Alfredas Vainauskas became the Russian National Team Coach. The contract is until the end of the Olympic cycle. Alfredas Vainauskas is currently coaching Dynamo Kursk. He joined the team in 2011. Only last year he reached Russian Cup Semifinals -12 and Russian PBL Semifinals -12. Moreover he was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Coach of the Year -12 and became EuroCup Champion -12. Last year Alfredas Vainauskas's Dynamo Kursk lost the first game of EuroCup Finals to Turkish Kayseri by 14 points, but won the Finals. Kayseri continued with a better defence and the half time score was 38:25 for Kursk. Michelle Snow, already started with 8 points in the opening quarter, made the show go on with successive jumpers and the home side did never look back. The crucial point was when nearly 2 mins left in the third quarter, Kayseri made the difference go below 12 points, but that was it. The score 75:52 meant a victory for Kursk and 4 years later, Eurocup Women title went to Russia. The last team to achieve that success from Russia was Dinamo Moscow, who had stars like Augustus, Zogota and Brunson.
2017 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Day 4 - Feb 24, 2016
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Group A Lithuania - Latvia 81-87 Latvia snatched a road win over Lithuania and improved at 2-1 record in Group A. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) scored 21 points each to lead the winners. Lithuania jumped to a 43:35 halftime lead. But Latvia exploded with 52 points in the second half to rally to the win. Gunta Basko notched 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded... [read more]
Lithuania - Latvia 81-87 Latvia snatched a road win over Lithuania and improved at 2-1 record in Group A. Anete Steinberga (190-C-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) scored 21 points each to lead the winners. Lithuania jumped to a 43:35 halftime lead. But Latvia exploded with 52 points in the second half to rally to the win. Gunta Basko notched 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) responded with 31 points and 10 rebounds for Lithuania as they fell at 0-3 record.
Estonia - France 47-76 France claimed the fourth consecutive victory in Group B. They stunned Estonia in Tallinn tonight. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88, agency: Comsport) recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Les Bleues. France piled up a 39:17 halftime lead. Les Bleues never looked back en route to the win. Helena Ciak (197-C-89, agency: Comsport) provided 14 points for the winners. Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Estonia.
Croatia - Holland 71-57 Croatia held off visiting Netherlands to take 2-2 record in Group B. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 20 points to lead the hosts. Croatia piled up a 46:27 halftime lead. Netherlands narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Marija Rezan (198-C-89) tossed in 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F/C-93) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Netherlands.
United Kingdom - Montenegro 71-67 United Kingdom kept their EuroBasket hopes alive as they nipped Montenegro at home court tonight. Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) produced 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists as United Kingdom tied Montenegro at 2-2 record in Group C ladder. Montenegro enjoyed a 6-point lead heading into the fourth frame. United Kingdom however used a 23:13 run in the final quarter to snatch the win. Ella Clark (190-F-92, college: Long Beach St.) tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds for the home side. Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro.
Albania - Italy 40-86 Italy remained perfect in Group C action. The Azzurri cruised past Albania on the road to take 4-0 record on top of the ladder. Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) notched 14 points to pace the visitors. Italy cleared off to a 46:24 halftime lead. Italy went on a 40:16 second half run to ice the win. Cecilia Zandalasini (183-F-96) tossed in 13 points in the victory. Eliverta Bujari (168-G-86) answered with 13 points for Albania.
Luxembourg - Ukraine 52-85 Ukraine kept their Qualifying Round record perfect. They fired past Luxembourg on the road to gain the fourth straight win. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) clinched 18 points to pace the visitors. Ukraine opened a 40:27 halftime lead. They controlled the tempo in the second half and coasted to the win. Ganna Zarytska (187-F/C-86) dropped 14 points for the winners. Tessy Hetting answered with 18 points for Luxembourg.
Germany - Serbia 66-78 Serbia upset Germany on the road to take 3-1 record in Group D. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) chipped in 21 points to lead the visitors. Germany grabbed a 40:38 halftime lead. However Serbia went on a 40:26 second half rally and clinched an important victory. Sasa Cado (178-G-89) banked in 18 points for the visiting side. Margret Skuballa (186-SF-87) responded with 15 points for Germany.
Iceland - Hungary 87-77 Iceland toppled Hungary in Reykjavik and improved at 1-3 record in Group E. Helena Sverrisdottir (184-F/G-88, college: TCU) provided impressive 29 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the hosts. Iceland accumulated a 46:35 halftime lead. The hosts protected the lead throughout the second half and raced to the win. Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (176-G-90) added 14 points for Iceland. Tijana Krivacevic (196-F-90) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Hungary.
