Women’s Basketball – TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Wed, 06 Jan 2021 15:09:34 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 LeBron James wants to put ownership group in place to buy WNBA’s Atlanta Dream https://www.talkbasket.net/117627-lebron-james-wants-to-put-ownership-group-in-place-to-buy-wnbas-atlanta-dream https://www.talkbasket.net/117627-lebron-james-wants-to-put-ownership-group-in-place-to-buy-wnbas-atlanta-dream#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 13:55:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117627 LeBron James has voiced his intention to put an ownership group together to purchase WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, following the results of the senate vote in Georgia. Tuesday’s projections indicated that Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock beat out Kelly Loeffler for a United States Senate seat, with the results likely to become official this Wednesday. […]

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LeBron James wants to put ownership group in place to buy WNBA’s Atlanta Dream

LeBron James has voiced his intention to put an ownership group together to purchase WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, following the results of the senate vote in Georgia.

Tuesday’s projections indicated that Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock beat out Kelly Loeffler for a United States Senate seat, with the results likely to become official this Wednesday. The victory will mark the first time a black candidate gets to represent Georgia in the senate.

The results are admittedly shocking but could have been partly influenced by WNBA players wearing “VOTE WARNOCK” shirts during their bubble period in Florida.

With Loeffler now seemingly out of a job, James intends to make sure the co-owner cannot return to the Dream and, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, tweeted as much.

James has already garnered support from Dream guard Renee Montgomery, who’s told the Los Angeles Lakers superstar she’s ready whenever he is.

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How Seattle Storm Won the 2020 WNBA Championship https://www.talkbasket.net/112150-how-seattle-storm-won-the-2020-wnba-championship https://www.talkbasket.net/112150-how-seattle-storm-won-the-2020-wnba-championship#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:01:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=112150 Yet another championship for the Seattle Storm, their fourth one to be precise, joining the Minnesota Lynx and the now folded Houston Comets in the elite club of being the only teams to hold a record of having won four championship titles. A special record for the Seattle Storm though is that their 92-59 win […]

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How Seattle Storm Won the 2020 WNBA Championship

Yet another championship for the Seattle Storm, their fourth one to be precise, joining the Minnesota Lynx and the now folded Houston Comets in the elite club of being the only teams to hold a record of having won four championship titles. A special record for the Seattle Storm though is that their 92-59 win over the Las Vegas Aces, a 33-point margin, is the largest margin of victory in the history of the WNBA finals.

Seattle Storm won the 2020 WNBA championships almost complete with the same squad from their 2018 title run which also saw them being crowned as champs after demolishing the Washington Mystics in a 3-game sweep.  If your NBA betting predictions banked on the 2018 winning team to deliver another win in 2020, you would have been in for gold. As the duo, Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart who were front and centre the last time for their 2018 win, delivered an exceptional performance this time around as well.

This ferocious duo alongside the incredible two-time all-star, Jewell Loyd and the Storm’s dominating squad secured this year’s championship, and although the game against the Aces might have been a tough one for them, winning this year’s finals was never unexpected.

After brilliantly securing a win against the Minnesota Lynx in the semi-finals at 92-71, the Storm continued their winning streak with a squad that played as if all players were in the best shapes of their life, this is despite the fact that a couple of their seasoned players were nursing physical injuries or had only just recovered from one. The squad’s execution consisted of a balanced attack, efficient game play and a sharp but free flowing movement of ball passes.

The post half-time play was the defining moment for the storms, obliterating the Aces by extending a 2-point advantage to a score-line of 43-34, effectively putting the win squarely within their reach in the 3rd quarter. Their complete sweep win was much a team effort as it was the result of the leadership and top-class performance of veteran player, Sue Bird. On and off the court, Bird dictates the tempo of each and every Storm game, shepherding the Seattle Storm to victory this time, being a catalyst player and averaging 11 assists in 3 games.

At 26 points in 25 minutes in the final game, there is the star player that is Breanna Stewart, and there is no Stewart without Bird, and vice versa. The subsequent games and the finals win for the Storm would not have been possible without this 26-year old’s exceptional performance. The WNBA Most Value Player (MVP) 2020, Stewart poured in 26 points in the game against the Aces, 33 points and 15 rebounds in game 1 and 22 points, including 3 pointers in game 2.

Similarly, Jewel Loyd was an explosive scoring guard this season averaging 15.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game and pouring in a whopping 19 points and 9 rebounds in their final game against the Las Vegas Aces, consistently delivering for her team every time. Other superstar players such as Alysa Clark and Jordin Canada also delivered points in the double-digits in the finals which saw the Seattle Storm eventually dominating and obliterating any chance the Aces had at winning this year’s championship title.

The Storm took command of the game and defeated the Aces from the moment they were able to regain command of the game and offset the initial lead the Aces had on them early on in the game. With the core championship winning squad from 2018, including all their superstar players at the top of their game and with a mission bigger than themselves in mind, the Seattle Storm cemented their place in the WNBA wubble as the champions for a fourth time.

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Belgium clinch Women’s EuroBasket spot https://www.talkbasket.net/110595-belgium-clinch-womens-eurobasket-spot https://www.talkbasket.net/110595-belgium-clinch-womens-eurobasket-spot#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 23:51:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110595 Belgium will line up at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 after they clinched their third consecutive Final Round ticket on Gameday 4 of the Qualifiers. The unbeaten Cats took a convincing 85-67 win against Ukraine as rising star Billie Massey showed her potential with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Her frontcourt partner Jana Raman added 14 points […]

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Belgium clinch Women’s EuroBasket spot

Belgium will line up at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 after they clinched their third consecutive Final Round ticket on Gameday 4 of the Qualifiers.

The unbeaten Cats took a convincing 85-67 win against Ukraine as rising star Billie Massey showed her potential with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Her frontcourt partner Jana Raman added 14 points and 14 boards, while Julie Allemand top scored with 18 points from the backcourt to fend off a Ukraine side fueled by a spectacular 32 points from Alina Iagupova.

However, to formally seal their spot, Philip Mestdagh and his players had to wait anxiously to see if Finland could beat Portugal. The Scandinavian team duly delivered with a late night 70-62 win as Elina Koskimies impressed with 21 points.

There was high drama elsewhere and not least in Istanbul. Anticipated as the game to watch in this second window, the contest between Serbia and Turkey lived up to its billing in a fantastic advert for the competition.

Serbia eventually got the job done 83-76 in double overtime to stay flawless in Group E, while moving to the edge of a place at the Final Round. 

Yvonne Anderson was a difference-maker with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Sonja Vasic was influential with 18 points and Aleksandra Crvendakic garnered 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Meanwhile in Sarajevo, Russia reacted to being under some serious pressure against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group C to dig out a priceless 72-68 victory. 

Having lost the first meeting and down by nine points, a momentum-shifting triple by Anastasiia Shilova on the halftime buzzer proved vital – as did the return of Raisa Musina, who netted 25 points.

In the same group, Switzerland completed a double over Estonia with a nail-biting 63-60 success. They had to come back from a double-digit deficit and eventually rode out winners thanks mainly to 20 points from Charlotte Kohler.

Elsewhere, Slovenia have one foot in the Final Round after continuing their perfect run and moving to 4-0 with a hard fought 77-70 victory against Greece in Group A.

Completing the double against their rivals, they saw off late foul trouble and had Shante Evans to thank after she registered 22 points and 9 rebounds.

Bulgaria locked down Iceland 74-53 to stay in the race, as Borislava Hristova returned an exceptional 25 points to lead her team to victory. Jaklin Dencheva Zlatanova also impressed with 12 points and 15 boards.

Group B leaders Sweden are on the cusp of making it to the Final Round again after making it three wins in a row. They raced past Israel 90-51 as Frida Eldebrink caught fire and netted a super 28 points to pace the victory.

Poland are still searching for their first victory in Group F after they were comprehensively shot down 77-49 by Great Britain. The Brits were particularly reliant on Chantelle Handy who hit five triples on her way to a game-high 19 points.

Netherlands took a crucial 68-63 win against Hungary in what is proving to be a fascinating battle in Group H. Hungary were punished for trailing by as many as 20 points in a horror show opening.

While they almost pulled off a rescue mission, their opponents saw the game out, with Laura Westerik and Emese Hoff recording double-doubles. The former had 12 points and 10 rebounds, with Hof weighing in with 13 points and 12 boards.

In Group I, Latvia bounced back from their loss to Germany to improve their prospects as they inflicted a first loss of the campaign on Croatia.

Leading by 27 points in the first-half, they had to fend off a Croatian fight back to ease their way to an 83-69 success. Elina Babkina starred with 20 points in the backcourt, while Anete Steinberga was dominant inside with 19 points and 6 rebounds.

Finally, Germany were made to sweat by North Macedonia and despite trailing at the interval, they turned things around to deliver a 74-59 victory – their second win of the current window.

Leonie Fiebich and Laura Hebecker combined for 40 points, while Marie Guelich accumulated a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds.

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Czech Rep and Italy secure wins to set up Sunday showdown https://www.talkbasket.net/110516-czech-rep-and-italy-secure-wins-to-set-up-sunday-showdown https://www.talkbasket.net/110516-czech-rep-and-italy-secure-wins-to-set-up-sunday-showdown#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 00:10:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110516 Czech Republic and Italy both collected wins in Group D to add even more importance to what looks like a mouth watering match-up on Sunday in Riga. Czech Republic posted an excellent second half effort against Denmark to open up the contest and cruise their way to an 84-64 victory. Now possessing an unbeaten 3-0 record, they […]

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Czech Rep and Italy secure wins to set up Sunday showdown

Czech Republic and Italy both collected wins in Group D to add even more importance to what looks like a mouth watering match-up on Sunday in Riga.

Czech Republic posted an excellent second half effort against Denmark to open up the contest and cruise their way to an 84-64 victory.

Now possessing an unbeaten 3-0 record, they could potentially book their place at the Final Round if they overcome Italy in their next game and Denmark can beat Romania.

Lenka Bartakova had one of her best ever games in a national team vest as she tore the Danes apart with an energetic 17 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds – her assists tally being the highest of the Qualifiers so far.

Meanwhile the experienced Katerina Elhotova dropped 21 points via an eye-catching 8-of-10 shooting effort.

Italy will be out for revenge against the Czechs, having lost in the fist encounter. However they will head into the game with confidence after new head coach Lino Lardo took a first victory since taking the reins.

He guided his team to a 90-68 success against Romania, which was instigated by some sharp shooting from Francesca Pan during the early stages.

She finished with 13 points, with teammate Cecilia Zandalasini adding 18 points and 8 assists. Meanwhile Elisabeth Pavel landed a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

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Women’s EuroBasket returns following coronavirus pandemic https://www.talkbasket.net/110362-womens-eurobasket-returns-following-coronavirus-pandemic https://www.talkbasket.net/110362-womens-eurobasket-returns-following-coronavirus-pandemic#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 22:18:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110362 There was joy for Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia as they all maintained their unbeaten records in the Qualifiers to move closer to securing a place at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 Final Round. The opening day of the November window not only saw each nation take important victories, it was also the […]

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Women’s EuroBasket returns following coronavirus pandemic

There was joy for Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia as they all maintained their unbeaten records in the Qualifiers to move closer to securing a place at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 Final Round.

The opening day of the November window not only saw each nation take important victories, it was also the first FIBA national team competition to resume action in Europe since the suspension of all competitions back in March.

Belgium shrugged off the absence of Emma Meesseman to get the job done by shutting down Group G bubble hosts Portugal 59-49 as Kim Mestdagh used her experience and quality to guide her team over the line with a team-high 17 points.

Croatia are yet to taste defeat after easing past North Macedonia 80-62 in the Riga-based Group I. Ivana Dojkic showed out with 30 points and 8 assists, while Ana-Marija Begic played the supporting role with 21 points. The win came despite North Macedonia being boosted by WNBA and EuroLeague Women star Dewanna Bonner who had a massive 20 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.

Group E leaders Serbia stayed flawless after taking an 82-71 win against Lithuania, with Aleksandra Crvendakic leading the way after netting 19 points.

In Group C, Bosnia and Herzegovina continued their good work from November 2019 with a third win in a row, managing to sweep aside Estonia 92-54. Marica Gajic was unstoppable with a monumental 21 points and 19 rebounds.

Slovenia also stayed perfect and moved to 3-0 in Group A with a crushing 94-58 success against Iceland. It was founded mainly on a stellar display from Shante Evans who amassed 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. There was also a sparkling contribution from Annamaria Prezelj who shot the lights out en-route to 23 points, with Slovenia now potentially able to stamp their Final Round ticket on Saturday.

A number of nations picked up priceless first wins, including Montenegro, who worked hard to shrug off Israel 73-66. It was Milica Jovanovic and Markeisha Gatling  who proved to be the difference makers, with both landing double-doubles. The former chipped in with with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, while Gatling accumulated 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Slovakia had to come from behind after a slow start to get their opening victory on the board, managing to put the brakes on Netherlands to prevail 85-64 in the only Group H game of the day. Barbora Balintova was the leader as usual with 20 points and 8 assists.

Elsewhere, Germany weren’t able to field standout star Satou Sabally, but still came up with a pivotal 73-67 win against Latvia in one of the most exciting games of the day. In an roller-coaster affair, Marie Guelich claimed 18 points and 11 rebounds, while her partner in the paint Luisa Geiselsoder dropped 20 points.

Ukraine are still in the mix in Group G after Alina Iagupova posted a stunning triple-double to take down Finland 84-66. She finished with a brilliant 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. There was also a nice cameo from Veronika Liubinets who blocked six shots to go with her 19 point haul.

Greece breathed a significant sigh of relief as they improved to 2-1 after claiming a 73-66 win against Bulgaria. Center Maria Fasoula stood out with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Finally, Russia blasted their way to a mammoth 98-42 triumph against Switzerland as Maria Vadeeva barely missed a shot all night. She eventually finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds.

Photo/Words: FIBA

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Lakers’ Avery Bradley donated $30,000 to WNBA’s bubble https://www.talkbasket.net/108009-lakers-avery-bradley-donated-30-000-to-wnbas-bubble https://www.talkbasket.net/108009-lakers-avery-bradley-donated-30-000-to-wnbas-bubble#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 21:20:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108009 The Los Angeles Lakers’ defensive specialist Avery Bradley did not follow his team in the “NBA bubble”. However, he was able to make life better for WNBA’s athletes inside their “bubble”. Bradley’s family donated more than $30,000 in supplies to the WNBA’s bubble, including health and beauty items for the league’s working mothers, and educational […]

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Lakers’ Avery Bradley donated $30,000 to WNBA’s bubble

The Los Angeles Lakers’ defensive specialist Avery Bradley did not follow his team in the “NBA bubble”. However, he was able to make life better for WNBA’s athletes inside their “bubble”.

Bradley’s family donated more than $30,000 in supplies to the WNBA’s bubble, including health and beauty items for the league’s working mothers, and educational materials and games for their children, according to Forbes’ Shlomo Sprung.

The WNBA’s ran a 22-game regular season and playoffs started from July 25 to Oct. 6 in Bradenton, south of Tampa Bay. The Seattle Storm won the championship.

Bradley opted out of the NBA restart for the Lakers due to a personal issue. He was supportive of his teammates’ winning season in Orlando, with the veteran guard being eligible to be offered a ring.

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Seattle Storm Crowned 2020 WNBA Champions https://www.talkbasket.net/107208-seattle-storm-crowned-2020-wnba-champions https://www.talkbasket.net/107208-seattle-storm-crowned-2020-wnba-champions#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2020 07:30:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=107208 Breanna Steward scored 26 points, Jewell Loyd added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Seattle Storm won their fourth WNBA Championship defeating the Las Vegas Aces 92-59 last night. It was the biggest margin of victory in WNBA Finals history and the Storm’s second championship in three years. Breanna Stewart was named the 2020 […]

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Seattle Storm Crowned 2020 WNBA Champions

Breanna Steward scored 26 points, Jewell Loyd added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Seattle Storm won their fourth WNBA Championship defeating the Las Vegas Aces 92-59 last night. It was the biggest margin of victory in WNBA Finals history and the Storm’s second championship in three years.

Breanna Stewart was named the 2020 WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) and set a WNBA Finals record by scoring at least 20 points in the sixth WNBA Finals game. A’ja Wilson led the Aces with 18 points six rebounds and four assists.

PALMETTO, FL – OCTOBER 6: Breanna Stewart #30 of the Seattle Storm is presented with the MVP Award after winning the 2020 WNBA Championship in Game Three of the WNBA Finals against the Las Vegas Aces on October 6, 2020 at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)

“I was talking to Sue about it before we finished. I talked to Cathy [Engelbert] about it before my Podcast. To be able to be the 2020 WNBA champs, it’s a huge gold star next to that. This season wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t easy in a whole bunch of different areas, with the coronavirus, with the social injustices going on in this country and the day-to-day being stuck here in the bubble. But our team is resilient. We continued to keep going, no matter what’s going on, and I’m super proud to kind of be a part of this and this one is different than 2018, but it was harder and it means more.”

Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)

“Everybody knows why we came here. I think we did, looking back, an incredible job of being activists, of organizing — I was going to say push the needle, I don’t know if that’s the right term for it but it’s sometimes hard. I said this the other day, it’s sometimes hard to know the impact you’re having, but there’s actually been moments we’ve been able to see it. I’m just so proud of this league, these players, it’s amazing. In some ways, it’s an honor to be part of the last two teams standing and an honor to continue spreading the message we started.”

A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces)

“I think we grew tremendously. I think we honestly understand now what it takes to win a championship. I mean, Seattle is a championship team on paper, on court. It’s good to have that measure to know this is what we have to do every possession, every minute. I don’t think we really understood that till you’re in it. That’s normally how it is in professional basketball. But it’s a good thing for us. I know that it hurts. I don’t know if anyone has lost something big in a game situation, but it’s hurts. At the end of the day you learn and grow from it. I feel like I grew, so that’s a success in my book. I’m just going to keep growing.”

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WNBA calls games off protesting against police brutality https://www.talkbasket.net/100998-wnba-calls-games-off-protesting-against-police-brutality https://www.talkbasket.net/100998-wnba-calls-games-off-protesting-against-police-brutality#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:21:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100998 The WNBA became the second league to call games off on Wednesday, after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The move came hours after the NBA decided to postpone its three playoff games with players choosing to boycott in a strong statement against racial injustice. Four games were set to play on Wednesday […]

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WNBA calls games off protesting against police brutality

The WNBA became the second league to call games off on Wednesday, after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The move came hours after the NBA decided to postpone its three playoff games with players choosing to boycott in a strong statement against racial injustice.

Four games were set to play on Wednesday on Bradenton, Fla. All teams (Minnesota, Phoenix, Washington, Connecticut) took a knee at centre court right before leaving the court.

After that, Atlanta Dream’s player Elizabeth Williams delivers a statement saying that the “consensus is not to play in tonight’s games.”

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Kyrie Irving to support WNBA players, who opt out of season https://www.talkbasket.net/96718-kyrie-irving-to-support-wnba-players-who-opt-out-of-season https://www.talkbasket.net/96718-kyrie-irving-to-support-wnba-players-who-opt-out-of-season#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 01:41:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96718 The WNBA players, who opted out from the 2019-2020 season, are not going to receive any salary. However, the Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving is making sure for them to receive an income. Kyrie Irving has pledged $1.5 million which will be supplementing the income of players choosing to opt out either because of coronavirus concerns or […]

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Kyrie Irving to support WNBA players, who opt out of season

The WNBA players, who opted out from the 2019-2020 season, are not going to receive any salary. However, the Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving is making sure for them to receive an income.

Kyrie Irving has pledged $1.5 million which will be supplementing the income of players choosing to opt out either because of coronavirus concerns or social justice issues.

According to Sportrac, the average salary in the WNBA is just over $200,000.

“In these conversations, I have learned about the challenges and opportunities of their decisions and how it will impact their lives, family, and overall well-being,” Irving said in a statement, per USA TODAY Sports, after he met with several WNBA players, like Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud and Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd.

“This platform was created to provide support for all WNBA players in hopes to relieve some of the financial strain imposed during these challenging times. Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions.”

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WNBA announces plan to tip off 2020 season https://www.talkbasket.net/92512-wnba-announces-plan-to-tip-off-2020-season https://www.talkbasket.net/92512-wnba-announces-plan-to-tip-off-2020-season#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:20:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92512 NEW YORK, June 15, 2020 – After significant discussions with the league’s key stakeholders, including the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), the WNBA today announced elements of plans to return to the court to begin the WNBA 2020 season. The league is finalizing a partnership that would make IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Official Home of […]

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WNBA announces plan to tip off 2020 season

NEW YORK, June 15, 2020 – After significant discussions with the league’s key stakeholders, including the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), the WNBA today announced elements of plans to return to the court to begin the WNBA 2020 season. The league is finalizing a partnership that would make IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Official Home of the 2020 WNBA season highlighted by a competitive schedule of 22 regular-season games followed by a traditional playoff format.

Beginning in July, IMG Academy will be the home for each of the league’s 12 teams and serve as a single site for training camp, games and housing. The top priority continues to be the health and safety of players and staff, and the league is working with medical specialists, public health experts, and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.  Due to the fluid situation resulting from the pandemic, the league and players will continue to review the appropriate health and safety protocols and make necessary changes to the plan prior to arriving on site for the start of training camp and throughout the season.

“We are finalizing a season start plan to build on the tremendous momentum generated in the league during the offseason and have used the guiding principles of health and safety of players and essential staff to establish necessary and extensive protocols,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.  “We will continue to consult with medical experts and public health officials as well as players, team owners and other stakeholders as we move forward with our execution plan. And, despite the disruption caused by the global pandemic to our 2020 season, the WNBA and its Board of Governors believe strongly in supporting and valuing the elite women athletes who play in the WNBA and therefore, players will receive their full pay and benefits during the 2020 season.” 

“As home to some of the world’s leading athletes, coaches and performance experts, IMG Academy is thrilled to partner with the top basketball players in the world and the entire WNBA family,” said Tim Pernetti, Executive Vice President, IMG Events & Media. “We are truly looking forward to becoming the Official Home of the 2020 WNBA Season and working closely with the league in providing our best-in-class training and competition environment.”

Throughout this unique season format where all players will be at the same place, at the same time, a first in the league’s history, the WNBA will build on its commitment to social justice and will support players in launching a bold social justice platform as a call to action to drive impactful, measurable and meaningful change. The WNBA 2020 season will include a devoted platform led by the players that will aim to support and strengthen both the league and teams’ reach and impact on social justice matters. As recently announced, this began with the WNBA making donations from sales of its “Bigger Than Ball” women’s empowerment merchandise to the Equal Justice Initiative.  “The WNBA opposes racism in all its forms, and George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are the latest names in a list of countless others who have been subject to police brutality that stems from the systemic oppression of Black Lives in America, and it is our collective responsibility to use our platforms to enact change,” said Engelbert. 

“In our discussions with the league, we emphasized and they agreed that a strong commitment to a 2020 season will give the WNBA the chance to show the world that it’s taking the steps needed to secure our livelihood and well-being, while also providing the opportunity to amplify our collective voice,” said WNBPA President Nneka Ogwumike. “We have always been at the forefront of initiatives with strong support of #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, the LGBTQ+ community, gun control, voting rights, #MeToo, mental health and the list goes on.  This is not only necessary from a humanitarian perspective, but it may be one of the biggest opportunities that this league has and will ever have.”

“As in recent CBA negotiations, the WNBPA Executive Committee worked tirelessly to represent the interests of all players as the league planned to launch a 2020 season,” said WNBPA Executive Director Terri Jackson.  “Our society has learned or perhaps has been reminded of an important lesson: women are integral to the economic stability of their families and their communities.  The league and the teams’ commitment makes a statement.”

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The NBA Collaborates with Girlguiding to Support Adventures at Home Festival https://www.talkbasket.net/89832-the-nba-collaborates-with-girlguiding-to-support-adventures-at-home-festival https://www.talkbasket.net/89832-the-nba-collaborates-with-girlguiding-to-support-adventures-at-home-festival#respond Fri, 22 May 2020 14:42:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89832 The NBA today announced its collaboration with Girlguiding, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, to support ‘Girlguiding presents: Adventures at Home Festival,’ a free one-day online programme tomorrow, Saturday May 23rd.  Festival participants will be led through a Jr. NBA at Home workout, hosted by WNBA Champion and Team GB forward Temitope Fagbenle, along […]

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The NBA Collaborates with Girlguiding to Support Adventures at Home Festival

The NBA today announced its collaboration with Girlguiding, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, to support ‘Girlguiding presents: Adventures at Home Festival,’ a free one-day online programme tomorrow, Saturday May 23rd

Festival participants will be led through a Jr. NBA at Home workout, hosted by WNBA Champion and Team GB forward Temitope Fagbenle, along with performance coach Natalie Higby of The Durable Athlete.  The workout will also feature information on the Her Time To Play (HTTP) initiative that is dedicated to championing change on behalf of girls and women and aims to help all females participate fully across all sectors, giving them a forum to connect, collaborate, and actively engage with basketball.

In addition, as part of the global NBA Together campaign, 10-year WNBA veteran Allison Feaster, who currently serves as the Director of Player Development with the Boston Celtics, will take part in a question and answer session and share insights from an impressive career competing at the highest level.

 Jr. NBA at Home, an interactive content series providing basketball workouts and drills that can be completed individually and in limited space to help young players around the world stay active and develop their game in a safe and healthy way, is available on the OWQLO App, the official Jr. NBA League app in Europe and the Middle East, in the form a 30-day workout series.

The ‘Girlguiding presents: Adventures at Home Festival’ will also feature musical performances, sporting challenges, magic and comedy shows, storytelling, inspirational talks and more.  It will be streamed for free on the Girlguiding website www.girlguiding.org.uk/adventures-at-home-festival and via Girlguiding’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/girlguiding

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Sabrina Ionescu: New York Liberty select star with #1 pick in WNBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/81756-sabrina-ionescu-new-york-liberty-select-star-with-1-pick-in-wnba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/81756-sabrina-ionescu-new-york-liberty-select-star-with-1-pick-in-wnba-draft#respond Sat, 18 Apr 2020 07:46:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81756 On April 17, the 2020 WNBA Draft was held virtually without any players, guests, and media on-site. Due to the current pandemic. The draft was televised, however. Point Guard Sabrina Ionescu was the ultimate prize for teams looking to strengthen their rosters. The draft lottery was won by the New York Liberty back in September […]

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Sabrina Ionescu: New York Liberty select star with #1 pick in WNBA Draft

On April 17, the 2020 WNBA Draft was held virtually without any players, guests, and media on-site. Due to the current pandemic. The draft was televised, however. Point Guard Sabrina Ionescu was the ultimate prize for teams looking to strengthen their rosters.

The draft lottery was won by the New York Liberty back in September 2019. The Liberty were rewarded with the 1st overall pick, for their 17-51 record throughout the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

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As expected, the Liberty selected Sabrina Ionescu out of the University of Oregon. Ionescu had a historic collegiate career, holding the all-time leader in assists accolade in the Pac-12 Conference. But more widely known, she is the only NCAA D1 basketball player ever to record 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds.

Ionescu spent 4 seasons at the University of Oregon, averaging 18 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.5 steals, in 142 contests. In the 2019-20 season, she posted averages of 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists, and 1.5 steals, in 33 games.

The 22-year-old was eligible to declare for the 2019 WNBA Draft, and was considered a top pick. Instead, she decided to return to Oregon to complete her final season at the college level.

At the end of March, Ionescu was named just the 2nd unanimous choice for the AP Women’s Player of the Year Award. Joining Breanna Stewart in 2015-16.

Sabrina Ionescu regularly worked out with the late Kobe Bryant, after becoming friends with his daughter Gianna Bryant. Bryant was selected as an honorary draftee in the 2020 WNBA Draft, alongside Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester.

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NBA announces new multiyear partnership with Microsoft to redefine and personalize the fan experience https://www.talkbasket.net/81609-nba-announces-new-multiyear-partnership-with-microsoft-to-redefine-and-personalize-the-fan-experience https://www.talkbasket.net/81609-nba-announces-new-multiyear-partnership-with-microsoft-to-redefine-and-personalize-the-fan-experience#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2020 08:11:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81609 NEW YORK — April 16, 2020 — The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced a new multiyear alliance, which will transform the way fans experience the NBA. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft will become the Official Artificial Intelligence Partner and an Official Cloud and Laptop Partner for the NBA, Women’s National Basketball […]

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NBA announces new multiyear partnership with Microsoft to redefine and personalize the fan experience

NEW YORK — April 16, 2020  The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced a new multiyear alliance, which will transform the way fans experience the NBA. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft will become the Official Artificial Intelligence Partner and an Official Cloud and Laptop Partner for the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, and USA Basketball beginning with the 2020-21 NBA season.

Microsoft and NBA Digital — co-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports — will create a new, innovative, direct-to-consumer platform on Microsoft Azure that will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to deliver next-generation, personalized game broadcasts and other content offerings as well as integrate the NBA’s various products and services from across its business. The platform will reimagine how fans engage with the NBA from their devices by customizing and localizing experiences for the NBA’s global fanbase, which includes the 1.8 billion social media followers across all league, team and player accounts.

Beyond delivering live and on-demand game broadcasts through Microsoft Azure, the NBA’s vast array of data sources and extensive historical video archive will be surfaced to fans through state-of-the-art machine learning, cognitive search and advanced data analytics solutions. This will create a more personalized fan experience that tailors the content to the preferences of the fan, rewards participation, and provides more insights and analysis than ever. Additionally, this platform will enable the NBA to uncover unique insights and add new dimensions to the game for fans, coaches and broadcasters. The companies will also explore additional ways technology can be used to enhance the NBA’s business and game operations.

As part of the partnership, Microsoft will become the entitlement partner of the NBA Draft Combine beginning next season and an associate partner of future marquee events, including NBA All-Star, MGM Resorts NBA Summer League and WNBA All-Star.

“We are thrilled to serve as the official AI partner of the NBA,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together, we’ll bring fans closer to the game and players they love with new personalized experiences powered by Microsoft Azure.”

“This partnership with Microsoft will help us redefine the way our fans experience NBA basketball,” said Adam Silver, NBA commissioner. “Our goal, working with Microsoft, is to create customized content that allows fans — whether they are in an NBA arena or watching from anywhere around the world — to immerse themselves in all aspects of the game and engage directly with our teams and players.”

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Sabrina Ionescu wins Women’s Player of the Year unanimously https://www.talkbasket.net/77616-sabrina-ionescu-wins-womens-player-of-the-year-unanimously https://www.talkbasket.net/77616-sabrina-ionescu-wins-womens-player-of-the-year-unanimously#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:30:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77616 Oregon Duck’s women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu continued her hall of fame career winning AP women’s player of the year unanimously. The 22 year old senior was the first player since Breanna Stewart (2016) to win the award with a clean sweep. The point guard has had a superb season playing for the Ducks in […]

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Sabrina Ionescu wins Women’s Player of the Year unanimously

Oregon Duck’s women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu continued her hall of fame career winning AP women’s player of the year unanimously.

The 22 year old senior was the first player since Breanna Stewart (2016) to win the award with a clean sweep. The point guard has had a superb season playing for the Ducks in the PAC-12.

She averaged a great stat line of 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds through 33 games this season. However, her final season in Oregon was cut short through the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also came to fame this season, achieving an award reached by only one other player. After reaching her 1,000th assist against UCLA, she joined Courtney Vandersloot as being the only players in history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.

Sabrina Ionescu has also been in the news due to being the projected #1 pick for the upcoming WNBA Draft. The New York Liberty have the first pick, but there won’t be a draft night as usual. The WNBA have come out and said they will be holding a virtual draft due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Sparks guard Sydney Wiese becomes first WNBA player to test positive for the coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/78394-sparks-guard-sydney-wiese-becomes-first-wnba-player-to-test-positive-for-the-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/78394-sparks-guard-sydney-wiese-becomes-first-wnba-player-to-test-positive-for-the-coronavirus#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:51:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78394 Sydney Wiese of the Los Angeles Sparks is the first WNBA player that was tested positive for the coronavirus. The WNBA team made the announcement through an official statement. Wiese played in Spain during the winter. “Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from playing overseas in Spain. Her […]

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Sparks guard Sydney Wiese becomes first WNBA player to test positive for the coronavirus

Sydney Wiese of the Los Angeles Sparks is the first WNBA player that was tested positive for the coronavirus.

The WNBA team made the announcement through an official statement. Wiese played in Spain during the winter.

“Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from playing overseas in Spain.

Her symptoms are mild and she’s in positive spirits and feeling fine. She’s been in self-isolation at home in Phoenix since her return and is encouraging everyone to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus

The Sparks are in direct communication with Sydney and wish her a speedy recovery,” the statement reads, via Kurt Helin of NBC Sports.

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WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm will be held on April 17 as scheduled https://www.talkbasket.net/78009-wnba-draft-2020-presented-by-state-farm-will-be-held-on-april-17-as-scheduled https://www.talkbasket.net/78009-wnba-draft-2020-presented-by-state-farm-will-be-held-on-april-17-as-scheduled#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:15:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78009 NEW YORK, March 26, 2020 – The WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm will be held on April 17 as scheduled.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WNBA will conduct a virtual draft without players, guests, and media. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the draft picks live on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 8 […]

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WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm will be held on April 17 as scheduled

NEW YORK, March 26, 2020 – The WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm will be held on April 17 as scheduled.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WNBA will conduct a virtual draft without players, guests, and media. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the draft picks live on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET, and top prospects will take part remotely. The draft will also be available on the ESPN App.

“The WNBA draft is a time to celebrate the exceptional athletes whose hard work and dreams are realized with their selections in the draft,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “Safeguarding the health and well-being of our prospects, players, employees, and everyone connected to our game as well as the general public is paramount.  With that in mind, we will work diligently with our broadcast partner, ESPN, to create a memorable but virtual event that appropriately honors these accomplished athletes.”

During the draft, the WNBA will honor Alyssa Altobelli, Gianna Bryant and Payton Chester  who tragically passed away in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26. The WNBA also plans to honor the late Kobe Bryant, a passionate advocate of the league, at the draft and during the upcoming season.       

The league is conducting ongoing scenario planning around the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the upcoming season, including the currently scheduled start of training camp on April 26 and the scheduled tip of the WNBA season on May 15, and will provide updates regarding any changes to key dates.

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Australia will host the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 https://www.talkbasket.net/77970-australia-will-host-the-fiba-womens-basketball-world-cup-2022 https://www.talkbasket.net/77970-australia-will-host-the-fiba-womens-basketball-world-cup-2022#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:35:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77970 FIBA announced that Australia award the hosting right for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022. Australia and Russia were the two finalists bidding for the high-profile tournament. As a result, decision was taken via conference call having both federations submit their presentation to the Central Board. Australia will host the competition for the second […]

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Australia will host the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022

FIBA announced that Australia award the hosting right for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.

Australia and Russia were the two finalists bidding for the high-profile tournament.

As a result, decision was taken via conference call having both federations submit their presentation to the Central Board.

Australia will host the competition for the second time, having done so in 1994. Furthermore, Australia most populous city Sydney will host the event over 10 days in September and October 2022.

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NBA and WNBA Players Film PSAs to Encourage Fans to Reduce Coronavirus Risk https://www.talkbasket.net/77589-nba-and-wnba-players-film-psas-to-encourage-fans-to-reduce-coronavirus-risk https://www.talkbasket.net/77589-nba-and-wnba-players-film-psas-to-encourage-fans-to-reduce-coronavirus-risk#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 10:52:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77589 In an effort to get the word out about health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, NBA & WNBA players, legends and coaches are filming PSAs from home that share messages of support and tips for reducing risk, staying healthy and practicing social distancing. More than 20  players and legends have participated in PSAs, generating more […]

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NBA and WNBA Players Film PSAs to Encourage Fans to Reduce Coronavirus Risk

In an effort to get the word out about health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, NBA & WNBA players, legends and coaches are filming PSAs from home that share messages of support and tips for reducing risk, staying healthy and practicing social distancing.

More than 20  players and legends have participated in PSAs, generating more than 45 million video views across the league’s Instagram Twitter, Facebook and Tik Tok platforms since the first PSA launched on March 13.

As part of the NBA Together (https://on.nba.com/2Uf8GWE) initiative, every weekday at 9:00 p.m. CAT a member of the NBA family will engage with fans globally, participating in a live interview with NBA broadcast talent or taking questions from fans on Instagram live. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love tipped off the series on Friday night.

