The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of T71 Dudelange (0-1) in Ettelbruck on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Etzella (1-0) 74-61. The game was mostly controlled by Etzella. T71 Dudelange managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etzella forced 19 T71 Dudelange turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Jessilyn Conicelli (177-F-89, college: Biola, CA) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Canadian guard Katie Donovan (178-82) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. International center Michcle Orban (190-86) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Lydia Bridenbaugh (178-89, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) added 15 points and 7 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) respectively for lost side. T71 Dudelange's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Etzella will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. T71 Dudelange will play at home against Racing in Luxembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: T71 Dudelange: L.Bridenbaugh 15+7reb+1ast, K.Bruck 12+3reb, M.Orban 12+10reb+1ast, L.Schmit 7+3reb, K.Schintgen 4, R.Wagener 4+2reb+2ast Etzella: J.Conicelli 18+10reb+3ast, A.Petrova 11+4reb+3ast, A.Neiertz 10+1reb+1ast, K.Donovan 9+8reb+8ast, M.Hetto 7, L.Schreiner 6+1reb+2ast
Another exciting game was played in Bertrange between Musel Pikes and Sparta where Musel Pikes (1-0) beat Sparta (0-1) on the road with 18-point difference 69-51. The game was mostly controlled by Musel Pikes. Sparta was better in third quarter 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Musel Pikes dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Sparta's 32. They outrebounded Sparta 40-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Amanda Stowe (186-79, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Her fellow American import power forward Christine Fisher (183-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Robin Murphy (185, college: S.Mississippi) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Carole Sitz (174-85, college: Elon) added 13 points in the effort for Sparta. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Musel Pikes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sparta will play on the road against AB Contern to get more than just one victory in their record. Top scorers: Sparta: C.Sitz 13+3reb, R.Murphy 11+7reb, D.Tiganj 10+1reb, P.Hublart 5, E.Skrijelj 3+6reb, J.R'Biaa 2+1reb Musel Pikes: A.Stowe 17+11reb, C.Fisher 15+10reb, C.Schmit 12+7reb, M.Meynadier 9+6reb, L.Diederich 7+5reb, S.Mreches 4
An interesting game where AB Contern beat host Basket Esch with 16-point difference 74-58 on Saturday evening. AB Contern will meet at home Sparta in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Basket Esch will play against Amicale in Steinsel.
We should not miss the game where guest Amicale crushed their opponents by 35 points 97-62. The game without a history. Amicale led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Amicale forced 27 Racing turnovers. American power forward Meghan Gardler (180-88, college: Connecticut) nailed a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winning side and Czech power forward Petra Manakova (195-82, college: Oakland) accounted for 29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Four Amicale players scored in double figures. Amicale's coach Marc Marchetti felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Celeste Stevenson (180-82, college: W.Texas A&M) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import swingman Alissa Pierce (177-86) added 15 points respectively for Racing in the defeat. Amicale's next round opponent will be Basket Esch at home. Racing will play against T71 Dudelange. Top scorers: Racing: C.Stevenson 24+13reb+2ast, A.Pierce 15+4reb, E.Lemmer 7+3reb, J.Rassel 5+1reb+1ast, A.Wiance 4+5reb+1ast, R.Sclisizzi 4+1ast Amicale: M.Gardler 39+17reb, P.Manakova 29+9reb+4ast, J.Grethen 10+2reb+3ast, J.Bausch 10+2ast, C.Marcus 3, T.Fehlen 2+4reb
Nadia Mossong selected the top Luxembourger playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Luxembourg players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Nadia Mossong (182-86). She contributed to a TV Saarlouis Royals' victory against one of league's weakest teams Eisvogel Freiburg in the German DBBL in Sunday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Luxembourg players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international forward Nadia Mossong (182-86, college: E.Kentucky, currently plays in Germany). She contributed to a TV Saarlouis Royals' victory against one of league's weakest teams Eisvogel Freiburg (4-9) 73-69 in the German DBBL in Sunday night's game.
Mossong recorded 9 points and had 3 steals in 25 minutes on the court.
TV Saarlouis Royals (9-4) is placed third in the DBBL.
This year Mossong averages: 5.5ppg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 66.7% in two games she played so far.
She is currently a member of the Luxembourg senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Lisa Jablonowski (190-97, currently plays college basketball in the States). Jablonowski managed to help The University of Virginia to win against the Clemson University crushing them 69-37 in the NCAA last Thursday.
She recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
The The University of Virginia has 3-2 conference record this season.
Jablonowski's overall stats this year are: 3.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 45.5%.
She is in the roster of the Luxembourg senior national team.
