best player in Europe in 2011


Russian Maria Stepanova was the best European player in 2011


Lucas Mondelo of Perfumerias was voted Coach of the Year in Europe in 2011
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.
It's another such ranking prepared by Eurobasket.com staff for women basketball in Europe. Eurobasket has a network of almost 300 correspondents, while most of them are located in Europe and participated in preparing the ranking.
We have the policy of not involving the fans as it may influence the final ranking and instead of that we rely on the opinions of experts.
The votes were made in two categories: All-Europe and All-Europeans.
All-Europe ranking applies to the players, who played in European leagues in last (10-11) and this (11-12) season, so it may apply also to non-European players, who played as imports in Europe.
All-Europeans category applies only to Europeans, but also these, who played overseas (mostly in WNBA).
The top player in Europe was unquestionably Penny Taylor from Fenerbahce Istanbul. Australian forward was the second best scorer in Euroleague last season with 19.2ppg. Penelope was voted Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Forward and Import of the Year. During the summer she played for Phoenix Mercury in WNBA and helped her team to reach Semifinals.
Point Guard of the Year is American Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) who received Russian citizenship in 2011. She spent 2010/2011 season at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia). She was the key player for the team which advanced to both Euroleague and Russian Superleague Final. Prince averaged 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg in 17 Euroleague's games last season and 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg (second best) in Russian Superleague.
The shooting guard of the year award goes to DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87). American player played last season at Rivas Ecopolis in Spain, this season she moved to Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca. With almost 19 points per game she was fourth best scorer in the Euroleague last season.
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) is also the Small Forward of the Year.
For power forward position our correspondents selected Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84). The American superstar was one of the key of Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Slovakia). She was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team for the second consecutive season. She also won Slovakian Extraliga Championship. During the summer Candice moved to Phoenix Mercury and together with Penny Taylor advanced to the Semifinals. This season she represents Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia)
Last season's best center was without any doubt Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca helping them to win 2010/2011 Euroleague title. Moreover, she was voted as Euroleague Player of the Year averaging 13.5ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0spg. In the summer she moved to Ros Casares Valencia.
Coach of the Year is Spanish Lucas Mondelo who lead Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca to win Euroleague.
The All-Europe 2nd Team includes Elina Babkina (173-G-89) (last season in Lotos Gdynia, now she plays for Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu), Erin Phillips (173-G-85) of Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (Poland), Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Galatasaray Istanbul (last season at Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca), Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) and Tina Charles (193-C-88), both from Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul.
All-Europeans Player of the Year goes to Maria Stepanova (202-C-79), Russian center from UMMC Ekaterinburg. During last European Championships in Poland she was voted as Best Center (she averaged 12.3ppg, 8.9rpg - third best in the tournament). With UMMC Ekaterinburg she reached Euroleague Semifinals. She is joined in the 1st team by Elina Babkina, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic, Alba Torrens and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of CCC Polkowice. The second best team is combine of Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) of Nadezhda Orenburg (last season at Vologda-Chevakata), Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu, last year's Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team player - Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80)of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu, Sancho Lyttle of Ros Casares Valencia (previously at Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca)


Eurobasket.com All-Europe awards 2011 - only players, who played in Europe in 2011 (both domestic and imports). There were in total 39 players, who received votes in this category

All-Europe 1st Team 2011
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Penny Taylor
Taylor
Epiphanny Prince
Prince
DeWanna Bonner
Bonner
Candice Dupree
Dupree
Sancho Lyttle
Lyttle
#e#5

Player of the Year: Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Point Guard of the Year: Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Spartak (Russia) / Chicago S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Shooting Guard of the Year: DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Rivas (Spain) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Perfumerias (Spain)
Small Forward of the Year: Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Power Forward of the Year: Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Dobri Anjeli (Slovakia) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Spartak (Russia)
Center of the Year: Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain)
Coach of the Year: Lucas Mondelo of Perfumerias Avenida (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 1st Team:
Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88) of Spartak (Russia) / Chicago S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Rivas (Spain) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Perfumerias (Spain)
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA)
Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Dobri Anjeli (Slovakia) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Spartak (Russia)
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe 2nd Team:
Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Erin Phillips (173-G-85) of Wisla Can-Pack (Poland) / Indiana F. (WNBA)
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray (Turkey) / Chicago S. (WNBA)
Tina Charles (193-C-88) of Nadezhda (Russia) / Connecticut S. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)

Eurobasket.com All-Europe Honorable Mention:
Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82) of Fenerbahce (Turkey) / Phoenix M. (WNBA) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86) of CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) of Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)


Eurobasket.com All-Europeans awards 2011 - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2011

All-Europeans 1st Team 2011
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Maria Stepanova
Stepanova
Elina Babkina
Babkina
Sandra Mandir
Mandir
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Iva Perovanovic
Perovanovic
#e#5

Player of the Year: Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Point Guard of the Year: Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Shooting Guard of the Year: Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)
Small Forward of the Year: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Power Forward of the Year: Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of Lattes Montpellier (France) / CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Center of the Year: Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 1st Team:
Elina Babkina (173-G-89) of Lotos Gdynia (Poland) / Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) of Gospic Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia)
Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Galatasaray (Turkey)
Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) of Lattes Montpellier (France) / CCC Polkowice (Poland)
Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team:
Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) of Vologda-Chevakata (Russia) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) of Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu (Turkey)
Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Perfumerias (Spain) / Atlanta D. (WNBA) / Ros Casares (Spain) * St.Vincent born Lyttle received smaller number of votes as some correspondents did not consider her European despite her Spanish passport

Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention:
Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74) of Mcell-ALGES (Portugal) / Los Angeles S. (WNBA) / ZVVZ USK (Czech R.)
Paula Muxiri (184-F/C-81) of Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) of Mcell-ALGES (Portugal) / Quinta dos Lombos (Portugal)
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of TS Wisla Can-Pack (Poland) / Seattle S. (WNBA)
Laura Macchi (187-F-79) of Famila Wuber Schio (Italy)
Elodie Godin (190-C-85) of Cras Taranto (Italy)
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