Portugal - Hungary 53-73 Hungary celebrated its fourth victory in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. They outplayed Portugal on the road with comfortable 53-73 sharing the second place in Group A with Ukraine. Everything is still open in this pool, but not for Portugal who dropped to 0-7. Hungary smashed its host in the second period and later had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead. Quarters: 11-18, 9-20, 13-16, 20-19. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) stepped up for the guests with 23 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 33, MVP). Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Orsolya Szecsi (190-G/F-92) added 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) and Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) netted 10 points each. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) stopped to one less. Hungary will host Israel on Wednesday. Portugal is free in Round 9.
Israel - Belarus 60-58 Israel outsmarted Belarus tonight 60-58 in Round Eight of 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications (Group A). It was a real thriller and Israel celebrated thanks to Liron Cohen's (173-G-82) lay-up, plus two free throws. Trafimava committed a turnover for Belarus (bad pass) with 16 seconds to go and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) made unsportsmanlike foul after that. As mentioned above, Cohen made one of two free throws and banked a jump shot with foul in the next possession. She made that extra FT and Belarus had 6 seconds at the other side, but Troina committed a turnover (ball handling). Quarters: 16-11, 17-25, 12-14, 15-8. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) and Noa Ganor (171-G-86) scored 11 pts each in victory, while Katia Levitsky (190-PF-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Liron Cohen (5 as) scored 10 pts apiece. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) exploded in Belarus with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists (valuation 38!). Troina had 18 points, with poor 1 of 6 from behind the arc. Belarus (5-2) will host Ukraine on Wednesday, while Israel (3-3) goes to Hungary.
Poland - Montenegro 53-50 Poland registered very valuable home win against Montenegro tonight. The hosts celebrated 53-50 staying alone on top of Group B with almost perfect 5-1 record. At the same time, Montenegro dropped to the second place with 5-2 score. Poland had impressive start making 15-point lead in the first ten minutes, but visitors replied in Q2 closing the gap to 32-28 until the halftime. Montenegro intensified defense after the breather limiting Poland to just 4 points in Q3, while they drained 18 at the other side and it seemed that Montenegro will take the victory in this game. However, Poland didn't give up and made impressive 14-1 run at the beginning of Q4. Thanks to free throws by Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) and Skobel in the finish and great defense during the last ten minutes Poland grabbed crucial 53-50 win. Weronika Idczak (177-G-89) scored 11 points in victory, while Joanna Walich and Magdalena Losi (173-F-80, agency: Promotex) posted 7 points each. Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) delivered 13 points in defeat. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) (8 rebs), Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) (8 rebs) and Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) (6 as, 5 rebs) had 8 points apiece. Serbia will host Poland in Round 9, while Montenegro waits Estonia.
Switzerland - Serbia 45-88 Serbia had no mercy for Switzerland tonight. Visitors celebrated huge 45-88 victory for 4-2 record in Group B of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. Serbia is currently No.3 in this pool, behind Poland and Montenegro. Switzerland is No.4 with 2-5. Serbia took control on its rival from the beginning and they were increasing lead after each period. Quarters: 11-17, 9-20, 16-27, 9-24. Milica Ivanovic (175-G-88, college: Catawba) led the winners with 17 points and 5 rebounds for 17 minutes on the court. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) scored 16 points and Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management) helped with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebs. Switzerland got 13 points from Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) (5 rebs) and Alexia Rol (175-F-82). Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) was limited to 10 pts. Serbia will host Poland next Wednesday and it will most likely be crucial game for both teams. Switzerland is free in Round 9.
Holland - Slovenia 73-64 Holland handed 73-64 loss to Slovenia in Round 8 of the 2013 EuroBasket in France. Thanks to this victory Holland improved to 2-4 record in this pool, but it is already clear they will not be able to reach the second place. At the other side, Slovenia dropped to 4-3 and their chance to reach the final tournament drastically decreased. Despite a good start (10-15), visitors faced with minus 5 at the halftime (33-28). Holland was slightly better in Q3, but Slovenia came to 51-50 with 7:35 minutes to go. Holland made crucial 9-2 run after that and managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 18 points in victory and Fieke Ligthart (184-F/C-90) added 13. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) (5 rebs, 5 as) and Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) (6 rebs) scored 11 points each. In Slovenia, Tina Trebec (189-F-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) shined with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) collected 18 pts and 13 rebs. Holland will play against Slovakia on Wednesday in another home game. Slovenia is free in Round 9.
