Hope-GBA stayed alive in the series against Basel. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-14 Basel's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-68 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Dorothee Studer (168-92) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Sarah Cavin (178-92) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hope-GBA players scored in double figures. American center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks and international power forward Eva Moldovanyi (183-87) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Top scorers: Hope-GBA: D.Studer 20+11reb+1ast, S.Cavin 19+8reb+2ast, R.Grobet 12+8reb+3ast, L.Cutunic 10+4reb+2ast, M.Kolly 7+3reb+1ast, A.Rieder 6+4reb+1ast Basel: E.Moldovanyi 18+5reb+2ast, M.Skouby 17+11reb+2ast, M.Heckendorn 14+4reb, C.Hart 9+9reb+4ast, N.Girod 6+1reb, E.Haas 2+1ast
Helios experienced little problems reaching the next stage of the playoffs. The game was mostly controlled by Helios. Ovronnaz-Mart. managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ovronnaz-Mart. to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Ovronnaz-Mart.'s 34. Helios forced 35 Ovronnaz-Mart. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Ovronnaz-Mart.'s players. American guard Renee Taylor (158-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: Miami, FL) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. The other American import center Mandisa Stevenson (191-82, college: Auburn) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Helios players scored in double figures. Hungarian forward Ildiko Szakacs (187-81) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-E Shore) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Ovronnaz-Mart.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: Helios: R.Taylor 19+1reb+6ast, K.Twehues 14+3reb+2ast, J.Michaux 14+4reb+1ast, A.Rol 13+3reb+4ast, M.Stevenson 12+7reb+4ast, C.Turin 7+3reb+5ast Ovronnaz-Mart.: I.Szakacs 16+5reb+1ast, M.Carron 12+2ast, J.Griffith 10+9reb+2ast, C.Ambrosio 9+2reb+5ast, A.Perraudin 3+3reb+2ast, J.Guex 2+1reb
Fribourg advanced into the semifinals edging Pully for the second time in a row. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Pully managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fribourg dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Pully's 40. Fribourg forced 24 Pully turnovers and outrebounded them 46-24 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) notched a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (on 18-of-22 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Even 19 points and 8 assists by Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) did not help to save the game for Pully. American power forward Alendra Brown (191-86) added 19 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Top scorers: Fribourg: C.Trahan 40+12reb, M.Villarroel 27+6reb+6ast, L.Mazzocchi 11+6reb+4ast, D.Bozovic 6+10reb, M.Milenkovic 5+2reb, B.Mueller 4+5ast Pully: A.Brown 19+8reb+1ast, D.Diouf 19+2reb+8ast, T.Detraz 16+2reb+2ast, A.Gavin 5+1reb+1ast, B.Grau 3+1reb+1ast, L.Martin 3+1ast
Nyon forced the decisive third game in the series versus Riva Basket. It looked good early as Riva Basket took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nyon had a 12-10 second period charge getting the lead and Riva Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 38-62. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Riva Basket to just 2 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. Nyon held Riva Basket to an opponent 18.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 48.1 percent accuracy of the winners. Nyon had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Tiffany Benson (185-88, college: William & Mary) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 24 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Melissa Favre (184-92) chipped in 23 points during the contest. Canadian-Jamaican forward Rhona McKenzie (183-76, agency: LBM Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Judit Jakab (178-89) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Nyon: M.Favre 23+1reb+2ast, T.Benson 21+24reb+3ast, R.Durand 7+3reb, A.Toumi 6+5reb+3ast, G.Gur 3+5reb+5ast, J.Muellauer 2+2ast Riva Basket: R.McKenzie 14+13reb, J.Jakab 13+5reb+2ast, S.McCallum 11+6reb+1ast, A.Sassi 0, L.Bernaschina 0, S.Franscella 0+1ast
Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Awards 2016 - May 9, 2016
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Finals MVP: Chelsea Poppens (188-F-91) of Helios; Player of the Year: Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87) of Helios; Guard of the Year: Jazmine Davis (170-G-93) of Fribourg; Forward of the Year: Chelsea Poppens (188-F-91) of Helios; Center of the Year: Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87) of Helios; Import Player of the Year: Chelsea Poppens (188-F-91) of Helios; Domestic Player of the Year: Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87) of Helios; Defensive Player of the Year: Sarah Hansen (178- [read more]