Bulgaria - Russia 50-76 Russia eased past Bulgaria for the fourth straight victory in Group F. Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) notched 15 points to drive the visitors. Russia established a 35:25 halftime lead. Russia went on a strong 41:25 second half surge to seal the win. Tatiana Vidmer posted 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Zornitsa Kostova (176-G-82) and Jaklin Zlatanova (190-PF-88) answered with 13 points apiece for Bulgaria.
Switzerland - Greece 38-68 Greece earned the third victory in Group F. They beat Switzerland in Fribourg today. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 17 points for the winners. Greece accounted for a 37:21 halftime lead. Greece did not loosen the grip in the second half and rolled to the win. Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) chipped in 14 points for Greece. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) answered with 11 points for Switzerland.
Belarus - Poland 79-62 Belarus avenged the loss in the opening round and beat visiting Poland for 2-1 record in Group G. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds for the home side. Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) produced 15 points for Belarus. The hosts grabbed a 46:25 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Angelika Stankiewicz (170-SG-95, agency: Promotex) answered with 18 points for Poland.
Israel - Turkey 63-62 Israel nipped Turkey to improve at 2-2 record in Group H. Alysha Clark (178-F-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Israel. Turkey jumped to a massive 26:12 lead after the opening frame. But Israel picked up the tempo in the next periods. Israel pulled within a single point at the final intermission. Israel held the visitors to just 15 points in the fourth term and snatched victory. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) provided 13 points for the home side. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) responded with 14 points each for Turkey.
Bosnia - Romania 77-63 Bosnia and Herzegovina opened win count in the Qualifying Round. They knocked down Romania for 1-3 record. Marica Gajic (187-F/C-95) posted 23 points for the home side. Bosnia and Herzegovina eked out a 34:33 halftime lead. Bosnia and Herzegovina however held their opponents to just 30 points in the second half and claimed the victory. Dragana Svitlica (190-C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) tossed in 20 points for the winning side. Annemarie Parau (172-PG-84) topscored with 16 points for Romania.
Spain - Sweden 93-45 Spain punched their EuroBasket ticket as they stormed past Sweden for the third straight win in Group I. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) stepped up with 17 points each as Spain romped past Sweden. Spain accounted for a 49:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Laura Gil had 14 points for the hosts. Amanda Zahui (196-C-93, college: Minnesota) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Sweden.
Ukraine-Serbia 78:75 Ukraine shock the defending champions in Kiev and take control of Group D in the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 qualifiers window. Ukraine pip Serbia 78:75 and grabbed a 3-0 record on top. More than 4000 fans came to support the national team in Sports Palace. Serbia, as the favorite, dominated the first half and posted two narrow victories for an 8-point lead at the halftime. The second half however completely changed the picture of the game as the hosts controlled the... [read more]
Ukraine shock the defending champions in Kiev and take control of Group D in the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 qualifiers window. Ukraine pip Serbia 78:75 and grabbed a 3-0 record on top. More than 4000 fans came to support the national team in Sports Palace. Serbia, as the favorite, dominated the first half and posted two narrow victories for an 8-point lead at the halftime. The second half however completely changed the picture of the game as the hosts controlled the entire court and, not only managed to catch up with the opponents, but also take the lead in the game. Alina Iagupova (186-G/F-92, agency: LBM Management) and Ganna Zarytska (187-F/C-86) nailed threes for 72:67 and then Dubrovina and Alina Iagupova were perfect from the free throw line for the final success.
Player of the Year: Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year: Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Yakin Dogu Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year: Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of 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: Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of... [read more]
Traditionally at the end of each year Eurobasket announces the European awards for last year.
It's 10th 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 (14-15) and this (15-16) 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).
