Hungary - Ukraine 73-78 Ukraine celebrated valuable victory in Sopron last night. They handed 73-78 home loss to Hungary joining them with 2-2 record in Group A of the EuroBasket qualifications. The hosts had 73-71 lead with 1:53 remaining in the game. Tetiana Panchenk-Stakhova (173-G/F-79) drained a triple for Ukraine and after Hungary's miss, Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) made a jump shot for 73-76 lead with 33 seconds to go. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) tried for 3 in the finish, but she missed and Alyoshkina closed this game with two free throws for the final 73-78 victory by Ukraine. Alina Iagupova (186-G-92, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the guests with 27 points and Alyoshkina followed with 22 points, plus 5 rebounds. Panchenk-Stakhova helped her team with 8 points. In defeat, Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 18 points and 9 rebs, while Quigley scored 2 points less. Katalin Honti (175-G-87) had 14 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Quarters: 27-19, 12-24, 19-15, 15-20. Hungary will host Belarus on Saturday, while Ukraine goes to Portugal.
Portugal - Israel 60-62 Israel grabbed 60-62 thriller win against Portugal last night. It was fifth round of the EuroBasket qualifications and Israel improved to 2-2 record in Group A. At the other side, Portugal dropped to 0-4. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) was a key player in victory. She had 21 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds (valuation 24). Doron's free throws brought victory to Israel at the end. Portugal had the last possession in the game after a timeout, they got the ball to Carla Nascimento but she was off target with her attempt. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) scored 12 points in Israel and Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) collected 8 pts, plus 8 boards. For the hosts, Carla Freitas (170-G-80) shined with 19 points and 7 boards (5 triples). Sara Filipe (187-F-82) had 11 points and 6 rebs, while Sofia Silva (187-C-90) added 8 pts and 10 rebs. Quarters: 14-19, 13-11, 14-20, 19-12. Israel will be free in Round Six. Portugal will host Ukraine on Saturday.
Serbia - Estonia 101-50 Serbia registered second win in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They destroyed Estonia in Kragujevac 101-50 for 2-2 record in this pool, while at the same time visitors dropped to 0-4. Serbia took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. They made 25-point lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 35 at the halftime. All after that was just the formality. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) had 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners, while Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) added 23 points, 8 rebs and 7 assists (MVP, valuation 30). Third scorer in victory was Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) with 16 points. Estonia got 22 points from Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) and she was their only player with double digits in scoring. Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. Serbia will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia will play in Switzerland.
Switzerland - Poland 45-62 Poland did a great job in Fribourg last night. Visitors celebrated 45-62 victory improving to 3-1 record in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. That is currently enough for the second place in this pool, while Switzerland stays No.4 with 1-3 record. Poland exploded in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this game. Visitors limited Switzerland to just 5 points in Q4, while they drained 20 at the other side. Quarters: 15-13, 12-17, 13-12, 5-20. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points, while Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) followed them with 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) delivered 13 points for the home squad. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) (9 rebs) and Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) netted 9 and 7 pts respectively. Poland will take a rest next weekend, while Switzerland will host Estonia in Round Six game.
Holland - Belgium 74-59 Both teams were winless before this meeting. Holland celebrated 74-59 home victory last night improving to 1-3 record in Group C of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. Belgium still closes the standings in this pool with 0-4. Holland had a strong start and was up by 12 after ten minutes of play. They had 36-22 lead at the halftime and managed to keep it for rest of the way. Quarters: 19-7, 17-15, 15-18, 23-19. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) stepped up for the hosts with double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 15 points, while Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90, college: Colorado St.) and Tanya Broering (178-G-84) posted 12 points each. Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Laurence Van Malderen (190-C-81, agency: LBM Management) had 10 points, while Belgian young star Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) was limited to 8 points and 11 rebs. Holland will host Lithuania on Saturday and Belgium will meet Slovenia in another road game.
