25-year old guard Takia Starks (173-G-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Muraltese and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. She had a double-double of 49 points and 10 rebounds, while her team was edged out by Fribourg (#4, 7-3) 78-75. Muraltese maintains the 8th position in Swiss LNA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 7 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Starks had a remarkable 69.0% from 2-point range. She turned to be Muraltese's top player in her first season with the team. Texas A&M University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Starks is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.1ppg) and averages solid 4.7spg and 56.4% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Cameo Hicks (182-G/F-84) of league's second-best Riva Basket. She is American swingman in her first season at Riva Basket. In the last game Hicks recorded impressive 33 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Riva Basket to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Highflyers (#9, 1-9) 82-39. Riva Basket's second position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just two games this season, while they won 8 matches. Hicks is a newcomer at Riva Basket and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.9ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 6.8rpg and 4.2apg.
Third place about best performers goes to center Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Basel (#7). Skouby scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Skouby's great performance Basel lost 61-81 to slightly higher-ranked Hope-GBA (#5, 6-4). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Basel not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Skouby could try to bring Basel's a little bit higher in the standings. Skouby has individually a great season in Switzerland. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (6th best). She also has 2.9spg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 52.6%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) of Helios - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists 5. Sarah Kershaw (180-SF-85) of Helios - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists 6. Caroline Turin (173-F-87) of Helios - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists 7. Jalinka Michaux (173-F-87) of Hope-GBA - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Kaitlin Sowinski (196-C-86) of Fribourg - 26 points and 11 rebounds 9. Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Helios - 22 points and 4 assists 10. Kirby Copeland (182-G-85) of Fribourg - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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)
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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