Last Sunday, the Basketball Africa League posted this video message from BAL President, Amadou Gallo Fall:

“As we await the start of our inaugural BAL season, our priority and focus remain the health of our fans, our players, coaches, employees and everyone associated with our game. It is important that we all remain vigilant and take preventive steps as outlined by health officials and infectious disease specialists to limit exposure to the coronavirus, as much as possible, including avoiding large crowds and practicing social distancing, regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes. I am disappointed we were not able to launch our league as initially planned earlier this month, but I look forward to the launch of the BAL at a future date. We are monitoring the situation closely and we will advise as we have more details. Please continue to stay tuned to @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook for the latest news updates. In the meantime, thank you for your continuous support. Stay safe and stay healthy.”

See the links to the video PSAs below and visit https://www.nba.com/which is now a hub for information and resources:

  • This morning, Charlotte Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo had this message to NBA fans around the world:

“We must do all we can right now.”

  • Three international NBA players  – Danilo Gallinari (Oklahoma City Thunder), Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards) and Ricky Rubio (Phoenix Suns) – came together to share a special message on behalf of the World Health Organization on how to stay healthy and safe:                                          

“Please pay attention to what the health experts are advising, from good healthy habits to social distancing…If you’re passing information to others, make sure it’s correct…Visit the World Health Organization for the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus. Let’s be there for each other and let’s work as one team.” (Transcript in French attached)

  • Al Horford (Philadelphia 76ers):

“I want to encourage everyone to work from home if you can, make sure that we stay isolated, that we listen to our health officials and take care of yourselves.”

  • Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder):

“The best thing that we all could do right now is try to be as selfless as possible…This is a time where we gotta make sure that we’re all okay and make sure that we’re all listening to our health officials and our communities and make sure that we’re trying to stay home as much as possible.”

  • Chris also offered advice to the Jr. NBA family on practicing everyday:

“Keep practicing. Never let someone tell you you’re too small.”

  • Layshia Clarendon (New York Liberty):

“Really trying to take this moment to self-quarantine so we can stop the spike of the coronavirus and hopefully flatten the curve so less people get it, so we can expose less people. Please take care of you mental health at this time as well. It’s super, super important.”

  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks):

“Hope everybody is staying safe out there practicing social distancing and hanging at home. Now that League Pass has all the games from this season available to watch, you might want to check out this game where I scored 51 points.”

  • Gary Payton (NBA Legend):

“You know where I got my name (The Glove) from – defense and being in my opponent’s face. But I’m going to be real with you right now. Right now is not the time to be in anybody’s face. That’s right. We all have to do our part in participating in social distancing.”

  • Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers):

Discussed his PSA and focus on mental wellness during this stressful time on the TODAY Show last week:

“Now more than ever, we have to practice compassion. We have to be kind. We have to be mindful of our words, our actions and really practice a sense of community.”

  • Magic Johnson (NBA Legend):

“Let’s follow all the health guidelines about washing your hands on a regular basis. It is also especially important that we learn what it means to practice social distancing.”

  • Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors):

“As best you can, social distance yourself and we can flatten the curve and get rid of this virus as soon as possible. Stop the spread.”

  • Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks):

“As we all work to stop the spread of coronavirus, we’re practicing social distancing. Everybody should be doing it…We will miss fans and our teammates and basketball but if we work together, we’re going to be back there soon.”

  • Courtney Williams (Atlanta Dream):

“I just wanted to tap in and make sure that were all following the important steps that health officials are telling us to follow.”

  • Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks):

“Continue to stay active, whether it’s doing pushups, sit-ups or my favorite – just dribbling around the house with a basketball.”

  • Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz):

“This is all about protecting yourself and the people around you. I wish I would have took this thing more seriously and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together.”

  • Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz):

“Thank you guys so much for your continued support. It means a lot to me. Things are going well. I’m just taking the proper precautions as was told to me by the health authorities.”

  • Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics):

“During this time, we should all be looking out for one another in staying calm and staying safe. By taking steps like washing your hands on a regular, staying out of large crowds. If your coughing or sneezing, covering your mouth.”

  • Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers):

“I just want to encourage everybody to continue to be great citizens. Please wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Please just protect yourselves and the people around you.”

  • Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers):

“Just a reminder to make sure you guys wash your hands, avoid large crowds and if you might be sick, quarantine yourself. This is only a virus that we can beat together. Hopefully we’ll be seeing you guys soon and back on the floor.”

  • Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets):

“Music is there through the good times & bad! It gets you through anything and right now it’s all I need, love learning new tunes. Anybody know these tunes? Stay home and stay safe everyone!”

  • Pau Gasol (Two-time NBA Champion):

“Coming from a medical family, I just want to make sure we all take the time to thank the doctors, nurses and first responders who work every day to help us fight this virus…Also, I would like to acknowledge everyone that is out there providing essential services to all of us during this pandemic. We will do our part to help slow down the spread.”

  • Grant Hill (NBA Legend):

“Staying healthy takes teamwork. Remember to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. And try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Help stop the spread of germs by making these easy habits part of your daily game plan.”

  • Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors):

“I’m here to teach you a new play today – hand washing. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds but let’s make it 24. Think of it as a shot clock but this is one time we don’t mind a shot clock violation… Special thanks to all the medical teams and health authorities who are doing so much to help keep us all safe.”

  • Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors):

“Guess where I am? At home. And please, if you don’t work for an essential service, that’s where you should be too.”

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Leicester win WBBL Trophy as British basketball continues to march on https://www.talkbasket.net/76116-leicester-win-wbbl-trophy-as-british-basketball-continues-to-march-on https://www.talkbasket.net/76116-leicester-win-wbbl-trophy-as-british-basketball-continues-to-march-on#respond Sun, 15 Mar 2020 15:34:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76116 Leicester Riders captured the 2020 Betty Codona Trophy in Glasgow on Sunday as one of the few sporting events on the globe remained defiant in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Riders’ 70-66 win over Durham Palatinates was nothing short of exhilarating throughout, with leads exchanged and intensity at both ends It was everything […]

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Leicester win WBBL Trophy as British basketball continues to march on

Leicester Riders captured the 2020 Betty Codona Trophy in Glasgow on Sunday as one of the few sporting events on the globe remained defiant in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Riders’ 70-66 win over Durham Palatinates was nothing short of exhilarating throughout, with leads exchanged and intensity at both ends

It was everything you could want in a basketball final that was ultimately decided in the final seconds. A perfect advert for the Women’s British Basketball League.

It was a much needed break from the health crisis that continues to grip the world with most activity in the UK on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The premier women’s and men’s basketball leagues in the country for now is still going, correctly following the advice put out by the UK government despite immense pressure by basketball fans to postpone the league and the final, like so many sporting competitions have done.

The two WBBL fixtures that were planned for Saturday night, however, were postponed by the clubs involved.

Even during the third quarter of the Betty Codona final, the country’s netball Superleague confirmed that it has suspended all action because of the coronavirus.

In the face of it all though, Leicester came away with their third straight WBBL Trophy win against a Durham side who have featured in three of the last four WBBL finals, but have come short in all three.

Icelandic star Sara Hinriksdottir paced the winners with 23 points with Kate Oliver contributing a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.

Leicester enjoyed double-digit leads for periods of the contest but were never able to pull away from a Durham side that were solid, defensively and managed to turn that pressure into points at the other end.

The Riders though desperately hung on to their lead throughout a nail-biting fourth quarter and even when Durham attempted to take pole position late on, by levelling the game at 66-66 with 2:18 left, Leicester kept their cool.

As time wound down, Durham were missing shots and Leicester eventually iced the game from the free throw line.

Betsy McDonald, who hit her first four three-pointers early on, ended with 16 points to lead Durham.

Photo credit: Mansoor Ahmed

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Shaquille O’Neal’s 13-year-old daughter Me’Arah O’Neal makes a dunk https://www.talkbasket.net/71997-shaquille-oneals-13-years-old-daughter-mearah-oneal-makes-a-dunk https://www.talkbasket.net/71997-shaquille-oneals-13-years-old-daughter-mearah-oneal-makes-a-dunk#respond Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:38:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71997 Thirteen-year-old daughter of NBA legend, Me’Arah O’Neal, has shown athleticism of good genes. The 193 cm tall girl already has the physical data to put the ball in a standard height basket.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s 13-year-old daughter Me’Arah O’Neal makes a dunk

Thirteen-year-old daughter of NBA legend, Me’Arah O’Neal, has shown athleticism of good genes. The 193 cm tall girl already has the physical data to put the ball in a standard height basket.

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How Much Do NBA/WNBA Referees Make https://www.talkbasket.net/71180-how-much-do-nba-wnba-referees-make https://www.talkbasket.net/71180-how-much-do-nba-wnba-referees-make#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 14:32:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71180 A basketball game cannot run smoothly without referees. Players always try to abide by the rules of the game, especially around tough referees like Ron Garrettson and Joey Crawford. Trust me, those are two of the most well-respected referees in the NBA amongst players and coaches. While the refs are at every game, they definitely […]

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How Much Do NBA/WNBA Referees Make

A basketball game cannot run smoothly without referees. Players always try to abide by the rules of the game, especially around tough referees like Ron Garrettson and Joey Crawford.

Trust me, those are two of the most well-respected referees in the NBA amongst players and coaches. While the refs are at every game, they definitely aren’t compensated like the players and coaches.

But how much do referees make?

Each team in the league – 30 teams – plays at least 82 regular-season games. Those games are broadcast to generate income through sponsorships and ads. NBA players always get the biggest slice of the pie, and referees receive the least percentage.

In this article, you are about to learn everything you need to know, and probably more, about a referee’s salary.

Job Requirements

An NBA referee must have a deep understanding of the rules combined with great judgment in order to make the right decision call after call.

He should also be physically fit because, just like for the players, an 82-game season, plus playoffs, is a grueling schedule for the refs.

What is the Work of a Referee?

Referees maintain order during games and ensure that the game is played correctly and at an orderly pace.

Referees are also expected to communicate with players and head coaches to maintain order between themselves and each team during a game.

After games, their work is not complete, as they watch game film and review their decisions just like the players and coaches do.

Not only do the refs watch their game film, but also film of the players so they can pick up on tendencies and stay abreast of the way different players play the game.

The Average Referee Salary

The average salary of an NBA referee ranges from $150,000 to $550,000 annually (source: Sportskeeda). Senior referees earn more than entry-level referees because they are more experienced.

From 1983, there has been a significant salary increment because referees used to make between $18,000 and $46,000 per year.

In the 2009-2010 season, the base salary for referees was $91,000: this was according to the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA).

While NBA referees don’t earn as much as NBA players and coaches, they are well compensated overall.

NBA Senior Referee Salary

Senior referees receive a salary of $550,000 per year. If you do the math, a senior referee earns $7,000, for a single game.

Entry-Level NBA Referees

Entry-level referees earn the least salary. They are paid $2,000 for a single game, which amounts to $150,000 annually.

When you compare this pay to that of other professions, the amount is relatively high. However, entry-level referees can earn some extra money in the playoffs.

Playoff Referee’s Salary

In the 2008 NBA playoffs, referees earned as high as $9,000 per game and $29,000 in the semi-finals and finals (source: Low Key NBA).

Referees, on average, earn $4,500 in the first round, $10,500 in the second round, and $25,000 in the Conference Semi-finals and NBA Finals.

WNBA Referee Salaries

The WNBA league is not as popular and profitable as the NBA, so the salaries of players, coaches, and referees are generally lower. They earn $450- $500 per game, which amounts to $16,000 a year.

Final Thoughts

NBA referees do not get the same recognition as big-time players like Stephen Curry and Lebron James, and that is fine with them. Their position in the game is to maintain the game’s order and ensure that correct calls are made throughout the game. It can be hard to make a decision in such a hostile environment, however, referees maintain their composure and generally make the right decisions.

Have you ever thought of becoming an NBA referee?

This article was contributed by Luke Zhang who runs Dunk or Three blog.

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Olympic Women’s Basketball field set https://www.talkbasket.net/68899-olympic-womens-basketball-field-set https://www.talkbasket.net/68899-olympic-womens-basketball-field-set#respond Sun, 09 Feb 2020 18:43:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=68899 The 12-team field is set for the Olympic Women’s Basketball tournament in Tokyo this summer following additional qualifiers. In Belgrade, hosts Serbia claimed their Tokyo ticket with a convincing 76-48 win over Mozambique to finish 2-1 in Group A. Serbia are joined at this year’s Olympics by the USA, who had qualified regardless as FIBA […]

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Olympic Women’s Basketball field set

The 12-team field is set for the Olympic Women’s Basketball tournament in Tokyo this summer following additional qualifiers.

In Belgrade, hosts Serbia claimed their Tokyo ticket with a convincing 76-48 win over Mozambique to finish 2-1 in Group A.

Serbia are joined at this year’s Olympics by the USA, who had qualified regardless as FIBA World Cup winners and Nigeria, who competed in the final game with USA winning 76-71. Mozambique miss out.

In Group B, China finished a perfect 3-0 following a 100-60 demolition of Korea to advance to Tokyo.

Despite the loss, the Koreans progressed as well at the expense of Great Britain, who lost to Spain 79-69 and miss out on a second Olympic appearance.

Thanks to the 10-point win, European champions Spain punch their ticket to the Olympics.

In Ostend, hosts Belgium clinched a historic first ever Olympic Games following a 61-53 win over Sweden to finish with a 2-1 record.

The Belgian Cats are joined by Canada who beat Japan 70-68 to finish 3-0. Japan (1-2) have also advanced as Olympic hosts.

Sweden (0-3) are eliminated from Olympic contention.

France completed the hat-trick of qualifying hosts as they comfortably saw-off 2016 Olympic hosts Brazil 89-72 to finish their campaign unbeaten.

The French are joined by Australia and Puerto Rico at this summer’s women’s basketball tournament with Brazil missing out.

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WNBA and WNBPA Reach Groundbreaking 8-Year CBA https://www.talkbasket.net/64487-wnba-and-wnbpa-reach-groundbreaking-8-year-cba https://www.talkbasket.net/64487-wnba-and-wnbpa-reach-groundbreaking-8-year-cba#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:32:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64487 On January 14, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) announced that they have reached an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The agreement is pending ratification by the players and the league’s Board of Governers, as per the official release on the WNBA website. The […]

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WNBA and WNBPA Reach Groundbreaking 8-Year CBA

On January 14, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) announced that they have reached an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The agreement is pending ratification by the players and the league’s Board of Governers, as per the official release on the WNBA website.

The agreement will run from the 2020 season, until the 2027 campaign. The main talking point is that the deal includes a 53% in player salaries.

“Foremost among the deal terms is a 53 percent increase in total cash compensation, consisting of base salary, additional performance bonuses, prize pools for newly created in-season competitions, and league and team marketing deals. Under the new CBA, the league’s top players will be able to earn cash compensation in excess of $500,000, representing a more than tripling of the maximum compensation under the prior deal.  Other top players will have an opportunity to earn between $200,000 and $300,000.  And for the first time in WNBA history, the average cash compensation for players will exceed six figures, averaging nearly $130,000, resulting in an increase for all players from rookies to veterans.” – WNBA Official Release.

In addition, ESPN have revealed that the 2020 WNBA salary cap will be raised to $1.3 million. Up from $996,100 in 2019.

A minimum of $1.6 million in offseason “league and team marketing agreements” is also highlighted in the agreement. Described as creating up to $300,000 in additional income for select players. This will most likely be an attempt to reduce the amount of WNBA players that jump overseas in the offseason, in an attempt to earn extra money. In most cases, more money than they do in the WNBA itself.

Included is a new 50-50 revenue sharing agreement, commencing in 2021. This is on the proviso that the league meet targets from broadcasting, marketing partnerships, and licensing.

Other elements to the agreement are a more “liberal” free-agency system, improvements in travel and accommodation, motherhood/family planning, and career development.

“We approached these negotiations with a player-first agenda, and I am pleased that this agreement guarantees substantial increases in compensation and progressive benefits for the women of the WNBA” – WNBA Commissioner, Cathy Engelbert. 

“We found common ground in areas that confirmed the league’s and the players’ intentions to not only make meaningful improvements in working conditions and overall professional experience, but also to improve the business with strategic planning and intentional marketing that will keep the WNBA front and center year-round.”WNBPA President, Nneka Ogwumike.

You can view the full official release from the WNBA here.

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Alyssa Ewing James becomes college coach like her famous uncle https://www.talkbasket.net/64231-alyssa-ewing-james-becomes-college-coach-like-her-famous-uncle https://www.talkbasket.net/64231-alyssa-ewing-james-becomes-college-coach-like-her-famous-uncle#respond Sun, 12 Jan 2020 13:14:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64231 Alyssa Ewing James is following in the footsteps of her famous uncle. Which means after her playing career, she has become a college basketball coach. Nowadays, Patrick Ewing is the Georgetown University men’s basketball coach. Alyssa started working this season an assistant for the St. Francis College women’s hoop squad. As noted in a recent […]

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Alyssa Ewing James becomes college coach like her famous uncle

Alyssa Ewing James is following in the footsteps of her famous uncle.

Which means after her playing career, she has become a college basketball coach. Nowadays, Patrick Ewing is the Georgetown University men’s basketball coach.

Alyssa started working this season an assistant for the St. Francis College women’s hoop squad.

As noted in a recent article in The Tablet, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, she spent one season at Caldwell (New Jersey) University, playing under Linda Cimino. Then, James transferred to Binghamton University in New York, where Cimino was hired to coach.

Playing three years for the America East Conference school, James, a forward, had significant achievements, including all-conference honors in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18. What’s more, she was the America East Defensive Player of the Year recipient three times. She became the conference’s all-time leader in blocked shots (270).

Now, Alyssa Ewing James is working under Cimino, who is in her second season at the helm for St. Francis College.

“It’s been a different experience seeing the game from this side of the court,” James told The Tablet. “I’m definitely still learning, but I’m just happy to have all these great coaches that we have here at St. Francis.”

Insights about Patrick Ewing

The Tablet article noted that James “was too young to remember seeing her uncle star for the Knicks, (but) of course has heard the stories and seen the highlight reels from his Hall of Fame career.”

“The thing about him (Ewing) that pushed me to be the basketball player that I was had to be his work ethic,” James told the newspaper. “Hearing the stories of how he worked hard every summer with other players to get better and improve made me want to be a better player, a better teammate and a better captain.”

James sought advice from her uncle before agreeing to work on Cimino’s staff, The Tablet reported.

“He said, ‘If this is what you want to do and you love the game, you’ll be ready to help the girls overcome any obstacles, and that’s all that matters,’ ” James was quoted as saying.

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Seedings for FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments revealed https://www.talkbasket.net/59128-seedings-for-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournaments-revealed https://www.talkbasket.net/59128-seedings-for-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournaments-revealed#respond Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:36:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=59128 The FIBA World Ranking Women has been updated after the conclusion of the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania and the November window of the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers. While no ranking changes occurred among the top 15 countries, ninth-ranked Belgium (557.6) did move a little closer to China […]

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Seedings for FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments revealed

The FIBA World Ranking Women has been updated after the conclusion of the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania and the November window of the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers.

While no ranking changes occurred among the top 15 countries, ninth-ranked Belgium (557.6) did move a little closer to China (560.3) in total points.

Switzerland (99.0) was the biggest climber, gaining 12 spots and rising to 65th place, after taking a victory against Estonia in the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers, having gone winless in their previous Qualifiers campaign.

The other big upward movers were also European, with Portugal and Bulgaria each climbing seven spots in the rankings. Portugal is now 47th off the back of their win against Finland, while Bulgaria also squeezed into the Top 50.

The latest ranking serves as the basis to determine the seeds and pots for the draw of FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place next week.

The seeds are as follows:

Women's Seeds
Photo: FIBA.Basketball

The top-seeded teams include the current Olympic and FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup champions, the USA, along with the Women’s World Cup runners-up, Australia, the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket reigning champions, Spain, and the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup finalists, Canada.

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Field set for FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020 https://www.talkbasket.net/58525-field-set-for-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournaments-2020 https://www.talkbasket.net/58525-field-set-for-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournaments-2020#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:53:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=58525 All 16 teams that will compete in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020 have been confirmed following the conclusion of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 in Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania.  The national teams of Mozambique and Nigeria claimed the two spots reserved for Africa, the Americas tournaments saw Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States […]

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Field set for FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020

All 16 teams that will compete in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020 have been confirmed following the conclusion of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 in Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania. 

The national teams of Mozambique and Nigeria claimed the two spots reserved for Africa, the Americas tournaments saw Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States advance, while Australia, China, Japan and Korea progressed from Asia-Oceania.

Six teams from Europe had already qualified previously via the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019.

The 16 teams qualified for the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments:

Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
China
France
Great Britain
Japan
Mozambique
Nigeria
Puerto Rico
Serbia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
United States

As announced by the FIBA Executive Committee last Friday, the rights to host the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments were awarded to the National Federations of Belgium (Ostend), China (Foshan), France (Bourges) and Serbia (Belgrade) in February 2020.

The official Draw Ceremony to sort the 16 teams into the four tournaments will take place at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball, FIBA headquarters, on November 27, 2019.

The top three teams from each of these tournaments, consisting of four teams each, will qualify for the Olympics.

FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 champions USA and the hosts of the Olympic Games, Japan, will play in the qualification tournaments but will advance through to the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament regardless of their results.

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Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer achieves another coaching milestone https://www.talkbasket.net/57826-rutgers-c-vivian-stringer-achieves-another-coaching-milestone https://www.talkbasket.net/57826-rutgers-c-vivian-stringer-achieves-another-coaching-milestone#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:06:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57826 Last week, longtime Rutgers University women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer recorded her 500th victory at the school. The Scarlet Knights opened their season with a 77-56 road triumph over South Alabama on Tuesday. Days later, No. 501 was a runaway victory for the Scarlet Knights against Coppin State, with Rutgers running roughshod in a […]

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Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer achieves another coaching milestone

Last week, longtime Rutgers University women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer recorded her 500th victory at the school. The Scarlet Knights opened their season with a 77-56 road triumph over South Alabama on Tuesday.

Days later, No. 501 was a runaway victory for the Scarlet Knights against Coppin State, with Rutgers running roughshod in a 107-33 Saturday decision.

“This team has worked very, very hard and plays together so well as a unit,” Stringer said, according to The Associated Press, after the win over Coppin State. “That’s a lot of points. It’s unexpected, but they have been so focused on attacking the basket and getting to the rim. We love to see this as a result of that focus.”

Starting in 1971, Stringer coached at Cheyney State and Iowa before taking over at Rutgers in 1995.

Lifestyle changes

Doctors recommended last winter that she needed time away from the game. And so, Stringer, who is now 71, listened to their advice. She needed time to recuperate from exhaustion.

It was a blessing in disguise.

“I was tired and beat up,” Stringer said in an interview with The Associated Press in September. “Not going to reveal what the issue was, but the doctor said, `Stop, you can’t go anymore.’ In a way I knew that I had done everything I could. I couldn’t do any more. Glad that I was given an opportunity to take the break that I needed and relax and come back.”

The AP reported that lack of rest had caught up with her, including these details: “Stringer hadn’t been sleeping more than a few hours a night. She’d been drinking a lot of coffee and taking caffeine pills for years. It all caught up with her before she took her leave.”

Stringer, who entered the season with more than 1,000 career coaching victories, no longer drinks caffeinated beverages. She also stopped taking the caffeine pills, too, according to the AP report.

One of the best ever

C. Vivian Stringer’s remarkable coaching journey is a blueprint for sustained excellence.

Her long list of accomplishments stack up well against her contemporaries — and coaches from any era if you consider the facts.

Here’s a good place to start: “The first coach in men’s or women’s basketball history to take three different schools to the Final Four (Cheyney in 1982, Iowa in 1993 and Rutgers, in 2000 and again in 2007), Stringer has been a pioneer, visionary and leader during her four decades of success on the hardwood,” the 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer’s Rutgers coaching bio reads.

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All hosts announced for the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments https://www.talkbasket.net/54766-all-hosts-announced-for-the-2019-fiba-womens-olympic-pre-qualifying-tournaments https://www.talkbasket.net/54766-all-hosts-announced-for-the-2019-fiba-womens-olympic-pre-qualifying-tournaments#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:14:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54766 FIBA has confirmed all five hosts for the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament, taking place in November across three regions – Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania. There are five tournaments in total, with Africa hosting one tournament and the Americas and Asia-Oceania hosting two tournaments each. All tournaments will take place during the pre-qualifying window, which […]

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All hosts announced for the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments

FIBA has confirmed all five hosts for the 2019 FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament, taking place in November across three regions – Africa, Americas, and Asia-Oceania.

There are five tournaments in total, with Africa hosting one tournament and the Americas and Asia-Oceania hosting two tournaments each.

All tournaments will take place during the pre-qualifying window, which is between November 10 – 18, 2019.

Mozambique will host the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2019 for Africa, and Malaysia and New Zealand will each host a tournament for Asia-Oceania.

Argentina and Canada will be the hosts of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 for the Americas, announced during the recent FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019. 

The newly developed Olympic pre-qualification tournaments will tip-off in November 2019 to qualify teams to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, and ultimately the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

22 National Teams will take part in the upcoming FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments to qualify for one of the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.

For Africa, six teams will fight it out for two qualifying spots at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020 in February next year.

For both the Americas and Asia-Oceania regions, eight teams will compete for four qualifying spots, per region.

The following teams will be competing in each region at the upcoming FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments 2019 in November:

Africa – Mozambique
Group A
Nigeria
Mozambique  
Democratic Republic of Congo

Group B 
Senegal
Mali
Angola

Americas
Group A – Canada 
Dominican Republic
Canada
Cuba
Puerto Rico

Group B – Argentina 
Argentina
USA
Brazil
Colombia

Asia-Oceania 
Group A – New Zealand 
Korea
New Zealand
Philippines
China
 
Group B – Malaysia 
Japan
Australia
Chinese Taipei
India
 
In Europe, the top six teams from the 2019 FIBA Women’s EuroBasket have qualified directly to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020. These teams are Spain, France, Serbia, Great Britain, Sweden and Belgium.
 
The 16 top teams will go through to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020, which will be split into four groups in a draw held later in the year.

The top three teams from each tournament will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Both the USA, current gold medalists, and Japan, who are the hosts, will play in the qualification tournaments and, regardless of their results, advance through to Tokyo 2020.
 
This is the start of an exciting new women’s competition system for FIBA, with more than 100 teams taking part in the new system, which will also include a new qualification system for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.

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Examining Tom Shirley’s remarkable coaching career https://www.talkbasket.net/53345-examining-tom-shirleys-remarkable-coaching-career https://www.talkbasket.net/53345-examining-tom-shirleys-remarkable-coaching-career#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:55:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53345 Philadelphia-based sports reporter Matt Leon introduces the latest episode of his podcast (“1-On-1 With Matt Leon”) on longtime women’s college basketball coach Tom Shirley with an appropriate description: “model of consistency.” What has made him consistent? What has made him passionate about his job for decades? Shirley is entering his 31st season at the helm […]

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Examining Tom Shirley’s remarkable coaching career

Philadelphia-based sports reporter Matt Leon introduces the latest episode of his podcast (“1-On-1 With Matt Leon”) on longtime women’s college basketball coach Tom Shirley with an appropriate description: “model of consistency.”

What has made him consistent?

What has made him passionate about his job for decades?

Shirley is entering his 31st season at the helm for the Jefferson University Rams. He landed the coaching gig in 1989 at Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, which became known as Philadelphia University in 1999. (Philadelphia’s merger with Jefferson University occurred in 2017. Both institutions of higher learning were established in the 1800s.)

Shirley has a 777-351 overall record, first running the show for DeSales (Pa.) University at the NAIA and NCAA Division III ranks from 1981-89.

Leading the NCAA Division II Rams, Tom Shirley is 628-278, including a school record 29-victory campaign — against three defeats in 2018-19. Under his leadership, the Rams have produced 22 seasons with 20 or more victories.

What’s more, they had 25 straight winning campaigns, from 1991-92 to 2015-16.

Asked about his longevity and if it “seems possible” that he’s had the job this long, Shirley responded by saying, “No, it seems like I was 26 yesterday … and I don’t know where the years went.”

Shirley’s mindset

Approaching another season, Shirley describes what lies ahead in runner’s language.

“Well, we kind of talk about the terminology of sprinting and jogging and walking,” he told Leon on the podcast.

“And now (in September) we’re in the sprint mode,” the coach/athletic director said.

Early on in the podcast, Leon asked him: “When did coaching becoming something that you thought would be a direction?”

His response: “I really didn’t think it was when I left college in ’76. I graduated from Allentown College (now DeSales).”

Tom Shirley credit: philadelphia.cbslocal.com

Becoming a coach

After college, he revealed, he worked for Ford Motor Company for about 4 1/2 years “because my father told me that’s what I should do.”

He continued: “I really didn’t like the corporate concept. I didn’t like the fact that I’d have to move. I kind of knew I was going to stay a neighborhood guy, and I wrote letters to school saying I just want to be in athletics. I want to do something in sport, and the next thing you know Father (Daniel G.) Gambet, who was the president of Allentown College, called me and said he had an opening for athletic director.”

It was a phone call that changed his life, leading to a career in sports.

Like anyone else, Tom Shirley learned on the job.

“I don’t think that the very first year or second year I knew that I wasn’t very smart, and I just kind of incorporated some basic things that I learned in high school, learned in college,” he noted.

It took Shirley a couple years to grasp that “it’s all about recruiting.”

Incorporating the coaching styles of Philly coaching legend Herb Magee (1,096 career wins entering the 2019-20 campaign), the men’s bench boss for Philadelphia Textile/Philadelphia/Jefferson since 1967, and others helped Shirley develop his own system.

“In my third or fourth year is when I really started to realize that I had to get smart and lean on other people and do some recruiting,” said Shirley.

In a results-based business, Shirley thrives on the daily measuring stick of having results out in the open.

“The thing I like about this the most is if I was to be car salesman, it may take me three months to finalize a deal,” Shirley related. “These deals are closed in 90 minutes, so you know at the end of the day — you won or you lost. And that’s how you’re judged, winning or losing. I like that part of it.”

A winning recipe

“If you have the right players in the right positions running the right stuff, you are going to be successful,” Shirley commented.

The 42-minute podcast episode can also be accessed via this link: https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/tom-shirley-model-consistency

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USA claimed the 2019 FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup title https://www.talkbasket.net/48967-usa-claimed-the-2019-fiba-u19-womens-basketball-world-cup-title https://www.talkbasket.net/48967-usa-claimed-the-2019-fiba-u19-womens-basketball-world-cup-title#respond Sun, 28 Jul 2019 21:37:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48967 The dominance of USA at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup has resumed after they secured their eighth triumph at the event, regaining the title they relinquished to Russia two years ago. USA won an overtime classic against Australia (74-70) in Bangkok to deliver their eighth World Cup title (1997, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and […]

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USA claimed the 2019 FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup title

The dominance of USA at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup has resumed after they secured their eighth triumph at the event, regaining the title they relinquished to Russia two years ago.

USA won an overtime classic against Australia (74-70) in Bangkok to deliver their eighth World Cup title (1997, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015).

It was Paige Bueckers and Aliyah Boston who impressed in the Final of the competition after the former dropped an all-action 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Boston contributed a 12-point and 11-rebound double-double as USA completed a flawless 7-0 campaign.

Izzy Anstey starred for a heartbroken Australia with 16 points and 12 rebounds as they posted their best finish in more than two decades, having last reached the title game back in 1997.

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Points to Remember While You Bet On WNBA Games https://www.talkbasket.net/44495-points-to-remember-while-you-bet-on-wnba-games https://www.talkbasket.net/44495-points-to-remember-while-you-bet-on-wnba-games#respond Mon, 08 Jul 2019 13:00:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44495 The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is one of the renowned and most popular basketball leagues in the United States comprising of twelve strong teams. The betting options in WNBA games are the same as offered in any other basketball tournament leagues. Well, this article aims at providing you with a list of all the […]

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Points to Remember While You Bet On WNBA Games

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is one of the renowned and most popular basketball leagues in the United States comprising of twelve strong teams.

The betting options in WNBA games are the same as offered in any other basketball tournament leagues.

Well, this article aims at providing you with a list of all the important points that you need to consider before you bet on the WNBA games. This information is provided by Online Casino London, one of the most reputed online casinos operating in the UK. Take a look!

Familiarise yourself with the rules

After the 2015 season, WNBA has made a few changes in its rules in order to shorten its clock to 14 seconds instead of the standard 24.

This change has indeed resulted in an enormous increase in the scoring pattern of the players. The teams of WNBA have proved to be really good in wagers led by Dallas at 15-7 and Seattle at 13-7.

Examine the rosters closely

It is important to keep a close watch on the wagering terms relating to WNBA games. Apart from this, getting the updates of the players, teams and the games also play a vital role. The rosters provide you with all the details pertaining to the top players available.

Also, there are various sources through which you can seek instant updates like Daily Fantasy which aims at offering the latest news and updates about the players and the teams they are associated with.

The source recently reported about Elena Della Donne’s nagging ankle injury and Brittany Griner’s indefinite injury.

Choose your favourite

Not choosing your favourite team can disappoint you in the long run as it has been observed that showing a lack of interest can result in the drifting of your money. Do check out the favourites for this season and choose your team wisely!

Home teams are a wrong choice for betting

Betting on the home teams is undoubtedly a bad choice this season as the cashing is substantially less.

If you decide to wager with some great statistical trends in your favour, then, find a favourite in a regular season WNBA game with no other variables (i.e. a top player).

Presently, there are five teams which offer the best wagers, namely

  • Connecticut 10-3 ATS
  • Chicago 9-4 ATS
  • Minnesota 7-2 ATS
  • San Antonio 8-3 ATS

To be precise, the last two teams mentioned above are truly commendable. Minnesota is the runaway best team in the league.

They are 16-2 SU and are the Golden State Warriors of the WNBA. San Antonio is basically the anti-Spurs of the WNBA, compiling a dreadful 3-19 record straight-up. Both the teams are among the best road ATS wagers in the WNBA.

Final Thoughts

Betting on sports requires deep analytical, logical and reasoning skills. Following the above-mentioned points will definitely help you in wagering diligently and smart. Happy betting, there!

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2019 FIBA EuroBasket Women: Spain will face France in the Final https://www.talkbasket.net/46688-2019-fiba-eurobasket-women-spain-will-face-france-in-the-final https://www.talkbasket.net/46688-2019-fiba-eurobasket-women-spain-will-face-france-in-the-final#respond Sun, 07 Jul 2019 00:14:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46688 The Final of the 2019 FIBA EuroBasket Women will see Spain clash with France on Sunday (07/07). Reigning champions Spain edged Serbia (71-66), while France overpowered Great Britain 63-56. Great Britain played in the semi-finals for the first time in its history. The Final will be played in Belgrade on Sunday, while Serbia will battle […]

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2019 FIBA EuroBasket Women: Spain will face France in the Final

The Final of the 2019 FIBA EuroBasket Women will see Spain clash with France on Sunday (07/07).

Reigning champions Spain edged Serbia (71-66), while France overpowered Great Britain 63-56. Great Britain played in the semi-finals for the first time in its history.

The Final will be played in Belgrade on Sunday, while Serbia will battle against Great Britain in the third place game.

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2019 EuroBasket Women: The four teams that reached the semi-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/46465-2019-eurobasket-women-the-four-teams-that-reached-the-semi-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/46465-2019-eurobasket-women-the-four-teams-that-reached-the-semi-finals#respond Thu, 04 Jul 2019 22:35:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46465 Spain, Serbia, France and Great Britain are the four teams that advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 EuroBasket Women. Reigning champions Spain rallied past Russia (78-54) and will now face co-hosts Serbia, who crushed Sweden (87-49). In the other semi-final, France (84-80 vs Belgium) will clash with Great Britain (59-62 vs Hungary), with the […]

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2019 EuroBasket Women: The four teams that reached the semi-finals

Spain, Serbia, France and Great Britain are the four teams that advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 EuroBasket Women.

Reigning champions Spain rallied past Russia (78-54) and will now face co-hosts Serbia, who crushed Sweden (87-49).

In the other semi-final, France (84-80 vs Belgium) will clash with Great Britain (59-62 vs Hungary), with the latter advancing to the semi-finals for the first time ever.

Great Britain also became the first team to claim a spot for the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

In classification games, Russia will battle Sweden and Belgium will play against Hungary, with the winners also qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The semi-finals will be played on Saturday, July 6.

