Former international center Ekaterina Lisina (203-C-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Dynamo K., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. The 25-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while her team beat Spartak N. (#8, 3-10) 59-50. Dynamo K. is placed at 2nd position in Russian PBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dynamo K. will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. It's Lisina's second year at Dynamo K. and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Ekaterina Lisina averages this season 11.7ppg and 6.5rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Latvian Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-SG-83) of league's leader UMMC. Jekabsone-Zogota had a very good evening with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course she lead UMMC to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dynamo-GUVD (#7, 4-10) 83-57. Of course UMMC still keep the league's top spot. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 13-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Jekabsone-Zogota is well-known at UMMC and is a proven leader in her second season with the team.
Third on the list of top players last round was another UMMC's star - French center Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87). Gruda scored 15 points. She was another key player of UMMC, helping her team with a 83-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Dynamo-GUVD (#7, 4-10). Many experts and fans count UMMC as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 13 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Gruda has a great season in Russia. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.8ppg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Sidney Spencer (191-PF-85) of Dynamo-GUVD - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Temeka Johnson (160-PG-82) of Dynamo K. - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) of UMMC - 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Natasa Popovic (192-C-82) of Spartak N. - 2 points and 13 rebounds 8. Candace Parker (193-C-86) of UMMC - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Deanna Nolan (183-G/F-79) of UMMC - 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Ausra Bimbaite (179-SG-82) of Dynamo K. - 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 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)
PBL Round 1 of Finals. UMMC defeat Dynamo Kursk in opener - 21 hours ago
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FINAL Dynamo K. - UMMC 56-67 UMMC upset Dynamo Kursk on the road in Finals opener. American center Brittney Griner (203-90, college: Baylor) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Italian-American Diana Taurasi (182-82, college: Connecticut) chipped in 18 points. The former international guard Epiphanny Prince (175-88, college: Rutgers) produced 18 points and American Angel McCoughtry (187-86, college: Louisville) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dynam... [read more]
UMMC upset Dynamo Kursk on the road in Finals opener. American center Brittney Griner (203-90, college: Baylor) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Italian-American Diana Taurasi (182-82, college: Connecticut) chipped in 18 points. The former international guard Epiphanny Prince (175-88, college: Rutgers) produced 18 points and American Angel McCoughtry (187-86, college: Louisville) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dynamo Kursk's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Dynamo K.: E.Prince 18+3reb+1ast, A.McCoughtry 11+6reb+3ast, K.Levchenko 8+1ast, N.Ogwumike 7+9reb+3ast, E.Kirillova 5+1reb, T.Vidmer 3+6reb+1ast UMMC: B.Griner 21+9reb+2ast, D.Taurasi 18+3reb+1ast, N.Baric 12+4reb+5ast, E.Meesseman 9+11reb+2ast, A.Solovyeva 4+1reb+1ast, E.Belyakova 3+2ast
Nadezhda held off Dynamo Moscow in Orenburg to victoriously open Bronze medals series. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nadezhda Orenburg made 7 blocks. American power forward Elizabeth Williams (190-93, college: Duke) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Natalia Anoykina (196-87) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Nadezhda Orenburg players scored in double figures. Montenegrin-Serbian Ana Dabovic (183-89) produced 10 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Ksenia Tikhonenko (192-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dynamo Moscow's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Dynamo M.: A.Dabovic 10+4reb+5ast, V.Psareva 9+5reb+2ast, K.Tikhonenko 8+8reb+1ast, O.Vorobyeva 6+4reb+2ast, K.Ebzery 6+3reb+3ast, K.Nacickaite 5+3reb+1ast Nadezhda O.: E.Williams 12+10reb+4ast, E.Beglova 11+1ast, N.Zhedik 11+2reb+3ast, N.Anoykina 11+9reb, Z.Maiga 6+4reb, T.Petrushina 6+1reb+1ast
Valeriya Musina selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Russian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is former international guard Valeriya Musina (183-87). She led CCC Polkowice to a victory over the closely-ranked Artego Bydgoszcz in the Polish TBLK in Wednesday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Russian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international guard Valeriya Musina (183-87, college: Lee, currently plays in Poland). She led CCC Polkowice to a victory over the closely-ranked Artego Bydgoszcz (13-9) 80-63 in the Polish TBLK in Wednesday night's game.
Musina was MVP of the game. She recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court.
