26-year old guard Juanita Ward (180-G-86, agency: Merit Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Dynamo and receives a Eurobasket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 7. She had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Dynamo in her team's victory, helping them to beat Interkhim (#4, 3-4) 77-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Dynamo is placed at 2nd position in Ukrainian league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Dynamo will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Ward turned to be Dynamo's top player in her first season with the team. Syracuse University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ward is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.4ppg. Ward is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Zhanna Likhodid (177-F-80) of Interkhim. She is a forward in her first season at Interkhim. In the last game Likhodid recorded impressive 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Interkhim lost that game 69-77 to slightly higher-ranked Dynamo (#2, 4-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Interkhim still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Likhodid is a newcomer at Interkhim and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Inna Kochubei (174-G-82) of Tim-Scuf (#3). Kochubei showcased her all-around game by recording 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Kochubei's great performance Tim-Scuf lost 66-71 to #1 ranked Bar Regina-B.. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Tim-Scuf needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Kochubei has a great season in Ukraine. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (5th best) and assists with 4.4apg (3rd best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Tyra White (182-G-89) of Dynamo - 22 points and 4 rebounds 5. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) of Tim-Scuf - 16 points and 12 rebounds 6. Victoria Shmatova (170-G-87) of Bar Regina-B. - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) of Bar Regina-B. - 10 points and 8 rebounds 8. Yevgeniya Spitkovska (175-G-88) of Dynamo - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Victoria Suzyk (190-C-88) of Bar Regina-B. - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Natalia Kolotovska (174-G-90) of Interkhim - 7 points, 8 rebounds and 6 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)
Liudmyla Naumenko (ex Okzhetpes) agreed terms with Villeneuve - 17 days ago
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Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) inked 23-year old Ukrainian international power forward Liudmyla Naumenko (188-68kg-93, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Okzhetpes in Kazakhstan D1 league. In 14 Baltic League games she recorded 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg (leader !!!), 2.1apg and 1.4spg last season. Naumenko also played for Castors Braine (Top Division Women) in Belgian league that season. In only one Top Division Women game she had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Naumenko wo... [read more]
Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (LFB) inked 23-year old Ukrainian international power forward Liudmyla Naumenko (188-68kg-93, agency: LBM Management). She played most recently at Okzhetpes in Kazakhstan D1 league. In 14 Baltic League games she recorded 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg (leader !!!), 2.1apg and 1.4spg last season. Naumenko also played for Castors Braine (Top Division Women) in Belgian league that season. In only one Top Division Women game she had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Naumenko won Kazakhstan League championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). The previous (14-15) season she played at Astana Tigers (D1) in Kazakhstan league. Naumenko helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. The 2013-14 season she played at Tim-Scuf (Higher League) in Ukraine. In 25 games she averaged 10.1ppg, 9.2rpg (#3 in the league), 1.4apg and 1.1spg. Naumenko contributed to her team making it to the final. A very good season in her career as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Higher League 2nd Team. Naumenko also played 12 games in Baltic League where she averaged 7.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. The 2012-13 season Naumenko played at Regina-Basket Bar (2 League) in Ukraine. In 23 games she averaged 9.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg. She has been also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. Naumenko has regularly played for Ukrainian senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011. She also represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Samsun (Turkey) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 8.4ppg, 8.4rpg, FGP: 44.8%, FT: 75.0%.
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