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FIBA EuroBasket Women: Quarter-Finals line-up has been confirmed https://www.talkbasket.net/46311-fiba-eurobasket-women-quarter-finals-line-up-has-been-confirmed https://www.talkbasket.net/46311-fiba-eurobasket-women-quarter-finals-line-up-has-been-confirmed#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:45:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46311 Following the Quarter-Finals Qualification games, the match-ups of the Quarter-Finals of the EuroBasket Women have been decided. Sweden (77-62 vs Latvia), Great Britain (92-71 vs Montenegro), Belgium (72-67 vs Slovenia) and Russia (54-63 vs Italy) secured their place in the quarterfinals. Consequently, Spain will face Russia, Serbia will battle Sweden, France will clash with Belgium […]

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FIBA EuroBasket Women: Quarter-Finals line-up has been confirmed

Following the Quarter-Finals Qualification games, the match-ups of the Quarter-Finals of the EuroBasket Women have been decided.

Sweden (77-62 vs Latvia), Great Britain (92-71 vs Montenegro), Belgium (72-67 vs Slovenia) and Russia (54-63 vs Italy) secured their place in the quarterfinals.

Consequently, Spain will face Russia, Serbia will battle Sweden, France will clash with Belgium and Hungary will play against Great Britain.

All matches will be played on Thursday, July 4.

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2019 EuroBasket Women: The quarter-finals are set https://www.talkbasket.net/46187-2019-eurobasket-women-the-quarter-finals-are-set https://www.talkbasket.net/46187-2019-eurobasket-women-the-quarter-finals-are-set#respond Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:09:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46187 Following the end of the Group Phase, the quarterfinals of the 2019 EuroBasket Women have been decided. Spain, Serbia, Hungary and France already secured their place in the quarter-finals. Their opponents will be decided via the quarter-finals qualifications. On Monday (01/07), Sweden will face Latvia, with the winner playing against Serbia. Furthermore, Great Britain will […]

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2019 EuroBasket Women: The quarter-finals are set

Following the end of the Group Phase, the quarterfinals of the 2019 EuroBasket Women have been decided.

Spain, Serbia, Hungary and France already secured their place in the quarter-finals. Their opponents will be decided via the quarter-finals qualifications.

On Monday (01/07), Sweden will face Latvia, with the winner playing against Serbia. Furthermore, Great Britain will battle Montenegro, with the winner going on to face Hungary.

On Tuesday (02/07), Italy will square off against Russia. The winner will face the reigning champions Spain. On the same day, Belgium will clash with Slovenia. The winner will face France.

The quarter-finals will be played on Thursday (04/07).

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EuroBasket Women Day 2: Spain remains perfect in Group A https://www.talkbasket.net/46035-eurobasket-women-day-2-spain-remains-perfect-in-group-a https://www.talkbasket.net/46035-eurobasket-women-day-2-spain-remains-perfect-in-group-a#respond Sat, 29 Jun 2019 02:06:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=46035 The second day of the 2019 EuroBasket Women saw reigning champions Spain defeat Great Britain (67-59) and remain perfect in Group A. Also in Group A, Latvia beat Ukraine (82-74). In Group B, the Czech Republic overpowered Sweden (71-64) and France crushed Montenegro (53-88). In Group C, Slovenia earned the victory over Turkey (62-55), while […]

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EuroBasket Women Day 2: Spain remains perfect in Group A

The second day of the 2019 EuroBasket Women saw reigning champions Spain defeat Great Britain (67-59) and remain perfect in Group A.

Also in Group A, Latvia beat Ukraine (82-74). In Group B, the Czech Republic overpowered Sweden (71-64) and France crushed Montenegro (53-88).

In Group C, Slovenia earned the victory over Turkey (62-55), while Hungary stunned Italy (51-59).

Last but not least, hosts Serbia rallied past Russia (77-63) and remained undefeated in Group D, while Belarus edged Belgium (61-69).

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EuroBasket Women Day 1: Petrovic and Serbia stunned Belarus https://www.talkbasket.net/45908-eurobasket-women-day-1-petrovic-and-serbia-stunned-belarus https://www.talkbasket.net/45908-eurobasket-women-day-1-petrovic-and-serbia-stunned-belarus#respond Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:40:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=45908 Sonja Petrovic’s pull-up jumper, with 1.9 seconds to go, gave Serbia the victory against Belarus (53-55) in Day 1 of EuroBasket Women. In Group A, reigning champions Spain dominated Ukraine (77-95) and Great Britain rallied past Latvia (74-60). France defeated the Czech Republic in Group B (74-61) and Sweden overpowered Montenegro (67-51). In Group C, […]

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EuroBasket Women Day 1: Petrovic and Serbia stunned Belarus

Sonja Petrovic’s pull-up jumper, with 1.9 seconds to go, gave Serbia the victory against Belarus (53-55) in Day 1 of EuroBasket Women.

In Group A, reigning champions Spain dominated Ukraine (77-95) and Great Britain rallied past Latvia (74-60).

France defeated the Czech Republic in Group B (74-61) and Sweden overpowered Montenegro (67-51).

In Group C, Hungary edged Slovenia (88-84) and Italy survived Turkey (54-57).

Aside from Serbia’s big victory against Belarus, Group D also saw Belgium beat Russia (54-67).

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Baylor Women’s Basketball Team dine at the White House https://www.talkbasket.net/42274-baylor-womens-basketball-team-dine-at-the-white-house https://www.talkbasket.net/42274-baylor-womens-basketball-team-dine-at-the-white-house#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 10:35:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=42274 On Monday the Baylor women’s basketball team traveled to the White House for a reception in their honour hosted by President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. The Bears were treated to a spread of McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s which was served in the State Dining Room. But as bonusbets.com reports he instead invited the […]

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Baylor Women’s Basketball Team dine at the White House

On Monday the Baylor women’s basketball team traveled to the White House for a reception in their honour hosted by President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. The Bears were treated to a spread of McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s which was served in the State Dining Room. But as bonusbets.com reports he instead invited the team into the Oval Office which is where he hosted the Washington Capitals when they visited last month and were served the same menu of choice.

For an unknown reason, the previous two WNBA champions were not invited to the White House, in 2017 it was won by the Minnesota Lynx and in 2018 the Seattle Storm. It was there the first time an all-female team had visited the White House under President Trump’s reign. Previously there were male and female parties attending during 2017, but this was a first. It has been a tradition under many presidents, but there is a feeling that it has become more political with Trump at the helm. The Golden State Warriors had been invited, but that invitation was swiftly rescinded when there was talk that some of the players would boycott to make a political statement. The men’s NCAA title winners, the Virginia Cavaliers, were also invited but last week confirmed that due to scheduling conflicts they would not be able to attend.

Historically teams have attended the reception with the president, and when asked if she felt it was a political thing, Kim Mulkey the Bears coach, speaking to the Associated Press said “I’ve been every time for every president. It’s not a political issue for me. It’s an honour to go to the White House. I want everyone to say they went to the White House. Not many people can say that.” She had previously taken her team when they won in 2005 to visit with George W. Bush and returned in 2012 with the winning squad to attend Barack Obama, although it was the first time the food was from fast food takeaways.

The president was full of praise for the team who had a close call to take the victory winning 82-21 against Notre Dame to claim the NCAA title. From his questions, it seems that the president had not actually seen the game. To thank him for his hospitality the team presented him with a team jersey with his name printed on the back, a Baylor hat and a basketball signed by the team. To their delight, the president wore the hat after asking “Am I allowed to wear it? I’ll mess up my hair, but that’s okay; it is mine. It was also noted by the coach that the jersey maybe too small and suggested that perhaps the First Lady Melania might wear it instead. Overall the visit seemed to have been well received on both sides and has perhaps shown other teams that the gesture can be taken in good spirits.

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Seattle Storm to skip a visit to the White House https://www.talkbasket.net/30232-seattle-storm-to-skip-a-visit-to-the-white-house https://www.talkbasket.net/30232-seattle-storm-to-skip-a-visit-to-the-white-house#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:02:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=30232 WNBA Champions, the Seattle Storm, have no intention to visit the White House, even if they receive an invitation by US President, Donald Trump. The team’s point guard, Sue Bird, said the team would skip the once traditional visit to the White House, no matter if Trump did invite them or not. “It has come […]

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Seattle Storm to skip a visit to the White House

WNBA Champions, the Seattle Storm, have no intention to visit the White House, even if they receive an invitation by US President, Donald Trump.

The team’s point guard, Sue Bird, said the team would skip the once traditional visit to the White House, no matter if Trump did invite them or not.

“It has come up. At this point, it doesn’t even really need to be discussed,” the 37-year-old player told the Seattle Times.

Trump withdrew invitations to both the NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, and the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The reason was that many players criticised Trump and were not interested in visiting the White House.

At the same time, the 2017 WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, didn’t receive an invitation at all.

“We paid attention to what happened with Minnesota not getting invited. Everyone knew when everything happened with Steph Curry and LeBron on social media, all that stuff. We all pay attention and we watch,” Bird added.

She also mentioned it was amazing when she met then president Barack Obama in 2010, after winning the title with the Storm. Now, things have changed, though.

“No one wants to go anymore. It’s disappointing, because it was something most athletes looked forward to. But, I’m sure (Trump) is going to say we’re not invited anyway, so it all works out well,” the three-time WNBA Champion explained.

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Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics https://www.talkbasket.net/30079-seattle-storm-sweeps-washington-mystics https://www.talkbasket.net/30079-seattle-storm-sweeps-washington-mystics#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 06:12:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=30079 Seattle Storm won their third WNBA title after completing a finals sweep of the Washington Mystics. Breanna Stewart poured in 30 points to pace the Storm to a 98-82 win over the Mystics at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena in game three. For Stewart, she claimed the Finals MVP to add to her league […]

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Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics

Seattle Storm won their third WNBA title after completing a finals sweep of the Washington Mystics.

Breanna Stewart poured in 30 points to pace the Storm to a 98-82 win over the Mystics at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena in game three.

For Stewart, she claimed the Finals MVP to add to her league MVP award. 

“Seattle deserves to have this trophy back,” Stewart said.

The 98-82 win adds to Seattle’s 89-76 and 75-73 victories that they secured in games one and two, respectively.

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UMMC Ekaterinburg capture EuroLeague Women title https://www.talkbasket.net/28146-from-last-night-ummc-ekaterinburg-capture-euroleague-women-title https://www.talkbasket.net/28146-from-last-night-ummc-ekaterinburg-capture-euroleague-women-title#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:49:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=28146 UMMC Ekaterinburg secured a fourth EuroLeague Women success with a 72-53 victory against Final Four hosts Sopron Basket inside a packed Novomatic Arena. The Russian side couldn’t quite shrug off Sopron in the last quarter and the home fans sensed a spectacular comeback may be on its way and turned up the volume as their […]

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UMMC Ekaterinburg capture EuroLeague Women title

UMMC Ekaterinburg secured a fourth EuroLeague Women success with a 72-53 victory against Final Four hosts Sopron Basket inside a packed Novomatic Arena.

The Russian side couldn’t quite shrug off Sopron in the last quarter and the home fans sensed a spectacular comeback may be on its way and turned up the volume as their side cut the gap to single digits.

But Evgenia Beliakova killed the Hungarian resistance with a big dagger triple and then a steal which led to a lay-up just a few moments afterwards. It sparked a 16-6 finish to the contest that handed Ekaterinburg the title.

MVP Emma Meesseman was electric and finished with a stellar 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Her frontcourt partner Brittney Griner weighed in with 16 points and 9 boards, while Maya Moore posted 17 points.

Yvonne Turner led Sopron with 21 points as their fairytale EuroLeague Women season ends with as runners-up.

Final Four Results:

Dynamo Kursk 77-84 UMMC Ekaterinburg

Sopron Basket 68-65 Yakin Dogu Universitesi

Third-place game:

Dynamo Kursk 87-82 Yakin Dogu Universitesi

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Diana Taurasi and wife Penny Taylor become parents https://www.talkbasket.net/27797-diana-taurasi-and-wife-penny-taylor-become-parents https://www.talkbasket.net/27797-diana-taurasi-and-wife-penny-taylor-become-parents#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:53:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=27797 Phoenix Mercury and UMMC Ekaterinburg guard Diana Taurasi and her wife Penny Taylor, a former Mercury player who now is director of player development and performance, became parents on March 1. A healthy baby boy, Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor, was born and is happily resting at home alongside his mothers. Taurasi, and Taylor, an Australian international […]

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Diana Taurasi and wife Penny Taylor become parents

Phoenix Mercury and UMMC Ekaterinburg guard Diana Taurasi and her wife Penny Taylor, a former Mercury player who now is director of player development and performance, became parents on March 1.

A healthy baby boy, Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor, was born and is happily resting at home alongside his mothers.

Taurasi, and Taylor, an Australian international married before the start of the 2017 WNBA season.

Taylor is the mother of their child. Taurasi left her Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg in December to return to the States for a rest from basketball and to be with Taylor, who played for the Mercury from 2014-16.

Taurasi has played her entire WNBA career with the Mercury, starting in 2004.

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Great Britain coach Chema Buceta praises team’s intelligence after two road wins https://www.talkbasket.net/27514-great-britain-coach-chema-buceta-praises-teams-intelligence-after-two-road-wins https://www.talkbasket.net/27514-great-britain-coach-chema-buceta-praises-teams-intelligence-after-two-road-wins#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:09:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=27514 Great Britain women’s head coach Chema Buceta masterminded a perfect week as his side arrived back home with two vital road wins to leave them in good shape in the Eurobasket Women qualifiers ahead of the November window. Wins away to Portugal and Israel have put GB on a 3-1 record in Group D, with […]

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Great Britain coach Chema Buceta praises team’s intelligence after two road wins

Great Britain women’s head coach Chema Buceta masterminded a perfect week as his side arrived back home with two vital road wins to leave them in good shape in the Eurobasket Women qualifiers ahead of the November window.

Wins away to Portugal and Israel have put GB on a 3-1 record in Group D, with two games at home to Greece and again to Portugal to come.

But what was incredible about the two wins was the determination of the women and need to make a game-changing run. They came from seven points down in the final quarter to beat Portugal, thanks to a 15-0 run, whilst holding the hosts scoreless in the final six minutes.

The Brits followed that up by edging Israel in Tel Aviv, four days later by scoring the first 11 points of the fourth quarter to take a 67-59 lead, which they never relinquished.

“It was a fantastic game and especially seeing the girls fighting so much,” explained Buceta. “Not only in the game, but in the whole camp to try and improve ourselves and make the team competitive, and then playing against a very good team in Israel.

“It was a very emotional game, but also a very wise game. We not only played hard, but we played with intelligence and I think our team played with a lot of patience to overcome the problems that the other team put on the court. I think we must be very proud of these girls, not only for the victory but also for the way we were able to get it.

Temi Fagbenle had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead GB in their 76-74 win away to Israel. Photo: Mansoor Ahmed

“The key ingredients for the win were not to think about the score too much and just focus on it play-by-play. Sometimes we were down by seven points, at other points, we were eight points up. We didn’t panic. It was good to be cool and calm and understand the game. The fact that we switched defences a lot, helped to confuse the other team.

“The merit is for the players because they did a great job of understanding the game all the time and were able to play good defence. This was a very quick game and I thought our defence was the key.”

The women can now rest briefly before returning to their domestic duties. They will reconvene in November when they host Greece and Portugal, with GB in good form to land a spot at Eurobasket Women 2019, to be held in Serbia and Latvia.

Photo: Mansoor Ahmed

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WNBA Finals score highest rating, surpassing last year https://www.talkbasket.net/26369-wnba-finals-score-highest-rating-surpassing-last-year https://www.talkbasket.net/26369-wnba-finals-score-highest-rating-surpassing-last-year#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:52:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=26369 Minnesota Lynx’s WNBA Finals success over rivals the Los Angeles Sparks became one of the most watched women’s basketball games in the States. The viewing numbers for this year’s Finals surpassed last year’s by a massive 24 percent, according to the WNBA press release. Via WNBA: The 2017 WNBA Finals on ESPN, in which the […]

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WNBA Finals score highest rating, surpassing last year

Minnesota Lynx’s WNBA Finals success over rivals the Los Angeles Sparks became one of the most watched women’s basketball games in the States.

The viewing numbers for this year’s Finals surpassed last year’s by a massive 24 percent, according to the WNBA press release.

Via WNBA:

The 2017 WNBA Finals on ESPN, in which the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 3-2 to win the WNBA Championship, is the highest-rated since 2003. The five-game series averaged a 0.5 metered market rating, up 24 percent compared to 2016, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen.

Wednesday’s Game 5 on ESPN was the highest-rated WNBA Finals game since 2003, delivering a 0.8 metered market rating, doubling last year’s Game 5 rating (0.4). The telecast peaked with a 1.1 rating from 10:45 – 11 p.m. ET.

Game 5 on ESPN generated a 7.9 rating in the Minneapolis market. The remaining top five markets include Hartford (2.4), New Orleans (1.4), Louisville (1.4) and Birmingham (1.2). The telecast averaged a 0.9 in the Los Angeles market.

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Russia deny USA a seventh straight under-19 women’s crown https://www.talkbasket.net/25628-russia-deny-usa-seventh-straight-19-womens-crown https://www.talkbasket.net/25628-russia-deny-usa-seventh-straight-19-womens-crown#respond Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:33:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=25628 Russia denied the all-conquering USA of a seventh straight gold medal with an 86-82 win in the Under-19 FIBA World Cup for Women final in Udine, Italy. Raisa Musina led the winners with a monster showing of 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Maria Madeeva added an equally as monsterous showing with 28 points […]

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Russia deny USA a seventh straight under-19 women’s crown

Russia denied the all-conquering USA of a seventh straight gold medal with an 86-82 win in the Under-19 FIBA World Cup for Women final in Udine, Italy.

Raisa Musina led the winners with a monster showing of 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Maria Madeeva added an equally as monsterous showing with 28 points and 18 rebounds as Russia celebrated its first under-19 women’s title in 28 years.

The latter was later named tournament MVP.

The Americans enjoyed the upper hand for the majority of the first half and an 8-0 finish to the first half gave them a 42-36 cushion.

The Russians, who have cruised to the gold medal game, including a dominant 65-41 semi-final win over Canada, stormed into the finale in the third quarter to take a 62-60 lead into the final period.

Russia enjoyed a five-point advantage at 70-65 with 7:18 in the fourth thanks to a lay-up from Vadeeva but the Americans stayed in touch late on to ensure an exciting finish.

But the European side withstood the pressure and denied the States another gold.

Chennedy Carter led the USA with 31 points.

 

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Women’s Place in British Basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/25625-womens-place-british-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/25625-womens-place-british-basketball#respond Sun, 30 Jul 2017 14:05:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=25625 If there were any indication of women being able to do anything a man can do, a good one would probably be the rise in the popularity of women’s basketball in the UK. While it is not as if the sport being played by women used to be unheard of, there are reasons to believe […]

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Women’s Place in British Basketball

If there were any indication of women being able to do anything a man can do, a good one would probably be the rise in the popularity of women’s basketball in the UK. While it is not as if the sport being played by women used to be unheard of, there are reasons to believe that a talented British professional basketball player would have a much brighter future today as opposed to a decade or two ago.

It was only in June 2004, that the Women’s British Basketball League was launched in the UK. While there were other basketball leagues for women at the time, the league was launched the women’s counterpart to the British Basketball League.

The league has a total of eleven clubs that compete for supremacy. These are the Barking Abbey Crusaders, Caledonia Pride, Cardiff Met Archers, Durham Palatinates, Leicester Riders, Manchester Mystics, Nottingham Wildcats, Team Northumbria, Oaklands Wolves, Sevenoaks Suns, and Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.

A significant number of these clubs are based in universities and recreational centres, meaning there was already an established organization prior to playing women’s basketball. Most of these clubs were there since the inception of the league in 2014, but there have been a few changes, namely the departure of LSBU Brixton Topcats and Leeds Carnegie, as well as the inclusion of Caledonia Pride and Oaklands Wolves, both joining the league in 2016, and Durham Palatinates, who joined earlier in July of 2017, after boasting being one of the strongest university basketball teams in the UK.

Room to Grow

It might be an understatement to say that women’s basketball, whether in the UK or anywhere else, still trails in popularity when compared with its masculine counterpart. However, the sport is becoming increasingly popular. While it currently commands a secure cult following, sports critics, such as Jeff Walz, an American women’s basketball coach, guarantees that any basketball fan who watches a women’s basketball game will leave satisfied and impressed by the level of athleticism.

Women’s basketball has been described as being closer to the fundamentals of basketball, so it is quite possible that the lack of following corresponds to a lack in flair, as compared with men’s basketball. If one’s view of sport is to witness a spectacle, then maybe women’s basketball could use some more flashy moves. But if one takes the role of an insider who knows the importance of technical skill in basketball, then one would be hard pressed to be left wanting.

There is also an institutional aspect. Women’s basketball does not get anywhere near the same backing as men’s basketball. This means lower salaries for its players and coaches. Young players who display talent in the sport might not be so inclined to make a career out of it, given that even the best-case scenario does not necessarily leave them financially secure. The lack of investment also means that it is less likely for players to be traded or move from club to club.

Publicity is another aspect. Women’s basketball cannot get more fans if the media does not pay attention to it. At the moment, men’s basketball is the subject of media worship, with players achieving levels of celebrity. On the other hand, women’s basketball, in most parts of the world, struggles to get airtime.

In the UK, there are quite a few places where women’s basketball can stand to grow. For one thing, there are quite a few cities that have a team with the British Basketball League without having one for the Women’s British Basketball League. Cities such as Glasgow, Chester, Worcester, and Plymouth could all potentially expand their franchises in the foreseeable future to accommodate the women’s game.

Betting on Women’s Basketball

If the basketball institutions and sports media fail to give women’s basketball proper support, then it is up to the fans to make the game worth watching.

An interesting strategy comes in the form of making bets, which is said to “make things more interesting.” Fans can take a look at UK list of best free bets and heighten the excitement by giving themselves a stake in the sport. Since making a bet can easily be done online, all one has to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the sportsmanship, skill, and spectacle.

If women’s basketball can catch on among bettors, then that’s an entire section of the population that women’s basketball can tap and convert into fans. This should not be too difficult, as serious betters are always on the lookout for new ways to flex their betting muscles. Since the betting pool on men’s basketball tends to be quite aggressive, beginning bettors can even use women’s basketball as a training ground with lower stakes. Although with the continued growth of the sport, it may be possible that stakes will soon rise.

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Professional team for Durham the final piece of jigsaw in becoming number one university for women’s basketball in the UK https://www.talkbasket.net/25228-professional-team-for-durham-the-final-jigsaw-in-becoming-number-one-university-for-womens-basketball-in-the-uk https://www.talkbasket.net/25228-professional-team-for-durham-the-final-jigsaw-in-becoming-number-one-university-for-womens-basketball-in-the-uk#respond Sun, 02 Jul 2017 11:51:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=25228 The moment Durham Palatinates was announced as the Women’s British Basketball League newest franchise, the cult following of the sport across the country were racking their brains trying to fathom why the team was called a Palatinate. It is certainly innovative. Durham, a city located in the north-east of England, slightly south of Newcastle is rich […]

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Professional team for Durham the final piece of jigsaw in becoming number one university for women’s basketball in the UK

The moment Durham Palatinates was announced as the Women’s British Basketball League newest franchise, the cult following of the sport across the country were racking their brains trying to fathom why the team was called a Palatinate.

It is certainly innovative. Durham, a city located in the north-east of England, slightly south of Newcastle is rich in history. But the Palatinate, Durham head coach Lee Davie explains, highlights the university’s colours that define Durham.

Durham Palatinates WBBL logo.

The palatinate is a light purple or lavender that is used as their academic dress. A palatinate blue is also plastered in County Durham’s official flag.

Simple.

“It’s a shade of purple closely associated with the university and derived from County Durham’s political history as a County Palatine,” Davie explains. “The university’s annual sporting colours are “Palatinates” and Durham University teams have long been referred to informally as ‘the Palatinates’.”

Durham women’s university basketball team. One of the most prominent teams in university basketball in the UK.

But all colours aside, the announcement of the professional women’s franchise has been a while coming, given the success of the university program. Durham has a wide variety of university basketball teams with different skillsets. The women’s programme has a second team that play in the Northern 1A conference and are headed by the first team that play in the BUCS Premier North division. It’s a challenging division but the girls are considered one of the top teams in the country headlined by finishing the academic year with an 8-2 record last term, and coasting through the Super 8s but narrowing losing out to Loughborough in the finals.

However, Durham are at home when competing in the BUCS Super 8s, the focal point for university basketball in the UK. The women’s first team has appeared in the event since its inception and Davie feels that adding a professional outfit will give those players something else to play for. From September 2018, the team plan to compete and train out of the Durham University Sports Park, Maiden Castle, which, pending planning permission, will include a brand new 2,000-seat indoor venue.

It certainly is an exciting time for basketball in Durham.

“In my time here at Durham we have been one of the top three women’s university teams in the country, without the WBBL,” Davie said. “We see the addition of competing week in and week out against the best players and teams in the WBBL as the final piece to becoming the number one university for women’s basketball in the country.”

But as successful as both their men’s and women’s university teams are, the pro ranks are a different story for Durham. The Palatinates will be the city’s first professional women’s team but over on the men’s side, the Durham Wildcats graced the BBL from 2011, filling the spot of the Worthing Thunder, who withdrew from the league, to 2015 when players, who were called up to the team on international student visas were found to be ineligible to play.

Durham Wildcats, who played in north-east derbies against the Newcastle Eagles, had a short stint in the British Basketball League but they departed in 2015. Photo: BBL.

Davie, who coached the Wildcats in their final two seasons and led them to their first Playoff appearance in his first season in charge is adamant that a professional men’s team is still on the cards but there is still a lot of work to do, commercially before a roster can be put on the floor.

“We remain entirely committed to getting a men’s programme back into the BBL but having been in the league for four years we know that it is a significant undertaking,” Davie explained. “Whilst we feel that we have a model that will enable us to sustainably recruit a competitive playing squad but we still have a lot of work to do commercially before we look to step back in.”

It will take a few years for Durham to be fully reacquainted with the professional ranks, something that Davie wants to happen in order to compliment the booming university program that they boast. Davie understands that this is something that won’t happen overnight, but his vision to give the historic county professional basketball again is going in the right direction.

And people won’t be scrambling to find out why the team was called a ‘Palatinate’.

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EuroBasket Women 2017 round up (day 1) https://www.talkbasket.net/25221-eurobasket-women-2017-round-day-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/25221-eurobasket-women-2017-round-day-1#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:19:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=25221 An enthralling first eight games of action at Eurobasket Women is in the books and champions crashed to a loss in perhaps the most surprising result of the opening day. Holders Serbia fell 69-60 to Greece in Group C with France nearly heading in the same direction but eventually settled for a 70-68 win over […]

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EuroBasket Women 2017 round up (day 1)

An enthralling first eight games of action at Eurobasket Women is in the books and champions crashed to a loss in perhaps the most surprising result of the opening day.

Holders Serbia fell 69-60 to Greece in Group C with France nearly heading in the same direction but eventually settled for a 70-68 win over debutants Slovenia.

The hosts didn’t get off to the start that they wanted as Czech Republic lost 59-47 to Ukraine in Group A as Alina Iagupova went for 21 points or the victors.

Tournament favourites Spain though got off to a comfortable start though as they dispatched of Hungary 62-48.

Montenegro, usually strong in major competition were edged 66-64 by Belgium in Group D with Russia easing past Latvia 71-59 in the other pool game.

Italy and Turkey were easy winners in their respective Group B games as the Italians beat Belarus 80-60 and the Turks were 69-58 victors over the Slovak Republic.

— HIGHLIGHTS 

Spain vs Hungary

Czech Republic vs Ukraine

Italy vs Belarus

Turkey vs Slovak Republic

Greece vs Serbia

France vs Slovenia

Montenegro vs Belgium

Russia vs Latvia

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Sevenoaks Suns, driven by Carr pull away from the Wildcats https://www.talkbasket.net/24937-sevenoaks-suns-driven-by-carr-pull-away-from-the-wildcats https://www.talkbasket.net/24937-sevenoaks-suns-driven-by-carr-pull-away-from-the-wildcats#respond Sun, 14 May 2017 14:08:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=24937 Sevenoaks Suns brought a successful and well-fought Women’s British Basketball League season to an end by coming from behind to beat Nottingham Wildcats 70-61 in the Playoff final at the O2 Arena. The Suns’ victory in the season finale means that they secure a season double by adding the Playoff crown to the Trophy that […]

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Sevenoaks Suns, driven by Carr pull away from the Wildcats

Sevenoaks Suns brought a successful and well-fought Women’s British Basketball League season to an end by coming from behind to beat Nottingham Wildcats 70-61 in the Playoff final at the O2 Arena.

The Suns’ victory in the season finale means that they secure a season double by adding the Playoff crown to the Trophy that they won in Glasgow in March. However there is a share of trophies this season with the Manchester Mystics claiming the WBBL Cup and the Wildcats winning the league.

Catherine Carr led the victors with 20 points and she was the main catalyst behind Sevenoaks’ game-winning run where the Suns held Nottingham to just nine points in a 17 minute stretch in the second half that proved to be the difference.

And it was Carr, who deservedly won the MVP award as she added a WBBL record 14 rebounds to her tally along with six assists.

The Suns trailed 25-17 after the first quarter, and were slow to get going, falling behind by as many as 11 points at one stage.

But led by captain Carr, the team from Kent hit back in the second quarter where they narrowed the deficit to just three points before a triple by Wildcats guard Siobhan Prior with seconds remaining in the half made sure that Nottingham had a sizeable 42-36 cushion at the break.

But that cushion evaporated in the early stages of the third quarter as Sevenoaks tied the game at 42-42 through a three-point play by Gabriele Nikitinaite.

Nottingham hung on to re-take the lead briefly only for the Suns to take their first lead mid-way through the third, forcing Wildcats coach Dave Greenaway to call timeout.

But it was to no avail as a defensive minded third period where only 13 points were scored in the first nine minutes was finally blown open when Suns’ Renee Busch hit a well-worked three-pointer as Sevenoaks took a 52-44 lead going into the fourth.

Nottingham only scored two points in the entire third quarter with that three by Prior in the final seconds of the second their last field goal. Free throws by WBBL Player of the Year Ashley Harris with three minutes played proved to be their only scores.

Nottingham fought valiantly in the final period only to be hampered by an injury to Prior, which forced her out of the game for good as the Suns, driven by Carr, pulled away in the final two minutes for the win.

Harris led the Wildcats with 16 points.

 

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Serbia, Turkey amongst high risers in FIBA Women’s rankings https://www.talkbasket.net/22286-serbia-turkey-amongst-high-risers-in-fiba-womens-rankings https://www.talkbasket.net/22286-serbia-turkey-amongst-high-risers-in-fiba-womens-rankings#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22286 It was an Olympic Games debut to remember for Serbia as their remarkable bronze medal finish shoots them up five places into ninth in the new FIBA world rankings for women. It marks the first time as an independent nation that Serbia have made the top ten in the women’s rankings. They overcame a dreadful […]

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Serbia, Turkey amongst high risers in FIBA Women’s rankings

It was an Olympic Games debut to remember for Serbia as their remarkable bronze medal finish shoots them up five places into ninth in the new FIBA world rankings for women.

It marks the first time as an independent nation that Serbia have made the top ten in the women’s rankings. They overcame a dreadful start, losing their first three games in Rio to beating Australia and France, en route to the bronze medal.

Turkey rose three places from tenth to seventh in the updated rankings following a solid Rio 2016 campaign where they reached the quarter-finals.

Other European nations that will be smiling following the release of the new rankings are going to be Spain and France as they both knocked Australia down from second to fourth following the Opals shock quarter-final exit to Serbia where Spain secured the silver medal and despite France narrowly missing out on a podium finish, they regularly compete for international titles.

Spain move up to second with France third.

Outside of the top ten, Croatia, Greece and Great Britain all moved up a spot to 19th, 20th and 21st, respectively. But plummeting down the rankings goes former European women’s powerhouse Russia, as they drop five places to 11th and it’s even worse for Latvia, as they fall ten places all the way down to 27th.

As expected, the USA comfortably sit on top of the world rankings.

For the complete list of women’s rankings, click here.

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Rio 2016 achievers and under achievers https://www.talkbasket.net/22223-rio-2016-achievers-and-under-achievers https://www.talkbasket.net/22223-rio-2016-achievers-and-under-achievers#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:22:00 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22223 The USA men’s basketball team claimed the final gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympics, emphatically putting Serbia to the sword with what was admittedly not their best team, and with LeBron James hinting an international comeback at the Tokyo Games in 2020, who is to say that they won’t capture a fourth straight gold […]

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Rio 2016 achievers and under achievers

The USA men’s basketball team claimed the final gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympics, emphatically putting Serbia to the sword with what was admittedly not their best team, and with LeBron James hinting an international comeback at the Tokyo Games in 2020, who is to say that they won’t capture a fourth straight gold in Japan.

But away from the USA’s men and women who were heavily fancied and delivered a gold medal in Rio, there were some nations who did themselves proud at this year’s Olympic Games and some who, with the talent they had should have done much better than their final standing.

STAR PERFORMERS AT THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS

Men:

Patty Mills led Australia to its best ever Olympic position of fourth with many believing that they should have received the bronze had it not been for what people were calling a ‘phantom’ foul on Spain’s Sergio Rodriguez by Mills in the dying seconds of the game then maybe the Boomers would have secured bronze.

But it wasn’t to be, Australia, prominent Olympic competitors due to their ridiculously easy passage will have to settle for fourth.

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Patty Mills, as expected ran the show for Australia. Photo: FIBA

It wasn’t just Mills that ran the show for the Aussies, Andrew Bogut, who had surprised all by suiting up despite reportedly being sidelined thanks to an injury sustained in the NBA Finals, had a solid outing throughout the Olympics, activating his role without having to stand out.

NBL star Chris Goulding faired well with a 22-point performance in their group stage win over Venezuela standing out. Veterans Aron Baynes and David Andersen also enjoyed good spells in the two-week tournament.

Serbia are well and truly back amongst the top sides in the world after a second straight finals appearance in a world basketball tournament. Both showings have resulted in heavy defeats to the USA but he latest runners-up finish in Rio proves that their podium position at the 2014 FIBA World Cup was no fluke.

Before the Olympics began, not many people labelled Serbia as the main challengers to the Americans which was reserved for Spain and France but once more, Milos Teodosic, Bogdan Bogdanovic and company proved us wrong.

Women:

Away from the Americans, Serbia’s women arguably were the team of the competition, by securing a podium finish in their first ever Olympic appearance.

Their feat was made all the more outstanding given that they lost their opening three encounters and looked as good as out before they began their winning streak, en route to a historic bronze.

Spain completed a fantastic silver medal finish at Rio 2016, solidifying their status as one of Europe’s leading women’s basketball nations. It was their first medal and best finish at an Olympic Games. Alba Torrens led the runners-up in scoring with an average of 16.4 points a game with a courageous game-high 18 points in the finale with the Americans.

Japan warmed up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a solid performance in Rio. They even gave the Americans a game in the quarter-finals before wearing themselves out in the third period, eventually having to settle for defeat.

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As they prepare to host the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, it’s safe to say that the Japanese women did their country proud at Rio 2016. Photo: FIBA

Honourable Mentions:

Croatia men’s team and Canada women’s team.

UNDER-ACHIEVERS

Men:

It was a disappointing campaign for France as they bowed out, rather easily to Spain in a match up that had high hopes but was over quicker than a hiccup. They were the supposed nearest challengers to the USA with ESPN even putting them second in their Power Rankings but they were dumped out in the last eight.

It also was not the right way for Tony Parker to end his international career with a disappointing defeat, especially after the French gave the USA a fantastic game in pool play but promises to your team are promises.

After winning the silver medal at Eurobasket 2015, advancing automatically to the Olympics and bagging a group that favoured them to win it, Lithuania failed to live up to their true billing for the second consecutive Olympic basketball tournament.

And, like France, the Baltic giants were tamely disposed of in the last eight by a rampant Australia.

Women:

Australia have medalled in five of their eight appearances at the Olympic Games, plus they boasted a dynamic duo in the form of Penny Taylor and Elizabeth Cambage, with the latter arguably the most dominant female player in the basketball tournament, averaging 23.5 points to lead all players. Heck, they even finished a perfect 5-0 in the group stages as they strolled into the quarter-finals to play Serbia, who were making their Olympic debuts.

