American center Kaitlin Sowinski (196-C-86, agency: Two Points) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fribourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 15 rebounds, while her team outclassed Pully (#7, 3-5) with 44-point margin 101-57. Fribourg maintains the 3rd position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Fribourg will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. Sowinski turned to be Fribourg's top player in her first season with the team. Former Sacred Heart University star has very solid stats this year. Sowinski is in league's top in points (6th best: 22.1ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.4rpg) and averages impressive 4.0bpg and 52.4% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was young American Chelsea Snyder (198-C-90) of Highflyers. Snyder had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 26 rebounds. Bad luck as Highflyers lost that overtime game 68-74 to the higher-ranked Muraltese (#6, 3-5). Highflyers managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Highflyers managed to get this year. Snyder is a newcomer at Highflyers, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Cameo Hicks (182-G/F-84) of league's second-best Riva Basket. Hicks got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. She went also for five rebounds and five assists. She was a key player of Riva Basket, leading her team to a 74-56 easy win against #4 ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. in a game of the week. Riva Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Hicks has a great season in Switzerland. After only 8 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.1ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.4apg (2nd best). She also has 4.0spg and FGP: 60.1%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Caroline Turin (173-F-87) of Helios - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Julie Seabrook (190-F-90) of Bellinzona - 24 points and 15 rebounds 6. Jalinka Michaux (173-F-87) of Hope-GBA - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Kirby Copeland (182-G-85) of Fribourg - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists 8. Takia Starks (173-G-87) of Muraltese - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Jamila Studer-Griffith (182-F-82) of Ovronnaz-Mart. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Lara Thalmann (172-G-88) of Fribourg - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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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