Satu Mare was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 22-8 charge of ICIM Arad, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Satu Mare turnovers. It was a very good performance for the former international center Gabriela Toma (192-74) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Monika Boriga (176-74) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (made all of her eight free throws) for the winners. Five ICIM Arad players scored in double figures. International forward Claudia Pop (185-89) answered with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Satu Mare. Top scorers: ICIM Arad: S.Milovanovic 13+4reb+3ast, G.Toma 12+7reb+4ast, S.Graham 11+6reb+1ast, M.Boriga 10+5reb+6ast, P.Green 10+6reb+1ast, K.Campbell 3+1reb Satu Mare: C.Pop 13+9reb+5ast, S.Freeman 10+10reb+1ast, A.Parau 9+6reb+4ast, K.Whittington 7+2reb, A.Meszaros 6+2reb+1ast, A.Orosz 4+2reb
The game without a history. CSM Targoviste led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Targu Mures to just 7 points in third quarter. CSM Targoviste forced 19 Targu Mures turnovers and outrebounded them 51-21 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Florina Diaconu (176-82) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. CSM Targoviste's coach Florin Nini felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Cherrise Graham (170-82, agency: Merit Sports) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Veronica Hicks (175-89, college: Michigan) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Targoviste: C.Givens 19+7reb+2ast, F.Diaconu 18+6reb+3ast, M.Coker 12+12reb+1ast, O.Zherzherunova 8+14reb+2ast, P.Cristina Ciocan 7+7reb, G.Rus 5+1reb+1ast Targu Mures: V.Hicks 16+3reb, C.Graham 13+6reb+2ast, D.Gobeljic 8+5reb, B.Vulic 6+3reb, A.Cutas 3+1reb, C.Cutas 2+3reb+2ast
The game without a history. Alba Iulia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Craiova's 32. Alba Iulia forced 28 Craiova turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Craiova's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Breanna Salley (180-87, college: Seattle) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Her fellow American import center Nadia Parker (191-87, college: USC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. Parker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Alba Iulia players scored in double figures. Coach Tomas Bilek's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Carla Bartee (182-85, college: Mississippi) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and forward Andreea Stefan (184-91) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Craiova. Top scorers: Alba Iulia: B.Salley 21+8reb+7ast, N.Parker 19+11reb+1ast, R.Tobin 19+7reb+1ast, T.Harrison 14+2reb+2ast, A.Stoenescu 9+3reb+11ast, V.Dinca 8+3reb+5ast Craiova: C.Bartee 18+13reb+2ast, A.Stefan 16+4reb+4ast, J.Simionca 11+2reb+3ast, I.Bors 7+5reb+3ast, C.Gavrila 7+3reb+5ast, C.Bonciog 4+3ast
The game was mostly controlled by Timisoara. Alexandria was better in fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Alexandria outrebounded Timisoara 45-28 including a 24-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Biljana Pesovic (180-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American guard Tiffany Brown (165-86, college: Georgia South) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Timisoara players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Maja Vucurovic (188-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Natasha Graboski (190-88, college: Stetson) added 16 points and 19 rebounds in the effort for Alexandria. Top scorers: Timisoara: B.Pesovic 25+6reb+2ast, T.Brown 19+5reb+1ast, J.Vukoje 12+3reb+3ast, A.Stoiedin 10+6reb, A.Haas 7+1reb, N.Saponjic 5+7reb+2ast Alexandria: M.Vucurovic 20+13reb+5ast, M.McIntyre 18+4reb+4ast, N.Graboski 16+19reb+1ast, A.Chivu 6+3reb, M.Mihai 3+1reb, M.Prlja 3+6ast
The game was mostly controlled by Iasi. Oradea was better in third quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Oradea 42-22 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American center Ceciley Johnson (188-87, college: W.Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Lavinia Mitachi (163-91) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Iasi players scored in double figures. Forward Alexandra Vlaicu (178-91) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Florentina Ardeleanu (171-83) added 9 points in the effort for Oradea. Top scorers: Iasi: L.Mitachi 15+6reb+3ast, D.Walker 14+8reb+1ast, G.Necula 13+5reb, C.Johnson 12+16reb+4ast, D.Panait 10+5reb+2ast, M.Cioroiu 4+4ast Oradea: A.Vlaicu 19+7reb+2ast, M.Adi 10+3reb+1ast, F.Ardeleanu 9+2reb+3ast, A.Adams 7+2reb, A.Maria Meszaros 6+2reb+1ast, L.Ulica 4+4reb+2ast
Recap of Liga Nationala Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 1 day ago
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Brasov - Galati 74-72 Brasov held off Galati to take the lead in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Galati won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Galati 53-39 including 19 on the offensive glass. American center Kristina Higgins (196-94, college: Baylor) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 24 rebounds for the winners. Serbian Biljana Pesovic (180-83) chi... [read more]
