Ukraine - Israel 71-68 Ukraine made a big step toward 2013 EuroBasket in France. They handed 71-68 loss to Israel jumping to 4-2 record in qualifications, what is currently enough for the second place in Group A. Visitors dropped to 2-3 and they are in difficult situation now. Israel had 8-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Five minutes later it was 60-65 and for rest of the way Ukraine posted a decisive run of ten unanswered points and it swung the momentum in their favour just at the right time as Israel dried up offensively. Quarters: 22-19, 15-24, 13-15, 21-10. Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) top-scored for the hosts with 14 points. Iryna Tsekova (177-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) (6 as) and Olexandra Kurasova (186-F-86) (5 rebs) followed with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) was better than the others with 23 points. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) and Shiran Tzairi (166-PG-86, agency: Data Plus Group) posted 11 and 8 pts respectively. Ukraine is free next weekend, while Israel will host Belarus.
Belarus - Portugal 63-41 Belarus had no troubles to beat Portugal tonight in Round Seven of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. It was a 63-41 win for the hosts, who stay No.1 of Group A with almost perfect 5-1 record. Portugal closes the standings in this pool with 0-6. Belarus won every single period of this game to celebrate comfortable win at the end. Quarters: 14-12, 18-11, 13-10, 18-8. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) scored 13 points for the hosts, but their best player tonight was Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) with double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 24). Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) helped with 10 pts. In Portugal, Sofia Silva (187-C-90) scored 15 points, Michelle Brandao (172-G-91) had 8 and Joana Lopes (185-SF-86) stopped to 7 pts, plus 5 rebs. Belarus will play in Israel next weekend. Portugal waits Hungary.
Estonia - Poland 58-65 Poland improved its score to 4-1 in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They celebrated in Tallinn 58-65 jumping to 4-1 record in Group B. That record is currently enough for the second place, but it is important to mention that top-ranked Montenegro played one game more than Poland and it has 5-1. Estonia stays the only winless team in this pool (0-6). Estonia was 3-points up at the halftime and kept plus 2 with one quarter to go, thanks to triple by Agnieszka Makowska. It was 48-49 with 5:40 remaining, after what Poland made mini 0-5 run, but still Estonia came to 54-56 soon after that. Visitors answered with crucial 1-7 series and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85, college: UTEP) scored 16 points for the winners and Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) added 12 pts, plus 6 rebs. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) netted 10 points. At the other side, Merike Anderson (180-F/G-81, agency: LBM Management) collected 15 points and 7 boards. Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: N.Mexico) had 14 pts and 5 rebs, while Mirjam Nikolai (177-G-86) registered 8 pts and 6 boards. Poland will host Montenegro on Saturday, while Estonia is free in Round Seven.
Montenegro - Switzerland 69-39 Montenegro stays the top ranked team of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications - Group B. They outplayed Switzerland tonight in Cetinje 69-39 for 5-1 record. Visitors faced with fourth loss in six games. Montenegro took control on Switzerland from the very beginning and never looked back. It was plus 16 for the host after ten minutes of play and plus 20 at the halftime. Visitors were not able to respond after the breather and Montenegro cruised to the final 30-point win. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) scored 14 pts for the hosts and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) helped her team with 10 points and 6 assists. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) answered with 15 points for the guests. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) (11 rebs) and Nseya Kassongo (187-F-87) scored 9 and 6 pts respectively. Montenegro will play in Poland on Saturday. Switzerland will host Serbia.
Belgium - Slovakia 54-63 Slovakia handed 54-63 home loss to Belgium tonight in Round Seven of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. After this victory Slovakia improved its score to 4-1 in Group C and they have a good chance to reach the final tournament in Slovenia. At the other side, Belgium dropped to 0-6 and it closes the standings in this pool. Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) led the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds, and Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) scored 13 points. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) collected 12 points and 7 rebs. The hosts got 11 points and 5 rebs from Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management), while Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-SF-90) posted 8 points. Young star Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) had 7 points and 8 rebs. Slovakia exploded after the breather making 9-23 in Q3. They started the last period with mini 0-5 run for 11-point lead with 7:52 remaining and Belgium was not able to treat for rest of the way. Quarters: 20-15, 16-13, 9-23, 9-12. Slovakia will host Lithuania on Saturday, while Belgium is free in Round 8.