For the first time in our awards history the All-Europe Player of the Year awards goes to Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90). 25-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) had an amazing 2015 year in Europe playing for Dynamo Kursk (Russian PBL and Euroleague). She was a key player for her team in Euroleague campaign. In 17 games she averaged double-double of 19.5ppg and 10.7rpg along with 2.3apg, 2.1spg reaching semifinals. Worth to mention that she got Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Player of the Year Award. In Russian PBL Dynamo reached league semifinals eventually lost to Sparta&K MR. During the summer she played at Los Angeles Sparks in WNBA (played for the second time in the All-Star Game). Nneka received of course Power Forward of the Year Award in our voting. Point Guard of the Year is Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Yakin Dogu (Turkey, last year at Ormanspor Genclik). 26-year old Serbian led her National Team to European Championships gold medal averaging 14.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.2apg. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Best Player. During the summer she made her debut in the WNBA playing for Los Angeles Sparks. She played well (27 games: 9.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg) and was selected to WNBA All-Rookie Team. The Best Shooting Guard of the Year award, as in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014 goes to one of the best player in history of european basketball - Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of of UMMC Ekaterinburg. American superstar was selected as Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Guard of the Year this past season. In 14 Euroelague games she averaged: Score-2 (16.9ppg), 4.2rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg). They reached the grand final where they lost to USK Praha 68-72. She also played great in Russian PBL League: : 13 games: Score-2 (17.5ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-1 (5.1apg) and 1.3spg. For Small Forward position our correspondents selected another Euroleague Champion - Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha. Sonja was the key for Prague's Euroleague title campaign and Serbian National Team Gold medal at Eurobasket! She has received countless awards last year including Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Player of the Year, All-Euroleague 2nd Team and All-European Championships 1st Team. She also helped USK Praha to win Europe Supercup title. Last season's best Power Forward was previously mentioned Nnemkadi Ogwumike. As best Center we selected another American Superstar - Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg. She was for the 3rd consecutive year Russian PBL Champion. Her stats were unbeliveable: 18 games: Score-4 (15.4ppg), Reb-4 (8.8rpg), 2.0apg, Steals-4 (2.0spg), Blocks-2 (1.4bpg). No other player deserved Russian PBL Player of the Year Award than she. In Euroleague her stats were even more impressive: 16 games: Score-5 (15.9ppg), Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 1.2apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-5 (1.3bpg). Unfortunately her team eventually lost to USK Praha in the final. During the summer she played for Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA averaging remarkable stats: Score-4 (19.9ppg), Reb-1 (10.2rpg), Assists-2 (6.0apg), Steals-3 (2.0spg), Blocks-5 (1.7bpg). Candace was already voted Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year back in 2012. The All-Europe 2nd Team includes: Laia Palau (177-G-79), Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86), Alba Torrens (188-F-89), LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86) and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83). Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year award goes to Natalia Hejkova who led USK Praha to Euroleague title (her 3rd title, in 2007 and 2008 she won Euroleague with Russian Spartak Moscow Region)
All-Europeans Player and Point Guard of the Year awards go to outstandings Ana Dabovic from golden Serbian team. Point Guard of the Year is Laia Palau from ZVVZ USK Praha. 36-year old Spanish is in her 3rd year with Czech team. Last season she led her team to Euroleague title beating Russian UMMC in the final 72-68. She was best European Player in Euroleague averaging 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg). Of course there were no better team in Czech D1 where USK won second consecutive title. She also helped USK Praha to win Europe Supercup title. In summer she represented Spanish National Team at European Championships in Hungary and Romania. Spain won Bronze Medal and Laia averaged 3.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg. At Small Forward position we have Sonja Petrovic from USK Praha. Sancho Lyttle was selected as Best Power Forward in 2015. Spanish Player had impressive 2015 year as together with Galatasaray Istanbul she won Turkish TKBL title. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Player of the Year thanks to her remarkable stats: 13.2ppg, Reb-5 (9.6rpg), 2.2apg, Steals-4 (2.1spg). She also played well in Euroleague: 13 games: 11.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-2 (3.1spg), 1.0bpg. In summer she played for Atlanta Dream in the WNBA. Good season for her as she was selected to WNBA All-Defensive 2nd Team. Sancho was previously voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year back in 2013. As Best Center we selected French Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of Euroleague finalist UMMC Ekaterinburg. She was previously voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year back in 2010 and 2013. She was also best player of French National Team at European Championships in Hungary and Romania. French got Silver medal and Sandrine averaged impressive stats: Score-4 (17.8ppg), Reb-5 (8.2rpg), 2.4apg, 1.1spg. Eurobasket.com All-Europeans 2nd Team includes: Nuria Martinez (175-PG-84), Celine Dumerc (169-G/F-82), Alba Torrens, Laura Macchi (188-F-79) and LaToya Sanders
All-Europe - only players, who played in Europe in 2015 (both domestic and imports) Eurobasket.com All-Europe Player of the Year: Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk Eurobasket.com All-Europe Point Guard of the Year: Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Yakin Dogu Eurobasket.com All-Europe Shooting Guard of the Year:Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of 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:Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo Kursk Eurobasket.com All-Europe Center of the Year:Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC Ekaterinburg Eurobasket.com All-Europe Coach of the Year: Natalia Hejkova of USK Praha
All-Europeans - only Europeans, including these, who played in Europe or overseas in 2015 Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year: Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Yakin Dogu Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year: Laia Palau (177-G-79) of USK Praha Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Shooting Guard of the Year: Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Yakin Dogu Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Small Forward of the Year: Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of USK Praha Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year:Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of UMMC Ekaterinburg Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Center of the Year: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of UMMC Ekaterinburg
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