But Serbia were not here by mistake. They were always going to give the Opals a bumpy ride. Little did we know that they would make Australia crash out as early as the quarter-finals.

Yes, the Lauren Jackson era has ended but they have a talented roster, a much better roster than the one who didn’t even make the semi-finals.

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Despite the perfect start to Rio 2016, the Australian women crashed and burned in the knockout phase. Photo: FIBA

Returning to the Olympic fold for the first time since the 2008 Beijing games and boasting a strong and veteran group of players, Belarus were expected to give a decent accounting of themselves in Rio but a lone victory against the hosts Brazil was all they could muster from their Olympic experience.

Considering how talented the roster is, they were soundly eliminated from the group stages without much of a fuss.

Un-Honourable Mentions:

Brazil’s men and women’s side.

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Serbia’s Milica Dabovic calls it a day after capturing bronze https://www.talkbasket.net/22202-serbias-milica-dabovic-calls-it-a-day-after-capturing-bronze https://www.talkbasket.net/22202-serbias-milica-dabovic-calls-it-a-day-after-capturing-bronze#respond Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:12:02 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22202 After 13 years on the international stage, Milica Dabovic will be hanging up her jersey for good. And she did it on the grandest stage of all – at the Olympic Games – and with a bronze medal around her neck. Having played at her first Eurobasket Women event 13 years ago, it took more than […]

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Serbia’s Milica Dabovic calls it a day after capturing bronze

After 13 years on the international stage, Milica Dabovic will be hanging up her jersey for good.

And she did it on the grandest stage of all – at the Olympic Games – and with a bronze medal around her neck.

Having played at her first Eurobasket Women event 13 years ago, it took more than a decade but the 34-year-old Serbian captain first helped her national side capture their first European title in 2015, beating France in the final.

And, it was only fitting that in her final game, Dabovic replayed that magical moment by beating the French again in yesterday’s bronze medal game, playing 21 minutes and scoring nine points.

“I’m just tired of being under pressure,” she said to FIBA.com. “I will be 35, so I need to rest from the national team from this pressure. I’ve given my best, like I always do. Today, everything that I had, I put on the court. I knew this was our last chance to win a medal, so I wanted it so bad. It’s the best way to finish.”

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In her final game for Serbia, Milica Dabovic had nine points in 21 minutes but more importantly, a win and a bronze medal. Photo: FIBA

But when Dabovic began her international career, playing for the old Yugoslavia, she could not have dreamed to be where she is now. When Serbia competed at Eurobasket Women 2007 for the first time as an independent country, Dabovic and co finished a woeful 11th.

Serbia did not begin to get excellent results, however, until Eurobasket Women 2013, although even there they had their struggles.

The team lost its first two games that year in France and looked to be heading for elimination but then beat Latvia in their last game in pool play and that triggered a five-game winning streak, with the last of those victories, against Italy in the last eight, clinching a spot in the 2014 FIBA world championship for women.

Three years later, and a Eurobasket Women title in-between her success Dabovic can retire from international play on a high.

“I dreamed about it,” Dabovic said. “I believed in a miracle, so when I came here, I believed also. I said that ‘If we deserve it, God will show us the way.” He’s with us always, so I just thank him for everything.”

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USA women romp to an expected sixth straight gold medal https://www.talkbasket.net/22198-usa-women-romp-to-an-expected-sixth-straight-gold-medal https://www.talkbasket.net/22198-usa-women-romp-to-an-expected-sixth-straight-gold-medal#respond Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:08:57 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22198 Let’s be honest, it was never in doubt. Where the men have struggled at times, the women have never been in any real danger throughout the Rio 2016 basketball tournament and the gold medal game was no exception as they breezed past Spain 101-72 to capture a sixth straight Olympic women’s basketball success. While Spain […]

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USA women romp to an expected sixth straight gold medal

Let’s be honest, it was never in doubt.

Where the men have struggled at times, the women have never been in any real danger throughout the Rio 2016 basketball tournament and the gold medal game was no exception as they breezed past Spain 101-72 to capture a sixth straight Olympic women’s basketball success.

While Spain improved on their 103-63 hammering to the U.S. in the group stages, they were always going to be second best the moment that Americans posted an 8-0 run in the second quarter to stretch their lead from 27-24 to a Diana Taurasi three making it 35-24.

It was the USA’s first double-digit lead that they enjoyed and the narrow 21-17 advantage after the first quarter had suddenly turned into a 49-32 cushion at the half and the capacity crowd inside the Carioca Arena knew the game was over.

Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen both led the USA with 17 points with the latter capping off her best offensive showing in Rio with a gold.

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Diana Taurasi led the U.S. women with 17 points as they continued their gold medal dominance that began at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Photo: FIBA

Maya Moore added 14 for the victorious Americans.

Despite the loss, Spain have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. This was their best ever finish at an Olympic Games, having had to go through the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in June to get to the summer games.

Alba Torrens, who struggled when the two teams faced off in Turkey at the FIBA world championship final in 2014 was clearly Spain’s shining light, with stunning numbers of 18 points, five assists, five steals and four assists.

Torrens unfortunately received little help as the Spanish bigs were hampered by foul trouble, allowing the U.S. to out-rebound them 51-28.

It’s a podium for Spain’s women though, and Sunday, the men have a chance to make it three podium finishes in a row.

 

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Serbia claim bronze in first ever Olympic Games appearance https://www.talkbasket.net/22195-serbia-claim-bronze-in-first-ever-olympic-games-appearance https://www.talkbasket.net/22195-serbia-claim-bronze-in-first-ever-olympic-games-appearance#respond Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:11:52 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22195 Serbia will be stepping on to the Olympic podium on their first attempt, by beating France 70-63 in the bronze medal game at the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro. It’s a remarkable turnaround for the Serbian side, who began the women’s basketball tournament at Rio 2016, 0-3 and looked seemingly down and out but […]

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Serbia claim bronze in first ever Olympic Games appearance

Serbia will be stepping on to the Olympic podium on their first attempt, by beating France 70-63 in the bronze medal game at the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for the Serbian side, who began the women’s basketball tournament at Rio 2016, 0-3 and looked seemingly down and out but secured the final two wins needed to advance to the knockout stages and then they sent shockwaves around the Olympics by beating the world number two side Australia, a team accustomed to winning medals themselves.

But this is Serbia’s time in the spotlight along with the USA and Spain, who will be battling it out in the gold medal game later.

In a closely fought battle that saw both sides deadlocked at 27-27 at half-time, Serbia managed to hold France scoreless in the final four minutes of the third quarter, leading 55-42 heading in the deciding period and eventually holding on.

Jelena Milovanovic paced Serbia with 18 points, with Endy Miyem leading France with 18 herself as they were unable to land a second straight podium finish by ending Rio 2016 in fourth.

“This means the world to us,” Milovanovic said. “This is a dream come true to us and I am really happy to be a part of this team. This is great for our country and I hope little girls will be encouraged to play basketball because this is a beautiful sport.”

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USA overcome France and head to Olympic finale https://www.talkbasket.net/22164-usa-overcome-france-and-head-to-olympic-finale https://www.talkbasket.net/22164-usa-overcome-france-and-head-to-olympic-finale#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:29:56 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22164 The USA are one win away from what many believe will be an expected sixth straight Olympic gold medal. After a slow start, the USA women defeated a stubborn France side 86-67 in the semi-finals of the Olympic women’s basketball tournament. All that stands between the USA and sixth consecutive gold medal is Spain. The […]

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USA overcome France and head to Olympic finale

The USA are one win away from what many believe will be an expected sixth straight Olympic gold medal.

After a slow start, the USA women defeated a stubborn France side 86-67 in the semi-finals of the Olympic women’s basketball tournament.

All that stands between the USA and sixth consecutive gold medal is Spain. The two nations meet in Saturday’s finale at the Carioca Arena.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Americans though. In a rematch of the gold medal game from London 2012, the French attacked their all-conquering opponents and even though they only trailed the U.S. 50-46 at the half, it was a finely balanced contest.

Then the Americans woke up after a 15-minute break and held France to just eight points in the third quarter, as the USA went clear to put the game beyond doubt.

Diana Taurasi led the USA with 18 points and she now holds the Olympic women’s basketball record with 28 three-pointers in the tournament. She hit three triples from nine attempts.

The States will now face Spain in a rematch of the 2014 FIBA women’s world championship final. The two sides have also met during the group stages of the Olympic tournament. The U.S. won both games, comfortably.

France will play Serbia for the bronze on Saturday.

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Spain reach women’s Olympic basketball final https://www.talkbasket.net/22160-spain-reach-womens-olympic-basketball-final https://www.talkbasket.net/22160-spain-reach-womens-olympic-basketball-final#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:50:03 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22160 Spain have reached the Olympic summit for the first time ever. Led by the dynamic duo of Alba Torrens and Astou Ndour, plus a dominant double-double by Laura Nicholls, Spain ultimately cruised to a 68-54 win over reigning Eurobasket Women champions Serbia in the first semi-final match-up in the Olympic women’s basketball tournament. The Spanish […]

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Spain reach women’s Olympic basketball final

Spain have reached the Olympic summit for the first time ever.

Led by the dynamic duo of Alba Torrens and Astou Ndour, plus a dominant double-double by Laura Nicholls, Spain ultimately cruised to a 68-54 win over reigning Eurobasket Women champions Serbia in the first semi-final match-up in the Olympic women’s basketball tournament.

The Spanish raced to a 20-9 lead after the first period, signalling their intent from the start, suffocating the Serbs on defence and not allowing them to get into their offensive stride.

Serbia, desperate to not be outdone in front of a global audience fought back in the second, and narrowed the deficit to just five points at the half which left the contest nicely poised.

Both sides have shown tremendous fighting spirits throughout the Olympics, coming back from deficits to get to this stage. Serbia were showing their determination, leaving Spain free to respond in the third.

And respond, Spain so duly did. They held Serbia, appearing at their first ever Olympic Games scoreless for the first four minutes of the third frame as Spain burst out with an 8-0 run to take a 41-28 lead and they held on to a double-digit lead from then on in.

Serbia can still claim bronze despite the loss. They will face the loser between the other semi-final between USA-France. Sonja Petrovic and Sasa Cado each had 12 for the Serbians.

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament, quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/22121-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/22121-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-quarter-finals#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:11:48 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22121 The Rio Olympic basketball tournament is now in straight knockout mode beginning with four intriguing women’s encounters as the race for medals is getting warmer. Will the USA romp to a sixth straight premier podium? Or can someone cause perhaps the biggest upset in Olympic basketball history and knock them off the top? SERBIA STUN […]

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament, quarter-finals

The Rio Olympic basketball tournament is now in straight knockout mode beginning with four intriguing women’s encounters as the race for medals is getting warmer. Will the USA romp to a sixth straight premier podium? Or can someone cause perhaps the biggest upset in Olympic basketball history and knock them off the top?

SERBIA STUN OPALS, ADVANCE TO SEMIS

After starting the Rio Olympics 0-3, Serbia, appearing in their first ever Olympic Games looked to be heading home having gained valuable experience at the highest level.

A week on, and Serbia are now contending for a medal after stunning the world number two side Australia 73-71 to eliminate the Opals from medal discussion.

Ana Dabovic scored and on the next possession, went 1/2 from the foul line for a 73-71 with 10.2 seconds remaining and Australia were unable to get a clean shot on the last possession, causing scenes of jubilation amongst the Serbian camp.

Australia, who went into the game a perfect 5-0 were paced by Liz Cambage’s game-high 29 points but for the first time since the Atlanta Games in 1996, the Opals will not be in the last four. Dabovic led the victorious Serbs with 24 points as they reach the last four at the first attempt, a fantastic achievement.

ANNA CRUZ AT THE BUZZER FOR SPAIN

Spain needed clutch heroics from Anna Cruz as they beat Turkey in an enthralling quarter-final 74-72 to face Serbia in the semi-finals.

With the game knotted at 62-62 after Turkey’s Lara Sanders tied the score at 62 with 4.3 seconds left to play, Cruz ran up the court and hit a tough shot off of one foot from just inside the three-point arc for the win.

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Spain’s Anna Cruz hits a crazy one-legged three-pointer to give her side a first ever Olympic semi-final birth. Photo: FIBA

Cruz paced Spain with 14 points as she guides her side to a first ever semi-final place. Sanders led all scorers in vain for the Turks with 22 points.

USA GET THE BETTER OF FATIGUED JAPANESE

Japan gave the USA a game for the first two quarters by doing what they do best: run. Getting out in transition at every available opportunity. There unfortunately was one hitch.

The Asian nation eventually got tired, allowing the patient Americans to take full advantage and win 110-64.

Despite leading by double-digits at the half, USA were still not clear of Japan, who were shooting the lights out and scoring a lot of quick buckets, but the second half told a different story as the U.S., led by 19 points from Diana Taurasi, held Japan to just 18 points in the final two periods to advance to the last four.

But – as they head home – Japan will know that they have done themselves proud as they prepare to host the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

FRANCE OUT-DUEL CANADA TO SET UP LONDON 2012 REMATCH

France did this for Celine Dumerc, their fallen leader who got injured less than 36 hours before the Olympics began. And now, a date with the USA awaits.

The French came from behind to beat Canada 68-63 in the final last eight encounter as Sandrine Gruda was outstanding with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, controlling both ends of the floor.

After scoring 25 points in the first quarter and leading by 13 at one point, Canada only had 38 the rest of the way and were outscored 16-12, 18-13 and 18-13 in the last three quarters. Kia Nurse, who had been starring for Canada up to this point, shot just 3/16, and when her nation needed her most, she failed to deliver.

Photo: FIBA

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 9) https://www.talkbasket.net/22064-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-9 https://www.talkbasket.net/22064-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-9#respond Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:12:38 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22064 Today saw the final day of group stage action in the women’s basketball tournament. The USA looked to make it 5-0 when they faced China, the European champions Serbia squared off against African champions Senegal and pool play is completed with an interesting encounter between Spain and Canada. USA DEMOLISH CHINA TO FINISH PERFECT USA […]

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 9)

Today saw the final day of group stage action in the women’s basketball tournament. The USA looked to make it 5-0 when they faced China, the European champions Serbia squared off against African champions Senegal and pool play is completed with an interesting encounter between Spain and Canada.

USA DEMOLISH CHINA TO FINISH PERFECT

USA needed a dominant first quarter in order to ease past China 105-62 to finish an expected 5-0 in Group B.

The Americans raced out to a 32-9 lead heading into the second quarter and that was all they needed. The USA also dominated China across the board – fast-break points (42-2), points in the paint (68-24), bench points (47-16). Brittany Griner posted a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The loss sends China packing from the Olympics with a 1-4 record.

SERBIA BEAT SENEGAL, BOOK SPOT IN QUARTERS

After starting 0-3, Serbia defeated Senegal 95-88 to eliminate the African nation from contention and put the Eurobasket Women champs into the last eight.

Serbia were in control for most of the first half, taking their first double-digit lead, 25-15, late in the first quarter and then stretching that out to a 20-point advantage, 47-27, midway through the second. A 10-0 run spanning the end of the second quarter and early part of the third had Senegal cut the deficit to single digits, 57-48. They kept on coming and were within 59-53 with 7:03 to go in the period, but, needing a 22-point win to advance, Senegal couldn’t do any more, Serbia finished strong and eliminated the proud African nation.

Sonja Petrovic had 20 points to lead Serbia.

SPAIN FINISH SECOND IN GROUP B

Spain beat Canada 73-60 to finish second in Group B to wrap up the group stages.

It was Spain’s third win in a row as they finished 4-1 in the pool stage. They will take on Turkey – who came in third in Group A – in Tuesday’s quarter-finals at Carioca Arena.

Canada suffered a second consecutive loss that dropped them to 3-2, leaving them third in the group. A date with France in the Last Eight now awaits.

Alba Torrens hit a game-high 20 points to lead Spain.

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Lindsey Harding admits that she is close to finishing career after Belarus’ Olympic exit https://www.talkbasket.net/22041-lindsey-harding-admits-that-she-is-close-to-finishing-career-after-belarus-olympic-exit https://www.talkbasket.net/22041-lindsey-harding-admits-that-she-is-close-to-finishing-career-after-belarus-olympic-exit#respond Sat, 13 Aug 2016 20:00:03 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22041 Belarus guard Lindsay Harding has admitted that her playing time in all forms of basketball is nearly at an end following the Eastern European nation’s 74-66 loss to Australia at the Rio Olympics. The number one pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft failed to make the cut for the USA squad at the London 2012 […]

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Lindsey Harding admits that she is close to finishing career after Belarus’ Olympic exit

Belarus guard Lindsay Harding has admitted that her playing time in all forms of basketball is nearly at an end following the Eastern European nation’s 74-66 loss to Australia at the Rio Olympics.

The number one pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft failed to make the cut for the USA squad at the London 2012 Olympics and eventually took Belorussian citizenship in 2015, leading them to the Olympics via the FIBA Qualification Tournament in Nantes in early June.

It would be the country’s first Olympic appearance since the Beijing Games of 2008.

The Belarus team were eager to get their campaign under way – they were the first women’s basketball team to arrive in Brazil – but when in Rio could only manage a 1-4 record in Group A, eliminating them from quarter-final contention.

Harding did not join her team-mates immediately due to the late-running WNBA season, something that Belarus team captain Nataliya Trafimaya admitted was normal in a pre-Rio interview to UK media site MVP.

Maybe the Mobile, Alabama native was upset that she would not be in the quarter-finals and on her way to possibly facing her home country in the latter rounds. Maybe Harding said this in the heat of the moment, but the 32-year-old  could have played her last game for the Belorussian national side.

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Belarus guard Lindsey Harding averaged 13.8 points, four rebounds and five assists at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Photo: FIBA

“I am glad that I had the opportunity to play, we got excited to get here, we compete,” Harding said following Belarus’ loss to the Australian Opals. “That’s frustrating, but in the end, it was a great experience.”

When asked about her future, Harding added: “I don’t know what my future with the national team will be. I am getting close to the end of playing basketball.”

In her five games at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Harding averaged 13.8 points, four rebounds and five assists.

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 8) https://www.talkbasket.net/22038-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-8 https://www.talkbasket.net/22038-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-8#respond Sat, 13 Aug 2016 18:11:03 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=22038 Group A concludes with Australia needing to defeat Belarus in its last game to guarantee top spot in the pool for which they currently sit proudly on a 4-0 mark. Hosts Brazil finish their Olympic stint as they look to end with a bang against Turkey and Japan take on France to finalise Group A. […]

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 8)

Group A concludes with Australia needing to defeat Belarus in its last game to guarantee top spot in the pool for which they currently sit proudly on a 4-0 mark.

Hosts Brazil finish their Olympic stint as they look to end with a bang against Turkey and Japan take on France to finalise Group A.

AUSTRALIA FINISH GROUP UNBEATEN, BEAT BELARUS

Australia confirmed Belarus’ elimination from this summer’s Olympic Games after the Opals came from behind to beat the European nation 74-66 to finish unbeaten in their group.

The Opals trailed 52-39 with 4:30 left in the third quarter but fought back and outscored Belarus 22-7 in the final frame to keep their perfect record. They will next play in Tuesday’s Quarter-Finals at Carioca Arena. The loss saw Belarus conclude their participation in the tournament with a 1-4 mark.

Elizabeth Cambage paced the Australians with 17 points with seven of those coming in the final period, the same amount as the Belorussian team put together.

TURKEY EDGE HOSTS IN DOUBLE OT

Like the hosts in the men’s tournament, Brazil suffered double overtime heartbreak as they narrowly lost to Turkey 79-76.

And the Turks had to fight back from a double-digit deficit in order to claim their third victory, which is good enough for a quarter-final place. A 16-0 run in the second quarter saw Brazil go up 31-13 and they headed into the locker room at the break up 36-20.

Turkey though hit back to force overtime and eventually secure the win.

Lara Sanders had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds for the victorious Turks as they finish Group A with a winning 3-2 record. Brazil finish with a 0-5 record.

JAPAN BEAT FRANCE, BOTH SIDES ADVANCE TO LAST EIGHT

Japan beat France 79-71 in the final game of the group but both sides qualified to the quarter-finals by virtue of their final records of 3-2.

Japan join France and Turkey on the same 3-2 record. As a result of the three-way tie – and the fact that no one team beat the other two – Les Bleues finished second by virtue of having the best point differential of the three, with the Turks in third and the Asian champions fourth. They all join group winners Australia into the quarter-finals of the competition, which will be played in Carrioca Arena on Tuesday.

Rui Machida poured in a game-high 24 points for Japan.

Photo: FIBA

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 5) https://www.talkbasket.net/21969-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-5 https://www.talkbasket.net/21969-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-5#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:39:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=21969 After having the spotlight to themselves yesterday, Group A have taken a well earned day of rest, leaving Group B to take to the Youth Arena floor and the USA look to go to 3-0 against European champions Serbia but first Spain look to bounce back from their loss to the Americans on Monday. SPAIN […]

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 5)

After having the spotlight to themselves yesterday, Group A have taken a well earned day of rest, leaving Group B to take to the Youth Arena floor and the USA look to go to 3-0 against European champions Serbia but first Spain look to bounce back from their loss to the Americans on Monday.

SPAIN BOUNCE BACK, BEAT CHINA

Spain used a strong fourth quarter to beat China 89-68 in the opening game of the day at the Youth Arena.

Alba Torrens led the Spaniards with a game-high 32 points in a sublime, all-round display as they used a 25-9 final period to finally create breathing room between them and the determined Chinese unit.

Spain improve to 2-1 in the pool, with China dropping to 1-2.

USA BREEZE PAST SERBIA

Diana Taurasi was once again in pole position as her game-high 25 points gave USA a 110-84 win over Eurobasket Women champions Serbia.

The latest defeat drops Serbia to 0-3 and are in danger of elimination unless they win their remaining two games in Group B. Serbia matched the USA for the first six minutes of a high-scoring first period and edged in front 17-16 on a Jelena Milovanovic free-throw.

However, with Taurasi finding her stride, the Americans finished the opening period on a 14-5 run for a 31-21 lead and kept adding to it the rest of the way.

The USA, as expected, stay unbeaten at 3-0.

CANADA REMAIN UNBEATEN, BEAT SENEGAL

Canada have made their best-ever start to the Rio Olympics, after they beat Senegal 68-58 in the final game of day five to improve to 3-0.

Tamara Tatham had an all-around performance finishing with team-high 13 points and three steals while leading all players with 10 rebounds.

Senegal are still waiting for their first win.

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 4) https://www.talkbasket.net/21941-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-4 https://www.talkbasket.net/21941-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-4#respond Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:28:16 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=21941 Day four of the women’s basketball tournament marks a rest day for the teams in Group B, as the two undefeated teams in Group A France and Australia do battle with hosts Brazil looking to secure their first win at the third time of asking against Belarus, who are also looking for their first victory. […]

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 4)

Day four of the women’s basketball tournament marks a rest day for the teams in Group B, as the two undefeated teams in Group A France and Australia do battle with hosts Brazil looking to secure their first win at the third time of asking against Belarus, who are also looking for their first victory.

The other unbeaten side in Group A, Japan round up day four as they square off against Turkey.

OPALS STAY UNBEATEN, HALT FRENCH STREAK

Australia have maintained their unbeaten start to the women’s basketball tournament at the Rio Olympics by ending France’s now previously spotless streak, beating them 89-71 in today’s opener.

A close first quarter, was broken open in the second period when the Opals pulled away thanks to a near flawless display from Penny Taylor and Elizabeth Cambage.

It was the former who stood out as the veteran Taylor posted a game-high and Olympic-high 31 points, beating her previous mark of 26, which she put up in her first ever summer games appearance at Athens 2004.

HEARTBREAK FOR HOSTS AS BELARUS COMPLETES COMEBACK WIN

Belarus completed an 18-point comeback to snatch a 65-63 win over hosts Brazil as the European nation secured their first win of their Olympic campaign.

Brazil drop to 0-3 and now need to win their remaining two games in order to advance to the quarter-finals but they will look at this latest loss as one that hurt the most as they led 38-20 with 6:57 left in the second quarter only for the Belorussians to pull the deficit back gradually and took the lead for good with 52 seconds left for the win.

Tatyana Troina led Belarus with 18 points, as they move to 1-2.

SANDERS PUTS ON SHOW AS TURKEY BEAT JAPAN

Lara Sanders almost single-handedly ended Japan’s unbeaten start to this year’s Olympic Games as Turkey beat Japan 76-62 in the final game of day four.

Sanders ended by leading all scorers with 36 points  as the Turks meant business right from the start by they finished the first quarter on top 24-9 and they never looked back as they secured their first win in Rio.

Japan suffered their first defeat of the Rio Games.

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 2) https://www.talkbasket.net/21873-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/21873-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-2#respond Sun, 07 Aug 2016 17:15:05 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=21873 The USA men’s team began their Olympic campaign late last night (CET), now today is the turn of the women’s team as they begin their quest for six straight gold medals. Eurobasket Women champions Serbia open up their maiden Olympic showing against Spain in another mouthwatering encounter. Group A AUSTRALIA EDGE TURKEY TO GO 2-0 […]

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The USA men’s team began their Olympic campaign late last night (CET), now today is the turn of the women’s team as they begin their quest for six straight gold medals.

Eurobasket Women champions Serbia open up their maiden Olympic showing against Spain in another mouthwatering encounter.

Group A

AUSTRALIA EDGE TURKEY TO GO 2-0

Elizabeth Cambage was once again the catalyst as Australia made it two wins from two with a 61-56 win over Turkey, who are still awaiting their first win of the Rio Olympics.

Cambage posted a second straight double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds in a closely-fought contest, but for Turkey, despite pushing the Opals to the limit, they now fall to 0-2 and are already on a slippery slope in Group A.

Lara Sanders paced the Turks with a game-high 25 points and she added seven rebounds.

FRANCE NEED BUZZER BEATER TO BEAT BELARUS

Endy Miyem hit the game-winner as France beat Belarus 73-72 in a physically intense battle to bring day two of the women’s tournament to a close.

The win improves France to 2-0 while the Belorussians drop to 0-2.

Olivia Epoupa led France with 16 points in the narrow victory.

Group B

USA ROUT SENEGAL IN RIO OPENER

The United States only needed the first four minutes to beat Senegal to open their Rio 2016 account, leading from start-to-finish in their 121-56 win.

The reigning gold medallists took a commanding 35-9 lead after the first quarter and from there, it was a case of how many USA would win by. Brianna Stewart, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles each had 15 points as they were three of seven to reach double figures.

Fatou Dieng paced Senegal with 10 points, but was the only player to reach double figures for the proud African nation.

SPAIN’S OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE GET THE BETTER OVER SERBIA

Spain recorded a 65-59 win over Serbia in a fiercely competitive contest, which certainly brought the crowd to life following the USA’s blowout over Senegal.

With Spain keeping Eurobasket Women 2015 MVP Ana Dabovic quiet, they were able to go about their business but despite Serbia’s key player struggling and failing to connect on a single field goal, the European champions stayed in the game to the end but the 2013 Eurobasket Women winners settled the game with a Astou Ndour layup.

Marta Xargay led Spain with 15 points.

Photo: FIBA

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 1) https://www.talkbasket.net/21823-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/21823-rio-2016-womens-basketball-tournament-day-1#respond Sat, 06 Aug 2016 16:06:04 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=21823 The Olympic basketball tournament got underway in Rio with a clash between two countries that have braved numerous terror attacks over the past year and will use basketball to show that the Olympic spirit can conquer all. France and Turkey got Rio 2016 underway. Group A FRANCE START SLOW BUT HOLD OFF TURKEY After shaking […]

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Rio 2016 Women’s Basketball Tournament (day 1)

The Olympic basketball tournament got underway in Rio with a clash between two countries that have braved numerous terror attacks over the past year and will use basketball to show that the Olympic spirit can conquer all. France and Turkey got Rio 2016 underway.

Group A

FRANCE START SLOW BUT HOLD OFF TURKEY

After shaking off the absence of Celine Dumerc, France recovered from a slow beginning to beat Turkey 55-39 in Group A in the opening game of the Rio 2016 Olympics at the Carioca Arena.

Trailing 16-8 after the opening period, France looking out of sorts and were unable to connect on their open shots. But after the break, they hit their stride, going on an 11-2 burst to take a 19-18 lead and managing to keep the Turks scoreless for over five minutes.

And it was all France in the second half, despite effort from Turkey, they were no match for the London 2012 silver medalists.

Sarah Michel and Endy Miyem each had 14 points for France.

AUSTRALIA SILENCE HOSTS

Like they did in their opening game at the London Olympics, four years ago … Australia got their Rio 2016 campaign up-and-running by beating the hosts.

The Opals came from behind to eventually pull away from Brazil 84-66 at the Youth Arena as Elizabeth Cambage dominated proceedings, taking advantage of a smaller Brazilian forward line to lead the victors with 20 points and 14 rebounds.

But the Opals did not have things their own way to start as the hosts, rallied by a passionate home crowd, raced to a 24-14 lead after the first quarter. But it didn’t last, as the Aussies fought back and late in the third quarter, built a sizeable cushion to secure victory.

JAPAN JUMP FOR JOY BY BEATING BELARUS

In without question, the most exciting game of the opening day at the women’s basketball tournament, Japan edged Belarus 77-73.

Since June’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Belarus are now 1-3 against East Asian sides, but this one will sting the most as they cracked under pressure and ultimately did not have an answer to a small but extremely quick Japanese attack.

M Kurihara led Japan with 20 points.

Group B

CANADA IMPRESSIVE IN WIN OVER CHINA

Canada opened their Rio 2016 campaign with a throughly convincing 90-68 win over a woeful China.

Tamara Tatham led all scorers with 20 points as Canada, led for the vast majority of play, taking a commanding 37-26 lead at the half-time break and never looking troubled.

There were brief spurts where China looked promising, but Canada quickly extinguished the flame and eased the finish line.

Photo: FIBA

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Celine Dumerc to miss Rio Olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/21774-celine-dumerc-to-miss-rio-olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/21774-celine-dumerc-to-miss-rio-olympics#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:35:57 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=21774 After capturing so much attention at London 2012, France’s Celine Dumerc will not be doing the same thing in Rio. Dumerc has been ruled out of the Olympics, due to start this weekend with an ankle injury, the team confirmed today [Thursday]. The 34-year-old playmaker will be replaced by Amel Bouderra. Dumerc suffered a left […]

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Celine Dumerc to miss Rio Olympics

After capturing so much attention at London 2012, France’s Celine Dumerc will not be doing the same thing in Rio.

Dumerc has been ruled out of the Olympics, due to start this weekend with an ankle injury, the team confirmed today [Thursday].

The 34-year-old playmaker will be replaced by Amel Bouderra.

Dumerc suffered a left ankle injury during a Wednesday training session in Rio de Janeiro.

A later ultrasound and MRI exam were not conclusive, but it was obvious to team doctors that Dumerc would not be able to recover in time for the start of the basketball tournament for women, which tips off on Saturday.

She was set to become a two-time Olympian in Rio but won’t be able to help Les Bleues as they go up against hosts Brazil, Japan, Australia, Belarus and Turkey in Group A.

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Olympic Women’s Basketball Tournament preview: A competition for runner-up? https://www.talkbasket.net/21680-olympic-womens-basketball-tournament-preview-a-competition-for-runner-up https://www.talkbasket.net/21680-olympic-womens-basketball-tournament-preview-a-competition-for-runner-up#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:33:47 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=21680 A negative headline to begin the preview for the Olympic women’s basketball tournament in Rio but ever since the Atlanta Games in 1996, the United States have dominated proceedings and have showed no signs of slowing down. While the Dream Team were mesmerising spectators and even their opponents in Barcelona in 1992, the women were […]

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Olympic Women’s Basketball Tournament preview: A competition for runner-up?

A negative headline to begin the preview for the Olympic women’s basketball tournament in Rio but ever since the Atlanta Games in 1996, the United States have dominated proceedings and have showed no signs of slowing down.

While the Dream Team were mesmerising spectators and even their opponents in Barcelona in 1992, the women were stunned in the semi-finals to an Olympic Unified Team made up of players from the dissolved Soviet Union, eventually having to settle for bronze after beating Cuba.

The bronze medal showing seemed to spur the American ladies on and ever since, they have dominated all that have come before them, winning their last five Olympic gold medal games by an average of 24 points with Australia being their nearest challengers, capturing three of the last five silver medals on offer.

But despite the USA’s dominance, Brazil has not been the happiest of hunting grounds as like their male counterparts, they failed to win the gold at the 2006 FIBA women’s world championships.

Sao Paulo was the scene for the Americans’ last competitive defeat, a 75-68 loss to Russia in the semi-finals leaving the Opals free to win the title before the U.S. reclaimed the crown in Prague, four years later.

And this year’s squad, which was announced in late April, includes nine returnees from the London Games, and Olympic debutants Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, and University of Connecticut star, Breanna Stewart.

WHO ARE THE NEAREST CHALLENGERS?

Like previous Olympics, Australia will be medal contenders in Rio. Arguably the Opals’ greatest basketball products in Lauren Jackson has retired but they still have a talented roster that boasts Elizabeth Cambage who people might remember becoming the first female basketball player in Olympic history to do this.

The Aussies have three-point specialist Erin Phillips and veteran Penny Taylor who has been devastating in the Olympic-warm-ups. Taylor was particularly impressive in their 76-67 success over France.

After advancing comfortably from the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers, 2014 world championship runners-up Spain boast an exciting roster led by Alba Torrens and Sancho Lyttle. And they head to the Rio Games seeking a first Olympic medal in five attempts.

The last time the two sides met in competitive competition was the final of the FIBA Women’s World Championship in 2014. The much bigger and more skilful USA got the job done, clamping down on Torrens, who shot just 28 percent from the field thanks to persistent American defending.

Another team that pushed the USA at the world championships was Serbia, who will be making their first appearance at the Olympics thanks to capturing gold at last year’s Eurobasket Women. Despite losing eventually 94-74, the Serbs overpowered the Americans for the first ten minutes and for periods of the third quarter before the U.S., led by Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi guided the eventual winners to victory.

And, barring a nation that play beyond their A-game in Brazil, who are to stop the USA from making it six straight golds?

 

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Korea’s Park Jisu in tears following Olympic elimination to Belarus https://www.talkbasket.net/20848-koreas-park-jisu-in-tears-following-olympic-elimination-to-belarus https://www.talkbasket.net/20848-koreas-park-jisu-in-tears-following-olympic-elimination-to-belarus#respond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:00:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=20848 The end of an Olympic dream after coming so close is always an emotional experience that no athlete should go through but unfortunately could happen if they represent their country at an elite level. And today that mantle belonged to Korea as they were beaten in the fifth and final placed game for this summer’s […]

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Korea’s Park Jisu in tears following Olympic elimination to Belarus

The end of an Olympic dream after coming so close is always an emotional experience that no athlete should go through but unfortunately could happen if they represent their country at an elite level.

And today that mantle belonged to Korea as they were beaten in the fifth and final placed game for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio by Belarus.

At the post-game press conference in Nantes, Korea coach We Sungwoo and Park Jisu took to the podium and while Sungwoo carried himself as dignified as he could but still visibly upset, Jisu was unable to control her emotions despite a brave run in the qualifiers that included a victory over the Belorussians in the group stages.

At the 2:27 mark of the press conference, Jisu shows her tearful emotion after being close to representing her country at the Olympics.

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Belarus punch last ticket to Rio Olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/20843-belarus-punch-last-ticket-to-rio-olympics https://www.talkbasket.net/20843-belarus-punch-last-ticket-to-rio-olympics#respond Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:15:54 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=20843 Belarus booked the final spot at the women’s basketball tournament for the Rio 2016 Olympics with a 56-39 rout of Korea in the fifth-placed game at the additional qualifiers in Nantes. Needing to win to qualify for the Olympics and losing to the Asian powerhouses in the group stages was all the motivation that Belarus […]

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Belarus punch last ticket to Rio Olympics

Belarus booked the final spot at the women’s basketball tournament for the Rio 2016 Olympics with a 56-39 rout of Korea in the fifth-placed game at the additional qualifiers in Nantes.

Needing to win to qualify for the Olympics and losing to the Asian powerhouses in the group stages was all the motivation that Belarus needed as they powered off the starting block by scoring the game’s first 12 points and forcing the Koreans into difficult decisions throughout.

Offensively, Belarus scored 28 points in the painted area, and inspired by Lindsey Harding, Anastasiya Verameyenka and Tatyana Troina – who combined for 39 points – they return to the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

Harding led the winners with 17 points.

