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The league changes it's name in 2011 from 1st Division to SM-Sarja
SM-sarja Standings
 1. Catz 27-1 
 2. PeKa 20-8 
 3. Huima 19-9 
 4. FoA 15-13 
 5. Espoo Team 14-14 
 6. ToPo 8-20 
 7. HoNsU 8-20 
 8. Kerava 1-27 
Points Per Game
 Yolanda JONES
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Jones, PeKa17.8 
 2. House, FoA17.5 
 3. Wilson, Espoo Team17.2 
 4. Laaksonen, Espoo17.1 
 5. McCants, PeKa16.7 
 6. Copeland, Catz15.9 
 7. Reshetko, Catz15.6 
 8. Ali, Huima15.6 
 9. Anderson, Catz15.1 
 10. Salomaa, FoA15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yolanda JONES
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Jones, PeKa13.5 
 2. Hart, Kerava12.6 
 3. Laaksonen, Espoo11.2 
 4. Ali, Huima10.9 
 5. Olorunnife, FoA10.9 
 6. Szunko, ToPo10.8 
 7. Evans, FoA10.7 
 8. Robinson, Huima9.8 
 9. Reshetko, Catz9.8 
 10. Anderson, Catz9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vanessa HOUSE
  Avg: 4.3
 1. House, FoA4.3 
 2. Piipari, PeKa3.6 
 3. Copeland, Catz2.9 
 4. Nurmi, ToPo2.6 
 5. Robinson, Huima2.6 
 6. Lehtoranta, PeKa2.6 
 7. Jennings, Espoo T.2.5 
 8. Heintz, FoA2.1 
 9. Pounds, Catz2.1 
 10. Anderson, Catz2.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Copeland, Catz2.9 
 2. Olorunnife, FoA2.5 
 3. House, FoA2.5 
 4. Jones, PeKa2.5 
 5. Ali, Huima2.4 
 6. Anderson, Catz2.3 
 7. Underwood, HoNsU2.2 
 8. Jennings, Espoo T.2.0 
 9. McCants, PeKa2.0 
 10. Jamsen, Huima2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Minna STEN
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Sten, HoNsU2.3 
 2. Anderson, Catz1.4 
 3. Saarinen, ToPo1.2 
 4. McCants, PeKa1.2 
 5. Paavola, Kerava1.1 
 6. Reshetko, Catz0.9 
 7. Olorunnife, FoA0.9 
 8. Ali, Huima0.8 
 9. Szunko, ToPo0.7 
 10. Lepisto, HoNsU0.6 
Season 2011-2012
List of Players
List of Imports

Reshetko and Anderson lift the Cup for Catz (Photo:

Catz capitan Vilma Kesanen cutting the net (Photo:

Catz Lappeenranta wins the Finnish SM-sarja 2011-2012 title (Photo:

Catz Lappeenranta 2011-12
Mika Haakana Mika Haakana Haakana
Alexandria Anderson
Takia Starks
Elena Reshetko
Vilma Kesanen
Dionne Pounds
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
15  Anderson Alexandria 185 (6'1'') G/F 86 USA
4  Starks Takia 173 (5'8'') G 87 USA
13  Reshetko Elena 184 (6'1'') C/F 86 Russia
9  Kesanen Vilma 179 (5'11'') G 88 Finland
23  Pounds Dionne 174 (5'9'') F 84 Finland
7  Aaltonen Lotta 179 (5'11'') F/G 85 Finland
10  Copeland Kirby 182 (6'0'') G 85 USA
12  Vapamaa Hanna 180 (5'11'') F 90 Finland
6  Lukkarinen Roosa 174 (5'9'') F 92 Finland
21  Ronkanen Alisa 165 (5'5'') G 94 Finland
24  Ruokonen Elina 176 (5'9'') G 94 Finland
11  Hamalainen Lotta 174 (5'9'') F 96 Finland
Head Coach: Mika Haakana
Coach Assistant: Marianne Koskinen All-Finnish League Awards 2011-12 - May 12, 2012 All-Finnish League 1st Team 2012
Elena Reshetko
Vanessa House
Kirby Copeland
Alexandria Anderson
Yolanda Jones

Player of the Year: Elena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) of Catz
Guard of the Year: Vanessa House (170-G-88) of FoA
Forward of the Year: Alexandria Anderson (185-G/F-86) of Catz
Center of the Year: Elena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) of Catz
Import of the Year: Vanessa House (170-G-88) of FoA
Domestic Player of the Year: Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) of Espoo Team
Defensive Player of the Year: Kirby Copeland (182-G-85) of Catz
Coach of the Year: Mika Haakana of Catz

1st Team
G: Vanessa House (170-88) of FoA
G: Kirby Copeland (182-85) of Catz
G/F: Alexandria Anderson (185-86) of Catz
F: Yolanda Jones (184-84) of PeKa
C/F: Elena Reshetko (184-86) of Catz