Slovakia - Lithuania 60-58 Slovakia made a huge step toward 2013 EuroBasket in France. They grabbed 60-58 home win against Lithuania for 5-1 record in Group C. It means that Slovakia is now alone on top of the standings, while Lithuania slipped to the second place with 5-2. Slovakia made 15-7 lead at the beginning and later jumped to 44-27 at the halftime. Lithuania held Slovakia to just eight points in the last period to produce an unlikely comeback led by Ginatre Petronyte who was too hot to handle under the hoop at times and found herself on the line an eye-popping 17 times. It was 52-41 for the hosts with 10:00 remaining. After lay-up by Paugaite visitors came to 59-58 with 2:11 to go and teams went to thrilling finish. Jurcenkova was the only player who scored for rest of the game and it was one free throw. The visitors could force overtime but Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) missed the pivotal shot in the last seconds before Gabriela Kubatova grabbed the all-important defensive rebound. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) scored 11 points for the winners and Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) helped with 9 points, plus 8 rebs. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) (8 rebs) and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) (5 rebs) posted 8 pts apiece. In defeat, Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) shined with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Egle Sulciute (190-PF-85) had 14 points and 6 rebs, and Sandra Linkeviciene posted 10 pts and 5 rebs. Slovakia will play in Holland on Wednesday, while Lithuania will host Belgium. UPDATE: Thanks to unexpected loss by Slovenia, Lithuania already booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France.
Sweden - Bulgaria 71-54 Despite there are two more rounds to go in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications, it is already clear that Sweden will be the winner of Group D. They were too strong for Bulgaria tonight 71-54 for almost perfect 6-1 record in this pool. Sweden already booked a spot for the EuroBasket in France. Bulgaria stays winless after 6 games. Sweden had 15-point lead at the halftime and jumped to plus 21 with ten minutes to go, so the last period was just the formality. Quarters: 22-12, 24-19, 16-10, 9-13. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had almost perfect night with 21 points and 9 rebounds (valuation 25, MVP). Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 15 points and handed out 5 assists, while Frida Aili (179-G-88) netted 8 pts in victory. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) collected 17 points and 7 rebs in Bulgaria. Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU) had 11 pts and 5 boards, and Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 7 pts and 7 rebs. Sweden is free in Round 9, while Bulgaria will host Germany.
Germany - Spain 55-61 Spain booked a spot for 2013 EuroBasket in France. They handed 55-61 home loss to Germany tonight for 5-2 record in Group D of the qualifications. Germany dropped to 3-3 and will not be able to reach the second place because of this loss. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced her team to this crucial victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) and Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) posted 10 points each. The hosts got 21 points and 8 rebounds from Romy Bar (189-F-87). Their second scorer was Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) with 10 points and Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) (5 rebs) had two less. Spain had wonderful start making 10-23 lead in the first ten minutes. They improved to plus 14 at the halftime and plus 15 with one quarter to go. Visitors jumped to 41-58 with something more than five minutes remaining and Germany answered with 12-1 run, but was not able to come any closer than minus six. Spain will host Romania on Wednesday and Germany will play in Bulgaria.
Luxembourg - Italy 66-88 Italy is very close to 2013 EuroBasket in Spain after this victory. Visitors cruised past Luxembourg 66-88 for 5-1 record in Group E of qualifications. Luxembourg dropped to 0-7 and stays the last ranked team in this pool. The game without a history. Italy made double-digit lead in the second period and never looked back. Quarters: 19-20, 12-22, 18-22, 17-24. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) scored 19 points for the winners and Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) had two points less, plus 6 assists. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) netted 13 pts each. Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) delivered 15 points for the hosts and Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) had 13. Their third corer was Jill Bausch (176-G-87) with 12 pts (5 rebs). Italy will host Greece on Wednesday. Luxembourg will play against Greece next weekend.
Greece - Latvia 63-49 Greece defeated Latvia tonight 63-49 for 4-2 record in Group E of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. That is currently enough for the second place in this pool, but Latvia (4-3) outplayed Greece in the first game with plus 19. Latvia is currently third ranked team in the group. Greece was 34-20 up at the half time and it seemed they will destroy Latvia tonight. They jumped to 52-35 at the end of Q3 and even reached plus 19 with 7:14 to go. Visitors closed this game with 8-13 and now they have a tiebreaker against Greece, what was one of their goals in this game. Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM) led the hosts with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Artemis Spanou (182-F-93) netted 11 points and Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) helped with 10 points, plus 11 assists. Zane Teilane-Tamane (200-C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois) answered with 11 pts and 10 rebs in loss. Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) and Aija Putnina (192-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 7 pts apiece. Greece will play another crucial game on Wednesday and its rival will be Italy, who will be the host. Latvia waits Finland.
Roberto Iniguez to lead Montenegrin National Team - 18 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 - 20 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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