OLYMPIC GAMES (WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT)

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Classification) https://www.talkbasket.net/20829-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournament-classification https://www.talkbasket.net/20829-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournament-classification#respond Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:57:26 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=20829 Belarus will have a chance for revenge when they meet Korea in the final game to secure the fifth and final spot at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. The Belorussians were easy 84-44 victors over Argentina as they held the South Americans to just three points in the first ten minutes, while scoring twenty […]

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Classification)

Belarus will have a chance for revenge when they meet Korea in the final game to secure the fifth and final spot at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

The Belorussians were easy 84-44 victors over Argentina as they held the South Americans to just three points in the first ten minutes, while scoring twenty themselves. From there, they were never troubled.

Tatsiana Likhtarovich led Belarus with 19 points with Maryia Popova adding 13.

Korea broke clear in the second quarter and never looked back in their 81-62 win over Cuba.

Taking a slight 21-20 lead after the first ten minutes, the Koreans pulled away from a tired looking Cuban side in the second, leading a 46-35 lead at the half leaving Cuba with too much to do.

Ajeong Kang paced Korea with 22 points.

The four teams were the defeated quarter-finalists from the previous day. The winner of tomorrow’s final game will join France, Spain, Turkey and China as the additional qualifiers for the Rio Games.

Cuba vs Korea highlights:

Belarus vs Argentina highlights:

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (quarter-finals) https://www.talkbasket.net/20801-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournament-quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/20801-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournament-quarter-finals#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:08:04 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=20801 The FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifiers have reached the last eight and for the winners, a place at the Rio Olympics is assured with the four losers competing for the one remaining spot. SPAIN BOOK SPOT WITH SOLID WIN OVER KOREA Spain were the first team to book their place at the Summer Games with a […]

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (quarter-finals)

The FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifiers have reached the last eight and for the winners, a place at the Rio Olympics is assured with the four losers competing for the one remaining spot.

SPAIN BOOK SPOT WITH SOLID WIN OVER KOREA

Spain were the first team to book their place at the Summer Games with a comfortable 70-50 win over Korea.

After missing out at the London Olympics, four years previous, Spain were not to be denied this year, taking a 19-11 lead after the first quarter and never relinquishing their position after that.

Sancho Lyttle led Spain with 20 points, supported by 16 from Alba Torrens.

TURKEY THUMP CUBA TO BOOK RIO TICKET

Turkey kept the strong European contingent rolling with a comprehensive 71-45 win over Cuba to book their place for the Rio Olympics.

Lara Sanders led the winners with 18 points and six rebounds.

CHINA HEAD TO RIO FOLLOWING WIN OVER BELARUS

China denied a hat-trick of European wins by beating Belarus 84-70 in the penultimate quarter-final.

The win gives the Asian powerhouses an automatic birth to the Rio Games this summer.

Shao Ting led the victors with 18 points.

FRANCE CONVINCING IN ARGENTINA ROUT

France dominated Argentina 90-53 in the final quarter-final in Nantes as they progressed to the Rio Olympics, completing a strong European line-up travelling to Brazil.

A close first quarter led the hosts to pull clear in the second quarter, leading by double-digits and extending the advantage as the game progressed.

Endene Miyem paced the winners with 21 points.

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (day 3) https://www.talkbasket.net/20777-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournament-day-3 https://www.talkbasket.net/20777-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournament-day-3#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=20777 France were the first team to make the quarter-finals of the Olympic Qualifiers in Nantes last night and on day three, the final day of group action, seven other nations would join them. Group A Two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining from Marlen Capeda handed Cuba a narrow 64-62 win over New Zealand in […]

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (day 3)

France were the first team to make the quarter-finals of the Olympic Qualifiers in Nantes last night and on day three, the final day of group action, seven other nations would join them.

Group A

Two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining from Marlen Capeda handed Cuba a narrow 64-62 win over New Zealand in the final game of Group A.

The win sends Cuba through to the last eight with hosts France, sending the New Zealanders home.

Oyanaisy Gelis led the way for Cuba with a team-high 16 points.

Group B

Turkey raced into an early first quarter lead and never looked back as they blitzed Cameroon 72-46 in the final game of the day.

The Turks led 20-8 and were rarely troubled as Lara Sanders led a well balanced stack with 12 points.

Turkey advanced to the last eight along with Argentina.

Group C

Korea sent shockwaves across the women’s international basketball fraternity by edging the mighty Belarus 66-65.

A basket from Jisu Park with 2:20 left proved to be the last points of the game as both teams qualified from Group B leaving Nigeria out in the cold.

Park led the Koreans with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Group D 

Spain eased to an 83-55 win over Venezuela to finish unbeaten and send them into the quarter-finals.

Leonor Rodriguez led the Spanish with 24 points as they held the South Americans to just seven points in the first quarter, leading by double-digits early and never looking back.

The loss eliminates Venezuela which sends China through to the last eight with Spain.

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (day 2) https://www.talkbasket.net/20751-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournament-day-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/20751-fiba-womens-olympic-qualifying-tournament-day-2#respond Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:50:10 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=20751 The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for women continues for a second day as teams look to build on performances from the first day and three more sides begin their campaign in a bid to reach the Rio Olympics in August. Group A Hosts France are the first team to advance to the quarter-finals after they […]

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (day 2)

The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for women continues for a second day as teams look to build on performances from the first day and three more sides begin their campaign in a bid to reach the Rio Olympics in August.

Group A

Hosts France are the first team to advance to the quarter-finals after they overcame New Zealand 70-52 in Nantes.

The New Zealanders made life difficult for the London 2012 silver-medalists in the first half and they even took a 29-27 lead at half-time.

Then France turned up and booked their place by outscoring New Zealand 43-23 in the second half.

Isabelle Yacoubou led France with 19 points.

Group B

After winning yesterday, Argentina were brought back down to earth as they were beaten handsomely 66-38 by Turkey.

Lara Sanders recorded a sublime double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds for Turkey who get off to a winning start.

Group C

A three-pointer from Ezinne Kalu with five seconds left gave Nigeria a stunning 70-69 win over an unlucky Korea side in the first game in Nantes.

The Asian side hit 14 three-pointers, shooting 42 percent from deep but came unstuck in the clutch as their Olympic dream hangs by a thread.

Joyce Ekworomadu led the Nigerians with 14 points, cancelling out Ajeong Kang’s superb 22-point effort for Korea.

Group D

Spain began their Olympic qualifying campaign with a comfortable 77-43 success over China, who suffer their first loss of the tournament.

The European powerhouses held China to just eight points in the first quarter and enjoyed a comfortable 35-21 half-time cushion without being troubled.

Alba Torrens led Spain with 22 points.

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FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament (day 1)

The road to Olympic basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro begins for the women in Nantes, France as five nations look to join USA, Serbia, Canada, Australia, Japan, Senegal and hosts Brazil at the Summer Games in August.

GROUP A

Hosts France eased past Cuba 83-67 in the last game of the first day of action in Nantes.

Taking a 20-15 lead after the first quarter, France stormed clear in the second, as they raced into a 50-29 advantage before seeing the game through.

Endene Miyem led the winners with 19 points.

GROUP B

Argentina got their Group B campaign off to a winning start as they beat Cameroon 75-64.

A strong first half display from the Argentines ultimately sealed the deal as they raced to a 43-23 half-time lead.

But the African nation made life difficult towards the end for Argentina, who were led by 15 points from Melisa Gretter.

GROUP C

Evergreen Yelena Yeuchanka was again the star for Belarus in their 71-60, Group C win over Nigeria.

Yeuchanka secured an almost customary double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Belorussians to victory.

GROUP D

China got their campaign off to a dominant start as they eased past Venezuela 77-59 in the first game of the day.

The South Americans got off to the better start, but once Huang Hongpin’s buried two free-throws to give China their first lead at 10-9, they never trailed again, closing the first half with a comfortable 42-24 lead and building their lead to 31 points at one point in a one-sided affair.

Mengxin Sun led China with 21 points and five rebounds. Venezuela’s Waleska Perez led all scorers with 23.

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USA Basketball announce final women’s roster for Rio 2016 https://www.talkbasket.net/20231-usa-basketball-announce-final-womens-roster-for-rio-2016 https://www.talkbasket.net/20231-usa-basketball-announce-final-womens-roster-for-rio-2016#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:34:10 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=20231 USA Basketball have revealed the 12 women that will head to Rio in a bid for a sixth straight Olympic gold medal. In the roster are nine returnees from the London 2012 Olympics, including three-time gold medal winners Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and recent Euroleague Women winner Diana Taurasi. Also involved are two-time gold medalists Seimone […]

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USA Basketball announce final women’s roster for Rio 2016

USA Basketball have revealed the 12 women that will head to Rio in a bid for a sixth straight Olympic gold medal.

In the roster are nine returnees from the London 2012 Olympics, including three-time gold medal winners Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and recent Euroleague Women winner Diana Taurasi.

Also involved are two-time gold medalists Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles as well as Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen, who captured their first gold four years ago in London.

Making their Olympic debuts this summer are Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, and University of Connecticut star, Breanna Stewart.

“Obviously it’s always incredibly difficult to try to identify 12 players from a group of so many great players,” said USA head coach Geno Auriemma, who has led the USA to a so far unblemished overall 23-0 record, stretching back to the 2010 world championship for women triumph.

“The committee had a really difficult job this year, because it’s the first time in a long time that a lot more than 12 players could easily have been named to that team. But the 12 that were named are a great combination of Olympic gold-medal experience, multiple gold medal winners and great leaders.

“There is also an influx of young players, which not only is going to be a great benefit to us this year, but I think it will set the stage going forward in two years for the [FIBA] world championship and then in four years in Tokyo. They will be the future of the USA Basketball women’s national team.”

Strong favourites to regain the gold in Brazil, the USA will open their Olympic campaign against against Senegal on either August 6 or 7, followed by the number four ranked side team from the Olympic qualifier, Serbia, Canada and ending with the second ranked qualifier.

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UMMC Ekaterinburg captures Euroleague Women’s crown

A Final Four MVP performance from Diana Taurasi has delivered UMMC Ekaterinburg a third EuroLeague Women title and their first since 2013 after they defeated Nadezhda Orenburg 72-69 in Istanbul.

Having missed last year’s season-ending tournament through injury, Taurasi returned to deliver 21 points in the Semi-Final victory over defending champions ZVVZ USK Prague, before sinking an array of crucial three-pointers in the Final to finish with 22 points.

Nadezhda, playing in their first EuroLeague Women Final, had the upper hand over the favourites throughout the opening half and led 40-33 at half-time.

But after WNBA team-mates Dewanna Bonner and Taurasi went on a shoot-out with each other from downtown in the final period, it was ultimately UMMC Ekaterinburg who came out on top – despite Bonner finishing with a game-high 26 points.

Earlier in the day, host club Fenerbahce were able to give their fans some consolation, clinging on for a 73-69 victory in a similarly absorbing contest which was just as worthy of being a Final.

The FIBA European Final Four season continues in France from 29 April to 1 May when Chalon-sur-Saône plays host to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four.

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Fenerbahce Istanbul to host 2016 Euroleague Women Final Four https://www.talkbasket.net/19923-fenerbahce-istanbul-to-host-2016-euroleague-women-final-four https://www.talkbasket.net/19923-fenerbahce-istanbul-to-host-2016-euroleague-women-final-four#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:31:20 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=19923 FIBA Europe announced on Tuesday that Fenerbahce S.K. Istanbul will be the hosts of the 2016 EuroLeague Women Final Four. The tournament will be played in the state of-the-art Fenerbahce Ülker Arena which has a capacity of up to 15,000 spectators. This is the second time since 2012 that the Turkish city of Istanbul will play host […]

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Fenerbahce Istanbul to host 2016 Euroleague Women Final Four

FIBA Europe announced on Tuesday that Fenerbahce S.K. Istanbul will be the hosts of the 2016 EuroLeague Women Final Four.

The tournament will be played in the state of-the-art Fenerbahce Ülker Arena which has a capacity of up to 15,000 spectators.

This is the second time since 2012 that the Turkish city of Istanbul will play host to a EuroLeague Women season ending tournament.

On that occasion Galatasaray organised the season’s finale, the Final Eight, in Abdi Ipekci Arena.

“Fenerbahce is a club with a rich tradition, and their women’s basketball team has established itself in the very top of European basketball,” commented FIBA Executive Director Europe, Kamil Novak.

“In recent years, Turkey has hosted several basketball events, including the men’s and women’s World Cups, and we are convinced that we will once more experience a fantastic basketball atmosphere.”

Hosts Fenerbahce will meet Final Four debutants Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia) in the first semi-final of this year’s event, while defending champions ZVVZ USK Prague (Czech Republic) will match up against 2013 winners UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia).

The Final Four is set to take place from 15-17 April.

By FIBA Europe

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Ukraine stun holders and Italy leave it late against Montenegro, EuroBasket Women 2017 QR round up https://www.talkbasket.net/19572-ukraine-stun-holders-and-italy-leave-it-late-against-montenegro-eurobasket-women-2017-qr-round-up https://www.talkbasket.net/19572-ukraine-stun-holders-and-italy-leave-it-late-against-montenegro-eurobasket-women-2017-qr-round-up#respond Sun, 21 Feb 2016 11:00:21 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=19572 The international window once again opened as the evergreen Alina Iagupova propelled Ukraine to a memorable victory over European champions Serbia and the weekend featured wins for Italy and Slovenia as continue to lead the way in their respective groups. Group A Slovenia sent a statement that echoed around women’s basketball as they beat Latvia 69-51 […]

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Ukraine stun holders and Italy leave it late against Montenegro, EuroBasket Women 2017 QR round up

The international window once again opened as the evergreen Alina Iagupova propelled Ukraine to a memorable victory over European champions Serbia and the weekend featured wins for Italy and Slovenia as continue to lead the way in their respective groups.

Group A

Slovenia sent a statement that echoed around women’s basketball as they beat Latvia 69-51 to improve to 2-0.

Having been relatively comfortable with a double-figure advantage for most of the contest, Slovenia had their supremacy challenged when Latvia cut the gap to single digits at 50-41.

However the hosts responded with eight unanswered points and choked off Latvia’s all too-brief renaissance. Veteran Sandra Pirsic paced the Slovenians with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Group B

France started strongly and never looked back as they grabbed a vital 79-70 road win against Croatia to remain unbeaten at 3-0.

Youngster Valerlane Ayayi demonstrated a fantastic array of youthful talent among the French side as she led the way with 15 points

Netherlands edged Estonia 66-63 in the other Group B encounter in Tallinn. Courtney Trekkers caught the eye for the visitors as she claimed a 13-point, 17-rebound double-double.

Group C

Kathrin Ress nailed the game-winner with four seconds remaining to seal a dramatic late 57-56 comeback victory for Italy over Montenegro.

Italy’s game-winner had a team-high 12 points as they improve to 3-0 and hand Montenegro a first loss in qualification.

The other Group C game saw Great Britain dismantle minnows Albania 122-36 in the newly-built Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester.

Johannah Leedham led GB with 22 points and eight rebounds in the nation’s biggest ever competitive win.

Group D

Alina Iagupova exploded for 31 points as Ukraine stunned Eurobasket Women holders Serbia 78-75 in Kiev.

Serbia led by as many as 14 points at one stage in the second period and were comfortable until Iagupova and Ukraine hit back in the third and fourth quarters for the win.

This could prove to be a wake-up call for Serbia who knew it was going to be a tricky assignment, but even without the injured Sonja Petrovic – will have expected to win. They are now 2-1, while Ukraine are sitting joyously on 3-0 at the top of the Group D.

Germany had no trouble beating Luxembourg 80-36 Nördlingen as they opened their account at the third time of asking.

Group E

Hungary improved to 3-0 in the group after they held on to a 65-54 success against neighbours Slovak Republic.

Alexandria Quigley was spectacular for the hosts, nailing five three-pointers to finish with a game-high 27 points. The Slovakians drop their first game of the group as they shot the ball woefully from outside, going an unsuccessful 0/12 from three-point land.

Portugal were 68-56 victors over winless Iceland in the other Group E clash.

Group F

A resilient Russia overturned a double-digit deficit to snatch a dramatic 67-66 success over Greece and take control of Group F.

It was a tough loss for Greece to swallow and they effectively snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. It was particularly difficult for Evanthia Maltsi and Zoi Dimitrakou who combined for 40 points as Greece fell to 2-1. Russia meanwhile are in the box-seat at 3-0.

Bulgaria looked comfortable throughout their 74-55 home win over Switzerland in Ruse. Daniela Peteva had 19 points for the Bulgarians who clinched their first win of the group.

Group G

Belgium thrashed Poland 100-63 in the three-team group, which is now wide open with all sides locked at 1-1.

In the space of three second quarter minutes, a tied game got out of hand quickly, with the Belgians reeling off 15 unanswered points. Any hopes that the Polish team had of overhauling the 17-point half-time deficit were swiftly dispelled when Mestdagh single-handedly scored the first seven points of the second half as Belgium celebrated Ann Wauters’ return to the team in style.

Group H

Turkey fought out a 56-45 win over a determined Romania in Cluj to stay undefeated in the group.

The visitors held the Eurobasket Women 2015 co-hosts to just five points in the final quarter which proved to be the key to victory. The decision to recall Quanitra Hollingsworth in the naturalised spot for Turkey was vindicated as she went for 15 points.

Israel were 76-72 victors over Bosnia & Herzegovina in the other game. Shay Doron led the Israelis with 22.

Group I

Sweden claimed their first win of the group as they ousted Finland 59-49 in Helsinki.

In a close game throughout, the Swedes broke the game wide open in the fourth quarter as they held the Finns scoreless for the final five minutes for the win.

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Alba Torrens preparing for grand homecoming https://www.talkbasket.net/19483-alba-torrens-preparing-for-grand-homecoming https://www.talkbasket.net/19483-alba-torrens-preparing-for-grand-homecoming#respond Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:10:24 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=19483 Alba Torrens missed out on representing Spain in the first international window. There was no way that she was missing February’s series of games. The UMMC Ekaterinburg star missed the first Eurobasket Women 2017 qualifying window last November due to injury and now with the international window approaching, Torrens looks to bring Spain to the […]

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Alba Torrens missed out on representing Spain in the first international window. There was no way that she was missing February’s series of games.

The UMMC Ekaterinburg star missed the first Eurobasket Women 2017 qualifying window last November due to injury and now with the international window approaching, Torrens looks to bring Spain to the brink of qualification.

“Coming home is always exciting,” Torrens said, who can also look forward to competing in the Euroleague Women quarter-finals next month. “We are a family and we always look forward to meeting again. The objectives of each of us are the same – to be the best in the group.

“That makes the fight and the challenge even more rewarding when playing for the national team. The events of November were very important, because of the great work and the results that were achieved – it was a huge step.”

Without Torrens, Spain still managed to collect two wins from their opening two games against Sweden and Finland and their return clash against the Swedes will put the 2013 Eurobasket winners one step closer to qualification.

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Torrens knows though that qualification is guaranteed just yet.

“We have not yet qualified and Sweden are a great team that will pose a tough game and we have to be prepared for it.

“In order to win, we have to play a very serious match and be at our best by preparing for this meeting in Logrono.”

Meanwhile Spain coach Lucas Mondelo will return to the sidelines for the contest, having handed the coaching reins to his trusted assistant Victor Lapena for the first group games against Sweden and Finland.

Spain face Sweden on Wednesday, February 24 in Logrono.

Quotes by FIBA Europe.

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Twitter reaction to Olympic Qualifying Tournament https://www.talkbasket.net/19240-twitter-reaction-to-olympic-qualifying-tournament https://www.talkbasket.net/19240-twitter-reaction-to-olympic-qualifying-tournament#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:25:51 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=19240 Last night’s draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament made the Rio Olympics feel very real, and for some of the teams drawn, the chances of a summer trip to Brazil have doubled. Possibly the two happiest teams right now would be Serbia’s men and Spain’s women, as both of whom have been given kind […]

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Last night’s draw for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament made the Rio Olympics feel very real, and for some of the teams drawn, the chances of a summer trip to Brazil have doubled.

Possibly the two happiest teams right now would be Serbia’s men and Spain’s women, as both of whom have been given kind draws in their push for a spot at the Olympics.

Serbia, one of the co-hosts in the men’s sector have been drawn against Angola and Puerto Rico. Spain’s women, who will based in Nantes, France, will play Venezuela and China.

Eurobasket 2015 bronze-medallists France though face a tricky passage to Rio, as they have been drawn to travel to the Philippines’ capital Manila where they will play New Zealand and the hosts themselves.

The draws in full:

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The reaction on Twitter gathered some interesting responses. Serbia’s draw was widely talked about as the easiest group, thrown in with some responses about their respective nation’s fate.

David Hein on the other hand, thinks that Latvia would be a force in Belgrade, if they have the right players on board.

Lithuania’s own Simas Baranauskas has begun the trash talking with Serbia, saying that he can’t wait for neighbours Latvia to beat the hosts in the final.

Recently retired NBA player and Canadian basketball’s general manager Steve Nash is thrilled that Canada will be competing in Manila. They have a good chance of qualifying as well, as they square off against Senegal and Turkey.

And in the women’s draw, could Turkey bring back a legend for their qualifiers?

Want to get involved? Then get on Twitter and get your views out there about the Olympic Qualifying Tournament using the hashtag #FIBAOQT and connect with millions of people, worldwide.

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Olympic Qualifying draw for both men and women made https://www.talkbasket.net/19232-olympic-qualifying-draw-for-both-men-and-women-made https://www.talkbasket.net/19232-olympic-qualifying-draw-for-both-men-and-women-made#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:07:29 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=19232 The draw for the 2016 Olympic Qualifying tournament has been made for both men and women. France have been drawn to play in Manila and will play New Zealand and co-hosts Philippines in their opening games. Co-hosts Serbia have been given a kind draw as they play Angola and Puerto Rico. And the third hosts […]

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Olympic Qualifying draw for both men and women made

The draw for the 2016 Olympic Qualifying tournament has been made for both men and women.

France have been drawn to play in Manila and will play New Zealand and co-hosts Philippines in their opening games.

Co-hosts Serbia have been given a kind draw as they play Angola and Puerto Rico. And the third hosts Italy will be joined by Croatia and Tunisia in their group.

Other groups in Belgrade sees Czech Republic play Latvia and Japan. Manila’s second pool features Turkey, Senegal and Canada with Turin housing Greece, Iran and Mexico.

The women’s draw sees Spain given an easy tie with Venezuela and China the opposition. France are handed a banana skin of a pool with New Zealand and Cuba and Turkey drawn against Cameroon and Argentina.

The groups are rounded off with Belarus given an relatively comfortable group where Korea and Nigeria provide the competition.

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Basketball under the radar at the Olympic Test Event, in case you forgot … or knew, Rio 2016 blog https://www.talkbasket.net/18993-basketball-under-the-radar-at-the-olympic-test-event-in-case-you-forgot-or-knew-rio-2016-blog https://www.talkbasket.net/18993-basketball-under-the-radar-at-the-olympic-test-event-in-case-you-forgot-or-knew-rio-2016-blog#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:58:00 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=18993 The Olympic Basketball Test Event begins Friday inside building one of the Carioca Arena in Rio. The upcoming women’s basketball event hasn’t received a lot of attention compared to the 2011 edition in London but still preparations are under way. Women: VENEZUELA PREPARE FOR EARLY RIO TRIP Venezuela’s men stunned all by winning the FIBA […]

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Basketball under the radar at the Olympic Test Event, in case you forgot … or knew, Rio 2016 blog

The Olympic Basketball Test Event begins Friday inside building one of the Carioca Arena in Rio. The upcoming women’s basketball event hasn’t received a lot of attention compared to the 2011 edition in London but still preparations are under way.

Women:

VENEZUELA PREPARE FOR EARLY RIO TRIP

Venezuela’s men stunned all by winning the FIBA Americas crown last summer to automatically qualify for the Rio Games, and now the women want to emulate them by advancing to the Olympics, via the Additional Qualifiers.

The women get an early taste of the Rio Games on Friday when they take part in the Olympic Test Event.

Venezuela will open their account with a game against Brazil and then on day two, meet Australia. The third and last game for Venezuela at the test event will be against Argentina on January 17.

“This test event will be of a high level and we want to leave a good impression,” Venezuela coach Oscar Silva said. “But the most important thing is to tune up for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. I am calling up three new players, (Vanesa Candallo, Thalia Garcia and Keysi Ford) to see what they offer us.”

Yvaney Marquez, Luisana Ortega, Cleider Blanco, Waleska Perez, Mirna Araujo, Endrina Bolivar, Edicta Blanco, Marielka Garate, Zenahir Almedia, Vanesa Candallo, Thalia Garcia and Keysi Ford are suiting up for Venezuela in Rio.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS FOR JAPAN?

They have dominated the women’s basketball scene in Asia since 2013 but when given the chance, have failed to impress on the global stage.

Japan wants to change that in Brazil this summer.

And hopefully, they will have star players Asami Yoshida and Ramu Tokashiki on board when they fly out to Rio in August.

Yoshida was out of Japan’s squad for the 2014 FIBA world championship for women in Turkey due to a serious knee injury, and as a result, the Asian side lost their three group games against Spain, Czech Republic and Brazil.

Yoshida returned from injury at last summer’s FIBA Asia tournament for women was made an instant impact, ultimately leading Japan to a second straight continental title.

Will Japan show their true worth at the Rio Games? Photo: FIBA

Tokashiki on the other hand played some of her best basketball at the Asian championships, and there looks to be more on the way for the forward.

“Tokashiki does so much for us,” said Japan assistant Tom Hovasse. “Not even just scoring but her presence on defense. Even if she doesn’t block a shot, she forces them to miss shots. A lot of times, we don’t have to double-team.”

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Vincent Collet to boast strong France team, Blatche thumbs up for Gilas, Rio 2016 blog https://www.talkbasket.net/18864-vincent-collet-to-boast-strong-france-team-blatche-thumbs-up-for-gilas-rio-2016-blog https://www.talkbasket.net/18864-vincent-collet-to-boast-strong-france-team-blatche-thumbs-up-for-gilas-rio-2016-blog#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 15:30:53 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=18864 When the clock struck midnight across the world to bring in 2016, many people celebrated, raised their glasses, messaged loved ones and closed the chapter of 2015 ready to begin a fresh start. And for those that look at things through the prism of sports, many were thinking of one thing: Olympic year. The Rio […]

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Vincent Collet to boast strong France team, Blatche thumbs up for Gilas, Rio 2016 blog

When the clock struck midnight across the world to bring in 2016, many people celebrated, raised their glasses, messaged loved ones and closed the chapter of 2015 ready to begin a fresh start.

And for those that look at things through the prism of sports, many were thinking of one thing: Olympic year.

The Rio 2016 Olympics are now close by, and as we ready ourselves for the opening ceremony at the famous Maracana on August 5, the basketball tournament looks set to be one of the main focuses of the two-week sporting extravaganza.

So to update us on the build up to the Rio Games, and especially the Olympic Qualifiers, let our blog help guide you until early August.

Men:

PODIUM DREAMS FOR COLLET

France have not booked their ticket to the Rio Olympics, but coach Vincent Collet is looking beyond the upcoming Olympic Qualifiers.

Les Bleus will be in July’s Olympic Qualifiers and despite the possibility that some of his NBA stars might not be available due to the continuing season in the league, Collet is confident he will have a strong squad at his disposal ready for the tournament.

“We will start training camp a month before the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and perhaps we won’t have all the players from the start, but we will have them joining as quick as possible,” Collet told FIBA.com. “If they finish [the club season] just before the tournament they won’t have to prepare, if they finish earlier they will come to preparations.

“In any case we will find the way to be ready because this is a major event for this group [of players]. We did well the last couple of years, even if at the Eurobasket [2015] the colour of the medal was not what we would have liked, and we need to follow that line next summer.”

Two of Collet’s NBAers, Nicholas Batum and Eurobasket 2013 MVP Tony Parker gave their word once just after claiming bronze at last summer’s Eurobasket that they will compete in Rio and earn their spot on the podium.

Will Tony Parker and Nicholas Batum be on the podium when the Rio Olympics are done? Photo: FFBB.

BLATCHE GIVES THE THUMBS UP 

Philippines are quite possibly one of the most basketball-crazy countries in the world, but it has not competed in the Olympics in 44 years.

The current batch of international talent that graces the national vest and the pride of the Philippines are looking to change that, led by coach Tab Baldwin and naturalized power forward/center Andray Blatche.

And the latter has confirmed that he will be in the team for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

“After we decided that we will compete in the Rio Olympics [Qualifiers], we immediately informed Andray,” Gilas team manager Butch Antonio said to Panay News over the weekend. “He’s given his assurance he’ll be available and he’s okay.”

In his first appearance for the Philippines, Blatche averaged 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game at the 2014 World Cup in Spain, and despite being out of shape; he averaged 17.8 points and 9.2 boards at last summer’s FIBA Asia championships in Changsha-Hunan.

ITALY: A LOCK FOR ONE OF THE QUALIFYING HOST SPOTS?

There is news about the Olympic Qualifiers, but so far, no host nations have been announced yet.

We will know that answer on Tuesday, January 19, but according to Italian newspaper outlet Corriere Dello Sport, Torino is already a lock.

It’s no secret that the Italian Basketball Federation made the Olympic Qualifiers a priority ever since Eurobasket 2015. Czech Republic, Philippines, Serbia, Turkey and Germany are also candidates with three countries to be announced on January 19.

The women’s tournament host will also be revealed on January 19, with one venue spot to be determined.

SENEGAL COACHES FUTURE TO BE DECIDED

The future of Moustapha Gaye and Cheick Sarr as head coaches of Senegal’s women’s and men’s team respectively will be decided in the next few weeks.

Both coaches’ contracts expired at the end of their respective continental championships.

Gaye was the mastermind behind Senegal’s Afrobasket Women’s title win last summer, a result that saw them qualify automatically for Rio, while Sarr’s men opened Afrobasket last year with five wins in as many games, but lost to Nigeria in the last four and then fell to hosts Tunisia in the third-place game.

The Senegalese finished fourth, a result which saw them secure a place in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQTs) as they a bid to return to the Olympics for the first time since 1980.

Senegal coach Moustapha Gaye led the women to Afrobasket Women glory last summer. Will he return to the international fold? Photo: FIBA.

Women:

SOUZA BACK IN THE MIX

After an 18-month hiatus, Erika Souza is back in the Brazil squad for the Rio Olympics.

The host nation will look to put a disappointing 2015 behind them in front of their home crowd with Souza, due to turn 34 in March at the helm.

Brazil coach Antonio Carlos Barbosa said: “Once again Erika has said she is willing to wear the Brazil vest. It is important to point out that she has relinquished other opportunities to play overseas in order to play for the Brazilian national team.”

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Giants Belarus will sleep easier this Christmas after getting their EuroBasket Women 2017 qualifying campaign back on track in the second round of games.

Belarus go 1-1 after a 76-71 midweek home win in Minsk over Group G rivals Belgium, anchored by 24 go-to points from centre Anastasia Verameyenka, who shot an unplayable 9/11 from the floor.

Group A

In Group A Lithuania will not rest easy after going 0-2 following a 73-64 home loss in Kedainiai to now 1-0 rivals Slovenia.

Slovenian guard/forward Maja Erkic said afterwards: “We were smart. In the middle of the game we had some bad minutes, but we were patient and that got us the result.”

Group B

In Group B Croatia pull themselves back into contention with a 1-1 record after a 67-55 road win in Estonia, who slide to 0-2.

Estonia had led their rivals by as many as 11 points in Tallinn on Wednesday, but were pivotally outscored 29-7 in the third quarter.

Elsewhere in Group B, France remain perfect and go 2-0 following a 76-52 win at Holland, who are now 1-1 in the standings where only the nine pool winners are guaranteed qualification alongside hosts Czech Republic for the 2017 tournament.

France’s bench overwhelmed Holland’s reserves 34-13 in the contest.

Group C

In Group C, Montenegro smashed Albania by 60 points 99-39 to go 2-0 and leave the visitors to Podgorica 0-2 heading into round three of six in qualifying on February 20, 2016.

Albania turned possession over a fatal 32 times on the night.

Elsewhere in Group C, Great Britain could not prevent slipping to 0-2 following a frustrating 60-48 home defeat at the Amaechi Centre in Manchester to 2-0 Italy.

Veteran forward Laura Macchi led the visitors with 27 points as GB dried up completely on offence in the fourth quarter, shooting 0/10 on their final 10 attacks.

Group D

In Group D, Ukraine stole a heartstopper 66-64 in Germany to go 2-0 and leave their hosts 0-2.

In Marburg Germany fatally dried up on offence late in the fourth, missing their last four attempts from the field after leading 64-62.

Reigning EuroBasket Women champions Serbia annihilated 0-2 Luxembourg 132-38 elsewhere in Group D to go 2-0.

Serbia coach Marina Maljkovic got 66 points from her bench on a productive evening all-round.

Group E

In Group E, Hungary climb to 2-0 after beating 0-2 hosts Portugal convincingly by 17 points, 67-50.

Hungary pieced together a decisive 18-3 streak in the third quarter and held Portugal to 33 per cent shooting from the floor on defence.

Elsewhere in Group E, Slovak Republic are 2-0 after a 72-55 win at 0-2 Iceland.

Slovak Republic continually frustrated and denied Iceland’s attempts to attack the rack, with 11 blocks on defence.

Group F

In Group F, powerhouse Russia smashed Switzerland on the road by 38 points, 86-48 to go 2-0.

Switzerland, who slide to 0-2, were destroyed 50-12 on the night in points in the paint.

Elsewhere in Group F, 2-0 Greece march on emphatically after a 74-40 road win over rivals Bulgaria.

Greece already led by 12 points when, either side of half-time, they hit their hosts with a 14-0 run.

Group H

In Group H, Romania won a thriller 78-77 at Israel to go 2-0 and leave their hosts 0-2 heading into 2016.

The nail biter finally turned when Israel guard Alysha Clark failed to add to her game-high 27 points on the hosts’ final attack; Romania guard Annemarie Parau rebounded the loose ball, was fouled and drilled 2/2 free-throws to win it.

Elsewhere in Group H, Turkey go 2-0 and leave opponents Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-2 after a dominant 79-50 road victory. Turkey outscored Bosnia in each of the fourth quarters.

Group I

Finally, in Group I, 2013 EuroBasket Women winners Spain crushed visitors Finland by 41 points, 86-45 to finish 2015 perfect and 2-0. Spain led Finland 49-15 in Zamora at the half-time break.

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Fans flock to EuroBasket Women qualifying games https://www.talkbasket.net/18313-fans-flock-to-eurobasket-women-qualifying-games https://www.talkbasket.net/18313-fans-flock-to-eurobasket-women-qualifying-games#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:44:16 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=18313 FIBA’s vision, as explained to the media during Eurobasket 2015 in Lille was to promote the international game on a broader scale: more games, more chances for the crowd to see their nation play and with the games being in season, better attendances. The first week of Eurobasket Women qualifying games proved that and while […]

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Fans flock to EuroBasket Women qualifying games

FIBA’s vision, as explained to the media during Eurobasket 2015 in Lille was to promote the international game on a broader scale: more games, more chances for the crowd to see their nation play and with the games being in season, better attendances.

The first week of Eurobasket Women qualifying games proved that and while the questions asked about increased player fatigue and the lack of stars appearing for their respective national sides remains unanswered – FIBA’s new international calendar and vision – has got off to a good start.

“I am very grateful to everyone for coming in such large numbers,” smiled Serbia coach Marina Maljkovic, whose Rio Olympic-bound team was greeted by 6,500 fans in Belgrade’s Pionir Hall for their qualifier against Germany.

“This is an historic event for women’s basketball, in terms of the number of spectators. I bet the girls, did not dare to think that they would be playing in front of a near-full Pionir Hall.”

The same can be said for Romania, who co-hosted the Eurobasket Women, just gone. The exposure of the national side during the summer and the opportunity to see them in action in Cluj was too exciting for the locals to pass up and 5,000 fans saw their country edge Bosnia & Herzegovina 67-65.

Most games saw attendances in the thousands; Greece, predominately a male basketball country were welcomed by 3,000 fans to watch them beat Switzerland, 2012 olympic silver-medallists France beat Estonia in-front of 3,800 supporters and the Södertälje Arena was sold out nearly two months in advance but unfortunately Spain spoiled Sweden’s party with a 75-52 win.

The second round of week one action continues on in midweek before reconvening in February for two more games.

