Energy Ivanovo (PBL) landed 28-year old power forward Varvara Psareva (192-72kg-85). She started the season at Dynamo Kursk (PBL). In 7 games this season she averaged 3.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg. The last season Psareva played at Spartak Noginsk. In 19 PBL games last year she had 12.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. She also posted 4.5 points and 8.5 boards per game in EuroCup. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Russian PBL 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. The previous (10-11) season Psareva played at Dynamo Moscow. In 22 PBL games that season she had 8.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. In EuroCup Psareva notched 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per appearance. Her team made it to the Superleague Semifinals in 2010. Psareva represented Russia at the World University Championships in Bangkok six years ago. She has played previously for another Russian team Spartak Vidnoye.
Raisa Musina selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - 3 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Russians who are currently playing abroad. Annie Tarakchian (182-F-94, agency: LBM Management)to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked R.Spirou Monceau in the Belgian Top Division Women in Saturday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Russians who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an international power forward Raisa Musina (191-98, currently plays in Poland). She could not help one of league's weakest teams CCC Polkowice (14-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Musina's very good performance CCC Polkowice was edged 84-82 on the road by the higher-ranked AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (#4).
She was the top scorer with 25 points. Musina also added 6 rebounds.
This season Musina averages: 10.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 76.2%.
She is currently a member of the Russian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former U21 international forward Elena Reshetko (184-86, currently plays in Finland). Reshetko led Catz Lappeenranta to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Espoo Utd (17-10) 95-87 in the Finnish SM-sarja in Saturday night's game.
She was MVP of the game. Reshetko recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 20 rebounds. She also added 3 assists and 4 blocks.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Catz Lappeenranta (19-8) is placed second in the SM-sarja.
It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Reshetko's 12th season with the team.
Reshetko has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 75.9%.
Reshetko played for the Russian U21 national team in 2007.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Marina Bas (195-85, currently plays in Turkey). She was not able to help Osmaniye (4-17) in their last game. Despite Bas' very good performance the bottom-ranked Osmaniye was crushed 99-69 at home by the leading Fenerbahce.
She was the top scorer with 16 points. Bas also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 40 minutes.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's Bas' first season with the team.
She has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 76.3% in 12 games she played so far.
Bas played for the Russian national team two years ago.
#4. Guard Valeriya Musina (183-87, college: Lee, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Raisa Musina. But that was another game of her team in Polish TBLK which we would like to mention.
Musina was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams CCC Polkowice (14-8) in their game against AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (15-7).
She scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes.
CCC Polkowice lost 59-70 in Gorzow Wlkp. to the higher-ranked (#4) AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski.
Musina is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her seventh year in CCC Polkowice's roster.
This season Musina's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg in 24 games.
She used to play for the Russian national team
back in 2014.
#5. Former international shooting guard Ekaterina Fedorenkova (178-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Socinsa Bembibre (9-16) in their game against Argon Uni Girona (21-4) in the Spanish LFB.
Fedorenkova scored 6 points.
Socinsa Bembibre was crushed 91-54 in Girona by the second-ranked Argon Uni.
It was Socinsa Bembibre's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season.
This season Fedorenkova averages only 3.0ppg.
She used to play for the Russian national team
three years ago.
#6. Forward Tatiana Grigoryeva (178-90, currently plays in Kazakhstan) led Okzhetpes to a 1-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Irtysh (3-9) 69-68 in the Kazakhstan D1 on Saturday night.
She was the best player in that game. Grigoryeva scored 34 points (!!!), had 8 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 5 balls.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Okzhetpes Kokshetay (3-9) closes the standings in the D1.
The Regular Season already ended.
This season Grigoryeva has very high stats. She averages: 21.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.3apg and 3.2spg.
Grigoryeva is a former university international player as she played for the Russian team four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1.Annie Tarakchian (182-F-94, agency: LBM Management, college: Princeton, currently plays in Belgium) led Castors Braine to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked R.Spirou Monceau (5-17) crushing them 121-74 in the Belgian Top Division Women in Saturday night's game.
She recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Tarakchian's third season in pro basketball. Royal Castors Braine (22-0) is placed first in the Top Division Women.
So far her team won all twenty two games in the Quarter-Finals.
Tarakchian has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg and 2.6spg in eight games she played so far.
She is a naturalized American.
Strangely Tarakchian has never played in Russia.
#2.Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major 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.
Khomenchuk recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 27 minutes.
DSK Basketball Nymburk (16-6) is placed eighth in Play-Offs group.
It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Khomenchuk has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.6apg and 2.5bpg in 23 games.
She has a dual citizenship: Russian and Ukrainian.
#3. Experienced Anna Sokolan (177-G-84, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Montana 2003 to a victory over the league outsider Septemvri (0-15) 75-56 in the Bulgarian NBL last Wednesday.
She was the best player in that game. Sokolan scored 19 points in 28 minutes.
Montana 2003 (10-4) is placed second in the NBL.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Sokolan has been at the team for four years.
This season her overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.8apg in eight games.
Sokolan is another player who holds two passports: Ukrainian and Russian.
#4.Natalia Merkulova (175-G/F-91, college: SUNO, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in Ilrija's victory against the fifth-ranked Maribor (3-11) 72-57 in the Slovenian SKL on Tuesday night.
She was the best player in that game. Merkulova scored 18 points; not bad, considering it's only her second season in pro basketball. KED Panter Ilirija Ljubljana (9-6) is placed third in Places 1-6 group.
Merkulova's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg.
#5.Ekaterina Abramzon (185-F-87, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Maccabi Raanana (6-15) crushing them 93-70 in the Israeli D1 last Monday.
She scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
Bnot Hertzeliya (12-9) is placed third in Places 1-6 group.
It was her team's first victory after four consecutive loses.
There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial.
Abramzon's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg.
She has both Russian and Israeli nationalities.
#6.Yuliya Rytsikava (181-F-86, also represented by LBM Management, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Sozh-GGU crushing them 106-57 in the Belarusian Premier League last Saturday.
Rytsikava was the best player in that game. She recorded 17 points and had 5 steals in a mere 16 minutes.
Rytsikava has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.6apg and 2.6spg in 21 games.
Rytsikava also holds two passports: Russian and Belarusian.
#7.Darya Panasiuk (190-C-88, currently plays in Kazakhstan) contributed to a 1-point Okzhetpes' victory against one of league's weakest teams Irtysh 69-68 in the Kazakhstan D1 in Saturday night's game.
She scored 9 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 40 minutes.
Panasiuk has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg in 12 games.
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 - 3 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
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