Lithuania - Slovenia 65-46 Both teams had 4-1 record in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications before this game. Lithuania celebrated comfortable 65-46 win staying alone on top of Group C. At the same time, Slovenia dropped to third place with 4-2 record. The hosts had impressive second half to take this very valuable victory. They made 23-8 in Q3 and closed this game with 20-14 in the last ten minutes for 65-46 win at the end. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) shined for the hosts with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) also was great with double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) collected 12 points and 6 rebounds. Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) (8 rebs) and Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) (5 as) scored 13 and 12 points respectively for Slovenia. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) stopped to 9 pts and 5 rebs. Lithuania will play in Slovakia on Saturday, while Slovenia will meet Holland in another road game.
Spain - Sweden 73-79 Sweden did a great job tonight in Alcobendas. They handed 73-79 home loss to Spain in Round Seven of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Both teams had 4-1 record before this meeting and Sweden now stays alone on top of Group D. Spain dropped to the second place with 4-2. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (12 rebs) and Kadidja Andersson (185-F-80, college: Minnesota) netted 14 points each. In defeat, Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 19 points for 23 minutes on the court. Laia Palau (178-G-79) scored 12 and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) stopped to 10 pts in this loss. Sancho Lyttle played her first game in qualifications, but she had only 9 pts and 5 rebs for 29 minutes. Sweden made 2-9 run at the middle of the Q3 and later ended it with 52-60 lead. With 7:38 remaining in the game visitors were up by 14 and Spain was in big trouble. The hosts came to 65-70 with 4:41 to go, but Kaddidja Andersson immediately replied with two jump shots and later sisters Eldebrink sealed the victory for Sweden. Quarters: 17-21, 20-23, 15-16, 21-19. Sweden will host Bulgaria on Saturday, while Spain will play in Germany.
Romania - Germany 64-75 Germany jumped to 3-2 record in Group D of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They celebrated 64-75 road victory against Romania tonight. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Romy Bar (189-F-87) also was great adding 14 points, plus 9 rebounds. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) contributed with 13 pts, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to this victory. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) was better than the others in Romania with 20 points. Cristiana Cutas (187-C-84) was their second scorer with 9 points (6 rebs) and she had perfect shooting night. Romania dropped to 2-4 record in this pool. Germany made plus 6 at the halftime and totally took control on Romania after that. Visitors started the last quarter with 4-10 run for 46-66 lead with 5:44 to go and rest of the game was just the formality. Germany will go home to meet Spain on Saturday. Romania will play again in Round 9.
Finland - Greece 52-66 Greece celebrated very important road victory against Finland tonight 52-66. Thanks to this win visitors jumped to 3-2 record in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Greece is currently third ranked team in this pool. Finland dropped to fourth place with 3-3 score. Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 15 points in victory and Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) had 11 pts. Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) collected 10 points and 8 boards. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Xavier) answered with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebs for the hosts. Tiina Sten (189-G/F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: St.John's) had 15 pts and 9 rebs. Greece shined in Q1 and Q3 to secure the victory in this game. Visitors just had too much in its locker, finishing the third quarter with a powerful 15-3 burst in what ultimately proved to be the game-winning run, as they put serious daylight between themselves and their opponent. Quarters: 11-16, 8-9, 13-23, 20-18. Greece will host Latvia on Saturday. Finland is free in Round 8.
Latvia - Luxembourg 70-44 As expected, Latvia cruised past Luxembourg tonight celebrating comfortable 70-44 home victory. The hosts made double digit lead already in the first ten minutes and kept extending it for rest of the way. Quarters: 20-9, 22-15, 13-10, 15-10. Thanks to this win, Latvia improved to 4-2 record in Group D of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. That is currently enough for the second place in this pool. Luxembourg faced with sixth defeat in qualifications. Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) had 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners, while Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) collected 15 pts and 11 boards. Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) was third scorer in victory with 10 points. Luxembourg got 14 points from Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) and Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) was limited to 7 pts. Latvia will play in Greece on Saturday, whil Luxembourg will host Italy.
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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