So far, so good for FIBA’s new international calendar but it’s only the beginning of a new chapter in international basketball.

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Latvia edge Baltic neighbours, while Montenegro see-off stubborn GB, EuroBasket Women 2017 QR round up https://www.talkbasket.net/18290-latvia-edge-baltic-neighbours-while-montenegro-see-off-stubborn-gb-eurobasket-women-2017-qr-round-up https://www.talkbasket.net/18290-latvia-edge-baltic-neighbours-while-montenegro-see-off-stubborn-gb-eurobasket-women-2017-qr-round-up#respond Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:58:36 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=18290 Latvia sealed a 65-62 win over neighbours Lithuania in Riga as the Eurobasket Women 2017 qualifying rounds got underway on Saturday. Dita Rosenberga finished off a smart Latvian offence, run by veteran Anete Jekabsone-Zogota with three ticks remaining and then defended Lithuania’s last possession to secure victory in Group A. Lithuania unfortunately did not help themselves […]

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Latvia edge Baltic neighbours, while Montenegro see-off stubborn GB, EuroBasket Women 2017 QR round up

Latvia sealed a 65-62 win over neighbours Lithuania in Riga as the Eurobasket Women 2017 qualifying rounds got underway on Saturday.

Dita Rosenberga finished off a smart Latvian offence, run by veteran Anete Jekabsone-Zogota with three ticks remaining and then defended Lithuania’s last possession to secure victory in Group A.

Lithuania unfortunately did not help themselves as they turned the ball over a staggering 32 times with several in the closing minutes.

In Group C, Montenegro overcame Great Britain 78-64 in Podgorica but nearly gave away a double-digit lead only to finish strong down the stretch.

Angelica Robinson starred with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the victors, while Johannah Leedham paced GB with with 20 points and 13 rebounds on her return to the international fold after a two-year break away.

The other game in Group C saw Italy brush aside minnows Albania 121-38 in a one-sided massacre.

France beat Estonia 69-41 in Bourges as they raced to an early 10-0 lead and never looked back. Netherlands stunned Croatia 76-67 in Group B’s other contest.

Reigning Eurobasket Women champions Serbia began their defence and quest to return to the finals with a convincing 100-57 rout of Germany in Group D.

Nearly 7,000 fans in Belgrade watched the reigning European queens dismantle their German counterparts by taking a commanding 48-29 half-time lead and see out the game rotating the bench. Jelena Milovanovic led the Serbs with 24 points.

Serbia’s main challengers in Group D, Ukraine were more impressive albeit against Luxembourg as they held the minnows to just two points in the third quarter, en route to a 90-38 win.

Women’s basketball giants Belarus began their qualifying campaign with a disappointing 65-56 loss away to Poland in Group G as they blew a 20-9 first quarter cushion, only to score just a single point in the fourth quarter in a monumental collapse, where they failed to score for the first nine minutes of the last period.

In Group F, Russia thrashed Bulgaria 72-39 and Greece were just as impressive by dismantling Switzerland 83-46.

Elsewhere around Europe, in Group E Slovak Republic beat Portugal 56-43 and Hungary got the better of Iceland 72-50. Group H saw Romania squeeze by Bosnia & Herzegovina 67-65 and Turkey had no trouble against Israel, winning 72-53.

Eurobasket Women 2013 winners Spain comfortably beat Sweden 75-52 on the road in Group I as Sancho Lyttle went for 24 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

The new international calendar will now feature another round of games in midweek before they return to respective club action and reconvene in February.

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Senegal outplay Cameroon to claim AfroBasket Women’s title and a spot in Rio https://www.talkbasket.net/17625-senegal-outplay-cameroon-to-claim-afrobasket-womens-title-and-a-spot-in-rio https://www.talkbasket.net/17625-senegal-outplay-cameroon-to-claim-afrobasket-womens-title-and-a-spot-in-rio#respond Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:52:17 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=17625 Senegal have won their first Afrobasket Women’s title since 2009 after outclassing tournament hosts Cameroon 81-66 in Yaounde. Their 11th continental title win earns them a birth at next year’s Rio Olympics, joining USA, Serbia, Brazil, Australia, Canada and Japan. Aya Traore led the victors with 16 points as she claimed tournament MVP honours. Ramses Lonlack was the only […]

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Senegal outplay Cameroon to claim AfroBasket Women’s title and a spot in Rio

Senegal have won their first Afrobasket Women’s title since 2009 after outclassing tournament hosts Cameroon 81-66 in Yaounde.

Their 11th continental title win earns them a birth at next year’s Rio Olympics, joining USA, Serbia, Brazil, Australia, Canada and Japan.

Aya Traore led the victors with 16 points as she claimed tournament MVP honours.

Ramses Lonlack was the only Cameroonian in double figures with 14 as they join third placed Nigeria in the Olympic Qualifiers.

With this loss, Cameroon became the fifth straight host nation to lose an Afrobasket Women’s final.

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Japan breeze past China to retain Asia crown and advance to Rio 2016 https://www.talkbasket.net/17152-japan-breeze-past-china-to-retain-asia-crown-and-advance-to-rio-2016 https://www.talkbasket.net/17152-japan-breeze-past-china-to-retain-asia-crown-and-advance-to-rio-2016#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2015 15:29:03 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=17152 Japan made light work of China in the final of the FIBA Asia Women’s final in Wuhan, winning 85-50 to retain the title that they also won in 2013. Sanae Motokawa finished with 24 points for the victorious Japanese side, Ramu Tokashiki weighed in with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while playmaker Asami Yoshida had […]

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Japan breeze past China to retain Asia crown and advance to Rio 2016

Japan made light work of China in the final of the FIBA Asia Women’s final in Wuhan, winning 85-50 to retain the title that they also won in 2013.

Sanae Motokawa finished with 24 points for the victorious Japanese side, Ramu Tokashiki weighed in with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while playmaker Asami Yoshida had 11 points, 7 assists and 4 steals.

Tokashiki had an extra reason to smile, as she claimed tournament MVP honours, averaging a solid 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

This win automatically books their spot at next summer’s Olympics, where they will appear for the first time since 2004.

But it’s not just the thrill of an Olympic birth but the raw emotion from the Japan players was clearly evident at the final buzzer. A team that overcame a great deal of adversity, following exclusion by FIBA in November, last year for failure to comply with specific criteria, they were reinststated in time for these championships and are showing the basketball world that they are united.

China will settle for runners-up and a spot in next year’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. They will be joined by Korea, who ousted Chinese Taipei to the bronze medal.

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Places filling for Rio Olympics as Canada and Australia win Zone tournaments https://www.talkbasket.net/16853-places-filling-for-rio-olympics-as-canada-and-australia-win-zone-tournaments https://www.talkbasket.net/16853-places-filling-for-rio-olympics-as-canada-and-australia-win-zone-tournaments#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:44:15 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16853 Hosts Canada successfully completed an undefeated 2015 edition of the continental championship by defeating previous champions Cuba 82-66 in the FIBA Americas Women’s final. The Cubans were tough and were able to compete with the hosts, but in the end the depth of Canada, led by Kia Nurse, Tamara Tatham and Miah-Marie Langlois was more […]

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Places filling for Rio Olympics as Canada and Australia win Zone tournaments

Hosts Canada successfully completed an undefeated 2015 edition of the continental championship by defeating previous champions Cuba 82-66 in the FIBA Americas Women’s final.

The Cubans were tough and were able to compete with the hosts, but in the end the depth of Canada, led by Kia Nurse, Tamara Tatham and Miah-Marie Langlois was more than enough to win the team their second gold medal in the history of the FIBA Americas Women’s championship since its inception in 1995.

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The experience of Suzy Batkovic and Laura Hodges has guided Australia past an inspired New Zealand, 80-63, in Tauranga on Monday.

The win, which followed a 61-41 success in the first leg in Melbourne sealed the FIBA Oceania Women’s championship for the Opals and secured a place in their sixth consecutive Olympics next year in Rio.

Hodges (22 points at 64 per cent, 5 rebounds) and Batkovic (17 points, 5 rebounds) stood resolutely between the Opals and a monumental upset as the Tall Ferns produced one of their best ever performances, the experienced pair making a string of big plays.

“Suzy and I have played together for a very long time and I think we work well together,” Hodges said.

“It’s nice to be play with someone like that, we know each other’s roles and we can just run with it, especially in those crunch moments.”

Micaela Cocks was the chief mischief maker, delivering a superb 21 points on 50 per cent shooting to go with 7 boards, while Penina Davidson (8 points, 12 rebounds) was a standout inside against her bigger rivals.

FIBA contributed to this report.

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EuroBasket Women champs given easy qualifying draw https://www.talkbasket.net/16165-eurobasket-women-champs-given-easy-qualifying-draw https://www.talkbasket.net/16165-eurobasket-women-champs-given-easy-qualifying-draw#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:55:37 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16165 Newly crowned Eurobasket Women champions Serbia have been handed a relatively comfortable draw as they aim to qualify for the next edition of the tournament in 2017. The draw for the 2017 edition was made in Munich earlier this lunchtime. Serbia will play Ukraine, Germany and minnows Luxembourg in the Eurobasket Women 2017 Qualifying Round, […]

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EuroBasket Women champs given easy qualifying draw

Newly crowned Eurobasket Women champions Serbia have been handed a relatively comfortable draw as they aim to qualify for the next edition of the tournament in 2017.

The draw for the 2017 edition was made in Munich earlier this lunchtime.

Serbia will play Ukraine, Germany and minnows Luxembourg in the Eurobasket Women 2017 Qualifying Round, with the games being played across two windows; November 16-25 and February 15-25, 2016 as the new international format, utilised by FIBA is carried out.

The 2015 runners-up France will play Croatia in their qualifying round, with Estonia and the Netherlands providing the rest of the opposition.

Bronze medallists Spain will feel good about their chances of qualification as they face Sweden and Finland.

The ever improving Montenegro have been handed a tricky draw if they wish to advance. They are housed with Italy, Great Britain and minnows Albania.

And the draw also features a Baltic derby between Latvia and Lithuania with Slovenia also involved.

The winner in each group, plus the six best-placed runners-up, will get through to join hosts Czech Republic in two years time.

FULL DRAW

Group A: Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia

Group B: Croatia, France, Estonia, Netherlands

Group C: Italy, Montenegro, Great Britain, Albania

Group D: Ukraine, Serbia, Germany, Luxembourg

Group E: Hungary, Slovakia, Portugal, Iceland

Group F: Greece, Bulgaria. Russia, Switzerland

Group G: Poland, Belarus, Belgium

Group H: Romania. Turkey, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Group I: Sweden, Spain, Finland

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Czech Republic to host EuroBasket Women 2017 https://www.talkbasket.net/16004-czech-republic-to-host-eurobasket-women-2017 https://www.talkbasket.net/16004-czech-republic-to-host-eurobasket-women-2017#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:18:27 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=16004 The FIBA Europe Board discussed a number of important matters during its extraordinary session in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday. The Board voted Czech Republic as the next EuroBasket Women hosts in 2017. Czech Republic and Serbia were the two bidding Federations. FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel thanked both candidacies which described as “outstanding.” EuroBasket Women […]

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Czech Republic to host EuroBasket Women 2017

The FIBA Europe Board discussed a number of important matters during its extraordinary session in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday.

The Board voted Czech Republic as the next EuroBasket Women hosts in 2017.

Czech Republic and Serbia were the two bidding Federations.

FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel thanked both candidacies which described as “outstanding.”

EuroBasket Women 2017 will revert to a 16-team format and a shorter competition format. It will be played in June 2017 with the exact dates to be confirmed.

The Board has also expressed its satisfaction with this year’s event in Hungary [and] Romania, the level of the basketball played and the excellent work done by the organisers.

Source: FIBA Europe

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Serbia scoop Olympic jackpot, win maiden EuroBasket Women title https://www.talkbasket.net/15997-serbia-scoop-olympic-jackpot-win-maiden-eurobasket-women-title https://www.talkbasket.net/15997-serbia-scoop-olympic-jackpot-win-maiden-eurobasket-women-title#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:05:17 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15997 Serbia have won their first Eurobasket Women title after beating France 76-68 in the championship game in Budapest on Sunday night. The win also gives Serbia the automatic birth to the 2016 Rio Olympics and drops France, now back-to-back runners up, to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year. Ana Dabovic had a game-high 25 points […]

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Serbia scoop Olympic jackpot, win maiden EuroBasket Women title

Serbia have won their first Eurobasket Women title after beating France 76-68 in the championship game in Budapest on Sunday night.

The win also gives Serbia the automatic birth to the 2016 Rio Olympics and drops France, now back-to-back runners up, to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year.

Ana Dabovic had a game-high 25 points for the Serbians as she scooped the Eurobasket Women’s MVP award in emphatic style.

“Getting this medal means everything, to me, to the team and to the country,” Dabovic said. “It makes me so proud, playing with this group of girls who really wanted to win.

“To have the gold and to get this MVP means so much. But it’s also for all the girls back home who will have watched and maybe now want to be like us. This is the best thing we could do, to get them to love basketball.”

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Dabovic had the hot hand, but she had a supporting cast, led by Sonja Petrovic, who was similarly clinical with 22 points and seven boards. Danielle Page also justified herself as a wise naturalised pick with plenty of hard work and also a smart 12 points and eight rebounds.

Having seen an eight-point lead almost eradicated by France with just over three minutes remaining, Dabovic scored from a well worked baseline inbound play and then quickly followed it with a clever move to the basket.

Those back-to-back scores erased the nerves and really laid the foundation for Serbia to progress further as Page effectively iced the game with 90 seconds left on the game clock as she sweetly dropped a baseline jump shot.

Sandrine Gruda led four French players with 16 points.

DABOVIC HEADLINES ALL-STAR FIVE

As well as being named MVP, Ana Dabovic was included in the Eurobasket Women All-Star five.

Celine Dumerc (France), Ana Dabovic (Serbia), Sonja Petrovic (Serbia), Alba Torrens (Spain), Sandrine Gruda (France).

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Spain claim bronze, ease past Belarus https://www.talkbasket.net/15987-spain-claim-bronze-ease-past-belarus https://www.talkbasket.net/15987-spain-claim-bronze-ease-past-belarus#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:54:44 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15987 The Eurobasket Women 2013 champions Spain will have to settle for bronze this year as they defeated Belarus 74-58 in the third place game in Budapest on Sunday afternoon. FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year for 2014, Alba Torrens was outstanding for the Spanish as she posted 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. […]

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Spain claim bronze, ease past Belarus

The Eurobasket Women 2013 champions Spain will have to settle for bronze this year as they defeated Belarus 74-58 in the third place game in Budapest on Sunday afternoon.

FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year for 2014, Alba Torrens was outstanding for the Spanish as she posted 25 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Yelena Leuchenka and Volha Ziuzkova both led Belarus with 13 points, the former pulling down 15 rebounds.

Spain though needed Torrens’ influence as Belarus got off to a better start, thoroughly deserving their 18-12 lead after the first quarter.

But Spain recovered from their sluggish beginning and took control from the second quarter onwards as Torrens and Marta Xargay steered Spain to a podium finish.

Both Spain and Belarus will compete at next year’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women at a venue yet to be determined.

Highlights to follow..

TURKEY PIP RUSSIA TO LAST OLYMPIC QUALIFYING SPOT

Turkey defeated Russia 68-66 in overtime to finish Eurobasket Women 2015 in fifth place, but more importantly, claim the final Olympic qualification spot.

It looked like Turkey’s hopes were fading when they were trailing 66-63 inside the last minute in overtime and with the shot clock having ticked down to just two seconds.

But Olcay Cakir stepped up and hit a three-pointer to tie the game up. It was the only bench points Turkey got all night and paved the way for Isil Alben to then make the game-winning play as she scored at the hoop to send her team-mates into raptures.

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Lara Sanders led all scorers with 28 points for Turkey as their dreams of playing in Brazil next year stay strong.

The 16-year-old prodigy, Maria Vadeeva led Russia with 19 points and 10 rebounds but after finishing in fourth place at the London Olympics in 2012, the Russians will not be taking any part in Rio, next year.

Photos: FIBA Europe

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France and Serbia meet in the EuroBasket Women 2015 Final https://www.talkbasket.net/15965-france-and-serbia-meet-in-the-eurobasket-women-2015-final https://www.talkbasket.net/15965-france-and-serbia-meet-in-the-eurobasket-women-2015-final#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:17:53 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15965 France got precious revenge for their loss to Spain in the 2013 Eurobasket Women final by beating them 63-58 in the semi-finals in Budapest. And the win was thoroughly deserved as France finished well at the hoop and made their inside presence count by shooting 54 percent in the paint. Celine Dumerc drained a go-ahead triple […]

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France and Serbia meet in the EuroBasket Women 2015 Final

France got precious revenge for their loss to Spain in the 2013 Eurobasket Women final by beating them 63-58 in the semi-finals in Budapest.

And the win was thoroughly deserved as France finished well at the hoop and made their inside presence count by shooting 54 percent in the paint. Celine Dumerc drained a go-ahead triple with just over 90 seconds remaining that handed her side the cushion they needed to see out a memorable victory.

An impressive double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds by Sandrine Gruda was instrumental in helping France to victory.

Spain were led by Alba Torrens’ 13 points as they concede their first game of Eurobasket Women 2015.

Serbia advance to their first ever Eurobasket Women final after they held on to edge Belarus 74-72.

Serbia really got their noses in front and looked the more likely winners thanks to the way they turned up the defensive heat in the last quarter which harvested plenty of turnovers. However they also had to survive a last gasp effort from Yelena Leuchanka who almost forced overtime and a second chance for Belarus.

Ana Dabovic continued her hot streak from the quarter-finals with 21 points for Serbia.

Serbia vs Belarus – highlights

France vs Spain

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (quarter-finals) https://www.talkbasket.net/15947-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/15947-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-quarter-finals#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:28:47 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15947 Four teams now remain after the quarter-finals of Eurobasket Women in Budapest concluded tonight. France and Spain will lock horns in a re-match of the Eurobasket Women 2013 gold medal game after the two sides came through their respective quarter-final match ups. Holders Spain edged Montenegro 75-74 in what was a physical battle that almost […]

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (quarter-finals)

Four teams now remain after the quarter-finals of Eurobasket Women in Budapest concluded tonight.

France and Spain will lock horns in a re-match of the Eurobasket Women 2013 gold medal game after the two sides came through their respective quarter-final match ups.

Holders Spain edged Montenegro 75-74 in what was a physical battle that almost ended in an upset.

Heading down the stretch, Milica Jovanovic hit a massive triple to put her team in front, but Anna Cruz then replied with a magnificent three-point play.

That gave Montenegro the ball and the chance to claim a famous victory and cause one of the biggest surprises in tournament history. But, Angelica Robinson couldn’t get her shot to drop and as Aleksandra Vujovic went for the last gasp victory after getting the rebound, Alba Torrens blocked her shot to hand Spain victory.

Torrens ended with 28 points for the winners

France though have a chance at revenge for their 2013 loss as they came through their quarter-final with a 77-74 win over Russia.

Birthday girl Sandrine Gruda gave herself a cause for double celebration after a stellar 23 points for the French as they kept their dreams of a place at the Rio Olympics alive.

Belarus booked their spot in the last four but had to survive an onslaught by Lithuania to eventually come out 68-66 victors.

The Belorussians were already leading by seven when they posted ten unanswered points midway through the second quarter.

That gave them enough of a cushion to only just fend off the inevitable fight back by comeback queens Lithuania – although Belarus almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when Katsiaryna Snytsina inexplicably passed the inbounds pass to no one with just over a second to play.

Lithuania were unable to capitalise.

Anastasiya Verameyenka had a near double-double of 15 points and nine rebounds for Belarus.

Belarus will play Serbia in the semi-finals as they overcame Turkey 75-63, in what was the largest margin of victory in the four last eight games played.

Serbia posted a game-breaking 14-2 run in the decisive third quarter, which built a handy double-digit lead for when they had a brief wobble at the start of the fourth.

Ana Dabovic came to the party and exploded for 31 points for Serbia reached the semi-finals for the second time in two years.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (Second Round, day 6)

Lithuania secured a quarter-final spot at the Eurobasket Women and eliminated Slovak Republic at the same time with a 73-72 win over Serbia in the final second round game in Gyor.

The Baltic nation came back from an 18-point deficit and showed incredible determination to fight back but Lithuania remarkably nearly blew it with 15 seconds remaining when they turned the ball over, giving Serbia’s Jelena Milovanovic the chance to eliminate them from the competition, but she failed to knock down a regulation mid-range jump-shot.

Kamile Nacickaite led the way for the victors with 21 points.

Slovak Republic had given themselves a chance of qualifying until the Lithuanians spoiled their plans.

The Slovakians defeated already eliminated Croatia 84-62 in a game where they led 16-2 at the start and never looked back. Once they found their gears, Croatia were always second best.

Ultimately in the end, it didn’t matter. Both sides are now out.

Barbora Balintova turned on the style with a stellar 29 points to go with six assists for the Slovak Republic.

Holders Spain proved too good for Russia as they came out 66-57 winners to top Group F and remain unbeaten.

Both teams though had already qualified to the quarter-finals in Budapest.

Alba Torrens harvested a nice 24-point haul for the Spanish.

Through: Spain, Lithuania, Russia, Serbia. Out: Slovak Republic, Croatia.

Quarter-Finals

Turkey vs Serbia

Lithuania vs Belarus

Spain vs Montenegro

France vs Russia

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (Second Round, day 5) https://www.talkbasket.net/15921-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day-5 https://www.talkbasket.net/15921-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day-5#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:31:46 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15921 The Debrecen chapter of the second round at Eurobasket Women is complete and half of the quarter-final picture is clear with the final stage of games in Gyor to come. France defeated Belarus 64-58 as the 2013 runners up seal their place in the last eight, without having to play at their best. Belarus finish […]

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (Second Round, day 5)

The Debrecen chapter of the second round at Eurobasket Women is complete and half of the quarter-final picture is clear with the final stage of games in Gyor to come.

France defeated Belarus 64-58 as the 2013 runners up seal their place in the last eight, without having to play at their best.

Belarus finish third in the group despite losing all three of their Group E games.

The result means that Montenegro go through, and Greece head home.

Despite elimination, Greece ended their campaign on a high by deservedly beating the Montenegrins 76-63.

The Greeks delivered their best offensive performance of the tournament and led 44-24 at half-time. A 10-0 run in the fourth still had them 70-53 clear but late three-point attempts from Aikaterina Sotiriou and Iouliti Lymoura fell short.

Turkey finished Group E as group winners after ousting Czech Republic 59-48 in a physical battle.

The Czechs were unfortunately unable to make an impact and end their second round venture bottom of the pile.

Through: Turkey, France, Belarus, Montenegro. Out: Greece, Czech Republic

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (Second Round, day 4) https://www.talkbasket.net/15906-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day https://www.talkbasket.net/15906-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:10:30 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15906 Lithuania have breathed new life into their Eurobasket Women quarter-final bid after beating Croatia 83-64 in Gyor. While the Lithuanians plug away to extend their stay in Hungary, the brave Croatian fight is over as they are eliminated. storming into a 26-4 advantage after little more than six minutes of the contest, Lithuania always looked […]

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Lithuania have breathed new life into their Eurobasket Women quarter-final bid after beating Croatia 83-64 in Gyor.

While the Lithuanians plug away to extend their stay in Hungary, the brave Croatian fight is over as they are eliminated.

storming into a 26-4 advantage after little more than six minutes of the contest, Lithuania always looked in control and gave little hope to their opponents.

Gintare Petronyte top-scored with 18 points, Gabriele Gutkauskaite added 13 and there was a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds from Sandra Linkeviciene.

Russia are one of the two latest teams to advance to the quarter-finals after they defeated the Slovak Republic 75-61.

Things unravelled for Slovak Republic either side of the half-time break as Russia snapped the game open with a commanding 23-8 run and took advantage of Anna Jurcenkova getting into foul trouble.

Maria Vadeeva drew a number of outstanding plays as the 16-year-old rolled towards an outstanding 22 points, as well as hauling down seven rebounds.

Eurobasket Women holders Spain are also into the quarter-finals by beating a strong Serbia side 91-80 in what was an intense game of basketball, where the final result simply does not do the game justice.

Like flicking a switch, Spain revved up their game at both ends of the floor and finished the game with a major flourish by outscoring Serbia 11-2 to close out what was a bruising and intense encounter. Serbia also gave up 30 points in the last ten minutes as Spain shifted to top gear as well as handing out 20 assists.

Alba Torrens pouring in 25 points as well as adding eight boards and five assists. Laura Nicholls could barely miss as she harvested 20 points from a majestic 81.8% floor shooting.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (Second Round, Day 3) https://www.talkbasket.net/15889-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day-3 https://www.talkbasket.net/15889-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day-3#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:55:56 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15889 Turkey have qualified for the final round of Eurobasket Women thanks to a 66-56 win over France in Debrecen, who despite the loss are also through thanks to results going their way. It was close, but France did lead for the majority. The two teams though couldn’t be separated and were deadlocked at 44-44 after […]

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Turkey have qualified for the final round of Eurobasket Women thanks to a 66-56 win over France in Debrecen, who despite the loss are also through thanks to results going their way.

It was close, but France did lead for the majority. The two teams though couldn’t be separated and were deadlocked at 44-44 after three quarters until the Turks broke the lock in the final five minutes and pulled away for the win.

Lara Sanders pace Turkey with 23 points.

They might have been without star player Jelena Dubljevic but Montenegro defeated Belarus 77-72 as the first round dominance from the Belorussians seems a long way off now.

In Dubljevic’s absence, Melica Jovanovic stepped up to lead the Montenegrins with 20 points.

Belarus, one of the favourites leading in now needs to win their final second round game against France to qualify.

In a win or go home game, Greece stayed alive by beating Czech Republic 74-71.

Keeping their cool from the foul line, Greece were good value for their win but had to survive a last ditch three-point attempt from Czech Republic’s Veronika Bortelova to start celebrating their important victory.

Zoi Dimitrakou led Greece with 20 points.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (Second Round, day 2) https://www.talkbasket.net/15870-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/15870-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day-2#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:59:00 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15870 The opening day of Group F action in Gyor saw two closely fought encounters plus a dominant display from the holders as the second round of Eurobasket Women is in full swing. Serbia got the better of the Slovak Republic 76-74 in a relentless back and forth battle, decided in the final five seconds. A […]

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The opening day of Group F action in Gyor saw two closely fought encounters plus a dominant display from the holders as the second round of Eurobasket Women is in full swing.

Serbia got the better of the Slovak Republic 76-74 in a relentless back and forth battle, decided in the final five seconds.

A tough lay-up from Sonja Petrovic settled the game in the end, but with the cock still ticking, Serbia still had to defend for the final two seconds as Zuzana Zirkova let fly from half-court.

Thankfully for Serbia it rimmed out.

Petrovic top scored for Serbia with 15 points. Kristi Toliver led all scorers with 23 for the unlucky Slovakians.

Lithuania stunned Russia by coming back from 18-points down, late in the third quarter to end up winning 78-74.

Monika Grigalauskyte and Marina Solopova were introduced into the action together a minute from the end of the third period, with their team trailing by 17 points at that juncture. Their extra energy and willingness to be aggressive sparked the spectacular rescue mission, firing Russia into numerous errors, including 19 turnovers overall.

Gintare Petronyte and Kamile Nacickaite led the way in the scoring stakes with 20 and 19 points respectively.

Eurobasket Women holders Spain, unlike Lithuania and Serbia before them had little trouble in their opening second round victory as they brushed aside Croatia 95-52.

Already with this loss, Croatia face an uphill struggle to qualify for the next round as they were outclassed by the ruthless Spaniards who scored the first 13 points of the game and never looked back.

Marta Xargay was terrific with 16 points and a superb seven steals for Spain, while Astou Ndour claimed a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (Second Round, day 1) https://www.talkbasket.net/15860-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/15860-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-second-round-day-1#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:35:54 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15860 France remain the only unbeaten side in Group E but they are by no means perfect as they stumbled past Greece 51-42 in the second round game played in Debrecen. The win though essentially puts France into the quarter-finals as results in the group went their way. On the other hand, Greece need to beat the […]

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France remain the only unbeaten side in Group E but they are by no means perfect as they stumbled past Greece 51-42 in the second round game played in Debrecen.

The win though essentially puts France into the quarter-finals as results in the group went their way.

On the other hand, Greece need to beat the Czech Republic to stay in the tournament.

Greece’s mean defence was on show early as they held Les Bleues to only 15 points in the first quarter. On the down side, the Greeks only scored six points and shot a woeful 1-for-14 from the field in the opening period after France had raced into a 9-0 start.

But amid the offensive carnage, there was a lot to admire about the way they fought back to briefly lead in the third quarter, probing every possible weakness of their rivals with their zone press. It took a late 7-0 run by the 2013 Eurobasket Women runners up and a handful of vital offensive rebounds to finally break their unexpected resistance.

Sandrine Gruda and Paoline Salagnac both led France with 12 points.

In what was the game of the day, Czech Republic stunned Belarus 73-70 as a buzzer-beating three from Alena Hanusova handed the Czechs an unlikely win.

But despite the shock, the Czechs deserved it. They hung around throughout and took the game to the Belorussians, who had been so impressive in the first round.

Katerina Elhotova led the winners with 25 points, cancelling out Yelena Leuchanka’s 19-point, 12-rebound double-double for Belarus.

Turkey were easy 61-41 victors over Montenegro in the other second round clash, as the Turks look to put have put the first round shakiness behind them.

Living by the fast break, Turkey raced to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

There was a period where nine straight points gave Montenegro hope when they closed to 26-19 in the second quarter, but Nevriye Yilmaz and Lara Sanders came up big, sparking a 16-0 run over a six-minute spell in the third that was as good as their side has produced so far, with their twin towering presence in a zone defensive scheme also tough to get past.

Nevriye Yilmaz led the way for Turkey with 18 points.

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SIx random thoughts on EuroBasket Women 2015 https://www.talkbasket.net/15835-six-random-thoughts-on-eurobasket-women-2015 https://www.talkbasket.net/15835-six-random-thoughts-on-eurobasket-women-2015#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:36:35 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15835 The first round of Eurobasket Women matches is over as the second round gets ready to begin in Debrecen and Gyor on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. And while the remaining sides concentrate on their next game, they will also be aware that each result could inch them closer to an automatic birth at the 2016 […]

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The first round of Eurobasket Women matches is over as the second round gets ready to begin in Debrecen and Gyor on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

And while the remaining sides concentrate on their next game, they will also be aware that each result could inch them closer to an automatic birth at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

So as we say goodbye to the hospitality of Romania in this tournament, as well as the Hungarian cities of Szombathely and Sopron, let’s look back with my six thoughts on the first round.

BELORUSSIAN DOMINANCE

Belarus have played outstanding basketball in all four of their opening group games, highlighted with crisp, efficient team basketball offensively as well imposing yet smart team defence that has kept opposing teams out.

And the five that have been put out on the court look like they’re having fun as well. All playing for each other and all competing with a sense of enthusiasm, which is all thanks to the great leadership of coach Anatoli Buyalski and on court leader Yelena Leuchanka, who has been averaging a staggering 14.8 points and 12.5 rebounds a game.

Yelena Leuchanka

While they have a blend of veterans, Belarus’ future looks good with 1994-born players Maryia Papova and Hanna Kalenta on the roster.

The Belorussians begin their second round campaign against the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

A SHAKY START BY THE TOP TEAMS 

Holders Spain have had one or two shaky moments but otherwise have played well, en route to a 4-0 start but for 2013 runners up France and contenders Turkey, they have struggled to find consistency so far.

What’s strange about including France in the mix is that they are ranked first in scoring at 79.8 points a game and also for assists at 26.3. But Le Bleues have also conceded easily as well, letting in 66.0 points a contest.

Thanks to the evergreen Sandrine Gruda though, who is averaging 21.3 points a game so far, France have just about kept on ticking by and are still unbeaten.

Turkey had a strong showing in their third game, a 61-50 success over Greece but other than that, have not been anything other than ordinary. They were taken apart by Belarus and have squeaked by Poland and Italy, both of whom were eliminated.

Despite the four games, neither team should be counted out on form just yet.

CROATIAN SPIRIT

Croatia for me, have been the unsung heroes of Eurobasket Women 2015 so far.

Ana Lelas, Antonija Misura and Marija Rezan were sidelined, not to mention the retirements of Sandra Mandir and Andja Jelavic but the cause was not helped by the unfortunate absence of Shavonte Zellous due to a mistake made processing her visa before the tournament began.

With Lelas, Misura and Rezan travelling with the team and supporting them from the sidelines [picture below], Croatia, written off at the start have shown incredible fighting spirit, and with two wins from their four games have advanced to the second round.

Croatia Women National Team fans

Win over Latvia:

Win over Great Britain:

CO-HOSTS ELIMINATED, BUT THEY  WENT OUT FIGHTING

Hungary and Romania might have been eliminated but they have got a lot of people’s respect from the four games played.

Romania were within inches of beating the Ukraine before finally falling 78-71 and they almost pulled off the mother of all upsets against France before the 2013 runners up held them to just seven points in the final quarter to register the win.

Gabriel Marginean

Hungary, unlike their co-hosts were able to record a win, a final day 86-74  success over Slovak Republic, ended their 12-year wait for a victory.

ALINA IAGUPOVA

Via her FIBA Europe profile: “The main star of the Ukrainian national team, Iagupova is one of the most athletic players in the women’s game and certainly in Europe. With the strength, speed, agility and stamina she possesses, this versatile player could shine in any top-team around the globe.”

And she has certainly shown that. Iagupova has averaged 29.3 points a game along with six rebounds and while Ukraine have bowed out of the competition, her display will not be forgotten.

Iagupova’s 33-point showing vs Romania.

A FRESH START FOR THE SECOND ROUND

The first round is now history. No matter how well a certain team did and how nervous they were or how they just qualified doesn’t matter anymore.

Belarus have been by far the team of the tournament so far, but they have a tough second round pool that includes France who will be desperate for better showings themselves.

It’s a fresh start for all the team involved as the second round gets underway in Debrecen on Wednesday.

Pictures: FIBA Europe.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (day 5) https://www.talkbasket.net/15815-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-5 https://www.talkbasket.net/15815-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-5#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:47:57 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15815 The group stages of Eurobasket Women are completed as Romania not only bids farewell to the tournament but also says goodbye as hosts with the focus of the event moving on to Gyor and Debrecen in Hungary. GROUP A France finished unbeaten in Group A as they ended Montenegro’s unblemished streak by beating them 79-67 in […]

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The group stages of Eurobasket Women are completed as Romania not only bids farewell to the tournament but also says goodbye as hosts with the focus of the event moving on to Gyor and Debrecen in Hungary.

GROUP A

France finished unbeaten in Group A as they ended Montenegro’s unblemished streak by beating them 79-67 in Timisoara.

The French led to start to finish in what was their strongest display of the tournament so far, led by 25 points and eight rebounds from Sandrine Gruda.

With the Ukraine having completed their round of games, it was left to Czech Republic to pick up something from their last game and they did just that, by beating co-hosts Romania 82-71.

The Romanians finish Eurobasket Women with a 0-4 record, but despite being winless, they can take comfort in the performances that they have produced.

Alena Hanusova had a game-high 24 points for the Czechs.

Through: France, Montenegro, Czech Republic. Out: Ukraine, Romania.

GROUP B

In a tight finish for second place in Group B, Greece’s 82-57 loss to pool winners Belarus didn’t matter as Turkey beat Italy to seal qualification and send the Italians packing from Oradea.

Belarus continued their dominance with a resounding victory over Greece, thanks largely to great ball movement, resulting in 28 assists and smart all-round play. Mariya Papova had 20 points for the Belorussians.

The game was marred though by a power outage, that caused the game to be delayed by several minutes.

Turkey’s 50-44 success over Italy in the end sent Greece through, as well as the Turks, despite not being at their best in the four group games played.

Nevriye Yilmaz led the way for Turkey with 12 points.

Through: Belarus, Turkey, Greece. Out: Italy, Poland.

GROUP C

Russia topped Group C thanks to a comfortable 77-53 win over Serbia in Szombathely.

Both teams were assured of qualification to the second round with the mere formality of placement required.

Evgenia Belyakova top scored with 19 points for Russia but center Irina Osipova’s 10 points and 13 assists, something seen as rare for big players was a major contributor.

Russia’s win meant that Croatia advanced to the second round, which was more than deserved considering the injury concerns that they had before the tournament even started.

