Belarus - Israel 69-61 There was no mercy for Israel in Minsk at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. Belarus overcame the visiting side 69:61 in Day 3 for a perfect record on top. It was the game for the top position in Group A. The hosts started with 19:18 and led one points at the halftime. Troina and Levitsky exchanged for 34:33 score on the board. Cohen later gave the guests 35:34 lead, while Troina tied the game at 39:39. Anufryienka and Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) closed the period at 54:47 for Belarus. Trafimava and Tarasava scored for 63:54 and Anufryienka brought 65:58. Doron meanwhile was the last to score in the game for the final result. Anastasiya Veremeenko led the way with 20 points and Troina nailed 15. Tarasava delivered 10, while Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) and Haradzetskaya scored 6 each. Cohen finished the game with 17 points in defeat, while Doron posted 16. Levitsky netted 12 and Zairy poured in 9.
Hungary - Portugal 80-45 Hungary wins the initial game in Miskolc at the start of day 3 of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The host overcame Portugal 80:45 as the latter fell at 0-3 record. Narrowly beaten at Belarus in their first game a week ago, Hungary blew away the Portuguese in Group A. They started with 23:12 in the first period and never looked behind after. Portugal bounced back with 13-11 in the second frame as Carla Freitas (170-G-80) closed the half at 34:25. The third quarter became decisive as the hosts erupted with 30-14 burst to take 64:39 advantage. Another 16-6 in the last stanza brought them their first victory in the group. Nagy-Bujdoso top-scored for the inners with 18 points and Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) nailed 17. Honti posted 11, while Horti added 9. Carla Freitas replied with 14 points in the losing effort, while Oliveira and Nascimento poured in 6 apiece.
Montenegro - Poland 59-50 Montenegro pull away from Poland at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The winners improved to 3-0 record on top of Group B after 59:50 win. Poland meanwhile fell at 1-1 record. Montenegro won the opening period 15:8 as Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) made a jump shot. Aleksic nailed three for 21:13 and Skerovic made the same at 25:15. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) and Skerovic later closed the half at 33:21. Montenegro continued their dominance and added 17-13 in the third period. Poland responded with 16-9 in the last period but could reduce only to 9. Murphy top-scored for the winners with 12 points for the perfect record. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Aleksic and Jelena Dubljevic each added 11. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
Serbia - Switzerland 88-64 Serbia opened win count at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They knocked down Switzerland at home court to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Marina Mandic delivered 18 points to lead the home team. Switzerland fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Serbia started to build their lead steadily right from the start. They accumulated a 49:32 halftime lead. The Swiss team cut the deficit in the third term. They got within 13 points at the final break. But Serbia quickly regained control and gave no chance for the visitors in the fourth period. Nevena Jovanovic and Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) contributed 16 points each for the hosts. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) answered with 19 points for Switzerland. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) finished with 13 points in defeat.
Lithuania - Slovakia 78-64 Lithuania rolled over Slovak Republic in Kaunas for 2-1 record in Group C. The Baltic side celebrated a 78:64 victory to hand the opponents their first loss at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. It was a key game in the group and brought so much interest in the Lithuanian city. The guests took 18:17 lead after the first ten minutes and then Vynuchalova sent the teams to the lockers at 35:34. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) later tied the game at 41:41 and then Paugaite brought 46:45 for the hosts. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) and Nacickaite closed the third period at 54:51. No matter how hard the Slovakian side tried to catch up with Lithuania, they could not win the game. Marina Solopova and Linkeviciene were perfect from the free throw line and then Paugaite brought the final points for the winners. Linkeviciene chipped in with 21 points for the winners and Marina Solopova added 19. Gintare Petronyte posted 17, while Paugaite had 10. Vynuchalova ended up with 13 points for the guests and Kupcikova scored 11.
Slovenia - Holland 68-52 Slovenia recorded the third straight win at the start of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. They outscored Netherlands at home court to take 3-0 record on top of Group C. Nika Baric accounted for 18 points to pace the winners. Slovenia ensured a quick start. They held Netherlands to 7 points in the first quarter to pile up a 12-point lead. Slovenia increased the tempo in the second frame. They cleared off to accumulate a massive 28-point advantage. Netherlands however did not say die. The Dutch team went on a 25:15 run in the third frame to cut the deficit. They managed to narrow the distance even further in the fourth period but came up short of victory at the end. Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) netted 12 points, while Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) delivered 10 points for the winners. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 16 points for Netherlands. Natalie Van Den Adel had 11 points in the loss.
