American forward Jillian Robbins (190-F-84, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Targoviste, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. The 28-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while her team outclassed Targu Mures (#11, 5-11) with 37-point margin 80-43. Targoviste maintains the 2nd position in Romanian Liga Nationala. Targoviste has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 14-1. Robbins turned to be Targoviste's top player in her first season with the team. Former The University of Tulsa star has very solid stats this year. Robbins is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.9rpg) and averages impressive 3.0spg and 58.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old former international guard Florina Diaconu (170-G-82) of Rapid. Diaconu had a very good evening with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course she lead Rapid to another comfortable win outscoring Oradea (#14, 0-15) 87-60. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Rapid managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Rapid managed to get this year. Diaconu is one of the most experienced players at Rapid and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Shanika Freeman (186-F/C-83) of Satu Mare (#3). Freeman scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Satu Mare, leading her team to a 95-49 easy win against the lower-ranked Cluj Napoca (#13, 3-12). Satu Mare is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 13-3 record is not that bad... Freeman has a very solid season. In 16 games in Romania she scored 13.1ppg. She also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 60.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists 5. Tiffany Brown (165-G-86) of Timisoara - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) of Timisoara - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Ashley Walker (187-F/C-87) of Targoviste - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) of Satu Mare - 21 points and 5 rebounds 9. Kari Laplante (195-C-89) of ICIM Arad - 23 points and 8 rebounds 10. Ekaterina Abramzon (185-F-87) of Alba Iulia - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
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)
Ashley Walker selected the top Romanian playing abroad in last week's games - 3 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 could not help one of league's weakest teams Venezia (17-5) in their last game. Despite Walker's good performance Venezia was badly defeated 65-48 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Lucca.
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 could not help one of league's weakest teams Venezia (17-5) in their last game. Despite Walker's good performance Venezia was badly defeated 65-48 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Lucca.
She was the top scorer with 14 points. Walker also added 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court.
Walker has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 79.0% in 27 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 shooting guard Sonia Ursu (176-93, currently plays in Czech Republic). Ursu was not able to help Basketball Nymburk (16-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance the eighth-placed Basketball Nymburk (16-6) was defeated 70-63 on the road by the second-ranked Valosun Brno in the Play-Offs group.
Ursu was the top scorer with 14 points. She also added 4 rebounds.
This season Ursu has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 65.5%.
She is in the roster of the Romanian senior national team.
#3. The Romanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Gabriela Marginean (182-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Drexel, currently plays in Spain). Marginean managed to help Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca in a victory against the closely-ranked Universitario de Ferrol (15-11) crushing them 61-39 in the Spanish LFB on Tuesday night.
She scored only 4 points in 19 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (25-1) is placed first in the LFB.
It was her team's 20th consecutive victory in a row.
This year Marginean averages: 6.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 26.4% and FT: 96.4%(27-28) in 27 games.
Ex-CSM Targoviste player is also a member of the Romanian senior national team.
#4. Forward Claudia Pop (182-89, agency: ProDep Management, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Wisla Can-Pack (18-4) in their game against Sleza Wroclaw (18-4) in the Polish TBLK.
She scored only 4 points and had 5 steals.
Wisla Can-Pack was badly defeated 73-57 in Wroclaw by the leading Sleza.
It's Pop's first season with the team.
Pop's overall stats this year are: 4.4ppg and 2.4rpg.
She is also Romanian national team player.
#5. International power forward Elisabeth Pavel (191-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sonia Ursu and both played together in the last Czech Republic ZBL game.
Pavel couldn't help Basketball Nymburk (16-6) in their game against Valosun Brno (16-6). She did not have that impressive stats last Saturday.
Pavel scored only one point in 2 minutes on the court.
Basketball Nymburk (#8) lost 63-70 in Brno to the second-ranked Valosun in the Play-Offs group.
This year Pavel's overall stats are: 7.1ppg and 4.0rpg in 25 games.
She plays currently for the Romanian national team.
#6. Power forward Ecaterina Armanu (177-98, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Crusaders (14-0) in their game against Suns (12-6) in the British WBBL, despite her good performance in Saturday night's game.