And the Croatians ended Group C in style by beating Great Britain 76-70 as the Brits end their campaign without a win.

Iva Borovic once again put in another brilliant shooting display with 23 points for Croatia.

Through: Russia, Serbia, Croatia. Out: Latvia, Great Britain.

GROUP D

Holders Spain finished unbeaten in Group D as they put Sweden to the sword 64-60 in Sopron.

Sweden are eliminated thanks to this loss as Anna Cruz’s 13 points helped the Spanish to victory.

Co-hosts Hungary signed off from Eurobasket Women with a win as they beat Slovak Republic 86-74 in front of 1,300 celebratory Hungarian supporters.

Allie Quigley top scored with a game-high 26 points for the winners who finish the tournament with their heads held high.

Through: Spain, Slovak Republic, Lithuania. Out: Sweden, Hungary.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (day 4) https://www.talkbasket.net/15801-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-4 https://www.talkbasket.net/15801-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-4#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2015 22:00:40 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15801 A second round picture is starting to form as teams are beginning to prolong their stays and the others are getting ready to pack their bags. GROUP A Montenegro and France have progressed to round two after both recorded wins in Timisoara. The Montenegrins looked comfortable to start but needed a strong fourth quarter to see […]

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A second round picture is starting to form as teams are beginning to prolong their stays and the others are getting ready to pack their bags.

GROUP A

Montenegro and France have progressed to round two after both recorded wins in Timisoara.

The Montenegrins looked comfortable to start but needed a strong fourth quarter to see off Ukraine 84-71.

Leading 53-35 early in the third quarter and playing assured basketball, Montenegro looked in control, but Ukraine, admirably, burst into life and an 11-0 run cut the gap to 65-62 with 11 minutes left.

But a 15-4 burst ruthlessly killed off their chances as fatigue on the Ukraine players set in.

Angelica Robinson led the way with 18 points for Montenegro. Alina Iagupova led all scorers with 33 for Ukraine.

France were by no means convincing, but scored a 76-67 win over co-hosts Romania as they are eliminated.

When Claudio Pop buried a three-pointer at the start of the fourth, Romania, and their supporters, sensed an astonishing upset when they led 63-56 – but Les Bleues had an answer – 15 consecutive points later and they were en route to victory.

Paoline Salagnac scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the fourth to help the 2013 Eurobasket Women silver-medallists.

GROUP B

Turkey defeated previously unbeaten Greece 61-50 as both teams now hold 2-1 records heading into the final round of games in Oradea.

Turkey’s naturalised player Lara Sanders had an excellent all-round game with an 18-point and 12-rebound double-double, plus she provided excellent defence with her length causing Greece problems in the paint.

Both teams can qualify for the next round if they win their remaining games. Turkey face Italy, while Greece square off against already qualified Belarus.

But Italy can also qualify should they win. They secured their first victory of the campaign, beating Poland 66-55, which meant the Poles leave Eurobasket Women winless.

Playing in her 100th match for Italy, Giorgia Sottana hit a bunch of clutch shots and finished with a game high 16 points.

GROUP C

Serbia booked their ticket to the second phase after easing past Great Britain 76-54 in Szombathely.

Missing key players like Jo Leedham is hurting GB as for the third consecutive game, they couldn’t get past the 60 points mark, and against an in-form Serbian outfit, your chances of getting the job done are slim.

Sonja Petrovic led the way with a classy 17 points and Danielle Page finished with a double-double of 11 points and 12 boards.

Great Britain’s day was made worse with Latvia upsetting Russia 68-62, which kept them in contention and sent GB home.

Veterans Gunta Basko-Melnbarde and Anete Jekabsone combined for 38 points with the latter leading the way with 20 points as Latvia recorded a first ever win over the Russians.

GROUP D

Co-hosts Hungary, like Romania have been eliminated after they lost 69-46 to holders Spain in Sopron.

Trailing by just three points, heading into the final quarter, Hungary were no doubt in contention, but the Spanish held the Hungarians to five points, while putting up 25 of their own, as they advanced to the next round

An impressive double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds from Alba Torrens was enough to seal victory.

In probably the game of the tournament so far, Lithuania hung on to beat Sweden 70-68 and book their place to round two.

Sweden started well with Stefanie Yderstrom hitting a trio of triples in a spell that saw her side open up a 29-21 advantage.

But Lithuania’s response was vital. A 22-0 run gave the Baltic side a lead they would not relinquish despite the nervy finish, where Frida Eldebrink missed a turnaround jumper on the buzzer that could have forced overtime.

Santa Okockyte led the Lithuanians with 19 points.

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Croatia’s motivation at EuroBasket Women from the stands

While Croatia have had injury concerns and an unfortunate mishap regarding visa registration ahead of Eurobasket Women, the spirit of the women’s international side remains as strong as ever after two games.

And partly because of that spirit, they stand a good chance of reaching the second round if they beat Great Britain in their final game today.

While they’ve shown a great competitive nature on the court, they have also been able to count upon some very special support from the stands in Szombathely.

A quick glance up into the bleachers revealed three of their sidelined star names all sat alongside each other and cheering their colleagues on with as much, if not even more vigour, than any other Croatian supporter present.

Euroleague Women center Marija Rezan, veteran warrior Ana Lelas and shooting guard Antonija Misura [pictured] were all on hand to show impressive solidarity in the most testing of circumstances for their country.

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“We are doing all that we can do and that is to be here and to show our support for our team-mates,” declared Lelas. “We want to show that we are still one nation and one team.

“We are backing them in every way that we can – even though we all wish we were able to help out on the floor and play like we did during qualifying. No matter how difficult it is, or how difficult things get on the court, we will always stand next to our fellow players and behind Croatia.”

Most would travel with the team and be there to cheer their team-mates on from the bench, but the three sidelined Croats are enjoying just being fans – almost forgetting that they are in fact – international basketball players.

“We lost Shavonte Zellous a day before the tournament in addition to the three of us all missing out,” Lelas continued.

“To then lose a leader in Jelena Ivezic after a few minutes of final round starting, was really difficult and made the summer even more challenging for us.

“It is always tough when there are so many young or new players and especially when they have to be really thrown into the fire in such a big competition like this. However, despite all of the injuries and a difficult time [against Russia] I can see the sunshine coming out. I really do think a better time is coming for Croatia in the future.”

FIBA Europe’s Paul Nilsen also credited for this report.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (day 3) https://www.talkbasket.net/15770-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-3 https://www.talkbasket.net/15770-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-3#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:45:18 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15770 Belarus are the first team to advance to the second round of the 2015 Eurobasket Women tournament but at the other end, the co-hosts still await their first win. GROUP A France were by no means at their best, but remain unbeaten in Group A following an 85-75 win over Czech Republic in Timisoara. Sandrine […]

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (day 3)

Belarus are the first team to advance to the second round of the 2015 Eurobasket Women tournament but at the other end, the co-hosts still await their first win.

GROUP A

France were by no means at their best, but remain unbeaten in Group A following an 85-75 win over Czech Republic in Timisoara.

Sandrine Gruda led the way for the French with 26 points as they shot 52 percent from the field and condemn the Czechs to a 1-2 record in the group.

The Czechs however can still qualify but will need to beat Romania to have any hope of doing so.

The other game in the group saw Ukraine come from behind to secure a 78-71 win over co-hosts Romania.

With just over six minutes remaining, the Romanians looked on course for an historic victory when they led 67-58 and were seemingly in control, but Ukraine fought back, forcing six turnovers in the vital last few minutes and behind Alina Iagupova’s game-high 33 points, they got their first win of the campaign.

GROUP B

Belarus are the first team through to the second round after they breezed past a strong Turkey side 67-52 in Oradea.

The Belorussians improve to 3-0 and are playing some of the most clinical basketball of the tournament so far. Yelena Leuchenka led the way with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Turkey, normally a good bet to go far in these kind of tournaments have so far been unconvincing and will hope that tomorrow’s game against Greece can turn the tide.

That will be a tough ask though as the Greeks are playing fantastic basketball, highlighted by a 59-50 win over Poland in the other Group B clash.

Greece remain unbeaten thanks to a solid defensive display, holding the Poles to 30 percent from the field, as Styliani Kaltsidou led the way with 13 points.

GROUP C

With Russia taking the day off, Serbia took advantage by beating a stubborn Croatia side 89-72 in Szombathely.

Despite glimpses of good basketball, Croatia were no match for Serbia’s transition game, as they scored 19 points in the open court and ran the Croats off the floor.

Jelena Milovanovic weighed in with 18 points for Serbia.

Latvia scored their first win of the tournament as an opening third quarter burst led them to a 67-58 triumph over winless Great Britain.

GB however were in front at the half, but fell apart in the third quarter as the Latvians opened with a 9-0 run to take the lead and never look back.

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Anete Steinberga is rapidly growing in influence and now living up to her billing with 25 points to lead Latvia to victory.

GROUP D

European champions Spain survived a late scare to beat the Slovak Republic 82-81 in Sopron.

Alba Torrens. The reigning FIBA Womens Player of the Year top-scored with 20 points; making all 10 of her free throw attempts including 4/4 in the final 20 seconds.

The Spanish remain unbeaten in Group D and hand the Slovaks their first loss.

Lithuania finally got off the mark at the third time of asking as they ousted co-hosts Hungary 72-66, who await their first taste of victory.

A 15-0 run in the second put Lithuania in control, but the hosts launched a spirited fightback and took the lead at 53-52 on the back of an incredible 20 unanswered points. Gintare Petronyte led her team with six points in a 9-0 response, and that was that.

Petronyte finished with a game-high 28 points.

Latvia-GB picture courtesy of Mansoor Ahmed/MAP.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (day 2) https://www.talkbasket.net/15754-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/15754-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-2#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:36:24 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15754 Day two saw the co-hosts Hungary and Romania begin their campaigns and both end up on the losing side today despite glimpses of promise. GROUP A An 18-0 run from Montenegro that stretched from the second to third quarter saw them beat a gutsy Romania side 79-61 in Timisoara. The Montenegrins remain unbeaten in their […]

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (day 2)

Day two saw the co-hosts Hungary and Romania begin their campaigns and both end up on the losing side today despite glimpses of promise.

GROUP A

An 18-0 run from Montenegro that stretched from the second to third quarter saw them beat a gutsy Romania side 79-61 in Timisoara.

The Montenegrins remain unbeaten in their first two games of the group whereas Romania begin the tournament with a defeat.

Jelena Dubljevic led the winners with 19 points as Montenegro took complete control in the first half, leading 51-22 at the half and never looking back. Romania made a courageous go of it when the third quarter began but it was too much.

Czech Republic bounced back from their defeat on day one to record an 80-79 win over Ukraine in the other Group A game.

Katerina Elhotova had a team-high 23 points for the Czechs as they survived a late onslaught from a Ukraine side who still await their first win.

GROUP B

Greece opened their Eurobasket Women account with a defensive-minded 51-46 success over Italy in Oradea.

But by no means was this easy for the Greeks, who really struggled to get out of the blocks, trailing 18-2 early doors and a strong final period in the end settled matters.

Greece’s Aikaterina Sotiriou was pivotal scoring 13 points – the only player on her team to reach double figures – and provided many intangibles for her team, including hustle.

Group B though looks to be a race for second place as Belarus continue their dominance of the opening round play by beating Poland 65-49.

Katsiaryna Snytsina led the way with 13 points for the Belorussians.

GROUP C

Croatia defeated Latvia 67-63 in an exciting battle in Szombathely as Iva Sliskovic came up with what proved to be a game winning three-point play with less than a minute left.

Sliskovic ended with 15 points for the Croats as they keep Latvia winless.

In the other Group C clash, Russia look like one of the teams to beat in the tournament after they saw-off Great Britain convincingly 71-40.

Once Russia finished the opening period with a scorching 14-2 run, it left Great Britain with a mountain to climb. Aside from a brief renaissance either side of half-time, the gap only ever looked like widening and so it proved as the Brits struggled without Temi Fagbenle who was taken to hospital with an eye injury.

Teenage star Maria Vadeeva reiterated why she is one of the most highly rated young players in the women’s game with 13 points and eight rebounds.

GROUP D

Hosts Hungary looked on course for an opening day win for them before Sweden turned the tide and won 72-63 in Sopron.

Having led by as many as 16, and never behind, when Allie Quigley scored to make it 51-42 nearing the end of the third, the hosts looked strong. However, they would then fail to score until 4:40 left in the game, while Sweden scored 16 points to take control.

Frida Eldebrink led the Swedes with 28 points.

Lithuania’s woes continue as they lost to the Slovak Republic 85-79.

The Slovakians improve to 2-0, while Lithuania remain winless. Kristi Toliver. put on an accurate shooting display as she finished 6/10 from beyond the arc on her way to 23 points, whilst adding six assists.

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Great Britain ready for Russia clash in what looks like an unpredictable Group C https://www.talkbasket.net/15748-great-britain-ready-for-russia-in-an-unpredictable-group-c https://www.talkbasket.net/15748-great-britain-ready-for-russia-in-an-unpredictable-group-c#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:13:40 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15748 Great Britain have completed their preparations for a third straight Eurobasket Women’s appearance, and coach Peter Buckle has outlined the keys to success ahead of today’s Group C clash with Russia in Szombathely. The play-caller is demanding his team keep errors to a minimum and harness the spirit that has led to progression to the second phase of […]

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Great Britain ready for Russia clash in what looks like an unpredictable Group C

Great Britain have completed their preparations for a third straight Eurobasket Women’s appearance, and coach Peter Buckle has outlined the keys to success ahead of today’s Group C clash with Russia in Szombathely.

The play-caller is demanding his team keep errors to a minimum and harness the spirit that has led to progression to the second phase of the last two Eurobasket Women tournaments.

“We’re glad to finally be here in Hungary and I know the players in particular are very much ready to go,” mused Buckle.

“We have got great teams to face and we will have to handle the pressure that comes our way for the full forty minutes in every game. However we can’t lose sight of the fact that we have to create our own pressure on others.

“We need to take care of the ball and play what you would describe as the ‘GB way’ and if we do that, then we will put ourselves in a good position.”

While Great Britain have generally been labelled as underdogs since their first apperance at a major tournament back at Eurobasket Women in 2011, there is an air of unpredictability around what might unfold in Group C.

The unpredictability has certainly aided GB ahead of their game with the Russians as Buckle’s side sat out day one while the other teams, including Russia played.

“Russia are always a tough opponent and that is absolutely going to be the case again – even if they do have a few new and younger players on their team,” Buckle said. “Four games in as many days is going to be challenging but you can’t have any holding back or half measures.

“We have to put our focus onto each game as they come around, starting with Russia and deal with the schedule and situation on a step-by-step basis. It is the right way to do things and the only way to do things.”

2011 winners Russia were dumped out in first round, two years ago, but are desperate to prove their worth as a women’s basketball powerhouse again. They certainly made a statement of intent on day one by easing past Croatia 83-62.

The group’s other game saw Serbia beat Latvia 76-60.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (day 1) https://www.talkbasket.net/15739-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/15739-eurobasket-women-2015-round-up-day-1#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:12:46 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=15739 Eurobasket Women tipped off today in Hungary and Romania as the road to the Rio Olympics all of a sudden feels that little bit more real. And twenty teams have now began the fight for the one ticket to Brazil next summer. Group A Montenegro bested the Czech Republic 71-52 in Timisoara in the opening […]

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EuroBasket Women 2015 round up (day 1)

Eurobasket Women tipped off today in Hungary and Romania as the road to the Rio Olympics all of a sudden feels that little bit more real.

And twenty teams have now began the fight for the one ticket to Brazil next summer.

Group A

Montenegro bested the Czech Republic 71-52 in Timisoara in the opening clash of Group A as what looked to be a closely-fought contest on paper turned into a one sided clash.

Despite narrowing the gap from 14 points down to five in the third quarter, the Czechs always looked second best against a well-organised Montenegrin outfit, led by Angel Robinson’s 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Jelena Skerovic, Jelene Dubljevic and Iva Perovanovic each had 11 points for the winners, while Michaela Stejskalova led Czech Republic with 16.

France were given an early fright, but they regrouped in the second quarter and in the end, recorded a comfortable 79-55 success over Ukraine.

The French stormed back after trailing 21-20 after one and offensively moved the ball well before finding easy scoring opportunities. But the biggest factor was their defence, especially containing Ukraine’s star player Alina Iagupova, who after a hot start went 1/7 from the field in the second half.

Sandrine Gruda led France with 18 points, while Iagupova led all scorers in vain with 19 for the Ukraine.

Hosts Romania play tomorrow against Montenegro.

Group B

On an exciting day of action in Oradea, Belarus outlasted Italy 85-76 after a session of overtime.

The two teams could not be separated at the end of regulation at 73-73 but as overtime began, Italy’s weaknesses were evident as they fatigued quickly, allowing the Belorussians to overpower their counterparts in the extra session.

Veteran Yelena Leuchanka paced Belarus with 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Georgia Sottana gave her all by leading the Italians with 19.

Turkey edged Poland 57-54 in the other Group B clash as the contest came down to the last thirty seconds.

Bahar Caglar gave the Turks the lead, forcing Poland to call a timeout. When play resumed, Poland had two chances to grab the win, but Ewelina Kobryn and Katarzyna Krezel’s three-point efforts were unsuccessful.

LaToya Pringle led Turkey with 16 points with Kobryn pacing the Poles with a game-high 24.

Greece begin their campaign tomorrow against Italy.

Group C

Russia and Serbia both made statements in what is supposedly one of the tougher groups to predict.

The 2011 Eurobasket Women winners Russia came out easy 83-62 victors over Croatia in Szombathely.

New York Liberty star Epiphanny Prince paced the Russians with 16 points as they took control early before holding the Croats to just seven points in the third to seal the win.

Serbia were also impressive in beating Latvia 76-60 as they pulled away in the third quarter after a physical, but close battle in the first half.

Sonja Petrovic led Serbia with 19 points.

Great Britain will play their first game tomorrow against Russia.

Group D

Reigning Eurobasket Women champions Spain were impressive in their 72-58 success over Lithuania in Sopron, thanks mainly to a first quarter, defensive masterclass that ended with the Baltic nation only scoring five points.

After that, Spain kept Lithuania at bay and began their defence in impressive fashion.

Astou Ndour led Spain with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds.

The other Group D clash saw Slovak Republic come from behind to pip Sweden 72-69.

Trailing 40-30 at the half, the Slovakians chipped away at the lead in the third quarter and were able to tie the game at 53-53 heading into the fourth quarter before hanging on to win at the free throw line.

At 35-years-old, Zuzana Žirková is still able to put a team on her back as she led the comeback and posted impressive numbers of 26 points and six rebounds for the winners.

Hosts Hungary play Sweden tomorrow.

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USK Prague seal maiden Euroleague Women triumph https://www.talkbasket.net/14696-usk-prague-seal-maiden-euroleague-women-triumph https://www.talkbasket.net/14696-usk-prague-seal-maiden-euroleague-women-triumph#respond Sun, 12 Apr 2015 19:31:20 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=14696 USK Prague stunned favourites UMMC Ekaterinburg 72-68 to claim their first Euroleague Women success in front of their home crowd in the Czech capital. And it was richly deserved despite the hosts nearly blowing a 9-point lead  to lose it with 26 seconds left. But a pair of free-throws in the dying seconds from Jana Vesela got […]

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USK Prague seal maiden Euroleague Women triumph

USK Prague stunned favourites UMMC Ekaterinburg 72-68 to claim their first Euroleague Women success in front of their home crowd in the Czech capital.

And it was richly deserved despite the hosts nearly blowing a 9-point lead  to lose it with 26 seconds left.

But a pair of free-throws in the dying seconds from Jana Vesela got the job done to spark incredible scenes of joy after the final buzzer.

For years, it has been the same old story in the Euroleague Women as the big fish claims its prize but this year, the lesser-known entity grabs the glory and USK Prague did it on their home court.

Danielle Robinson led the winners with 24 points, 18 of them coming in the second half with Kia Vaughn registering 18 points and 12 rebounds in what was her second double-double at the tournament, and with that, deserving of her MVP award.

Candace Parker led Ekaterinburg with 27 points and 14 boards but, like last year when they fell on their own court, it wasn’t to be. The Russian giants, without leader Diana Taurasi, struggled from three-point territory, going a woeful 1/16 with many saying that they should have stuck to their strong presence inside.

On this night, their outside game wasn’t working, yet they plugged away at it, but it cost them the Euroleague crown that they felt was theirs.

DYNAMO KURSK TAKE THIRD

To keep with the Euroleague Women’s refreshing podium this season, debutants Dynamo Kursk took third place after convincingly beating Turkish giants Fenerbahce 67-58.

It might have been a consolation game, but the Russian side played with a great deal of passion, desperate to end the season on a high.

And they out-played Fenerbahce, who looked a beaten side from the opening minutes.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike claimed a nice double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds for Kursk. Tina Charles had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Fenerbahce.

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USK Prague dance to title game and UMMC back in familiar surroundings https://www.talkbasket.net/14663-usk-prague-dance-to-title-game-and-ummc-back-in-familiar-surroundings https://www.talkbasket.net/14663-usk-prague-dance-to-title-game-and-ummc-back-in-familiar-surroundings#respond Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:51:42 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=14663 USK Prague will continue their magical season after they surprisingly coasted past Fenerbahce 62-49 in the Euroleague Women Final Four to reach the championship game in the Czech capital. The Final Four hosts had built a three-point lead heading into the final quarter then blitzed the Turkish side in the fourth, holding them to just […]

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USK Prague dance to title game and UMMC back in familiar surroundings

USK Prague will continue their magical season after they surprisingly coasted past Fenerbahce 62-49 in the Euroleague Women Final Four to reach the championship game in the Czech capital.

The Final Four hosts had built a three-point lead heading into the final quarter then blitzed the Turkish side in the fourth, holding them to just 7 points.

Prague’s Kia Vaughn started slowly but as the game progressed, so did her rhythm and consistency – and by the final buzzer – she had notched a well-earned double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.

For Fenerbahce, they miss out on a third straight trip to the title game as Tina Charles led the way for the Turkish side with 14 points.

Despite missing star player Diana Taurasi, UMMC Ekaterinburg have returned to the big dance as they beat Dynamo Kursk 81-70 in the all-Russian semi-final and the reward for UMMC’s win is a date with the hosts Prague in the final.

And the Russian giants will no doubt start as favourites, especially after they brushed aside their counterparts quickly and efficiently, building an 11-2 lead early and never looking in any real trouble.

Sandrine Gruda was a rebound away from a double-double but in the end settled for 20 points and 9 boards to lead Ekaterinburg’s attack. Candace Parker netted 15 points and pulled down 15 boards to boot.

Isil Alben led Kursk with 16 points as their proud offensive game was torn to shreds by UMMC. Dynamo shot a woeful 27.3 percent from the floor as a result.

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Women’s basketball bids farewell to legendary Czech star https://www.talkbasket.net/14079-womens-basketball-bids-farewell-to-legendary-czech-star https://www.talkbasket.net/14079-womens-basketball-bids-farewell-to-legendary-czech-star#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:46:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=14079 By FIBA Europe European basketball has waved goodbye to one of its true greats after Czech Republic legend Eva Viteckova decided to retire from the sport which she has graced throughout her distinguished career. A star on the world stage when wearing her national team jersey and a colossus in EuroLeague Women with Brno and […]

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Women’s basketball bids farewell to legendary Czech star

By FIBA Europe

European basketball has waved goodbye to one of its true greats after Czech Republic legend Eva Viteckova decided to retire from the sport which she has graced throughout her distinguished career.

A star on the world stage when wearing her national team jersey and a colossus in EuroLeague Women with Brno and ZVVZ USK Prague for many years, Viteckova is to become a mother later this year.

Having initially intended to wait until the end of the season, she has hung up her shoes with immediate effect and that sparked emotional scenes when she received a standing ovation from everyone connected with ZVVZ USK Prague as she watched her team punch a ticket for the EuroLeague Women Final Four from the sidelines.

“When I started, I didn’t think I would play three times at the Olympics, or I would be a European champion and have a medal from the World Championship,” Viteckova told the media.

“This is something incredible and I appreciate all of these achievements.

“I knew it (about retiring) from the beginning of the year and I told the leadership (at the club), but I told my team-mates after the match in Montpellier.

“I was afraid what to tell the team, since I was going to miss the key matches of the season, but they all had an understanding and they took it very well.”

She added, “I think I’m still the girl from Zdar and I do not feel like a star.”

The 33-year-old bows out of the game with a truly remarkable résumé and having left a huge footprint on women’s basketball in the Czech Republic and right across Europe more generally.

A three time Olympian, EuroBasket Women champion, FIBA World Championship for Women finalist, EuroLeague Women champion and a Czech Champion 14 times, it takes quite some time to even begin listing all of her magnificent accomplishments.

Renowned as one of the greatest Czech players in history, Viteckova swept up a huge number of individual accolades for her skills and contributions to the game, as well as attaining the distinction of being the player with the most appearances in EuroLeague Women history.

But more than anything else, her three-point shooting stats over a wonderfully consistent 15 years of playing at the elite level in EuroLeague Women tells the story.

Viteckova averaged a supremely brilliant 45% from beyond the arc – something which arguably sets her aside from so many others and underlines her status as one of women’s basketball’s great wing players.

Her decision to end her career also means that Czech Republic will be without her services for a second successive EuroBasket Women Final Round, although the player indicated that she had never envisaged taking part at the event.

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Harding to suit up for Belarus at EuroBasket Women https://www.talkbasket.net/13781-harding-to-suit-up-for-belarus-at-eurobasket-women https://www.talkbasket.net/13781-harding-to-suit-up-for-belarus-at-eurobasket-women#respond Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:29:26 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=13781 Belarus will give a naturalised spot on their roster to American Lindsay Harding to help strengthen their Eurobasket Women 2015 campaign. The Belorussians are not only keen to better their fifth placed finish at Eurobasket Women in 2013, but also hopeful of a return to the Olympic stage for next year in Rio after missing out […]

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Harding to suit up for Belarus at EuroBasket Women

Belarus will give a naturalised spot on their roster to American Lindsay Harding to help strengthen their Eurobasket Women 2015 campaign.

The Belorussians are not only keen to better their fifth placed finish at Eurobasket Women in 2013, but also hopeful of a return to the Olympic stage for next year in Rio after missing out at the London games of 2012.

This will mark the first time that Belarus women’s national side have explored the naturalised option, which has been utilised by many nations before.

Belarus will have their work cut out when the tournament begins on June 11, as they are housed in the Romanian city of Oradea with Greece, Italy, Poland and Turkey in Group B.

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Harding was the number one pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft.

The point guard from Mobile, Alabama is currently playing for Turkish side Edirnespor. She was the number one overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft and has experience with the Minnesota Lynx, Washington Mystics, Atlanta Dream and most recently, Los Angeles Sparks.

Harding has also had Euroleague Women credentials with Galatasaray in 2013, averaging 7.4 points an outing.

Photo: FIBA Europe.

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Euroleague Women quarter-final line-up confirmed https://www.talkbasket.net/13671-euroleague-women-quarter-final-line-up-confirmed https://www.talkbasket.net/13671-euroleague-women-quarter-final-line-up-confirmed#respond Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:45:12 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=13671 By FIBA Europe Following the final game day of the EuroLeague Women Regular Season, the Quarter-Final Play-Off pairings are now confirmed.  Group A winners Dynamo Kursk of Russia take on the solitary French club in the last eight, Tango Bourges Basket; UMMC Ekaterinburg tip-off against Nadezhda in an all-Russian clash; Spanish club CB Avenida will […]

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Euroleague Women quarter-final line-up confirmed

By FIBA Europe

Following the final game day of the EuroLeague Women Regular Season, the Quarter-Final Play-Off pairings are now confirmed. 

Group A winners Dynamo Kursk of Russia take on the solitary French club in the last eight, Tango Bourges Basket; UMMC Ekaterinburg tip-off against Nadezhda in an all-Russian clash; Spanish club CB Avenida will enjoy the home-court advantage over ZVVZ USK Prague; whilst the fourth and final match-up sees a repeat of last year’s final when Fenerbahce take on cross-town rivals Galatasaray. 

Despite Nadezhda finishing second in Group B, according to the EuroLeague Women Regulations Article 14, Note 1: 

“If there are three (3) clubs from the same country qualified for the Quarter-Final Play-Offs and two (2) of these clubs are scheduled to play each other according to the system of competition, no changes are required.

If none of the three (3) clubs are scheduled to play each other according to the system of competition, then they will be ranked according to their results from the Regular Season. The 2nd ranked club will then play against the 3rd ranked club.” 

Taking into consideration the above regulation, CB Avenida (8-4) have the home court advantage over fellow third-placed team ZVVZ USK Prague (6-6) on account of their superior win/loss ratio. 

There was still plenty of intrigue heading into Wednesday night action, with four teams fighting for the two remaining spots from Group A to join Dynamo Kursk and UMMC Ekaterinburg in the last eight of the competition. By the end of the night it was ZVVZ USK Prague and defending champions Galatasaray Odeabank claiming the vacant spots after they defeated Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration and Wisla Can-Pack respectively. 

In Group B the four teams moving into the Quarter-Final Play-Offs were already known, but there was still the matter of confirming in which order. Fenerbahce, who finished the Regular Season with a bye, topped the group, whilst Nadezhda, on account of winning their Wednesday clash, finished ahead of CB Avenida who lost away to Tango Bourges Basket. 

The Quarter-Final Play-Offs are best-of-three series with games set to take place on the 3rd and 6th of March, with a third game day scheduled for 11th March, should it be required. 

EuroLeague Women Quarter-Final Play-Offs Pairings 

Dynamo Kursk (RUS) v Tango Bourges Basket (FRA)

UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS) v Nadezhda (RUS)

CB Avenida (ESP) v ZVVZ USK Prague (CZE)

Fenerbahce (TUR) v Galatasaray (TUR)

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Ekrem Memnun to take charge of Turkey https://www.talkbasket.net/13547-ekrem-memnun-to-take-charge-of-turkey https://www.talkbasket.net/13547-ekrem-memnun-to-take-charge-of-turkey#respond Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:04:10 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=13547 By FIBA Europe. Ekrem Memnun has been tasked with continuing the rise to prominence of Turkey as a global basketball power after being handed the reins for EuroBasket Women 2015. Having made history last year by taking the first-ever Turkish club to the EuroLeague Women title with Galatasaray odeabank, the play-caller will now face the challenge of sustaining […]

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Ekrem Memnun to take charge of Turkey

By FIBA Europe.

Ekrem Memnun has been tasked with continuing the rise to prominence of Turkey as a global basketball power after being handed the reins for EuroBasket Women 2015.

Having made history last year by taking the first-ever Turkish club to the EuroLeague Women title with Galatasaray odeabank, the play-caller will now face the challenge of sustaining the momentum for the national team.

And, his predecessor and current Adana Botas head coach, Ceyhun Yildizoglu could prove a tough act to follow.

The outgoing head coach delivered a first ever EuroBasket Women Final in 2011, an historic maiden Olympic Final appearance at London 2012, bronze at EuroBasket Women 2013 and a last four spot in their debut outing at the FIBA World Championship for Women last year.

“We have a very successful national team,” conceded Memnun during his unveiling to the Turkish media at the Abdi Ipekci Arena.

“Our task is to do even better and demonstrate that this success is sustainable.”

“This is the start of a new period in my life,” he added.

Turkey will be one of the frontrunners to make the podium at EuroBasket Women 2015 and it may be the case that Memnun will be able to persuade national team leader Nevriye Yilmaz to step out in Hungary and Romania.

He is certainly well placed to do so, since he has the legend in his locker room at club level with Galatasaray.

Turkey have been drawn in Group B for EuroBasket Women and will head to Oradea for the first phase where they will tussle with Belarus, Greece, Italy and Poland.

“The goal for both of our national teams this summer is to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games,” declared Director of Sport, Barbaros Akkaş, after introducing Memnun.

“Our Senior Women’s national team has drawn the world’s attention with its successes in recent years.

“I wish him every success.”

However, before Memnun can concentrate on his new role, he must firstly focus on trying to maintain a successful defence of Galatasaray’s EuroLeague Women crown, with their hopes of making the play-offs still balanced on a knife-edge.

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Alba Torrens wins second FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year gong https://www.talkbasket.net/13238-alba-torrens-wins-second-fiba-europe-womens-player-of-the-year-gong https://www.talkbasket.net/13238-alba-torrens-wins-second-fiba-europe-womens-player-of-the-year-gong#respond Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:52:53 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=13238 By FIBA Europe For the second time in her young career, Alba Torrens has been named FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year. The 25-year-old has repeated her success of 2011, once more winning out in the combined voting of fans and an expert panel. Additionally, the Spanish wing player won FIBA Europe Young Women’s Player of […]

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Alba Torrens wins second FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year gong

By FIBA Europe

For the second time in her young career, Alba Torrens has been named FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year.

The 25-year-old has repeated her success of 2011, once more winning out in the combined voting of fans and an expert panel.

Additionally, the Spanish wing player won FIBA Europe Young Women’s Player of the Year in 2009.

Torrens’ first major achievement of 2014 came in April when she played an integral role in earning Galatasaray odeabank their maiden EuroLeague Women title, being named as MVP of the Final Eight in Ekaterinburg.

Similar successes awaited her on the domestic scene, with Galatasaray odeabank completing their stellar season by defeating arch rivals Fenerbahce in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League finals.

Success followed Torrens into the summer when she switched to a national team vest for the FIBA World Championship for Women, entering the All-Star Five as the second-best scorer (15.5 points per game) on the silver-medal winning Spanish team.

“In 2014 Alba Torrens distinguished herself as one of the world’s truly elite basketball players,” FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel said. “After leading Galatasaray odeabank to championships in both EuroLeague Women and the Turkish Women’s Basketball League, at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women she showcased her skills on the biggest stage and lifted Spain to an historic silver medal. I congratulate Alba on this well-deserved honour.”

“Despite her young age, Alba has shown herself to be amongst the best of the elite women’s players not only in Europe, but also further abroad,” observed FIBA Regional Director Europe Kamil Novak, adding, “with so many years of basketball playing ahead of her, I will not be surprised to see her continuing to win such accolades.”

Runner-up to Torrens was national team-mate Sancho Lyttle, who won the same title twelve months previous. On that occasion it was Torrens who finished second. Coming third in the rankings was Serbia’s Ana Dabovic.

The announcement follows up on another Spaniard, Angela Salvadores being named as Young Women’s Player of the Year and Croatia’s Dario Saric as the Young Men’s Player of the Year. The Men’s Player of the Year will be announced on Wednesday.

 

FIBA EUROPE WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2014 – FINAL VOTING  

PLAYER FAN VOTING EXPERT VOTING ACCUMULATED RANKING*
Alba Torrens 8971 340 0.2558
Sancho Lyttle 8522 218 0.1741
Ana Dabovic 9535 123 0.1155
Sandrine Gruda 4447 137 0.1061
Isil Alben 17834 41 0.0920
Yelena Leuchanka 10170 48 0.0686
Celine Dumerc 5745 60 0.0603
Lara Sanders 7021 40 0.0519
Alina Iagupova 3444 42 0.0401
Evgenia Belyakova 6453 18 0.0354

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Dubljevic not thinking of Rio but of solid finish https://www.talkbasket.net/12805-dubljevic-not-thinking-of-rio-but-of-solid-finish-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/12805-dubljevic-not-thinking-of-rio-but-of-solid-finish-2#respond Sun, 04 Jan 2015 11:16:31 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=12805 If the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro were to make the Rio Olympics next year, it would be marked as one of women’s basketball’s great stories. Only gaining independence in 2006, Montenegro have had to rebuild and restructure their programme. With forward Jelena Dubljevic on the roster, that hasn’t been a problem. While Montenegro so […]

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Dubljevic not thinking of Rio but of solid finish

If the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro were to make the Rio Olympics next year, it would be marked as one of women’s basketball’s great stories.

Only gaining independence in 2006, Montenegro have had to rebuild and restructure their programme.

With forward Jelena Dubljevic on the roster, that hasn’t been a problem.

While Montenegro so far have not learned what life is like on the world stage just yet, they are definitely quick learners. In 2009, they cemented their spot in Group A [the main qualifying group] of the European women’s basketball zone by finishing a perfect 12-0 in Division B.

At the first attempt, the newcomers qualified and finished sixth at Eurobasket Women 2011, with Dubljevic averaging 13.9 points and 7.1 rebounds a game. The Balkans were no doubt the surprise package of the tournament and despite narrowly missing out on the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for London 2012, they proved to be no pushovers.