Brasov held off Galati to take the lead in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Galati won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Galati 53-39 including 19 on the offensive glass. American center Kristina Higgins (196-94, college: Baylor) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 24 rebounds for the winners. Serbian Biljana Pesovic (180-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The former international swingman Romina Filip (174-89) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and American forward Kerah Nelson (180-90, college: IUPUI) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Galati players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Brasov: B.Pesovic 19+10reb+1ast, K.Higgins 17+24reb+3ast, M.Houser 12+6reb+10ast, D.Ardelean 9+3reb+1ast, A.Webb 8+6reb+1ast, M.Ferariu 4+3reb Galati: R.Filip 25+15reb+3ast, J.Jackson 17+6reb+2ast, K.Nelson 13+11reb+2ast, B.Fota 12+3reb+1ast, A.Dumitrache 3+2reb+3ast, A.Soptica 2+2reb
Sf.Gheorghe outgunned Alexandria in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Sf.Gheorghe. Alexandria managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Alexandria 46-24 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sf.Gheorghe looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman Tyaunna Marshall (175-92, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Filipino-American center Chay Shegog (196-90, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Sf.Gheorghe's coach Zoran Mikes used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Tori Rule (173-93, college: Providence) responded with 18 points and the former international center Georgiana Rus (189-87) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Sf.Gheorghe: T.Marshall 27+8reb+2ast, C.Jeffery 18+3reb+5ast, C.Shegog 15+10reb+3ast, A.Stoenescu 6+2reb, A.Thompson 6+11reb+2ast, C.Harris 5+5reb+2ast Alexandria: T.Rule 18+4reb+1ast, G.Rus 15+5reb+1ast, I.Grbic 10+7reb+2ast, S.Arnold 9+4reb+3ast, A.Podar 8+1reb+3ast, M.Mullings 4+2reb+2ast
Cluj Napoca knocked down ICIM Arad to spur ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Cluj Napoca. ICIM Arad managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Andra-Simina Mandache (185-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Serbian Dajana Butulija (176-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American Morgan Stroman (185-91, college: Miami, FL) responded with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Ildiko Nagy (187-84) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Top scorers: Cluj Napoca: A.Simina Mandache 21+11reb+5ast, D.Butulija 15+6reb+5ast, N.Dixon 13+4reb+1ast, B.Denson 8+9reb, T.Harrison 8+3reb+1ast, K.Swanier 3+2reb+2ast ICIM Arad: M.Stroman 14+9reb+5ast, I.Nagy 13+11reb, J.Pasic 11+3reb, S.McGuire 8+5reb+4ast, B.Hadzovic 5+3reb+4ast, J.Karakasevic 3+5reb+2ast
Satu Mare upset Targoviste on the road in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Satu Mare. CSM Targoviste was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satu Mare forced 21 CSM Targoviste turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Kristina Baltic (190-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Chastity Reed (185-89, college: UALR) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Porsche Poole (172-89, college: Michigan St.) answered with 21 points and the other American import forward Monique Coker (185-82, college: ODU) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for CSM Targoviste. Top scorers: Satu Mare: K.Baltic 15+12reb+1ast, M.Tavic 14+3reb, R.Tarta 8+3ast, C.Reed 8+6reb+7ast, A.Craciun 6+3reb+2ast, B.Canty 5+7reb+2ast Targoviste: P.Poole 21+4reb+1ast, M.Coker 16+7reb, P.Green 6+5reb+1ast, G.Toma 5+7reb+1ast, D.Cosby 3+4reb+2ast, V.Dinca 0+2reb+1ast
Ashley Walker selected the top Romanian playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Romanian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an international power forward Ashley Walker (187-87). She led Venezia to a victory over the sixth-ranked Napoli in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Romanian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ashley Walker (187-87, college: California, currently plays in Italy). She led Venezia to a victory over the sixth-ranked Napoli (13-8) 67-61 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game.
Walker was MVP of the game. She scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court.
Reyer Venezia Mestre (17-3) is placed second in the Serie A1.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Walker has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 82.5% in 20 games she played so far.
She is a naturalized American.
Walker is currently a member of the Romanian senior national team. She used to play for CSM Targoviste in Romanian league.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Gabriela Marginean (182-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Drexel, currently plays in Spain). Marginean was the major contributor in a Perfumerias Avenida's victory against the 11th-ranked Socinsa Bembibre (9-16) 67-50 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday.