Helios VS Basket claim fifth straight LNA title - May 8, 2016
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Helios - Fribourg 62:43 Helios VS Basket repeated as LNA champions. They beat Fribourg in the third game of the title series to celebrate the fifth straight LNA trophy. Chelsea Poppens (188-F-91, college: Iowa St.) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Helios stunned the visitors in the opening frame. The hosts went on a 24:7 run to clear off. Helios maintained the lead throughout the second term. The home side accumulated a 27:14 halftime advantage. Helios boosted the margin a... [read more]
Helios - Fribourg 62:43
Helios VS Basket repeated as LNA champions. They beat Fribourg in the third game of the title series to celebrate the fifth straight LNA trophy. Chelsea Poppens (188-F-91, college: Iowa St.) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Helios stunned the visitors in the opening frame. The hosts went on a 24:7 run to clear off. Helios maintained the lead throughout the second term. The home side accumulated a 27:14 halftime advantage. Helios boosted the margin at 24-point mark heading into the fourth term. Fribourg narrowed the gap in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Dorothee Studer (169-G-92) finished with 17 points, while Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) had 12 for the champions. Jazmine Davis (170-G-93, college: Washington, agency: LBM Management) answered with game-high 19 points for Fribourg. Alexia Rol (177-F-89) tossed in 13 points in the loss.
Sumar Leslie is an explosive combo guard who has never had a losing season in her career. She is an elite defender, an explosive slasher and is an unselfish player with excellent passing skills and court vision. She also is a free agent, hopeful of receiving a deal in the coming months to resume her career. - Sumar thanks for talking to Eurobasket. Where are you at the moment and what are your plans for the future? Well, I live in Louisiana, so that's where I've been. I've been training... [read more]
Sumar Leslie is an explosive combo guard who has never had a losing season in her career. She is an elite defender, an explosive slasher and is an unselfish player with excellent passing skills and court vision. She also is a free agent, hopeful of receiving a deal in the coming months to resume her career.
- Sumar thanks for talking to Eurobasket. Where are you at the moment and what are your plans for the future? Well, I live in Louisiana, so that's where I've been. I've been training two and three times a day, and I'm in the best shape of my life. I'm back 100 percent healthy, which is important to me, so I'm just trying to get better every day so I can get another opportunity.
- You mention your health. What did you injure? Well, I broke a bone in my leg while playing in the WBCBL. That put me on the shelf for about six months. And you know, using those six months really helped me to heal a lot of minor things that I had - little aches and bruises - that I refused to let stop me. But I've been 100 percent medically cleared, and I'm healthier and in better shape than I've ever been in my career.
- You played professionally in Puerto Rico and enjoyed success. What was that like? It was awesome. It was something that I enjoyed. I played for the San German Atleticas. The culture there is so much different than in the states, so that was a little bit of a shock. I got there midseason and the team was struggling. But we turned it around and made it all the way to the Semifinals. It was great. - You said before the interview that your stats were misleading. What do you mean? Well, I got there midseason, so I had to learn the system. My first three or four games, I only played the final couple minutes of the game, so it made my minutes look bad. As a starter, I averaged 15 points per game with 5 assists per game, so those are the numbers I like to focus on.
- Where have you played since then? A couple of places. After Puerto Rico, I took a little time off to rest. Since then I played for the WBCBL in the USA for the Louisiana Bayou Angels. I averaged more than 20 points per game with a league-high 7 steals per game while there. That was the team I was with at the time of my injury.
- What are your top accolades? I was All-Conference in college, of course - an All-Southland player at Nicholls State University. I was All-Defense in college, as well. In the pros, I won the hardest defensive worker award at our team banquet in Puerto Rico.
- What are your goals now? There's only one. I want to get back and play. Any price. Any team. I want to play.
- What would you say to coaches to convince them? I'm better than I've ever been. I've worked non-stop. I am 100% healthy, and I am in the best shape of my life. I can play three positions, and I can defend three positions. I am ready for an opportunity and will be a quality teammate and leader. - What was the last DVD movie that you saw? Creed
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