CCC Polkowice (14-8) is placed fifth in the TBLK.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Musina's seventh season with the team.
This year Musina averages: 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 60.2% in 33 games she played so far.
She played for the Russian senior national team three years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international power forward Raisa Musina (191-98, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Valeriya Musina and both played together in the last Polish TBLK game.
Musina contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Artego Bydgoszcz (13-9) 80-63.
She recorded 12 points (made all of her five free throws).
Musina's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 40.1%, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 76.1%.
She is in the roster of the Russian senior national team.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U21 international power forward Elena Reshetko (184-86, currently plays in Finland). Reshetko was the major contributor in a Catz Lappeenranta's victory against the closely-ranked Peli-Karhut (15-12) crushing them 77-46 in the Finnish SM-sarja last Tuesday.
She had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds. Reshetko also added 3 assists in 25 minutes.
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.
Reshetko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her 12th year in Catz Lappeenranta's roster.
She has individually a very good season with high stats. Reshetko averages: 16.6ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 78.3% in 29 games.
She played for the Russian U21 national team ten years ago.
#4. Forward Tatiana Grigoryeva (178-90, currently plays in Kazakhstan) could not help Okzhetpes (3-9) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the bottom-ranked Okzhetpes was crushed 88-52 on the road by the leading Astana Tigers.
Grigoryeva was the top scorer with 15 points in 31 minutes.
Grigoryeva has very impressive stats this year: 23.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.8apg and 2.9spg in eight games.
She used to play for the Russian university national team
back in 2013.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1.Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89, currently plays in Czech Republic) could not help Basketball Nymburk (16-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Khomenchuk's 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.
She scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Khomenchuk has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2bpg.
She has a dual citizenship: Russian and Ukrainian.
#2.Annie Tarakchian (182-F-94, agency: LBM Management, college: Princeton, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sint Kateline Waver (16-6) 74-55 in the Belgian Top Division Women on Monday night.
Tarakchian scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Royal Castors Braine (22-0) is placed first in the Top Division Women.
So far her team won all twenty two games in the Semi-Finals.
It's Tarakchian's first season with the team.
She has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg in 11 games she played so far.
Tarakchian is a naturalized American.
Strangely she has never played in Russia.
#3.Victoria Mazur (164-PG-92, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole to win against the closely-ranked Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (14-10) 71-64 in the Lithuanian LMKL on Saturday night.
Mazur recorded only 2 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole (22-2) is placed first in the LMKL.
It was her team's 11th consecutive victory in a row.
Mazur's overall stats this season are: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg.
#4.Darya Panasiuk (190-C-88, currently plays in Kazakhstan) was not able to help Okzhetpes in their game against Astana Tigers (12-0) in the Kazakhstan D1.
Panasiuk scored 7 points.
The bottom-ranked Okzhetpes was crushed 88-52 in Astana by the leading Tigers.
Panasiuk has been at the team for four years.
She has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg.
Superleague 1 Round 1 of Finals. Dynamo-Farm claim first victory - 3 days ago
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Neftyanik - Dynamo-Farm 48-77 Dynamo-Farm celebrated the opening victory in Superleague 1 Finals. They upset Neftyanik on the road in the opener. Dynamo-Farm dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Neftyanik's 28. Dynamo-Farm forced 33 Neftyanik turnovers. Center Elizaveta Shabanova (196-97) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Katerina Polyashova (188-96, agency: LBM Management) c... [read more]
Dynamo-Farm celebrated the opening victory in Superleague 1 Finals. They upset Neftyanik on the road in the opener. Dynamo-Farm dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Neftyanik's 28. Dynamo-Farm forced 33 Neftyanik turnovers. Center Elizaveta Shabanova (196-97) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Katerina Polyashova (188-96, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Kseniya Chinaeva (180-89) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds and guard Elena Elgina (170-87) added 14 points respectively for lost side. 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: Neftyanik: E.Elgina 14+2reb+2ast, K.Chinaeva 9+10reb+1ast, Y.Panevina 7+2reb, N.Matrosova 6+5reb+1ast, M.Vorobeva 3+1reb+1ast, A.Bazinskaya 3+3reb+1ast Dynamo-Farm: E.Shabanova 23+7reb+1ast, K.Polyashova 13+6reb, M.Cheremisina 8+1reb+1ast, E.Golovchenko 6+2reb+1ast, K.Safonova 6+1reb+1ast, V.Cheren 6+5reb
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