Nice start for Italy at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They outplayed Slovenia 69-57 for 1-0 record in Group D of the Preliminary Round. Serbia and defending champion Belgium are also placed to this pool. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Italy had minimum lead at the end of Q1, but they jumped to plus 10 at the halftime. Slovenia came to 35-33 at the middle of third period, but Italy closed it with 14-5 run. They increased lead to 19 points at the beginning of Q4 and game winner was already known. Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) scored 15 points in Italy and was their only player with double digits. Elena Ramo' (180-F-94) and Antonia Peresson (183-PG-95) posted 9 points each. Slovenia got double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds from Eva Lisec (191-C-95). Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) had 11 pts and 10 rebs, while Nina Gabrovsek (168-PG-94) stopped to 10 points and 5 boards. Slovenia's next rival will be Belgium. Italy will mete Serbia in Day Two.
Pamela Rosanio selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Italians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Experienced Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) led UMMC Ekaterinburg to a victory over the fifth-ranked Perfumerias Avenida in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Italians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former international swingman Pamela Rosanio (178-86, college: Massachusetts, currently plays in Spain). She led Al-Qazeres to a victory over the closely-ranked Gernika (9-5) 75-67 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday.
Rosanio was MVP of the game. She scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
CB Al-Qazeres Extremadura (8-6) is placed fifth in the LFB.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Rosanio's first season with the team.
Rosanio has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 24.3% and FT: 82.1%.
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 guard Iilaria Zanoni (180-86, currently plays in Sweden). Zanoni was the major contributor in Udominate's victory against the closely-ranked Alvik Basket (12-5) 82-63 in the Swedish Damligan on Sunday night.
She recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 31 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Udominate Basket Umea (15-0) is placed first in the Damligan.
So far her team won all fifteen games in the Regular Season.
This year Zanoni has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 61.8%(47-76), 3FGP: 38.1% in 14 games she played so far.
She played for the Italian national team in 2015.
#3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was 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 contributed to Al-Qazeres' victory against the closely-ranked Gernika (9-5) 75-67.
She scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
This season Dacic averages: 9.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.0%.
She has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Italian.
Former Stem Marine Parma starter played for the Italian national team ten years ago.
#4. Shooting guard Francesca Pan (180-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Georgia Tech (1-0) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Pan's very good performance the Georgia Tech was defeated 75-68 on the road by the Duke University.
She scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Pan has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg.
She is also Italian U20 national team player.
#5. International forward Elisa Penna (190-95, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Wake Forest's victory against the Clemson University 68-56 in the NCAA last Thursday.
Penna scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
The Wake Forest University has 0-2 conference record this season.
Penna's stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7apg.
She plays currently for the Italian national team.
#6. Guard Antonia Peresson (175-95, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Francesca Pan. But that was another game of her team in NCAA which we would like to mention.
Peresson helped Georgia Tech win their game against the Boston College 71-67.
She scored 12 points in 22 minutes.
The Georgia Tech has 1-0 conference record this season.
This year Peresson's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in 15 games.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior Italian National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international guard Martina Mosetti (173-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Boston Coll. in their game against the University of Pittsburgh in the NCAA.
Mosetti scored 5 points and added 3 assists.
The Boston Coll. was defeated 56-43 at home by the University of Pittsburgh.
Mosetti's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.5apg.
She used to play for the Italian U20 national team
two years ago.
#8. Guard Valentina Primossi (170-91, currently plays in Canada) helped Cape Breton University win their game against the Varsity Reds (7-2) 69-51 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday.
Primossi recorded 8 points in 37 minutes.
The Cape Breton University has a very solid 8-1 record this season.
It was her team's seventh 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.
This season her total stats are: 9.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg in nine games.
Primossi used to play for the Italian U20 national team
back in 2011.
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 fifth-ranked Perfumerias Avenida (4-4) 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 (7-1) is placed first in the Euroleague.
It was her team's seventh 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: 22.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg in five games she played so far.
