Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) made the play of the day - maybe of the Olympic women's basketball tournament.
The 6-foot-8 Australian dunked.
FIBA couldn't confirm if the 20-year Cambage was the first woman to dunk in an Olympic game. But she and her teammates knew she had done something special Friday in Australia's 70-66victory over Russia.
"That's the first time I've seen it in the Olympics,'' said Australia forward Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81), playing in her fourth Olympics. "Even in the WNBA, you see some girls do it, on a fast break but she had the zone around her, she had people around her. She made it look so easy.
"I wish I could do that.''
Cambage caught the ball at the top of the lane from teammate Kristi Harrower with 6:14 left in the third quarter, took one dribble drove to the basket for the one-handed dunk.
Cambage said she never has dunked before in a game and rarely tries to in practice. Still, she was happy to provide what's sure to be a highlight of the tournament.
"It's good to finally do it and get everyone off my back about it,'' she said. "I was wide open and I felt it and just did it. It was an out of body experience. I wasn't thinking about it.''
Australian coach Carrie Graf has encouraged her young star to dunk in warmups to gain more confidence. She was proud to see her do it in the flow of the game.
"To have someone dunk at the Olympics, and a rising star of the women's world game is huge,'' Graf said. "It's one of the many things that will continue to put women's basketball on the map as a global game. That's what it does.
"It's a historic, iconic moment in women's sport.''
The dunk in the middle of a 12-0 run that gave Australia (3-1) a 44-33 lead - its biggest of the game.
Russia (3-1) battled back to close within 61-58 with 4:22 left in the game on Becky Hammon's 3-pointer. Australia responded extending its lead back up to 68-62 on Jenna O'Hea's 3-pointer with 1:27 left.
Hammon's basket with 50 seconds left made it 68-66 before Cambage hit two free throws to seal the victory.
Cambage finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Australia.
But it was her dunk that was the highlight of the game.
"Cambage posterizing people is good for women's basketball,'' Hammon said. "Making plays like that, memorable moments, people aren't going to remember who won or lost that game.
"They'll remember that dunk.''
Because it didn't happen on a breakaway and Cambage did it with such ease, there was not much reaction from the crowd.
But the Australian bench erupted after the play and Cambage had a big smile as she ran back on defense.
"I never do it, but everyone wants me to do it, it's the one thing I'm really shy about,'' Cambage said. "I'm usually not shy about anything but when it comes to dunking I'm a bit shy.''
Cambage was the second pick by the Tulsa Shock in the 2011 WNBA draft. She missed the first part of the WNBA season to train with Australia.
Australia held a 32-30 halftime advantage despite going without a basket for the final 5:18 of the second quarter. The Aussies led 30-23 after Batkovic's three-point play before Russia scored seven straight to tie it at 30. Batkovic, who scored the final seven points of the half for the Aussie, hit two free throws with 3 seconds left to cap the scoring.
Irina Osipova (196-C-81) scored 15 points for Russia, which closes out its pool play on Sunday against France; Australia faces Canada.
"it's a very big - a massive win - every win is a good win,'' Cambage said. "If we drop another game we could end up third or fourth. I got my fingers crossed that Russia will beat France.''
Dynamo Junior have won Superleague 2 in Russia. In the Final game they overcame Spartak-2 84-37. Dynamo dominated the whole game and rightfully clinched the top place. In the game for the third place Nadezhda-2 beat Shahty 72-48. Valentina Kozhukhar (188-C/F-99) was named MVP of the event. Anna Burovaya (172-PG-97) was named the best Defensive player, while Tatiana Sema(193-C-96) received Best Center award. [read more]
Dynamo Junior have won Superleague 2 in Russia. In the Final game they overcame Spartak-2 84-37. Dynamo dominated the whole game and rightfully clinched the top place. In the game for the third place Nadezhda-2 beat Shahty 72-48. Valentina Kozhukhar (188-C/F-99) was named MVP of the event. Anna Burovaya (172-PG-97) was named the best Defensive player, while Tatiana Sema (193-C-96) received Best Center award.
