25-year old forward Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Helios and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7. She had a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Bellinzona (#10, 0-7) with 56-point margin 102-46. It allowed Helios to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Helios keeps perfect 7 -0 record. Giroud turned to be Helios' top player in her first season with the team. Franklin Pierce University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Giroud leads league in rebounds with 12.9rpg. Giroud is in league's top in assists (6th best: 3.4apg) and averages solid 3.4spg and 55.4% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Kaitlin Sowinski (196-C-86, agency: Two Points) of Fribourg. She is American center in her first season at Fribourg. In the last game Sowinski recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Fribourg lost that game 63-71 to slightly lower-ranked Hope-GBA (#5, 4-3). This loss caused Fribourg to drop to 3rd position in the standings. Her team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Sowinski is a newcomer at Fribourg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#7). She also registered 9.7 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Takia Starks (173-G-87) of Muraltese (#8). Starks got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. She went also for seven rebounds and five assists. Despite Starks' great performance Muraltese lost 67-84 to the higher-ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. (#2, 6-1). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. Muraltese can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Starks she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Starks has individually a great season in Switzerland. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.3ppg (2nd best) and assists with 3.3apg (7th best). She also has 4.9spg and FGP: 55.6%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Quiana Porter (187-F/C-91) of Pully - 24 points and 17 rebounds 5. Jamila Studer-Griffith (182-F-82) of Ovronnaz-Mart. - 27 points and 15 rebounds 6. Shantrell Moss (175-G-85) of Pully - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Chelsea Snyder (198-C-90) of Highflyers - 15 points and 18 rebounds 8. Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76) of Riva Basket - 14 points and 14 rebounds 9. Cameo Hicks (182-G/F-84) of Riva Basket - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Caroline Turin (173-F-87) of Helios - 24 points and 6 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)
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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