2nd Team
G: Patrice Holmes (178) of Huima
G/F: Rashada McCants (185-86) of PeKa
F: Madina Ali (182-87) of Huima
F/C: Niina Laaksonen (185-85) of Espoo Team
C: Kenya Robinson (182-70) of Huima

Honorable Mention
Laura Wilson (184-SG-84) of Espoo Team
Dionne Pounds (174-F-84) of Catz
Becca Bruszewski (185-F-88) of PeKa
Siarre Evans (178-G/F-88) of FoA
Olayinka Olorunnife (182-C-90) of FoA
Kaihla Szunko (187-F-88) of ToPo

All-Domestic Players Team
SG: Laura Wilson (184-84) of Espoo Team
G: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-91) of PeKa
F: Kaihla Szunko (187-88) of ToPo
F: Dionne Pounds (174-84) of Catz
F/C: Niina Laaksonen (185-85) of Espoo Team

All-Imports Team
G: Vanessa House (170-88) of FoA
G: Kirby Copeland (182-85) of Catz
G/F: Alexandria Anderson (185-86) of Catz
F: Yolanda Jones (184-84) of PeKa
C: Kenya Robinson (182-70) of Huima

All-Defensive Team
Kirby Copeland (182-G-85) of Catz
Vanessa House (170-G-88) of FoA
Rashada McCants (185-G/F-86) of PeKa
Alexandria Anderson (185-G/F-86) of Catz
Yolanda Jones (184-F-84) of PeKa

Catz took the second Championship - Apr 24, 2012

Catz won the title as they won Huima in the fifth game by numbers 74-57 (35-28). It was the second Championship in the clubs history. Catz won the series this time by 3-2 victories. The first quarter of the game was really even. Home team took it only by two points as the numbers were 17-15. In the beginning of the second period both teams had some troubles to score. However they improved their game toward the half-time. Catz succeeded better and won the second quarter 18-13. At the half-time score was 35-28 for home team which was steadily on to the victory. During the second half Huima couldnt get close enough to challenge Catz. In the third quarter visitors had a chance as they were only four points behind. Nevertheless home team kept their lead and won the third quarter 19-18. In the fourth quarter Catz sealed the victory and added their lead by numbers 20-11. Home team finally won the whole match 74-57. One key to the victory was the rebounds. Catz took 53 rebounds against Huimas 36. Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) led the scoring of Catz as she finished 19 points but took also 10 rebounds. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) netted 16 points while both Elena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) and Alexandria Anderson (185-G/F-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Chattanooga) 12 points. Anderson and Reshetko ruled the game under the basket gathering 16 and 14 rebounds respectively. Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) was the most efficient from Huima as she netted 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sanna Jamsen (183-F-79) helped her by 12 points and Patrice Holmes (178-G, college: Middle Tenn.St.) by 11 points. Also Salla Viitanen (167-G-87) and Madina Ali (182-F-87, college: W.Virginia) scored both 10 points.

Lappeenrannan Catz wins the Cup in Tampere - Jan 23, 2012

Aanekosken Huima Lappeenrannan Catz 59:91

Lappeenrannan Catz wins the Cup in the country. The team edged Aanekosken Huima 91:59 in the Final.
Lappeenrannan Catz took 17-12 in the opening period and led 39:27 at the halftime. The lead grew up to 62:42 after three quarters and then Catz managed to celebrate the victory.
Alexandria Anderson (185-G/F-86, college: Chattanooga) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) scored 19. Kirby Copeland (182-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia Tech) netted 16, while Jelena Reshetko added 12. Kenya Robinson (182-C-70, college: New Orleans) replied with 23 points in the losing effort. Sanna Jamsen and Patrice Holmes (178-G, college: Middle Tenn.St.) notched 11 each, whilst Maiju Bland had 8.

Huima: Kenya Robinson 23/14/3 sytt, Sanna Jamsen 11/4, Patrice Holmes 11/4, Maiju Bland 8/4/3 sytt, Madina Ali (182-F-87, college: W.Virginia) 6/6, Lotta Kymlinen 0/1, Salla Viitanen 0/1, Emmi-Julia Nurmi 0/0, Karoliina Rytknen 0/0.
Catz: Alexandria Anderson 27/12/2 blokkia, Dionne Pounds 19/5, Kirby Copeland 16/6/4 sytt/6 riistoa, Jelena Reshetko 12/4, Roosa Lukkarinen 6/3, Hanna Vapamaa 3/2, Lotta Hmlinen 3/1, Vilma Kesnen 3/0, Lotta Aaltonen 2/2, Alisa Ronkanen 0/0, Elina Ruokonen 0/0.
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