Spain - Germany 66-39 Spain demolish Germany in Avila at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. After a loud upset from Swede, Spain bounced back with 66:39 win over the German side. Spain went on an early lead and Ouvina brought 16:12. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) closed a 6-0 run early in the second, while she later nailed three for 29:14. Mankertz managed to send the teams to the lockers at 35:21 at the halftime. In the second half Spain played even better in defense. Both teams nailed 11 points each in the third quarter, while Spain limited the opponents to just 7 points in the last stanza. Spain won the last period 20-7 and celebrated the second win in Group D. Elisa Aguilar led the way with 12 points and Valdemoro netted 11. Ouvina and Palau followed them with 8 apiece. Bar finished the night with 13 points in defeat and Breitreiner scored 7.
Bulgaria - Sweden 60-80 Sweden continue their winning streak at the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The Scandinavian side overcame Bulgaria 80:60 in the start of Day 3. Sweden produced an offensive start and took 29:24 after the first 10 minutes. Stanoeva however gave the hosts 34:33 lead and Georgieva kept the advantage at 40:39. On top 41-40 at half, Sweden poured in the first six points of the second half and ended up outscoring the Bulgarians 21-9 in the frame to take command for good. Halvarsson and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored for 71:53 and Andersson brought 73:55. Sweden added 18-11 in the second frame for the final success. Frida Eldebrink erupted with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Halvarsson followed her with 12. Yderstrom and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 11 points each. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) ended up with 18 points in defeat, while Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) collected 9 points and 13 boards. Georgieva posted 8, while Peteva had 7.
Italy - Luxembourg 86-37 Italy posted the initial win at the 2013 EuroBaket Qualifying Round. They hosted Luxembourg and gained a convincing victory. Italy are now at 1-1 record, while Luxembourg slipped at 1-2 in Group E. Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) scored 16 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Azzurri. Italy cleared off in the opening quarter. The hosts outscored Luxembourg for a 22:8 lead. Italy boosted the margin in the second frame. They ensured a 48:23 halftime advantage. Italy dominated in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 46 points and obviously never looked back en route to the win. Lavinia Santucci and Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) provided 10 points each for Italy. Nadia Mossong answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tessy Hetting had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
Latvia - Greece 63-46 Latvia claimed another impressive win in Group E of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round. The Baltic side overcame Greece 63:46 in Riga. Latvia opened the game with 19-9 burst and never looked behind after. Krastina brought 22:9 early in the second, while Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) nailed 3 for 27:11. Krastina and Tamane later closed the half at 37:22. In the third period the tempo had slowed down as both teams nailed 8 points. It gave Latvia 45:30 advantage after three quarters. Krastina and Eibele scored for 56:34 and Karklina nailed three later for 61:44. Papamichail and Karklina brought the last points for their teams as the board showed 63:46 at the end of the game. Tamane top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Liene Jansone added 13. Krastina notched 12, while Karklina had 8. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort as Greece fell at 1-1 record. Papamichail scored 11 and Sotiriou chipped in with 10.
Roberto Iniguez to lead Montenegrin National Team - 12 days ago
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2017. Montenegro will face Latvia, Belgium and Russia in Group D. Roberto Iniguez has been guiding Nadezhda Orenburg since 2015. Previously he worked with Valencia and Fenerbahce. He was named All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year back 2012. [read more]
Roberto Iniguez has taken over the Montenegrin National Team. The Spanish specialist will replace Momir Milatovic at helm. Roberto Iniguez will steer Montenegro at the European Championship in 2017. Montenegro will face Latvia, Belgium and Russia in Group D. Roberto Iniguez has been guiding Nadezhda Orenburg since 2015. Previously he worked with Valencia and Fenerbahce. He was named All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year back 2012.