Armanu was the second best scorer with 12 points. She also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes.
But the league leader Crusaders lost 54-69 in Sevenoaks to the lower-ranked (#3) Suns.
Armanu's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Armanu averages only 5.6ppg in 11 games.
She is U18 international player who is currently on the Romanian National Team roster.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Romanian passport:
#1.Alexandra Mara managed to help Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin to win against the closely-ranked COB Calais (15-11) 72-63 in the French LF2 (second division) on Sunday night.
Mara recorded 5 points.
Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (16-10) is placed fourth in the LF2.
Mara has been at the team for four years.
This season she averages only 1.5ppg.
Liga Nationala Round 2 of Finals. Sf.Gheorghe post victory - 4 days ago
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Sf.Gheorghe - Cluj Napoca 72-66 Sf.Gheorghe rallied past Cluj Napoca to even the title series at 1-1. Cluj Napoca was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sf.Gheorghe made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American swingman Tyaunna Marshall (175-92, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Amanda Thomps... [read more]
Sf.Gheorghe rallied past Cluj Napoca to even the title series at 1-1. Cluj Napoca was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sf.Gheorghe made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American swingman Tyaunna Marshall (175-92, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Amanda Thompson (178-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Sf.Gheorghe players scored in double figures. American guard Taneisha Harrison (182-89, college: Pittsburgh) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (190-87, college: S.Florida, agency: Two Points) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Sf.Gheorghe: T.Marshall 27+7reb+3ast, A.Parau 12+4reb+5ast, A.Thompson 11+8reb+2ast, C.Jeffery 11+5reb+2ast, C.Harris 6+5reb+1ast, A.Stoenescu 3+2reb Cluj Napoca: T.Harrison 18+6reb+1ast, G.Irimia 14+9reb, D.Butulija 13+6reb+3ast, B.Denson 8+14reb+3ast, N.Dixon 7+2reb, A.Simina Mandache 6+7reb
Liga Nationala Round 1 of Finals. Cluj Napoca post opening victory - 5 days ago
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FINAL Sf.Gheorghe - Cluj Napoca 64-66 Cluj Napoca snatched a narrow road win over Sf.Gheorghe to surge ahead in the Finals. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cluj Napoca made 8 blocks. American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (190-87, college: S.Florida, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds... [read more]
Cluj Napoca snatched a narrow road win over Sf.Gheorghe to surge ahead in the Finals. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cluj Napoca made 8 blocks. American-Armenian center Brittany Denson (190-87, college: S.Florida, agency: Two Points) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. The former international forward Andra-Simina Mandache (185-81) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Cluj Napoca players scored in double figures. American power forward Chandra Harris (185-89, college: Georgia St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Amanda Thompson (178-87, college: Oklahoma) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Cluj Napoca: T.Harrison 17+4reb+2ast, B.Denson 16+14reb+1ast, A.Simina Mandache 15+7reb+1ast, N.Dixon 10+5reb+3ast, D.Butulija 8+5reb+3ast, C.Cutas 0 Sf.Gheorghe: T.Marshall 19+3reb, C.Harris 14+10reb+1ast, C.Jeffery 10+3reb+5ast, A.Thompson 8+12reb+3ast, C.Shegog 8+2reb, A.Parau 5+2reb+3ast
Brasov nipped Targoviste to take the lead in the consolation finals series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CSM Targoviste won third quarter 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Michaela Houser (170-91, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of her eight free throws). Center Kristina Higgins (196-94, college: Baylor) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Four Brasov players scored in double figures. Forward Monique Coker (185-82, college: ODU) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Porsche Poole (172-89, college: Michigan St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for CSM Targoviste. Top scorers: Brasov: M.Houser 20+7reb+4ast, B.Pesovic 13+6reb+2ast, K.Higgins 12+18reb+1ast, A.Webb 11+5reb, D.Ardelean 3+2reb, A.Haas 0 Targoviste: M.Coker 19+14reb+4ast, P.Poole 17+6reb+2ast, P.Green 7+6reb+3ast, D.Cosby 5+3reb+2ast, G.Toma 4+10reb+1ast, A.Chivu 3+2reb
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