She recorded 13 points and had 4 steals.
Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (24-1) is placed first in the LFB.
It was her team's 19th consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
This season Marginean averages: 6.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 95.0%(19-20).
Ex-CSM Targoviste player is in the roster of the Romanian senior national team.
#3. The Romanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Sonia Ursu (176-93, currently plays in Czech Republic). She was the main contributor in a Basketball Nymburk's victory against the third-ranked BLK Praha (15-7) 75-63 in the Czech Republic ZBL on Thursday night.
Ursu was the best player in that game. She recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes.
DSK Basketball Nymburk (16-6) is placed eighth in Play-Offs group.
It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Ursu's first season with the team.
This year Ursu has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 33.9% and FT: 61.1% in 25 games.
She is also a member of the Romanian senior national team.
#4. Power forward Elisabeth Pavel (191-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sonia Ursu. But that was another game of her team in Czech Republic ZBL which we would like to mention.
Pavel contributed to a Basketball Nymburk's victory against the third-ranked BLK Praha (15-7) 73-69.
She recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds.
DSK Basketball Nymburk (16-6) is placed eighth in Play-Offs group.
It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Pavel's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg.
She is also Romanian national team player.
#5. International forward Claudia Pop (182-89, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Poland). She could not help Wisla Can-Pack (18-4) to beat AZS UMCS (13-9). Pop cannot count it as her best performance.
She scored only one point in 9 minutes on the court.
Wisla Can-Pack lost 53-65 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) AZS UMCS.
This year Pop's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg in 11 games.
She plays currently for the Romanian national team.
#6. Power forward Ecaterina Armanu (177-98, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Crusaders (10-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Armanu's very good performance the league leader Crusaders was edged 82-80 in Manchester by the lower-ranked Mystics (#3).
She was the top scorer with 20 points.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season.
This season Armanu averages only 5.5ppg.
She is U18 international player who is currently on the Romanian National Team roster.
The list of other players, who all have Romanian passport but never been selected to any of Romanian national teams:
#1.Ana-Maria Filip (195-C-89, currently plays in France) contributed to Bourges' victory against the closely-ranked Basket Landes (13-8) 67-60 in the French LFB last Saturday.
Filip scored 9 points in only 12 minutes.
Tango Bourges Basket (13-8) is placed fourth in the LFB.
Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Filip's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 3.9rpg in 19 games she played so far.
She has a dual citizenship: Romanian and French.
#2.Sabrina Ionescu (178-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oregon to a victory against the University of Maryland (16-1) 77-63 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 on Saturday night.
Ionescu scored 21 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists.
The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season.
Her team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. And now that game is very crucial.
Ionescu has reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.4spg.
She is a naturalized American.
Despite Ionescu's Romanian passport, she previously played for the USA U17 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Romanian team.
Strangely Ionescu has never played in Romania.
Nelson number one in Romania for round 10 - 4 days ago
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American Forward Kerah Nelson (180-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Galati, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage). The 26-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds, while her team crushed Brasov (#4, 15-13) with 19-point margin 92-73. Galati maintains the 5th position in Romanian Liga Nationala. Galati is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings.... [read more]
American Forward Kerah Nelson (180-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Galati, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage). The 26-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds, while her team crushed Brasov (#4, 15-13) with 19-point margin 92-73. Galati maintains the 5th position in Romanian Liga Nationala. Galati is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 15th lost game this season out of 28 games. In the team's last game Nelson had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for her as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Kerah Nelson averages this season 6.7ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Morgan Stroman (185-PF-91) of Univ Goldis ICIM Arad. Stroman had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds. Of course she led ICIM Arad to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Alexandria (#8, 11-13) 79-50. ICIM Arad's 7th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stroman is a newcomer at ICIM Arad, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Chastity Reed (185-F-89) of Satu Mare (#6). Reed showcased her all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Reed's great performance Satu Mare lost 62-64 to the higher-ranked Cluj Napoca (#2, 20-8). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Satu Mare not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Reed could try to bring Satu Mare's a little bit higher in the standings. Reed has individually a great season in Romania. After 22 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Morgan Jennings (173-G-89) of Iasi - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Chay Shegog (196-C-90) of Sf.Gheorghe - 16 points and 6 rebounds 6. Jeannette Jackson (170-G) of Galati - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists 7. Romina Filip (174-F/G-89) of Galati - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Tyaunna Marshall (175-G/F-92) of Sf.Gheorghe - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Ka-Deidre Simmons (173-G) of Iasi - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Lauren Gregory (185-F-87) of Sirius TgM - 20 points and 5 rebounds
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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