Experienced Russian Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya (198-C-77) had a great game in the last round for Mersin and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. The 35-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while her team crushed Samsun (#13, 3-16) with 21-point margin 81-60. Mersin maintains the 4th position in Turkish TKBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mersin will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Zakalyuzhnaya as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya averages this season 9.3ppg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Mersin's star - 26-year old American forward Erlana Larkins (185-F-86). Larkins impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 11 points and 19 rebounds. Of course together with Zakalyuzhnaya she helped Mersin with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Samsun (#13, 3-16) 81-60. Mersin's 4th position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 14-5 record is not bad at all. Larkins is a newcomer at Mersin and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was Danielle Marie Robinson (178-G-89) of Tarsus Bld (#5). Robinson scored 18 points and passed nine assists. She was a key player of Tarsus Bld, leading her team to a 87-84 win against the higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#1, 17-2). Tarsus Bld needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Robinson has a great season in Turkey. After 19 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) of Istanbul Univ. - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Melisa Can (188-F-84) of Tarsus Bld - 21 points and 6 rebounds 6. Carolyn Swords (198-C-89) of Ceyhan Bld - 16 points and 15 rebounds 7. Birsel Vardarli (175-G-84) of Fenerbahce - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists 8. Essence Carson (183-G-86) of Istanbul Univ. - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Gizem Yavuz (170-PG-88) of Antakya - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-PG-82) of Canik Bld - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 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)
TED Ankara Kolejliler (TKBL) have strenghtened their roster by signing five local players: Izel Solmaz (186-PF-97), Ozge Turmus (188-C-92), Merve Alkis (172-SF-94), Begum Taskin (185-F-92) and Yagmur Bul (164-PG-96). Izel Solmaz comes from Ormanspor Genclik Ankara (TKBL), Ozge Turmus played most recently at Canik (TKBL), Merve Alkis from Mudanya Bld. (TKBL), Begum Taskin from Mersin Basketbol (TKBL) and Yagmur Bul comes from Bursa Bsb. (TKBL). By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Comple... [read more]
Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. lands Quanitra Hollingsworth - 5 days ago
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Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) landed 28-year old American center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-92kg-88, college: VCU). She has a double citizenship as she also holds Turkish passport. Hollingsworth played in the summer at Seattle Storm (WNBA). She managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). First Hollingsworth played at Fenerbahce where in 34 games she averaged 9.2ppg and 6.0rpg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in her career... [read more]
Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (KBSL) landed 28-year old American center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-92kg-88, college: VCU). She has a double citizenship as she also holds Turkish passport. Hollingsworth played in the summer at Seattle Storm (WNBA). She managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). First Hollingsworth played at Fenerbahce where in 34 games she averaged 9.2ppg and 6.0rpg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup. It was a very successful season in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish KBSL Honorable Mention and All-Domestic Players Team. Hollingsworth also played 18 games in Euroleague where she had 6.6ppg and 4.8rpg. She contributed to her team making it to the Euroleague Final Four. In 2009 Hollingsworth was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) in first round (9th overall). She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and it will be her eighth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Hollingsworth received Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012. She also represented Turkey at the European Championships in France three years ago. Hollingsworth's team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 9 games: 9.0ppg, Reb-3 (7.6rpg), FGP: 44.6%, FT: 60.0%. Hollingsworth is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Latvia, Lithuania (VICI Aistes), Russia (UMMC Ekaterinburg), WNBA (Washington Mystics and New York Liberty) and Hungary (UNI Gyor).
Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. roster for 2016-2017:
Molly Schlemer(196-92, college:Cal Poly - SLO) signed withCegledi EKK(A Division)for the 2016/2017 season. Last season she played withUrla Belediyesi Genclik Sport Clubin Turkish TKBLand was the third leading scorer in the TKBL with 21.7 points per game and 13.1 rebounds where she was namedEurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 2nd Team. The previous season she played atChemCats Chemnitzin Germany and averaged 14.8 point and 9.2 rebounds and was the only true rookie named to the all DBBL honorab... [read more]
Molly Schlemer (196-92, college: Cal Poly - SLO) signed with Cegledi EKK (A Division) for the 2016/2017 season. Last season she played with Urla Belediyesi Genclik Sport Club in Turkish TKBL and was the third leading scorer in the TKBL with 21.7 points per game and 13.1 rebounds where she was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 2nd Team. The previous season she played at ChemCats Chemnitz in Germany and averaged 14.8 point and 9.2 rebounds and was the only true rookie named to the all DBBL honorable mention team. Molly played her college ball at Cal Poly (NCAA Div 1) where she was named the Big West Conference player of the year in 2013. She led the Mustangs to the Big West tournament finals two years in a row (2013 ,2014), and took Cal Poly to the NCAA tournament in 2013 after winning the Big West conference tournament and being named Big West tournament MVP. She graduated from Cal Poly as the fifth leading scorer and rebounder in school history. This will be her third year playing professional basketball.
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