Muggia - Vigarano 50-52 Vigarano won the series with perfect 2-0. It means that Vigarano advanced to Group North Finals, where they will meet Bologna. First game is scheduled for May 27. The format is best-of-three. Forward Eleonora Laffi (188-F-83) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Polish forward Magdalena Losi (173-80, agency: Promotex) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Vigarano players scored in double figures. Guard Annalisa Borroni (183-83) responded with 8 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jessica Cergol (180-85) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Vigarano: M.Losi 15+4reb+1ast, E.Laffi 13+8reb, G.Vian 10+7reb, M.Zanardi 10+2reb+3ast, S.Farris 4+3reb, L.Venzo 0+2reb Muggia: J.Cergol 12+5reb, A.Gabrovsek 8+6reb+1ast, A.Borroni 8+7reb+2ast, V.Primossi 7+2reb+1ast, A.Palliotto 6+3reb, L.Cumbat 4+3reb
San Martino - Bologna 55-60 Bologna won the series with 2-0 and will fight against Vigarano for Group North title. San Martino was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Meccanica NB, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Meccanica NB forced 20 San Martino turnovers. Guard Federica Nannucci (170-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Forward Eleonora Costi (180-83) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Meccanica NB's coach Luigi Piatti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Maria Pegoraro (174-89) replied with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Valentina Ferri (182-85) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for San Martino. Top scorers: Bologna: F.Nannucci 19+2reb, I.Cigliani 14, E.Costi 10+6reb+1ast, V.Zanoli 6+1ast, G.Leva 6+4reb, A.Denti 4+6reb+2ast San Martino: V.Stoppa 11+1reb+2ast, V.Ferri 10+7reb+1ast, A.Cattapan 9+3reb+1ast, M.Pegoraro 8+5reb+5ast, F.Dotto 6+3reb+7ast, M.Sandri 5+6reb
Orvieto - T. La Spezia 52-44 Orvieto forced crucial Game Three. That meeting is scheduled for Sunday and Spezia will be the host. T. La Spezia was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 20-9 charge of Orvieto, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Lisa Tripalo (180-87) notched 15 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and international forward Francesca Mariani (188-85) supported her with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Even 15 points and 4 assists by point guard Valentina Costa (168-84) did not help to save the game for T. La Spezia. German power forward Petra Glaser (196-81, college: Long Beach St.) added 7 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Top scorers: Orvieto: L.Tripalo 15+3reb+4ast, F.Mariani 9+9reb, L.Reke 7+4reb+1ast, L.Filippetti 7+4reb+1ast, A.Tava 6+5reb, A.Puliti 4+6reb T. La Spezia: V.Costa 15+1reb+4ast, R.Sarti 7+4reb, P.Glaser 7+8reb, M.Bonafede 6+3reb, A.Soli 5+4reb+1ast, E.Templari 4+1reb
Chieti - Ragusa 73-64 Chieto won the series with perfect 2-0. The now wait for the winner of Orvieto - T. La Spezia series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ragusa won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international power forward Federica Tognalini (183-91) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Argentinian point guard Debora Gonzalez (172-90, agency: Players Group) chipped in 13 points. Four C.U.S. Chieti players scored in double figures. Guard Maria Buzzanca (171-76) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and Mozambican center Clarisse Machanguana (194-73, college: ODU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Chieti: F.Tognalini 18+14reb+1ast, D.Gonzalez 13+3reb+1ast, V.Diodati 11+3reb, E.Silva 10+5reb+1ast, J.Olheim 7+1reb+4ast, C.De Luca 6+2reb Ragusa: M.Buzzanca 20+6reb+2ast, C.Machanguana 18+8reb+2ast, S.Kouznetsova 10+3reb, M.Bestagno 9+4reb, S.Sarni 3+4reb, F.Mazzone 2+1reb
Pamela Rosanio selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - 12 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Italians who are currently playing abroad. Experienced Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) led UMMC Ekaterinburg to a victory over the sixth-ranked Perfumerias Avenida in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Italians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international swingman Pamela Rosanio (178-86, college: Massachusetts, currently plays in Spain). She could not help Al-Qazeres (8-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Rosanio's very good performance Al-Qazeres was defeated 82-70 at home by the lower-ranked Campus Promete (#6).
She was the second best scorer with 21 points. Rosanio also added 3 steals.
Rosanio has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 26.2% and FT: 82.8%.
She is a naturalized American.
Rosanio played for the Italian senior national team two years ago.
She used to play for C.U.S. Chieti in Italian league.
#2. Second place goes to former international center Dubravka Dacic (201-85, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Pamela Rosanio and both played together in the last Spanish LFB game.
Dacic. She was not able to help Al-Qazeres in their game against Campus Promete (7-8).
Dacic scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and made 5 blocks.
But Al-Qazeres was defeated 82-70 on their home court in Caceres by the lower-ranked Campus Promete (#6).
This season Dacic averages: 9.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 41.0%.
She has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Italian.
Former Stem Marine Parma starter played for the Italian national team in 2007.
#3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elisa Penna (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States). Penna led Wake Forest to a 3-point victory against the University of North Carolina (5-1) 80-77 in the NCAA last Thursday.
She recorded 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes.
The Wake Forest University has 1-4 conference record this season.
This year Penna has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 43.0%, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 68.4% in 17 games she played so far.