Results and Stats from PBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 2 days ago
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Dynamo NR - UMMC 56-92 UMMC eased past Dynamo NR in the opener. UMMC Ekaterinburg made 17-of-17 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. UMMC Ekaterinburg outrebounded Dynamo NR 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for UMMC Ekaterinburg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American center Brittney Griner (203-90, college: Baylor) fired a double-double b... [read more]
UMMC eased past Dynamo NR in the opener. UMMC Ekaterinburg made 17-of-17 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. UMMC Ekaterinburg outrebounded Dynamo NR 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for UMMC Ekaterinburg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American center Brittney Griner (203-90, college: Baylor) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Slovakian-American point guard Kristi Toliver (170-87, college: Maryland) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. Four UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. UMMC Ekaterinburg's coach Sandy Brondello felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Ksenia Kuzmina (198-95, agency: LBM Management) produced 12 points and 6 rebounds and forward Adelina Abaiburova (186-95, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Dynamo NR: A.Abaiburova 14+1reb+1ast, K.Kuzmina 12+6reb, S.Gorshkova 9+2reb+1ast, T.Tatham 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Chaykovskaya 7+1reb+3ast, M.Riavkina 4+3reb+2ast UMMC: B.Griner 28+11reb+2ast, K.Toliver 18+3reb+8ast, O.Arteshina 11+1reb+1ast, N.Baric 10+4ast, E.Belyakova 10+4reb+1ast, S.Lyttle 6+4reb+4ast
Dynamo held off Chevakata in Moscow to take 1-0 lead. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian guard Kamile Nacickaite (181-89, college: Drexel) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Australian Katie-Rae Ebzery (177-90) contributed with 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Dynamo Moscow's coach Vladimir Shtam allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Serbian point guard Tamara Radocaj (170-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and American Emma Cannon (187-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: LBM Management) added 6 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Vologda-Chevakata. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Chevakata: T.Radocaj 17+4reb+6ast, A.Tarasova 12+2reb+1ast, M.Filonchyk 11+1ast, A.Zamaraeva 10+2reb+1ast, B.Jones 7+4ast, E.Cannon 6+13reb+2ast Dynamo M.: K.Nacickaite 20+2reb+2ast, A.Dabovic 16+2reb+1ast, K.Tikhonenko 11+9reb, K.Ebzery 10+3reb+8ast, B.Alexandra 6+1ast, O.Vorobyeva 6+2reb
Dynamo Kursk left no chance for Spartak Moscow Region on the road. Dynamo Kursk made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Dynamo Kursk outrebounded Spartak Vidnoye 50-31 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International center Maria Vadeeva (193-98) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Nigerian-American power forward Nneka Ogwumike (189-90, college: Stanford) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Five Dynamo Kursk players scored in double figures. Coach Lucas Mondelo's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side international Olga Novikova (180-94) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Whitney Knight (190-93, college: FGCU) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Top scorers: Sparta&K MR: O.Novikova 14+5reb+4ast, D.Namok 11+1reb+3ast, I.Dojkic 9+4reb+1ast, W.Knight 8+6reb+3ast, A.Razheva 7+3reb+2ast, M.Davydova 5+6reb+2ast Dynamo K.: M.Vadeeva 15+11reb+1ast, H.Ciak 14+6reb+2ast, N.Ogwumike 13+9reb+2ast, A.McCoughtry 11+4reb+3ast, A.Logunova 11+4reb+1ast, E.Kirillova 8+1reb
Nadezhda cruised past MBA in Moscow to surge ahead in the quarterfinal series. Nadezhda Orenburg dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to MBA's 40. Nadezhda Orenburg forced 22 MBA turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by MBA's players. The former international center Natalia Anoykina (196-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Elizabeth Williams (190-93, college: Duke) chipped in 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the losing side forward Yana Degtyarskaya (181-95) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Karina Nizamova (170-92) scored 10 points. Five Nadezhda Orenburg and four MBA players scored in double figures. 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: MBA: M.Kaytukova 13+1ast, Y.Degtyarskaya 11+5reb+2ast, A.Leshovceva 10+2reb+3ast, K.Nizamova 10+2reb+3ast, N.Glonti 8+2reb+2ast, O.Gorbacheva 8+4reb Nadezhda O.: E.Williams 20+4reb+2ast, L.Sapova 18+3reb+4ast, T.Petrushina 17+5reb+3ast, N.Anoykina 13+12reb+3ast, A.Shilova 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Maiga 8+3reb
Maschenkova number one in Russian Superleague 1 for round 38 - 2 days ago
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Power forward Ekaterina Maschenkova (182-F/C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Rostov, receiving a Eurobasket.com Superleague 1 Player of the Week award for round 38. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while her team crushed Stavropol (#8, 14-22) with 22-point margin 73-51. Rostov maintains the 2nd position in Russian Superleague 1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this... [read more]
Power forward Ekaterina Maschenkova (182-F/C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Rostov, receiving a Eurobasket.com Superleague 1 Player of the Week award for round 38. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while her team crushed Stavropol (#8, 14-22) with 22-point margin 73-51. Rostov maintains the 2nd position in Russian Superleague 1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rostov will need more victories to improve their 22-14 record. Maschenkova turned to be Rostov's top player in her first season with the team. Ekaterina Maschenkova has solid league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 15.6ppg. Maschenkova
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Galina Lyashenko (172-PG-91) of Stavropol. Lyashenko had a very good evening with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Stavropol lost that game 51-73 to the higher-ranked Rostov (#2, 22-14). Stavropol is still second from the bottom in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-22 record. Lyashenko is a newcomer at Stavropol, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Julia Gladkova (185-F-94) of Sparta&K-2 V (#9). Gladkova scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Sparta&K-2 V, leading her team to a 70-60 win against the higher-ranked Samara (#4, 19-17). The chances of Sparta&K-2 V not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Gladkova could try to bring Sparta&K-2 V's a little bit higher in the standings. Gladkova has individually a great season in Russia. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.3rpg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alexandra Kirina (190-C/F-96) of Dynamo-2 M. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Ekaterina Ryabova (181-SF-94) of Dynamo-2 M. - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Ketrin Pyatina (181-PF-97) of Nika - 16 points and 4 rebounds 7. Svetlana Boykova (182-SF-96) of Dynamo-2 M. - 10 points and 9 rebounds 8. Irina Kiseleva (175-G-93) of Samara - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Viktoriya Edomakha (187-F/C-95) of Neftyanik - 17 points and 5 rebounds 10. Yana Matveeva (186-F/G-92) of Samara - 5 points, 11 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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