International forward Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Helios and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and seventeen rebounds, while her team outclassed Hope-GBA (#5, 5-4) with 45-point margin 93-48. It allowed Helios to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Helios still have not lost a single game, getting all 9 victories. 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 is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 12.8rpg), assists (8th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 3.6spg and 54.9% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old Canadian forward Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76, agency: LBM Management) of second-ranked Riva Basket. McKenzie impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds. Of course she lead Riva Basket to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Muraltese (#8, 3-6) 75-52. Riva Basket's second position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. McKenzie is well-known by Riva Basket fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was American Quiana Porter (187-F/C-91) of Pully (#6). Porter scored 10 points and grabbed twenty four rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Pully, leading her team to a 61-56 win against Bellinzona (#10, 0-9). The chances of Pully ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Porter could help Pully to bring them higher in the standings. Porter has a great season in Switzerland. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 17.2rpg (#1 in league).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Kirby Copeland (182-G-85) of Fribourg - 30 points and 9 rebounds 5. Cameo Hicks (182-G/F-84) of Riva Basket - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Shantrell Moss (175-G-85) of Pully - 18 points and 10 rebounds 7. Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Basel - 19 points and 10 rebounds 8. Marisa Heckendorn (170-F-84) of Basel - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Michelle Harrison (190-F-87) of Basel - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Takia Starks (173-G-87) of Muraltese - 23 points and 6 rebounds
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)
Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) leading scorer of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket and swiss league leading scorer and rebounder signs in Belgium with Eurocup team Castors Braine for 2013-14.
She played three and a half season in Switzerland, where she averaged 29 [read more]
Fribourg - Helios Basket 67:86
Helios Basket celebrated the second consecutive LNA title. They swept the championship series versus Fribourg. Helios Basket clinched a comfortable 19-point victory in the third game of the series to claim the trophy. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) stepped up with 29 points to pace the defending champions.
Fribourg had their backs against the wall entering the game. And they reacted accordingly opening the game in an aggressive manner [read more]
Fribourg - Helios Basket 67:86
Helios Basket celebrated the second consecutive LNA title. They swept the championship series versus Fribourg. Helios Basket clinched a comfortable 19-point victory in the third game of the series to claim the trophy. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) stepped up with 29 points to pace the defending champions. Fribourg had their backs against the wall entering the game. And they reacted accordingly opening the game in an aggressive manner. Fribourg raced to a 26:20 lead after the starting quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. The hosts accounted for a 45:38 halftime lead. But Helios Basket were not intimidated. The visitors reacted with a 25:12 rally in the third term. They pulled ahead to secure a 63:57 lead at the final intermission. Helios Basket finished the game in style outscoring the hosts 23:10 and clinching a well-deserved win. Alexia Rol (175-F-89) delivered 23 points, while Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points for the winners. Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) answered with 27 points for Fribourg. Emilie Butty (180-F-91) netted 11 points in defeat.
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