#3. The Luxembourg player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Magaly Meynadier (170-91, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nadia Mossong and both played together in the last German DBBL game.
Meynadier helped TV Saarlouis Royals win their game against one of league's weakest teams Eisvogel Freiburg (4-9) 73-69.
She recorded only one point in 14 minutes.
This year Meynadier's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 36.5%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 66.7% in 13 games.
She has a dual citizenship: French and Luxembourg.
Ex-Musel Pikes player is also a member of the Luxembourg senior national team.
#4. Forward Michele Weynandt (178-86, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Germany). Weynandt could not help Speyer / Schifferstadt (10-5) to beat Homburger TG (7-4).
She recorded 5 points.
The fourth-placed Speyer / Schifferstadt (10-5) was defeated 73-61 on the road by the lower-ranked Homburger TG (#4) in the South group.
It's Weynandt's eighth season with the team.
Weynandt's total stats this year are: 5.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg.
She used to play for the Luxembourg national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former U18 international forward Caroline Braquet (181-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help IF Air Europa in their game against C.Adelantados (9-4) in the Spanish LF2 (second division). Braquet did not have that impressive stats last Sunday.
She scored only 3 points in 16 minutes.
IF Air Europa (#11) lost 73-81 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) C.Adelantados in the Group B.
It's Braquet's first season with the team.
This year Braquet's total stats are: 5.0ppg and 2.5rpg in 14 games.
She used to play for the Luxembourg U18 national team
seven years ago.
Jasmine James (ex Sparta) is a newcomer at Sampaio - 3 days ago
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Sampaio Basquete (LBF) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Jasmine James (175-66kg-91, college: Georgia). She played most recently at Sparta in Luxembourg Total League. In four games she recorded very impressive stats: 20.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.5apg and 3.3spg last season. James also spent pre-season at Elitzur Holon in Israeli D1 that year where in four games she averaged 7.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.3spg. In 2013 she was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in thir... [read more]
Sampaio Basquete (LBF) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Jasmine James (175-66kg-91, college: Georgia). She played most recently at Sparta in Luxembourg Total League. In four games she recorded very impressive stats: 20.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.5apg and 3.3spg last season. James also spent pre-season at Elitzur Holon in Israeli D1 that year where in four games she averaged 7.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.8apg and 2.3spg. In 2013 she was drafted by Seattle Storm (WNBA) in third round (30th overall). James attended University of Georgia. It is her fourth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team made it to the WNBA Semifinals in 2013. James was also voted All-SEC 2nd Team back in 2011 and 2013 at her college time. Thanks to James' pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). James has played previously professionally in Germany (SV Halle Lions), WNBA (Phoenix Mercury) and Brazil (Sao Jose).
Luxembourg Total League round 16 best performance: Marshae Dotson - 4 days ago
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American Forward Marshae Dotson (180-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Basket Esch, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. The 29-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds, while her team beat Etzella (#5, 5-8) 66-60. Basket Esch maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg Total League. They are still close to the very top. Basket Esch would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last r... [read more]
American Forward Marshae Dotson (180-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Basket Esch, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16. The 29-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 19 rebounds, while her team beat Etzella (#5, 5-8) 66-60. Basket Esch maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg Total League. They are still close to the very top. Basket Esch would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 10-2 record. It's Dotson's second year at Basket Esch and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Former University of Florida star has very solid stats this year. Dotson is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 57.6% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Samantha Guastella (185-F-93) of T71 Dudelange. Guastella had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for T71 Dudelange to edge slightly higher-ranked Residence (#6, 3-10) 67-62. T71 Dudelange's 7th position in the standings has not changed. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories T71 Dudelange managed to get this year. Guastella is a newcomer at T71 Dudelange, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.0ppg (#2). She also registered 10.5 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Erica Morrow (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) of league's top team Amicale. Morrow showcased her all-around game by recording 29 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Amicale, leading her team to a 70-65 win against #4 ranked AB Contern in a game of the week. Amicale confirms their top position in the standings. Morrow has a great season in Luxembourg. After 12 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.3ppg (3rd best) and assists with 6.6apg (best passer). She also has 3.4spg and FGP: 55.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Abria Trice (185-G-92) of Residence - 16 points and 10 rebounds 5. Liz Schmitz (180-F-88) of Amicale - 18 points and 6 rebounds 6. Bridget Yoerger (180-F/C-87) of AB Contern - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists 7. Esmeralda Skrijelj (180-G/F-95) of Amicale - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Ana Petrova (170-F/G-82) of Etzella - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Ekatarina Dimitrova (183-G-87) of Basket Esch - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Estelle Muller (166-PG) of T71 Dudelange - 13 points, 4 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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