Former international power forward Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Sirenos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The 30-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, while her team beat Suduva (#4, 9-6) 68-61. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sirenos maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian LMKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sirenos will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. In the team's last game Salkauske had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. She turned to be Sirenos' top player in her first season with the team. Former University of Illinois star has very solid stats this year. Salkauske is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.4ppg. Salkauske is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 57.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Rita Milieskiene (175-PG-78) of Utena. Milieskiene had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Utena lost that game 79-94 to the higher-ranked Fortuna (#3, 11-4). Utena managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Utena managed to get this year. Milieskiene is a newcomer at Utena, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#7). She also registered 6.7 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was forward Jolanta Marmiene (181-F-79) of Aistes-LSU (#5). Marmiene scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Aistes-LSU, leading her team to a 65-54 win against Ruta Siauliai (6-9). The chances of Aistes-LSU ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marmiene could help Aistes-LSU to bring them higher in the standings. Marmiene has a very solid season. In 15 games in Lithuania she scored 12.9ppg.
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
LMKL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Suduva and H-Sirenos clinch wins - 1 hour ago
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Suduva - Fortuna 78-59 Suduva rallied past Fortuna in the opener. The game without a history. Suduva led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Fortuna's 24. They outrebounded Fortuna 46-28 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Suduva looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international power forward Laura Sv... [read more]
Suduva rallied past Fortuna in the opener. The game without a history. Suduva led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Fortuna's 24. They outrebounded Fortuna 46-28 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Suduva looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international power forward Lina Pikciute (192-90, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 12 points and 15 rebounds. Four Suduva players scored in double figures. Suduva's coach Rimvydas Samulenas used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international guard Andra
Andra Gabalyte (179-80, college: Liberty) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Lina Aglinskaite (182-87) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Top scorers: Fortuna: L.Aglinskaite 18+6reb+2ast, A.Gabalyte 18+7reb+4ast, A.Cerneckyte 9+3reb+6ast, R.Mizgeryte 9+1reb+2ast, J.Matuzonyte 3+5reb+1ast, E.Kregzdyte 2+3reb Suduva: L.Svaryte 22+15reb+6ast, A.Bilocerkivska 13+1reb+2ast, L.Pikciute 12+15reb+2ast, R.Milieskiene 12+4reb+3ast, G.Tamasauskaite 8+1ast, K.Dobrikova 5+3reb+1ast
H-Sirenos upset Kibirkstis in the opening game of the series. The game without a history. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas forced 22 Kibirkstis turnovers. Kibirkstis was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International point guard Gabriele Gutkauskaite (175-90) nailed 21 points for the winning side and Kornelija Balciunaite (176-81) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas players scored in double figures. International Gabija Meskonyte (181-98) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Justina Kraujunaite (178-95) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kibirkstis in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Top scorers: Kibirkstis: G.Meskonyte 17+9reb+1ast, J.Kraujunaite 16+5reb+1ast, D.Sarauskaite 9+10reb+2ast, D.Donskichyte 7+3reb+3ast, A.Bobinaite 3+3reb, L.Jurciute 3 H-Sirenos: G.Gutkauskaite 21+4reb+2ast, D.Belickaite 13+4reb+2ast, K.Balciunaite 11+9reb+2ast, E.Taraseviciute 10+5reb+2ast, R.Knyzaite 7+2reb+2ast, G.Jasiunskaite 4+1reb
Kamile Nacickaite selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - 17 hours ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Lithuanians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international guard Kamile Nacickaite (181-89). She led Dynamo Moscow to a victory over the closely-ranked Vologda-Chevakata in the Russian PBL in Saturday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Lithuanians 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 an international guard Kamile Nacickaite (181-89, college: Drexel, currently plays in Russia). She led Dynamo Moscow to a victory over the closely-ranked Vologda-Chevakata (10-10) 75-70 in the Russian PBL in Saturday night's game.
Nacickaite was MVP of the game. She recorded 20 points in 29 minutes on the court.
Dynamo Moscow (9-11) is placed fifth in the PBL.
Nacickaite has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 37.4%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 85.0% in 20 games she played so far.
She is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman Marina Solopova (182-90, currently plays in Czech Republic). Solopova was the major contributor in a Valosun Brno's victory against the fourth-ranked Handicap (13-9) 90-73 in a derby game in the Czech Republic ZBL last Tuesday.
She scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Valosun KP Brno (16-6) is placed second in Play-Offs group.
It was her team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
This season Solopova has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 59.7%(43-72), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 83.3%.
She is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.
#3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Kristina Alminaite (205-90, currently plays in Spain). Alminaite contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Socinsa Bembibre (9-15) crushing them 91-54 in the Spanish LFB on Saturday night.
She scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes.
Spar Citylift Girona (20-4) is placed second in the LFB.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Alminaite's first season with the team.
This year Alminaite averages: 4.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 45.5% and FT: 61.1% in 20 games.
She played for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.
#4. Power forward Dovile Miliauskaite (187-89, agency: ProDep Management, college: Towson, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Rivas Promete's victory against the fourth-ranked Leganes (17-6) 76-62 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Miliauskaite was the best player in that game. She recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 18 rebounds.
Rivas Promete (13-10) is placed sixth in Group B.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Miliauskaite has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg and 8.3rpg.
She used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team
back in 2009.
#5. International power forward Gintare Petronyte (196-89, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Mersin BSB (11-7) in their last game. Despite Petronyte's very good performance Mersin BSB lost 71-79 at home to the second-ranked Yakin Dogu BGD.
She was the top scorer with 19 points. Petronyte also added 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Petronyte has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3bpg in 19 games.
Petronyte plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.
#6. Power forward Giedre Paugaite (193-90, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Vega 1 (5-7) crushing them 119-62 in the Latvian NBL in Wednesday night's game.
She scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-4. TTT Riga (11-1) is placed first.
The Second Stage already ended.
Paugaite's stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6bpg in 19 games.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.
#7. International power forward Monika Grigalauskyte (190-92, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Basket Gdynia (9-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Grigalauskyte's very good performance Basket Gdynia was defeated 61-52 on the road by the leading Sleza Wroclaw.
She was the top scorer with 15 points. Grigalauskyte also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Grigalauskyte's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.9apg.
She is also Lithuanian national team player.
#8. Point guard Santa Okockyte (175-92, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Visby Ladies (10-17) crushing them 92-66 in the Swedish Damligan in Wednesday night's game.
She recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.
Udominate Basket Umea (27-0) is placed first in the Damligan.
So far her team won all games in the Quarter-Finals.
This season Okockyte has very high stats. She averages: 16.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.5apg and 2.5spg.
Okockyte plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.
#9. International power forward Egle Sulciute (190-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a San Martino's victory against the league outsider La Spezia (2-19) 68-63 in the Italian Serie A1 last Sunday.
She scored 7 points in 22 minutes.
Fila San Martino Di Lupari (15-6) is placed fourth in the Serie A1.
Sulciute's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season.
Sulciute averaged so far 11.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg in 20 games.
She is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.
#10. Power forward Julita Bungaite (187-87, agency: Promotex, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Cagliari CUS (4-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bungaite's good performance the 13th-placed Cagliari CUS (4-17) was crushed 70-48 on their home court in Cagliari by the much higher-ranked Costa Masnaga (#6) in the Group A.
She was the second best scorer with 12 points. Bungaite also added 5 rebounds.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season.
Bungaite averaged so far 10.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg.
She is a former international player as five years ago she still played for the Lithuanian senior national team.
#11. International guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-90, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Santa Okockyte in the Swedish Damligan last game.
Kvederaviciute couldn't help Visby Ladies (10-17) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Visby Ladies was crushed 92-66 in Umea by the leading Udominate.
Kvederaviciute was the top scorer with 21 points. She also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes.
Kvederaviciute has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.9apg in 15 games.
She plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.
#12. Former international power forward Gintare Mazionyte (188-91, college: Texas, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Orvieto in their game against Virtus Cagliari in the Italian Serie A2 (second division).
Mazionyte recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Her team was defeated 68-58.
This season Mazionyte has very high stats. She averages: 15.4ppg, 12.1rpg, 1.5apg and 2.7spg.
Mazionyte used to play for the Lithuanian national team
back in 2012.
#13. International point guard Inesa Visgaudaite (169-91, currently plays in Germany) helped Goettingen win their game against the second-ranked Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel crushing them 82-51 in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division) on Sunday night.
She recorded 14 points and had 4 steals in 33 minutes.