Marina Maljkovic leaves Serbian National Team - 14 days ago
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2011. She led the team to the Gold medals at the 2015 EuroBasket. She also steered Serbia to the Bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) is currently working with Galatasar... [read more]
Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) has resigned from her head coaching position with the Serbian National Team. One of the most successful coaches for the Serbian NT has opted to change her career path. Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) took over Serbia back in 2011. She led the team to the Gold medals at the 2015 EuroBasket. She also steered Serbia to the Bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Marina Maljkovic (agency: BeoBasket ) is currently working with Galatasaray in Turkey.
182-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year: Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year: Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year: Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of t... [read more]
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.
It's 11th 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 (15-16) and this (16-17) 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).
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year was Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82). American superstar was selected unanimously by our correspondents. Last season she helped UMMC Ekaterinburg to win another Euroleague title. Once again she was selected Euroleague Player of the Year. Then she played great for Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. At the Olympics in Rio, Taurasi started in all eight games and averaged a team best of 15.6 points. She also averaged 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 24.3 minutes of play per game. Taurasi great effort helped USA National Team win their sixth consecutive gold medal (Taurasi had 4 Olympic golds)
Europe's best Point Guard, just like last year, was named Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow. She spent last season at Yakin Dogu Universitesi Lefkosa in Turkish league. But her biggest achievement of the year was WNBA title with Los Angeles Sparks. She was an important player from the bench. This season she is playing great for Dynamo Moscow.
The Best Shooting Guard of the Year award, as in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015 is obviously Diana Taurasi.
At Small Forward position we have another Serbian player - Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha. The list of achievements from last year is quite impressive as Sonja helped her National Team to get Bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio. She was their leader (15.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg) and was named to All-Olympic Games 1st Team. Among other achievements we can find All-Euroleague 1st Team, Czech Rep. D1 Player of the Year and WNBA Semifinal with Phoenix Mercury. It is her second straight Europe Small Forward of the Year award.
Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk was named Europe Power Forward of the Year. Nneka helped Russian team to reach Euroleague Quarterfinals and Russian PBL Semifinals last season. During the summer she had an outsdanding season for the Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA. In 42 games her stats were: Score-5 (19.3ppg), Reb-3 (9.1rpg), 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 1.2bpg, FGP-1 (66.7%), 3PT-2 (51.4%), FT: 85.0%. She led her team to WNBA title and was named WNBA Most Valuable Player.
Best Center of 2016 was Astou Ndour (198-C-94), curently playing for Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa in Itailain Serie A1. Last season she spent in Spain, leading Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca to LFB title. In summer she had solid WNBA campaign in San Antonio Silver Stars (6.oppg, 3.2rpg in 30 games) and most imporatant - she helped Spanish National Team to win Silver medal at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Astou was selected to All-Olympic Games 2nd Team (13.5ppg, Reb-3 (9.2rpg), Blocks-3 (1.7bpg))
Spanish Lucas Mondelo was named Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year. He coached Spanish National Team at the Olympics where they reached the Final (eventually lost to USA)
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year award went to Sonja Petrovic of USK Praha. It is her first such Award. Last season she was selected as Europeans Small Forward of the Year. This year Sonja is the best among all European players!
The best Point Guard of the year was Ana Dabovic. It is her 3rd straight year in All-Europeans 1st Team.
Experienced Turkish guard Isil Alben (170-G-86) was selected as All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year. She came back to Galatasaray after one year in Dynamo Kursk. She led her team to Euroleague Quarterfinals last season. At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) she averaged 10.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.2apg for Turkish National Team.
At Small Forward position we have Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of UMMC Ekaterinburg. In is her second nomination for All-Europeans 1st Team. During the summer she was 4th best scorer at Olympic Games in Rio. Spanish National Team earned Silver medals.
Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year:Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year:Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of UMMC Ekaterinburg Eurobasket.com All-Europe Small Forward of the Year:Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha Eurobasket.com All-Europe Power Forward of the Year: Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year:Astou Ndour (198-C-94) of Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year: Lucas Mondelo of Dynamo Kursk
All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2016
Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year:Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year: Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Dynamo Moscow Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year:Isil Alben (170-G-86) of Galatasaray Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year:Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of UMMC Ekaterinburg Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year:Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year:Astou Ndour (198-C-94) of Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa
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