She is a naturalized American.
Strangely Taurasi has never played in Italy.
#2.Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a 2-point Gipuzkoa UPV's victory against the seventh-ranked Socinsa Bembibre (6-8) 70-68 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday.
Ferrari scored 15 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 40 minutes.
IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco (6-8) is placed 11th in the LFB.
Ferrari has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.0apg and 2.6spg in five games.
She has a dual citizenship: Italian and Paraguayan.
#3.Nicole Romeo (168-G-89, college: Washington, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Campus Promete's victory against the closely-ranked Universitario de Ferrol (7-7) 72-66 in the Spanish LFB in Sunday night's game.
Romeo scored 10 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes.
Campus Promete Logrono (6-8) is placed ninth in the LFB.
Romeo's stats this year are: 12.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in 14 games.
She is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Australian.
Fenerbahce - Famila Schio 77:64 Fenerbahce claimed the seventh victory in EuroLeague regular season. They held off visiting Famila Schio for 7-1 record in Group A. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) posted 17 points to lead the hosts. Fenerbahce secured a comfortable lead ten minutes into the game. They built a 25:13 advantage heading into the second term. Fenerbahce maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza. The Turkish team established a 45:32 halftime lead. Fenerbahce limited thei... [read more]
Fenerbahce - Famila Schio 77:64
Fenerbahce claimed the seventh victory in EuroLeague regular season. They held off visiting Famila Schio for 7-1 record in Group A. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) posted 17 points to lead the hosts. Fenerbahce secured a comfortable lead ten minutes into the game. They built a 25:13 advantage heading into the second term. Fenerbahce maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza. The Turkish team established a 45:32 halftime lead. Fenerbahce limited their opponents to just 12 points in the third term to stretch the lead at 16-point mark. Famila Schio narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not threaten the hosts. Jantel Lavender (191-C-88, college: Ohio St.) and Allie Quigley (178-G-86, college: De Paul) chipped in 14 points each for the winners. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) answered with 14 points for Schio. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) and Giorgia Sottana (178-G-88, agency: Two Points) tossed in 10 points apiece in the loss.
Harmon's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - 6 days ago
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29-year old guard Jillian Harmon (185-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Lucca and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13. She had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while her team outclassed Napoli (#6, 8-5) with 28-point margin 71-43. It allowed Lucca to consolidate first place in the Italian Serie A1. Lucca has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved... [read more]
29-year old guard Jillian Harmon (185-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team Lucca and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13. She had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while her team outclassed Napoli (#6, 8-5) with 28-point margin 71-43. It allowed Lucca to consolidate first place in the Italian Serie A1. Lucca has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. It's Harmon's second year at Lucca and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Stanford University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harmon is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.5ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 50.3% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management). She is international guard in her second season at Lucca. In the last game Dotto recorded impressive 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Harmon she helped Lucca with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Napoli (#6, 8-5) 71-43. Of course Lucca still keep the league's top spot. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 12-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Dotto is well-known at Lucca and together with Jillian Harmon she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Ashleigh Fontenette (172-PG-89, agency: Two Points) of league's second-best Venezia. Fontenette scored 20 points. She was a key player of Venezia, leading her team to a 61-53 win against the lower-ranked Battipaglia (#11, 2-11). Venezia is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 11-2 record is not that bad... Fontenette has a very solid season. In 13 games in Italy she scored 11.3ppg. She also has 4.2rpg and 2.7spg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Ashley Bruner (183-F-91) of Torino - 16 points and 11 rebounds 5. Theresa Plaisance (196-F-92) of Napoli - 25 points and 12 rebounds 6. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) of Familia Schio - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 7. Marie Ruzickova (190-C-86) of Venezia - 14 points and 9 rebounds 8. Ilaria Milazzo (167-PG-94) of Umbertide - 17 points and 6 rebounds 9. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83) of San Martino - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Amber Orrange (170-G-93) of Vigarano - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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