Visgaudaite averaged so far 11.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in 19 games.
She is also Lithuanian national team player.
#14. Former U20 international center Ieva Preskienyte (193-93, also represented by ProDep Management, currently plays in Spain) helped Aros Leon win their game against the seventh-ranked Barcelona crushing them 76-47 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Preskienyte scored 10 points.
Preskienyte's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 5.0rpg.
She used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team
back in 2013.
#15. U18 international swingman Kamile Seskute (176-98, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Salerno in their game against Viterbo in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Seskute cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
She recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Her team lost 56-68.
This year Seskute's overall stats are: 3.0ppg and 3.4rpg in 20 games.
She is also in the roster of the Lithuanian U18 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Lithuanian passport but never been selected to any of Lithuanian national teams:
#1.Sofija Aleksandravicius (196-F-91, agency: LBM Management, college: Davidson, currently plays in Italy) could not help Vigarano (6-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her very good performance Vigarano was defeated 71-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Ragusa (#5).
Aleksandravicius was the top scorer with 22 points. She also added 7 rebounds.
Aleksandravicius' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Aleksandravicius' stats this season are: 14.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2spg.
She is a naturalized American.
Aleksandravicius used to play for Kibirkstis-Tiche-IKI Vilnius in Lithuanian league.
#2. Experienced Yulia Gladchenko (185-F-77, currently plays in Ukraine) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Suzirja (11-10) crushing them 76-43 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night.
Gladchenko scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 22 minutes.
Interkhim-Sdyusshor Odessa (15-6) is placed third in the Superleague.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season.
This year Gladchenko's overall stats are: 2.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games she played so far.
LMKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Fortuna and H-Sirenos enter semifinal stage - 7 days ago
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Aistes-LSU - Fortuna 39-65 Fortuna eased past Aistes-LSU to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Fortuna. Aistes-LSU managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aistes-LSU to just 4 points in third quarter and to 10 points in second half. Fortuna held Aistes-LSU to an opponent 23.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.4 percent accuracy of the wi... [read more]
Fortuna eased past Aistes-LSU to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Fortuna. Aistes-LSU managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aistes-LSU to just 4 points in third quarter and to 10 points in second half. Fortuna held Aistes-LSU to an opponent 23.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.4 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Aistes-LSU 52-35 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fortuna looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Aistes-LSU's players. International center Justina Matuzonyte (198-94) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Lina Mikeleviciene (182-87) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Karolina Kazociunaite (180-99) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Laura Zelnyte (190-94) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Top scorers: Aistes-LSU: K.Kazociunaite 12+8reb+2ast, L.Zelnyte 8+9reb, K.Serkeviciute 7+1reb+2ast, D.Saurazaite 6+5reb+1ast, E.Juceviciute 2+3reb, D.Zukaite 2+3reb+2ast Fortuna: J.Matuzonyte 26+17reb+2ast, L.Mikeleviciene 14+8reb+4ast, R.Mizgeryte 10+5reb+2ast, A.Cerneckyte 6+4reb+6ast, A.Gabalyte 4+9reb+5ast, S.Dobrovolskyte 3+4reb+2ast
H-Sirenos cruised past Siauliai on the road to reach the semifinal stage. The game without a history. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Siauliai-Univ.'s 34. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas forced 40 Siauliai-Univ. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Siauliai-Univ.'s players. Kornelija Balciunaite (176-81) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals to lead the effort and Gintare Jasiunskaite (182-94) supported her with 17 points. Five Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds by point guard Ligita Tamutyte (176-99) did not help to save the game for Siauliai-Univ.. Russian-Belarusian guard Zhanna Horodetskaya (181-79) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Top scorers: Siauliai-Univ.: L.Tamutyte 15+11reb, K.Urbanovich 8+1reb+2ast, U.Bukauskaite 8+1reb+2ast, G.Segzdaite 8+3reb+4ast, L.Kaktaite 7+2reb+1ast, Z.Horodetskaya 6+5reb+4ast H-Sirenos: G.Jasiunskaite 17+4reb+3ast, R.Zemantauskaite-Matla 17+4reb+1ast, J.Myers-Sanders 14+4reb, G.Gutkauskaite 14+1reb+8ast, K.Balciunaite 13+10reb+5ast, V.Ziuzkova 8+3reb+4ast
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