She is also a member of the Italian senior national team.
#4. Guard Iilaria Zanoni (180-86, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to Udominate's victory against the closely-ranked Lulea Basket (12-4) 70-57 in the Swedish Damligan on Friday night.
Zanoni scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Udominate Basket Umea (16-0) is placed first in the Damligan.
So far her team won all sixteen games in the Regular Season.
Zanoni has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg and 2.3spg.
She used to play for the Italian national team
back in 2015.
#5. U20 international shooting guard Francesca Pan (180-97, currently studies in the States) led Georgia Tech to a victory against the Boston College 71-67 in the NCAA last Thursday.
Pan scored 17 points and had 6 steals.
The Georgia Tech has 3-2 conference record this season.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Pan's first year with the team.
Her stats this season are: 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg.
Pan plays currently for the Italian U20 national team.
#6. Guard Antonia Peresson (175-95, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Francesca Pan and both played together in the last NCAA game.
Peresson contributed to a Georgia Tech's victory against the Boston College 71-67.
She scored 12 points in 22 minutes.
This year Peresson's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg in 17 games.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior Italian National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international guard Valentina Primossi (170-91, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Cape Breton University's victory against the Panthers (4-7) 72-59 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday.
She scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes.
The Cape Breton University has quite an impressive 9-1 record this season.
It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
Primossi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Cape Breton University's roster.
Primossi averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg in 10 games.
She used to play for the Italian U20 national team
six years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Italian passport but never been selected to any of Italian national teams:
#1. Experienced Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut, currently plays in Euroleague) led her Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg to a victory over the sixth-ranked Perfumerias Avenida (4-5) 74-68 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
She was MVP of the game. Taurasi scored 26 points (!!!) in 30 minutes.
UMMC Ekaterinburg (8-1) is placed first in the Euroleague.
It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Taurasi's first season with the team.
She has individually a very good year with high stats. Taurasi averages: 21.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg in six games she played so far.
She is a naturalized American.
Strangely Taurasi has never played in Italy.
#2.Nicole Romeo (168-G-89, college: Washington, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Campus Promete's victory against the closely-ranked Al-Qazeres (8-7) 82-70 in the Spanish LFB on Friday night.
Romeo was MVP of the game. She scored 20 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes.
Campus Promete Logrono (7-8) is placed sixth in the LFB.
This year Romeo has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in 15 games.
She has a dual citizenship: Italian and Australian.
#3.Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, currently plays in Spain) could not help one of league's weakest teams Gipuzkoa UPV (6-9) in their last game. Despite Ferrari's good performance Gipuzkoa UPV was edged 73-72 at home by the higher-ranked (#9) Cadi La Seu.
She scored 11 points and added 6 assists in 40 minutes.
Ferrari's stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.2apg and 2.5spg in six games.
She is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Paraguayan.
#4.Lauren Engeln (180-G-92, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Germany) contributed to a SV Halle Lions' victory against the closely-ranked ChemCats Chemnitz (5-8) 73-59 in the German DBBL in Saturday night's game.
Engeln recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
SV Halle Lions (4-8) is placed tenth in the DBBL.
Engeln's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 3.7rpg.
She is a naturalized American.
Strangely Engeln has never played in Italy.
Battipaglia lands Danielle Hamilton-Carter, ex Lulea Basket - 2 days ago
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Treofan Battipaglia (Serie A1) landed 27-year old Swedish forward Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-90, college: Georgia Tech). She played most recently at Lulea Basket in Swedish Damligan. In 21 games she averaged 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg last season. Hamilton-Carter helped them to win the Damligan title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). She also played 4 games in Eurocup where she had 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg. The previous (14-15) season Hamilton-Carter pl... [read more]
Treofan Battipaglia (Serie A1) landed 27-year old Swedish forward Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-90, college: Georgia Tech). She played most recently at Lulea Basket in Swedish Damligan. In 21 games she averaged 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg last season. Hamilton-Carter helped them to win the Damligan title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). She also played 4 games in Eurocup where she had 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg. The previous (14-15) season Hamilton-Carter played at Union Lyon Basket Feminin in French LFB. In 25 games she recorded 5.6ppg and 4.7rpg. Among other achievements she received Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 2nd Team award back in 2013 at her college time. Hamilton-Carter was also a member of Swedish international program for some years. She played for Swedish Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2010. Hamilton-Carter also represented Sweden at the European Championships in Hungary and Romania two years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 4.0ppg, 6.0rpg. Hamilton-Carter has played previously professionally also in Czech Republic (Handicap). She attended Georgia Tech until 2013 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.
Treofan Battipaglia (Serie A1) released experienced 35-year old Romanian international power forward Florina Pascalau (193-82). In 8 Serie A1 games she had 7.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Pascalau played at San Martino where in 23 games she recorded 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. She also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.3ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 29.0%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 66.7%. Pa... [read more]
Treofan Battipaglia (Serie A1) released experienced 35-year old Romanian international power forward Florina Pascalau (193-82). In 8 Serie A1 games she had 7.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Pascalau played at San Martino where in 23 games she recorded 10.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. She also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 7.3ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 29.0%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 66.7%. Pascalau is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in USA, WNBA (Seattle Storm), Italy (Taranto, Priolo and Lucca) and Romania (CSM Targoviste, Cluj Napoca, Sibiu and Sf.Gheorghe).
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