American Rashada McCants (185-G/F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Telge and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The 26-year old swingman had a double-double of 33 points and ten rebounds, while her team edged out Kvarnby (#7, 9-12) 77-76. It allowed Telge to consolidate first place in the Swedish Damligan. Telge has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 19-2. In the team's last game McCants had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. She turned to be Telge's top player in her first season with the team. University of North Carolina graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCants is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.9ppg), assists (7th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 42.6% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international Anna Barthold (185-C/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of Northland. Barthold impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she lead Northland to another comfortable win 74-55 over slightly lower-ranked Udominate (#5, 12-9) being unquestionably team leader. Northland's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just four games this season, while they won 17 matches. Barthold is well-known by Northland fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was another Telge's star - American Angel Robinson (172-G-89). Robinson showcased her all-around game by recording 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. She was another key player of Telge, helping her team with a 77-76 win against the lower-ranked Kvarnby (#7, 9-12). Many experts and fans count Telge as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 19 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Robinson has a great season in Sweden. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.5apg (2nd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Earnesia Williams (185-F-87) of Visby - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Ashleigh Brown (183-F/G-87) of Kvarnby - 10 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Tanya Massamba (182-F/G-91) of Norrkoping - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Earnesia Williams (185-F-87) of Visby - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Natasha Vital (173-PG-88) of Jarfalla - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Lykendra Johnson (185-F-89) of Norrkoping - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) of Norrkoping - 18 points, 8 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)
Sweden has announced a list of 24 players, all of whom have been invited to camp, as preparations are about to start in a week.The list features all fourteen players who played a game in EuroBasket Qualifiers last summer.As was previously mentioned, Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) is attending Los Angeles Sparks training camp, so she would be available only when/if she gets cut [read more]
Sweden has announced a list of 24 players, all of whom have been invited to camp, as preparations are about to start in a week. The list features all fourteen players who played a game in EuroBasket Qualifiers last summer. As was previously mentioned, Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) is attending Los Angeles Sparks training camp, so she would be available only when/if she gets cut. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas)s rehab is going according to plan, which means she should be ready sooner rather than later. The Swedes are also optimistic about recovery of Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas), who underwent a knee surgery. On the list theres also Ashley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) American guard, who was third leading scorer in Swedish league this season. Key intends to obtain a Swedish citizenship in near future. If done in time she could give a boost for the Swedish guard corps.
Sweden announced their preparation plans in February. Only thing thats changed from back then is that theyll play in Lithuania against Lithuanians, Chinese and Japanese, instead of Latvians.
Player of the Year: Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) of Norrkoping
Guard of the Year: Ashley Key (177-G-85) of Mark Basket
Forward of the Year: Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) of Norrkoping
Center of the Year: Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) of Solna Vikings
Bosman Player of the Year: Kristina Tattersdill (184-F/C-83) of Sallen
Import Player of the Year: Ashley Key (177-G-85) of Mark Baske [read more]
Norrkoping sweep the series to win 2012/2013 Finals - Apr 9, 2013
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Norrkoping - Solna Vikings 72:59
Norrkoping sweep the series to win 2012/2013 Finals against Solna. Norrkoping won 72:59 in Game 3 and became the Champion.
Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period. Norrkoping pushed the tempo in the rest of the quarter and won the second frame 24-12. Solna Vikings replied with 16-15 rally in the third frame, but could not come closer. Norrkoping added 16-14 in the last stanza to seal the trophy [read more]
Norrkoping - Solna Vikings 72:59
Norrkoping sweep the series to win 2012/2013 Finals against Solna. Norrkoping won 72:59 in Game 3 and became the Champion. Both teams scored 17 points each in the first period. Norrkoping pushed the tempo in the rest of the quarter and won the second frame 24-12. Solna Vikings replied with 16-15 rally in the third frame, but could not come closer. Norrkoping added 16-14 in the last stanza to seal the trophy. It was a great evening for American forward Lykendra Johnson (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international center Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Eureka Brooks scored 13 points and 6 rebounds.
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