Visitors were rolled over by ICIM Arad 80-61. The game was mostly controlled by ICIM Arad. Sf.Gheorghe managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ICIM Arad forced 22 Sf.Gheorghe turnovers. American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Monika Boriga (176-74) chipped in 17 points. ICIM Arad's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Jasmin Bailey (172-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Milica Ivanovic (175-88, college: Catawba, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Five ICIM Arad and four Sf.Gheorghe players scored in double figures. Top scorers: ICIM Arad: C.Givens 25+9reb+4ast, M.Boriga 17+3reb+3ast, C.Bartee 12+7reb, J.Risper 12+3reb+4ast, K.Laplante 11+10reb+1ast, C.Wirth 2+7reb+2ast Sf.Gheorghe: M.Ivanovic 14+2reb+2ast, T.Wampler 13+2reb+2ast, J.Rhoads 10+6reb+2ast, J.Bailey 10+8reb+1ast, V.Dinca 9+2reb+2ast, J.Kajdacsi 5+8reb
Brasov used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Bucuresti 80-56. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Brasov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rapid's 26. They outrebounded Rapid 49-22 including a 36-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian center Biljana Stjepanovic (189-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Gabriela Cursaru (169-92) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brasov players scored in double figures. Brasov's coach Daniel Calancea felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Claudia Ene (178-88) came up with 22 points and power forward Raluca Ungureanu (180-80) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Rapid in the defeat.
Oradea was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 41-19 second half run of Olimpia. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oradea to just 2 points in third quarter. They also forced 23 Oradea turnovers and outrebounded them 39-24 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Oradea was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gabriela Munteanu (177-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Tunde Kilin (171-91) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five Olimpia players scored in double figures. Forward Alexandra Vlaicu (178-91) answered with 23 points and 5 steals and center Mihaela Adi (190-88) added 13 points in the effort for Oradea. Top scorers: Olimpia: T.Kilin 19+3reb+2ast, G.Munteanu 15+10reb+2ast, M.Chelariu 12+9reb, A.Dumitrache 11+8reb+1ast, M.Cioroiu 10+2reb+5ast, V.Lache 5+5reb Oradea: A.Vlaicu 23+4reb+1ast, I.Gavra 13+4reb, M.Adi 13+4reb+1ast, R.Chis 8+4reb+4ast, C.Tigan 3+2reb, O.Moza 0
The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 26-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Sp.Studentesc forced 19 Targu Mures turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 33 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Emina Demirovic (186-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian center Vladinka Erak (190-84) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Sp.Studentesc players scored in double figures. American guard Takesha Riggs (173, college: Ft.Valley St.) came up with 12 points and 4 steals and the other American import point guard Alexia Adams (163-86, college: Albany St.) added 13 points and 4 steals respectively for Targu Mures in the defeat. Top scorers: Sp.Studentesc: V.Erak 14+8reb, M.Beljanski 13+2reb+5ast, E.Demirovic 13+11reb+3ast, M.Ristic 11+1reb+2ast, T.Lungu 11+3reb+1ast, L.Otrocol 10+7reb+1ast Targu Mures: A.Adams 13+1reb+2ast, T.Riggs 12+2reb+3ast, T.Lashaqua Mackey if (typeof 10+7reb+2ast, C.Hilliard 9+3reb+1ast, M.Mihai 7+4reb+2ast, D.Walker 7+1reb+2ast
The game without a history. CSM Targoviste led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Cluj Napoca's 28. CSM Targoviste forced 31 Cluj Napoca turnovers and outrebounded them 42-21 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. CSM Targoviste players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Cluj Napoca's players. American forward Jillian Robbins (185-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Gabriela Marginean (182-87, college: Drexel) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four CSM Targoviste players scored in double figures. Forward Flavia Ferenczi (175-91) came up with 19 points and Hungarian center Andrea Vincze (190-89) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Cluj Napoca in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Targoviste: G.Marginean 16+8reb+1ast, E.Babkina 16+2reb+3ast, I.Matic 15+8reb+2ast, J.Robbins 13+10reb+3ast, A.Hutanu 8+1reb+2ast, K.Tikhonenko 6+5reb+2ast Cluj Napoca: F.Ferenczi 19+2reb+2ast, A.Vincze 15+5reb+2ast, D.Frieson 4+5reb, O.Precup 2+1reb+1ast, N.Pop 1+2reb+2ast, K.Meszaros 1+1reb
The game was mostly controlled by Satu Mare. Alexandria managed to win fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Utahya Drye (185-88, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side forward Ashley Arlen (187-90, college: Wayne St., NE, agency: Gamble Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Shanita Arnold (165-89, college: Arizona, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alexandria's coach Madalin Piperea rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Satu Mare keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Alexandria still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Satu Mare will meet Cluj Napoca (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alexandria will play against ICIM Arad. Top scorers: Satu Mare: U.Drye 16+8reb+1ast, A.Orosz 14+1reb, S.Freeman 12+9reb+1ast, H.Szlimak 10+3reb+2ast, D.Kovacevic 10+4reb, A.Parau 9+1reb+11ast Alexandria: A.Arlen 20+11reb+1ast, C.Lyons 12+3reb+3ast, S.Arnold 11+6reb+4ast, G.Rus 10+3reb+2ast, A.Sipos 7, A.Stefan 6+1reb