Slovenia - Slovakia 61-72 Slovakia registered the third win at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round Group C. They held off Slovenia in Ljubljana to improve at 3-1 record in the ladder. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) scored 15 points to lead the visitors. Slovenia suffered the first defeat and also appeared at 3-1 record. Slovakia grabbed an early lead. They were up by 8 points after ten minutes 24:16. Slovenia cut the deficit in the second quarter. They got within 3 points at halftime 35:38. Slovakia boosted the gap in the third frame. They ensured a 58:50 advantage with one quarter to go. Slovakia did not slow down and raced to a confident win at the end. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) posted 14 points, while Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) added 10 points for the winners. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) answered with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Slovenia. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) had 10 points in the loss.
Sweden - Germany 68-58 Sweden and Germany met last night in Round Five of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. The hosts celebrated 68-58 victory joining Spain on top of Group D with almost perfect 3-1 record. Germany stays No.3 in this pool with 1-3 score. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game and it belonged to Sweden 21-10. Visitors came to 63-58 with 1:22 to go, but that was all from them in this game as Sweden closed it with mini 5-0 run. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored in victory with 21 points. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (5 rebs) and Kadidja Andersson (185-F-80, college: Minnesota) (7 rebs) followed with 13 and 10 points respectively. Visitors got 19 points from Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and 14 pts, plus 9 rebs from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) had 8 points and 5 rebs. Quarters: 10-18, 23-16, 21-10, 14-14. Sweden's rival in Round Six will be Romania, while Germany will take a rest next weekend.
Bulgaria - Romania 68-70 Very exciting game was played in Pravetz last night. Romania managed to take 68-70 thriller win against Bulgaria improving to 2-2 record in group D of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. Bulgaria stays winless after four games. The winner was decided in the finish. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) made a basket for Bulgaria with 55 seconds to go tying the score to 68-68. Alexandra Uiuiu then missed a jumper for the visitors and Bulgaria rebounded, only for Uiuiu to grab a miss by the hosts' Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU). Romania called timeout and Annemarie Parau (175-G-84) scored for the guests after that. Bulgaria called timeout and the team was able to get the ball to Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88), who attempted a potential game-tying shot but missed. Ancuta Stoenescu (169-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. She made 6 of 11 attempts from behind the arc in this game. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) had 22 points and 6 rebs, while Parau collected 12 points, 7 assists and 6 rebs. In Bulgaria, Zlatanova was way better than the others with 25 points and 7 rebs. Bachvarova (5 rebs) and Perostiyska (6 rebs) scored 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 15-17, 23-24, 13-8, 17-21. Romania will play in Sweden on Saturday, while Bulgaria waits powerful Spain.
Italy - Finland 76-58 Italy celebrated its third victory in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They outplayed Finland 76-58 to join Latvia at the first place in this pool with 3-1 record. Finland shares third spot with Greece as both teams have 2-2 score now. Italy won every single quarter in this game. They were up by 8 points after 30 minutes of play and jumped to 64-50 with 7:32 remaining. The hosts reached plus 17 few minutes later and question about the winner was resolved. Quarters: 25-21, 13-12, 18-13, 20-12. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) (6 rebs) and Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) scored 15 and 14 points respectively for the hosts. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) had 12 points and 7 boards (0/5 from behind the arc). Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) shined for the guests with double-double of 18 points and 10 rebs, and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) scored 10 points. Heta Korpivaara (186-G/F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Seton Hall) had 8 pts and 5 boards. Italy will play against Latvia on Saturday, while Finland goes to Luxembourg.
Luxembourg - Greece 61-85 Greece registered second victory in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket qualifications. They handed 61-85 home loss to Luxembourg joining Finland on third place in this pool with 2-2 record. Luxembourg stays the only winless team after four games. Greece was up by 11 points at the halftime, after what Luxembourg improved its game but it only helped them to cut the margin to 9 pts with 10:00 remaining. Visitors shined in the last quarter (13-26) to register comfortable win in this meeting. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) scored 11 points for Greece and Artemis Spanou (182-F-93) added one less. Aikaterini Spatharou (172-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) had 9 pts each. For the hosts, Cathy Schmit (170-G-90) top-scored with 12 points and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) had one point less (7 rebs). Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) had 9 pts. Quarters: 17-26, 14-18, 17-15, 13-26. Greece will take a rest next week end, while Luxembourg will host Finland.
Roberto Iniguez to lead Montenegrin National Team - 19 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 - 21 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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