The game was mostly controlled by Alba Iulia. Craiova was better in fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Craiova 48-22 including a 38-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Latvian center Zenta Melnika (197-91, agency: FCM) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Alba Iulia's coach Tomas Bilek used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international center Gabriela Toma (192-74) came up with 10 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-87) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Craiova in the defeat.
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).
Satu Mare adds Ballard to their roster - 3 days ago
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CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Danielle Ballard (175-93, college: LSU). She played last summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). The last season Ballard played at Espoo Team in Finnish SM-sarja where in 20 games she was third best scorer with impressive 18.8ppg and had 8.0rpg, 2.9apg and 3.0spg (in top 2). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention. The list of the past... [read more]
CS Municipal Satu Mare (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 24-year old American guard Danielle Ballard (175-93, college: LSU). She played last summer at New York Liberty (WNBA). The last season Ballard played at Espoo Team in Finnish SM-sarja where in 20 games she was third best scorer with impressive 18.8ppg and had 8.0rpg, 2.9apg and 3.0spg (in top 2). A very spectacular season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Ballard was also voted All-SEC 1st Team in 2015 at her college time. Ballard graduated from Louisiana State University in 2015 and it is her second season as a professional player.
Coker's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
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34-year old forward Monique Coker (185-F-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Targoviste and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. She had a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds, while her team beat Sirius TgM (#9, 3-12) 78-68. Targoviste maintains the 3rd position in Romanian Liga Nationala. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Targoviste will need more victories to improve their 11-3 record. [read more]
34-year old forward Monique Coker (185-F-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Targoviste and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. She had a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds, while her team beat Sirius TgM (#9, 3-12) 78-68. Targoviste maintains the 3rd position in Romanian Liga Nationala. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Targoviste will need more victories to improve their 11-3 record. Coker has many years of experience at Targoviste, through which she has constantly improved. Old Dominion University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Coker is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.4ppg) and rebounds (4th best: 10.0rpg).
Second best performed player last round was Amanda Thompson (178-F-87) of top-ranked Sf.Gheorghe. She is American forward in her first season at Sf.Gheorghe. In the last game Thompson recorded impressive double-double of 11 points and 27 rebounds. It was enough for Sf.Gheorghe to edge the lower-ranked Cluj Napoca (#4, 10-5) by 6 points 61-55. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sf.Gheorghe consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 14-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Thompson is a newcomer at Sf.Gheorghe and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Cherise Daniel (180-G-87) of Sirius TgM (#9). Daniel scored 25 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Daniel's great performance Sirius TgM lost 68-78 to the higher-ranked Targoviste (#3, 11-3). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Sirius TgM can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Daniel she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Daniel has individually a great season in Romania. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Erica Covile (185-G) of Galati - 24 points and 5 rebounds 5. Andreea Olah (181-G/F-86) of Satu Mare - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Ka-Deidre Simmons (173-G) of Iasi - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Shanita Arnold (165-PG-89) of Alexandria - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Kristina Higgins (196-C-94) of Brasov - 15 points and 8 rebounds 9. Shanice Steenholdt (183-F-92) of Galati - 20 points and 8 rebounds 10. Carla Bartee (182-F/C-85) of Alexandria - 21 points and 8 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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