Two years later, Dubljevic led Montenegro in scoring [17.7] and rebounds [7.5], only this time the Montenegrins could only reach the second round.

This year though, Dubljevic, appearing in her third Eurobasket will have a second bite of the Olympic cherry, as Eurobasket Women is one of the gateways to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But with 2013 runners-up France, the experienced Czech Republic plus two rising nations in Ukraine and co-hosts Romania housed with Montenegro, the 27-year-old knows it’ll be tough.

A trip to Brazil though is not on the USK Prague star’s mind.

“We do not need to think much about the opponents, because we also have our strong points and the opportunity to achieve the stated objectives,” Dubljevic said to FIBAEurope

“We have experience with the previous two championships and I believe we have unearthed some lessons and so we can go to win in every game – no matter who the opponent.

“We must have a goal and that is to achieve a better placing than last time and we also have to imagine that we want the impossible.”

Montenegro begins their Eurobasket Women campaign on June 11 against the Czech Republic in the Romanian city of Timisoara.

We have received no easy group,” Dubljevic said.

“France were runners-up in Europe and it is needless to waste words on the quality of their team. Ukraine are excellent and we know this after the challenge we faced against them in qualifying this past summer; they are a very dangerous and high-quality team.

“Czech Republic are a regular participant at Eurobasket Women and the FIBA world championship for women, while it will not be easy against Romania considering they are one of the hosts of the championship.”

It’ll be tough for Montenegro as another Olympic gateway inches closer, but with players like Dubljevic and Iva Perovanovic on the roster, another great Olympic chapter could be written.

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Wisla set new attendance record for a women’s game https://www.talkbasket.net/12517-wisla-set-new-attendance-record-for-a-womens-game https://www.talkbasket.net/12517-wisla-set-new-attendance-record-for-a-womens-game#respond Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:22:09 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=12517 Polish side Wisla Can Pack set a new attendance record for women’s basketball last night as 12,990 fans saw them lose out to Galatasaray 64-53 at the Krakow Arena. The Polish side made their mark after opting to play their record-breaking game at Krakow Arena instead of their usual venue of Hala TS Wisla. The crowd of […]

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Wisla set new attendance record for a women’s game

Polish side Wisla Can Pack set a new attendance record for women’s basketball last night as 12,990 fans saw them lose out to Galatasaray 64-53 at the Krakow Arena.

The Polish side made their mark after opting to play their record-breaking game at Krakow Arena instead of their usual venue of Hala TS Wisla.

The crowd of 12,990 beats the previous attendance record set in Kayseri in March 2013, where 11,000 fans watched Dynamo Moscow beat Kayseri Spor in the Eurocup Women Final.

The previous Euroleague Women’s attendance record was set in December 2013 in Kosice when Good Angels lost 77-61 to Bourges Basket.

Below is a list of the most-attended European women’s basketball games:

Krakow EuroLeague Women Regular Season December, 2014 12,990
Kayseri EuroCup Women Final March, 2013 11,000
Riga EuroBasket Women Quarter-Final Latvia-Russia June, 2009 8,800
Kosice EuroLeague Women Regular Season December, 2013 8,597
Istanbul EuroLeague Women Final Eight March, 2012 8,500
Kosice EuroLeague Women Regular Season November, 2013 7,855
Valencia EuroLeague Women Final March, 2010 7,800
Kosice EuroLeague Women Regular Season November, 2007 7,120

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U.S wins second straight world title by beating Spain https://www.talkbasket.net/11448-u-s-wins-second-straight-world-title-by-beating-spain https://www.talkbasket.net/11448-u-s-wins-second-straight-world-title-by-beating-spain#respond Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:12:23 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11448 World champions USA retained their title after rolling to a 77-64 triumph against Spain in the Final of the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul on Sunday. Geno Auriemma and his team eased their way to a fourth title success in five outings at the event, with the outcome never looking to […]

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U.S wins second straight world title by beating Spain

World champions USA retained their title after rolling to a 77-64 triumph against Spain in the Final of the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul on Sunday.

Geno Auriemma and his team eased their way to a fourth title success in five outings at the event, with the outcome never looking to be in serious doubt once the USA got off to a flying start.

They were able to showcase their outstanding depth and talent from the outset, with Maya Moore dominating the early exchanges. The MVP of the WNBA regular season showed her quality with eight quick-fire points, as the USA wasted little time in carving out a double-digit lead at 15-5.

That had Spain head coach Lucas Mondelo calling a quick timeout, but he couldn’t stop the bleeding and with the USA getting the looks they wanted from most areas of the floor, he found his team down by 11 points heading into the second quarter.

Matters deteriorated further for first-time finalists Spain as Moore, who has played for Mondelo at club level for the last two season in China, kept her foot on the gas to score 16 points by the time the first-half had elapsed.

The EuroBasket Women 2013 winners headed to the locker rooms trailing 48-29 and their problems compounded by marquee forward Sancho Lyttle having picked up three fouls, while Diana Taurasi had showed some sublime passing skills for the champions with seven assists.

Any prospect of Spain reeling back the USA also hinged on getting their Semi-Final hero Alba Torrens into the game. After racking up 28 points against Turkey to get her team to a historic Final appearance, she was scoreless at the break after being well-shackled.

As Spain began to tread water when play resumed, Torrens finally came alive with 10 points during the third period, but the USA continued to engage cruise control and ended the quarter with Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Tina Charles all into double-digits along with Moore.

That level of depth in terms of scoring, combined with some terrific defense, allowed the USA to head into the final quarter up 67-48 and on course for a record-breaking Final victory.

However, Spain produced a late rally and played with great pride to avoid an unwanted role in another glorious USA women’s basketball chapter.

They held their opponents to just 10 points over the closing 10 minutes to reduce the final margin and finish on a high note – having already improved on their third-place finish four years ago in Czech Republic.

Maya Moore was named world championship MVP and joined, Britney Griner, Spain’s Alba Torrens and Sancho Lyttle plus Australia’s Penny Taylor in the All-Tournament five.

Aussies power their way to bronze; rout Turkey

Australia destroyed hosts Turkey 74-44 to win bronze in Istanbul.

In a one-sided game throughout, the Opals scored the game’s first 17 points and never looked back from there.

Marianna Tolo had 21 points for the Australians.

Source: FIBA

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Spain and U.S. meet in world championship final https://www.talkbasket.net/11443-spain-and-u-s-meet-in-world-championship-final https://www.talkbasket.net/11443-spain-and-u-s-meet-in-world-championship-final#respond Sun, 05 Oct 2014 08:55:46 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11443 It’s the final we were all expecting in the FIBA World Cup, but instead it will be the climax at the FIBA world championship for women on Sunday as both teams advanced from their respective semi-finals. Spain put the hosts Turkey to the sword by beating them 66-56 in the first semi-final thanks to a […]

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Spain and U.S. meet in world championship final

It’s the final we were all expecting in the FIBA World Cup, but instead it will be the climax at the FIBA world championship for women on Sunday as both teams advanced from their respective semi-finals.

Spain put the hosts Turkey to the sword by beating them 66-56 in the first semi-final thanks to a strong fourth quarter showing. Alba Torrens, who has been reasonably quiet by her high standards led all scorers for the European champions with 28 points.

Lara Sanders and Nevriye Yilmaz both led Turkey with 18 points.

They will meet the United States in the final after they defeated Australia 82-70 in the second semi-final.

Though the Opals battled away in the second half of play, the Americans did their damage in the second quarter, as they turned a slender 19-16 lead into a 42-30 advantage at half-time and from there, the Aussies were always playing catch up.

Tina Charles led the USA with 18 points.

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FIBA world championships for women, quarter-final round up https://www.talkbasket.net/11434-fiba-world-championships-for-women-quarter-final-round-up https://www.talkbasket.net/11434-fiba-world-championships-for-women-quarter-final-round-up#respond Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:55:38 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11434 The FIBA world championships for women has reached the quarter-final stages with the final game just two days away. Australia 63-52 Canada Australia booked the first semi-final spot with a 63-52 win over a stubborn Canada side in Istanbul. The Opals held the Canadians to just 7 points a=in the second quarter as they took […]

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FIBA world championships for women, quarter-final round up

The FIBA world championships for women has reached the quarter-final stages with the final game just two days away.

Australia 63-52 Canada

Australia booked the first semi-final spot with a 63-52 win over a stubborn Canada side in Istanbul.

The Opals held the Canadians to just 7 points a=in the second quarter as they took control of the game. They were pegged back in the final period, but held on for the win.

Erin Phillips led the Aussies with 16 points in the win.

Spain 71-55 China

Spain comfortably saw off China 71-55 in the second quarter-final of the day in a devastating   first half display that saw the Spaniards lead 35-17.

From there, China were always playing catch-up to the European champions.

Sancho Lyttle led Spain with 24 points.

Turkey 62-61 Serbia

Hosts Turkey squeezed past Serbia 62-61 as a bucket from Tamara Radcaj in the final seconds proved not to be enough for the win.

Lara Sanders was outstanding for the hosts, as she scored 14 points and pulled down an astonishing 19 rebounds in the win.

USA 94-72 France

USA gained revenge for their loss to France in the warm-ups by beating them 94-72 to ease into the semi-finals.

The result wasn’t in any doubt from the first quarter, as the Americans raced out to a 29-14 lead and rarely looked in any trouble.

Britney Griner led the U.S with 17 points.

Semi-final line-up:

Australia vs USA

Turkey vs Spain

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FIBA world championships for women round up (QF qualification) https://www.talkbasket.net/11414-fiba-world-championships-for-women-round-up-qf-qualification https://www.talkbasket.net/11414-fiba-world-championships-for-women-round-up-qf-qualification#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:42:12 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11414 The FIBA world championships for women has a quarter-final line up after the qualification rounds for the last eight were determined. The teams that finished first in their respective groups automatically advanced to the quarters, while the teams that finished second and third battled it out to join them.  Belarus 67-72 China  China came from […]

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FIBA world championships for women round up (QF qualification)

The FIBA world championships for women has a quarter-final line up after the qualification rounds for the last eight were determined. The teams that finished first in their respective groups automatically advanced to the quarters, while the teams that finished second and third battled it out to join them. 

Belarus 67-72 China 

China came from behind to record a 72-67 win over Belarus as the Asian giants now face European champions Spain in the quarter-finals. 

Leading by 13 early in the final period, the Belarussians looked in total control, but the determined Chinese kept pushing and were rewarded as a 17-2 run turned the game on its head and ultimately knocked out Belarus both mentally and in the tournament.

Ting Shao led China with 23 points, the only Chinese player in double figures for scoring. Tatsiana Likhtarovich led Belarus with 20 points, while Leuchanka ended up one assist short of a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.

Serbia 86-79 Cuba

Serbia will make its first appearance in a world championship quarter-final for women after beating Cuba 86-79.

Despite defeat, the Cubans can hang their heads up high after a spirited display that saw start the brighter of the two but unfortunately fade as the match progressed.

Ana Dabovic led Serbia with 21 points with Marlen Cepeda’s 18 points not enough for the plucky Cubans.

Serbia will now face hosts Turkey in the quarter-finals.

Czech Republic 71-91 Canada

Canada have reached their first world quarter-final in 20 years after comfortably beating Czech Republic 91-71.

Kim Gaucher led the Canadians with 17 points and 7 rebounds as the Czechs posed little trouble as they will get ready to face Australia in the last eight.

France shut down Brazil in the second quarter, en route to 61-48 win as Les Bleus now prepare for an London 2012 Olympic gold medal rematch with the USA in the quarters.

Brazil were held to just five points in the second quarter as France’s slender first period lead of 12-10 turned into 26-15 and from there, they never looked back.

Sandrine Gruda led France with 17 points.

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FIBA world championships for women round up (day 3) https://www.talkbasket.net/11401-fiba-world-championships-for-women-round-up-day-3 https://www.talkbasket.net/11401-fiba-world-championships-for-women-round-up-day-3#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:23:48 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11401 The final day of group play at the FIBA world championships for women with the top-placed teams gaining automatic qualification to the quarter-finals, leaving the teams finishing second or third needing to qualify for the last eight. Group A A game-high 27 points from Patricia Teixeira and a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds […]

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FIBA world championships for women round up (day 3)

The final day of group play at the FIBA world championships for women with the top-placed teams gaining automatic qualification to the quarter-finals, leaving the teams finishing second or third needing to qualify for the last eight.

Group A

A game-high 27 points from Patricia Teixeira and a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds from Erika Souza earned Brazil a 79-56 win over Japan to qualify in third and eliminate the Asian side.

Spain qualified as group winners as the European champions comfortably beat Czech Republic 67-43 to finish 3-0, and leave the Czechs settling for second spot. Both teams had qualified before the final day of group play.

Group B

Hosts Turkey qualify as group winners following a 64-54 win on the final day over Mozambique who are eliminated with three losses out of three.

Saziye Ivegin led with 13 points in what was a balanced scoring attack for the Turks who were pegged back a little in the final quarter but rarely troubled.

France finished the group in second with a 63-59 win over Canada who ended up in third.

Sandrine Gruda led the French with 13 points in what was a hard-fought contest throughout.

Group C

Australia put Belarus to the sword to finish the group 3-0 following an 87-45 win.

The Opals were never tested in any of the three games as they progress to the quarter-finals and await the winner of the Canada-Czech Republic game. Belarus finish Group C in second spot.

Cuba collected the third and final slot from the group following a convincing 73-57 win over Korea who are eliminated.

An impressive 16 points and 17 rebounds from Marlen Cepeda led the Cubans to victory.

Group D

USA comfortably advanced from Group D as winners after they overpowered Angola 119-44. Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Americans as they ease into the last eight. Angola go home with a 0-3 record.

Serbia finish second in the group after edging China 65-63. The Asian side finish in third. Tamara Radocaj led the Serbians with 19 points.

Classification games for QF

Belarus vs China (winner to face Spain)

Serbia vs Cuba (winner to face Turkey)

Czech Republic vs Canada (winner to face Australia)

France vs Brazil (winner to face USA)

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FIBA world championships for women round up (day 2) https://www.talkbasket.net/11377-fiba-world-championships-for-women-round-up-day-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/11377-fiba-world-championships-for-women-round-up-day-2#respond Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:49:46 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11377 It’s day two of the FIBA world championships for women in Turkey and a chance for the teams that lost their opening encounters to fight back in this already vital stage. Group A Czech Republic 71-57 Japan Czech Republic went 2-0 in Group A after beating winless Japan 71-57 in Ankara. The Czechs narrowly led […]

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FIBA world championships for women round up (day 2)

It’s day two of the FIBA world championships for women in Turkey and a chance for the teams that lost their opening encounters to fight back in this already vital stage.

Group A

Czech Republic 71-57 Japan

Czech Republic went 2-0 in Group A after beating winless Japan 71-57 in Ankara.

The Czechs narrowly led 53-51 after three quarters until they raced away in the final quarter by holding the Japanese to just 6 points as they secured a comfortable win.

Petra Kulichova led the Czechs with 19 points and 9 rebounds in a fantastic personal haul. Michiko Miyamoto had 16 for Japan.

Spain 83-56 Brazil

Spain shrugged off a woeful first quarter to beat Brazil 83-56 to leave the two European sides to play for top spot in Group A.

Alba Torrens and Sancho Lyttle again dominated for the Spanish as they both amassed 15 points, the latter also grabbing 13 rebounds for the winners.

Group B

France 89-45 Mozambique

France got back to winning ways by beating Mozambique 89-45 as they move to 1-1 in the group.

It was a routine win for Les Bleus. They led 20-13 after the first and went on to take a 47-21 half-time lead en route to collecting their first victory.

Sandrine Gruda led the French with 19 points.

Canada 44-55 Turkey

Turkey left it until the final quarter, but in a intense, defence-focused battle, they outlasted Canada 55-44 in Ankara.

In a game that was gridlocked at 31-31 after three quarters, the hosts finally found a weakness as they wore down a stubborn Canadian side for the win.

Lara Sanders led Turkey with 18 points.

Group C

Australia 87-54 Korea

Australia have yet to be tested in Group C after they comfortably defeated Korea 87-54 in Istanbul.

Led by Laura Hodges’ 14 points, the Opals led 25-9 after the first quarter and never looked back as they were too strong for the Koreans, who drop to 0-2.

Belarus 70-69 Cuba

Belarus were staring defeat in the face until a three from Katsiaryna Snytsina with 14 seconds remaining spared the blushes and gave the European side a 70-69 win over Cuba.

Cuba drop to 0-2 and will be utterly devastated that they didn’t come away with a win after leading for so long but failing to capitalise on their chances when it mattered.

An impressive double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds from Yelena Leuchenka paced the now 2-0 Belarussians to victory.

Group D

Angola 39-65 China

China responded after their defeat to the USA with a resounding 65-39 demolition of undersized Angola.

The Asian side go 1-1 with this win as Shao Ting’s 14 points led the Chinese to victory.

USA 94-74 Serbia

After the first quarter, Serbia’s women were showing their male counterparts how it should be done against the Americans.

Then the USA woke up and ended up beating the Serbians 94-74 as the holders remain unbeaten at 2-0 in Group D.

Diana Taurasi led the U.S. with 20 points, supported by Maya Moore’s 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists.

 

 

 

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FIBA world championships for women round up (day 1) https://www.talkbasket.net/11363-fiba-world-championships-for-women-round-up-day-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/11363-fiba-world-championships-for-women-round-up-day-1#respond Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:58:29 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11363 The 2014 FIBA world championships for women is underway with Istanbul and Ankara playing host to the best of women’s basketball for nine days. Here is the round up for the first day. Group A Japan 50-74 Spain European champions Spain got their world championship campaign off to a winning start as they defeated Japan […]

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FIBA world championships for women round up (day 1)

The 2014 FIBA world championships for women is underway with Istanbul and Ankara playing host to the best of women’s basketball for nine days. Here is the round up for the first day.

Group A

Japan 50-74 Spain

European champions Spain got their world championship campaign off to a winning start as they defeated Japan 74-50 in Ankara.

The Spaniards led 21-13 after the first quarter and after the half-time break, raced away by holding the Asians to just 4 points to lead 64-32 and put the game beyond reach.

A double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds from Sancho Lyttle helped Spain to victory, helped by 14 from Alba Torrens.

Brazil 55-68 Czech Republic

Czech Republic led by 10 after the first quarter and never looked back as they beat Brazil 68-55 in the group’s final encounter.

Alena Hanusova led the victors with 15 points as the Czechs look to emulate their 2010 form that saw them reach the final. They looked good against Brazil and after leading 17-7 at the end of the first quarter, the game already looked over.

Group B

Mozambique 54-69 Canada

Canada overcame a stubborn Mozambique side 69-54 in Ankara to get Group B off and running.

Miah-Marie Langlois, Kim Gaucher and Tamara Tatham all led Canada with 11 points.

Turkey 50-48 France

Hosts Turkey were made to sweat when Celine Dumerc had an open jumper to take the game to overtime. But she missed it and the Turks came away with a 50-48 win in Ankara.

France know that this got away from them as they led comfortably 27-17 at half-time, where they held the hosts to just 3 points in the second. Turkey came back though and earned the win.

Lara Sanders led the Turks with 13 points.

Group C

Cuba 57-90 Australia

Australia got their world championship campaign started by comfortably beating Cuba 90-57 in Istanbul.

The Opals led their Cuban counterparts 23-6 after the first period, and held them again to single digits in the third quarter en route to an easy win.

Penny Taylor was outstanding for Australia, leading them with 20 points overall.

Korea 64-70 Belarus

Belarus got their expected 70-64 win over Korea, but they were made to work hard for their Group C opener in Istanbul.

The Koreans got off to a flyer by leading 23-11 on the back of a quarter-ending 12-0 run. The Belarussians though fought back to hold their Asian counterparts to just 7 points in the second quarter to take a slender 32-30 lead at the break.

From there, the experience of the European side told and they ran out winners by holding their nerve down the stretch.

Katsiaryna Snytsina led Belarus with 17 points.

Group D

Serbia 102-42 Angola

Serbia routed poor Angola 102-42 in Istanbul in a game that was over after the first period.

The Europeans led 46-18 at half-time and it got easier from there, as Serbia pure size and sharp passing got the job done against the hard-working but smaller Angolan team.

Jelana Milovanovic led the Serbs with 16 points.

China 56-87 USA

China competed with the USA for two quarters, but a 21-8 third quarter saw the holders beat the stubborn Asians 87-56 in the final game in Istanbul.

Maya Moore and Britney Griner both led the U.S. with 15 points with the latter also getting four blocks.

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Mini guide to 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women https://www.talkbasket.net/11357-mini-guide-to-2014-fiba-world-championship-for-women https://www.talkbasket.net/11357-mini-guide-to-2014-fiba-world-championship-for-women#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:08:12 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11357 The FIBA World Cup concluded nearly a fortnight ago with the USA continuing their dominance in Spain. Now it’s the time of the women to take center stage in Turkey as the world championships get underway on Saturday. The American ladies will be looking to retain the title that they won in 2010 in the […]

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Mini guide to 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women

The FIBA World Cup concluded nearly a fortnight ago with the USA continuing their dominance in Spain. Now it’s the time of the women to take center stage in Turkey as the world championships get underway on Saturday. The American ladies will be looking to retain the title that they won in 2010 in the Czech Republic.

With the USA’s dominance in the game, the world is hoping for a different nation on top of the podium on October 5 in Istanbul. The hopes were backed up by hard evidence that this year’s American side can be beaten as they succumbed to the Olympic silver-medalists France 76-72 earlier this week in Paris.

But all the pre-world championship warm-ups won’t mean a thing when Saturday comes along. That’s when the real business starts. And here’s our mini guide to this year’s world championship for women.

BIG 5

USA

Despite their loss to the French, the United States remains favourites to retain their world crown. A team stacked with talent in every position and enough depth to see them through tough encounters, it’ll take a brave, brave person to bet against the U.S. reaching the final.

SPAIN

The European champions will be full of confidence and they will fancy their chances of progression from the group stages as the Czech Republic look to be their only real challenge in the first days of the competition.

AUSTRALIA

No Lauren Jackson and no Liz Cambage due to injury but the Aussies still have a lot of great talent in their team. Like the USA, the Opals have strength in depth and have a good group that also houses Cuba, Korea and Belarus so the Aussies will fancy themselves to go far in Turkey.

FRANCE

Olympic and European runners-up France will have a strong roster when they start their world championship campaign. Celine Dumerc and Sandrine Gruda will lead Les Bleus as look to better their male counterparts bronze medal effort in Spain.

TURKEY

The hosts will look to impress on their home court and hope to do one better than the hosts before them in 2010. The Czech Republic’s road to the silver medal four years ago was great for the sport in the country and the Turks’ great record in international events will hopefully look to continue. They are in a tricky group that includes France and Canada but with home court advantage on their side. Turkey will be a favourite to advance.

DARK HORSES

CZECH REPUBLIC

The 2010 runners-up will probably not be the force that they were in 2010, but they have shown great team chemistry in the warm-up phase and will be a test for anyone.

CANADA

The Canadian women have always been stiff opposition for any nation. Lizanne Murphy and Shona Thorburn are the veteran leaders but they will have their work cut out against the hosts and the French in the first round.

BELARUS

Belarus is a team loaded with height and a strong work ethic. They play Korea first and will look to build on what should be an expected win. Their true test will come against Australia in the third and final group game.

CHINA

China is an extremely skillful and quick unit but will be fighting for second place in the group as they are drawn with the Americans.

AND THE REST…

ANGOLA

Plenty of tournament experience, but lack height and strength against the big nations.

SERBIA

Serbia shocked everyone with their performance at Eurobasket Women last year, but while they will compete in Turkey with nothing to lose, they might struggle.

BRAZIL

A good line-up, but with an eager Czech Republic side and European champions Spain in the same group, the South Americans will need to bring their A-game to Ankara.

CUBA

Cuba exciting to watch and love to get out in transition, but will be worn down against the likes of Australia and Belarus.

KOREA

A nation that is full of heart but lacks a true leader on the court. Their game against Cuba should be exciting to watch as like Cuba, Korea love to play transition basketball.

JAPAN

A good three-point shooting team but a limited inside presence, equaled by poor defence will be the Japanese downfall, especially against skilled nations like Brazil, Czech Republic and Spain.

MOZAMBIQUE

Easily the weakest team in the tournament. Plenty of heart and that fun to watch African pride, but in a tough group and one win will be considered a miracle.

GROUP A 

Brazil; Czech Republic; Japan; Spain.

GROUP B 

Canada; France; Mozambique; Turkey.

GROUP C 

Australia; Belarus; Cuba; Korea.

GROUP D 

Angola; China; Serbia; USA.

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The Phoenix Mercury clinch WNBA title https://www.talkbasket.net/11186-the-phoenix-mercury-clinch-wnba-title https://www.talkbasket.net/11186-the-phoenix-mercury-clinch-wnba-title#respond Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:26:28 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11186 The Phoenix Mercury clinched the WNBA title for the 2013/2014 season. The favorites swept the Final series against Chicago Sky 3-0 after an 87-82 win on September 12th. Both teams scored 22 points in the first period, while Phoenix Mercury grabbed 2-point lead at the half-time after a 23-21 rally in the second period. Chicago […]

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The Phoenix Mercury clinch WNBA title

The Phoenix Mercury clinched the WNBA title for the 2013/2014 season. The favorites swept the Final series against Chicago Sky 3-0 after an 87-82 win on September 12th.

Both teams scored 22 points in the first period, while Phoenix Mercury grabbed 2-point lead at the half-time after a 23-21 rally in the second period.

Chicago stayed tough as Courtney Vandersloot cut Phoenix’s lead to 77-74. Penny Taylor made both free throws with 9.3 seconds left for the final score.

Candice Dupree and Diana Taurasi top-scored for the winners with 24 points each, while DeWanna Bonner had 12 points and Penny Taylor added 11 for the Mercury.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and Allie Quigley had 19 for the Sky.

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Phoenix Mercury lead the series against Chicago Sky https://www.talkbasket.net/11170-phoenix-mercury-lead-the-series-against-chicago-sky https://www.talkbasket.net/11170-phoenix-mercury-lead-the-series-against-chicago-sky#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:02:00 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11170 Phoenix Mercury lead the series against Chicago Sky as they posted two victories in the Final series. In Game 1 Phoenix Mercury had an easy 83-62 win as they exploded with a 27-12 surge in the second frame. Dupree stepped up with 26 points and Taurasi added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Fowles replied with […]

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Phoenix Mercury lead the series against Chicago Sky

Phoenix Mercury lead the series against Chicago Sky as they posted two victories in the Final series.

In Game 1 Phoenix Mercury had an easy 83-62 win as they exploded with a 27-12 surge in the second frame. Dupree stepped up with 26 points and Taurasi added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Fowles replied with 19 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

In Game 2 Brittney Griner scored 19 points as Phoenix Mercury celebrated a 97-68 victory.  Diana Taurasi added 18 and the Phoenix Mercury made it two straight routs in the WNBA Final.  Elena Delle Donne led the Sky with 22 points.

The 2014 WNBA Finals now turn to Chicago where the Sky will host Game 3 on Friday night.

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Sandrine Gruda comes back to UMMC https://www.talkbasket.net/11103-sandrine-gruda-comes-back-to-ummc https://www.talkbasket.net/11103-sandrine-gruda-comes-back-to-ummc#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:40:22 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=11103 Sandrine Gruda comes back to UMMC after a summer with Los Angeles Sparks. UMMC keep French International Sandrine Gruda as the player signed the extension for two years in 2013. Gruda played this summer at Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA). In 36 games she recorded 3.9ppg and 3.1rpg. The last season Gruda played at UMMC Ekaterinburg. […]

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Sandrine Gruda comes back to UMMC

Sandrine Gruda comes back to UMMC after a summer with Los Angeles Sparks. UMMC keep French International Sandrine Gruda as the player signed the extension for two years in 2013.

Gruda played this summer at Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA). In 36 games she recorded 3.9ppg and 3.1rpg. The last season Gruda played at UMMC Ekaterinburg. In 19 games she averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg. She helped them to win the league title and the cup.

Earlier the Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks announced a trade, where the Sparks received the rights to Sandrine Gruda who they signed, and the Sun received the 11th pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft along with a 2015 second round draft pick.

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Chicago join Phoenix in WNBA Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/10997-chicago-join-phoenix-in-wnba-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/10997-chicago-join-phoenix-in-wnba-finals#respond Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:30:21 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=10997 Chicago join Phoenix in WNBA Finals as they overcame Indiana Fever in the decisive third game. Chicago grabbed a 75-62 win as Allie Quigley 24 points to lead her squad. Fowles scored 17 points and Prince added 11. Zellous replied within 16 points in the losing effort. Yesterday Phoenix Mercury advanced to the WNBA Finals […]

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Chicago join Phoenix in WNBA Finals

Chicago join Phoenix in WNBA Finals as they overcame Indiana Fever in the decisive third game. Chicago grabbed a 75-62 win as Allie Quigley 24 points to lead her squad. Fowles scored 17 points and Prince added 11. Zellous replied within 16 points in the losing effort.

Yesterday Phoenix Mercury advanced to the WNBA Finals after a decisive 96-78 win over Minnesota Lynx. The Mercury won the series 2-1 and headed to the Finals.

The Sky heads to Phoenix for Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday, September 7.

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Phoenix Mercury advanced to the WNBA Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/10972-phoenix-mercury-advanced-to-the-wnba-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/10972-phoenix-mercury-advanced-to-the-wnba-finals#respond Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:42:16 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=10972 Phoenix Mercury advanced to the WNBA Finals after a decisive 96-78 win over Minnesota Lynx. The Mercury won the series 2-1 and headed to the Finals. Taurasi scored 31 points, while Brittney Griner had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists for Phoenix. DeWanna Bonner and Candice Dupree each added 14 for the Mercury. Seimone […]

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Phoenix Mercury advanced to the WNBA Finals

Phoenix Mercury advanced to the WNBA Finals after a decisive 96-78 win over Minnesota Lynx. The Mercury won the series 2-1 and headed to the Finals. Taurasi scored 31 points, while Brittney Griner had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists for Phoenix. DeWanna Bonner and Candice Dupree each added 14 for the Mercury. Seimone Augustus had 13 of her 21 points in the losing effort.

Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 86-84 in two overtimes to tie the Semifinal series at 1-1. The Sky rallied from 14 points down in Game 1 before falling to the Fever 77-70. In their latest game, Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points to help the Sky.

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Nadezhda bolster the roster https://www.talkbasket.net/10939-nadezhda-bolster-the-roster https://www.talkbasket.net/10939-nadezhda-bolster-the-roster#respond Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:53:53 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=10939 Nadezhda bolster the roster and announced four more new players. Nadezhda Orenburg landed Natalia Vieru. She has played for the last two years at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (PBL). In 24 games she averaged 12.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.9bpg last season. Nadezhda Orenburg added to their roster Elena Volkova. She played last season at Dynamo […]

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Nadezhda bolster the roster

Nadezhda bolster the roster and announced four more new players.

Nadezhda Orenburg landed Natalia Vieru. She has played for the last two years at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (PBL). In 24 games she averaged 12.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.9bpg last season.

Nadezhda Orenburg added to their roster Elena Volkova. She played last season at Dynamo Kursk. In 22 games she had 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.3apg. Volkova also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 3.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.

Nadezhda Orenburg also landed Elena Beglova who has played for the last two years at Energy Ivanovo. In 24 games she averaged 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg last season.

Alexandra Kulicheva became the last addition this preseason for the team.

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Czech Republic triumphs at Karlovy Vary International Tournament https://www.talkbasket.net/10861-czech-republic-triumphs-at-karlovy-vary-international-tournament https://www.talkbasket.net/10861-czech-republic-triumphs-at-karlovy-vary-international-tournament#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:42:58 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=10861 Czech Republic Women National Team triumphs at Karlovy Vary International Tournament. They hosts clinched three wins in as many games at the home tourney. In Day 1 Czech Republic overcame South Korea 57:53. Eva Viteckova led the way with 14 points, while Jana Vesela and Petra Kulichova netted 10 each. Kim Jung Eun replied with […]

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Czech Republic triumphs at Karlovy Vary International Tournament

Czech Republic Women National Team triumphs at Karlovy Vary International Tournament. They hosts clinched three wins in as many games at the home tourney.

In Day 1 Czech Republic overcame South Korea 57:53. Eva Viteckova led the way with 14 points, while Jana Vesela and Petra Kulichova netted 10 each. Kim Jung Eun replied with 16 points for the Asian team and Beon Yeonha had 12.

In Day 2 Czech Republic beat Serbia 77:68 as Jana Vesela nailed 15 points to pace the winning side. Ilona Burgrova scored 14 points, while Katerina Elhotova added 11 points for the hosts.

In Day 3 the hosts overcame Canada 55:52 as Eva Viteckova delivered 15 points to lead the winners.  Alena Hanusova provided 13 points, while Jana Vesela added 8 points for the hosts. Tamara Tatham responded with 12 points for Canada.

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Sandy Brondello wins the Coach of the Year honors in WNBA https://www.talkbasket.net/10788-sandy-brondello-wins-the-coach-of-the-year-honors-in-wnba https://www.talkbasket.net/10788-sandy-brondello-wins-the-coach-of-the-year-honors-in-wnba#respond Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:35:41 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=10788 Sandy Brondello wins the Coach of the Year honors in WNBA. Sandy Brondello guided the Phoenix Mercury to the best record in WNBA history. Brondello also won in a landslide, garnering 33 of the 38 votes. Together with UMMC(Russia) as a Coach she extended their Russian basketball dominance. The Ekaterinburg powerhouse claimed the sixth straight […]

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Sandy Brondello wins the Coach of the Year honors in WNBA

Sandy Brondello wins the Coach of the Year honors in WNBA. Sandy Brondello guided the Phoenix Mercury to the best record in WNBA history. Brondello also won in a landslide, garnering 33 of the 38 votes.

Together with UMMC(Russia) as a Coach she extended their Russian basketball dominance. The Ekaterinburg powerhouse claimed the sixth straight PBL title. They overcame Nadezhda 63-58 in Orenburg to complete the sweep of the championship series early in April.

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Galatasaray brings in Queralt Casas https://www.talkbasket.net/10719-galatasaray-brings-in-queralt-casas https://www.talkbasket.net/10719-galatasaray-brings-in-queralt-casas#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:36:29 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=10719 Galatasaray brings in Queralt Casas to the 2014/2015 roster. The 21-year old Spaniard penned deal with the Euroleague champions. The last season Casas played at Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. In 22 games she recorded 10.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg. Casas’ team won Spanish LFB Cup in 2013. She represented Spain at the European Championships in […]

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Galatasaray brings in Queralt Casas

Galatasaray brings in Queralt Casas to the 2014/2015 roster. The 21-year old Spaniard penned deal with the Euroleague champions.

The last season Casas played at Rivas Ecopolis in Spain. In 22 games she recorded 10.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5spg. Casas’ team won Spanish LFB Cup in 2013. She represented Spain at the European Championships in France last year. Casas’ team won Gold and her stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg, 1.0rpg.

Still only 21-years-old, Casas remains one of the most exciting young talents around and has used her lightening quick hands and speed that she demonstrated during her terrific youth career to make an impact at club level.

Earlier Galatasaray announced Jelena Dubljevic, Kelsey Bone and Sebnem Kimyacioglu.

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Botas strengthened their roster with the addition of Evanthia Maltsi https://www.talkbasket.net/10686-botas-strengthened-their-roster-with-the-addition-of-evanthia-maltsi https://www.talkbasket.net/10686-botas-strengthened-their-roster-with-the-addition-of-evanthia-maltsi#respond Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:45:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=10686 Botas strengthened their roster with the addition of Evanthia Maltsi for 2014/2015 season. The Greek player remains in Turkey, however moves to another team. Evanthia Maltsi played most recently at Antakya. In 19 games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg previous season. Maltsi has played professionally in France (Bourges), Spain (Ros […]

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Botas strengthened their roster with the addition of Evanthia Maltsi

Botas strengthened their roster with the addition of Evanthia Maltsi for 2014/2015 season. The Greek player remains in Turkey, however moves to another team.

Evanthia Maltsi played most recently at Antakya. In 19 games she recorded very impressive stats: 19.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg previous season. Maltsi has played professionally in France (Bourges), Spain (Ros Casares, Real Celta Vigo and Mann Filter) and WNBA (Connecticut Sun).

Earlier Botasspor Adana announced 28-year old Quianna Chaney. Chaney played most recently at Canik Bld and in 23 games she averaged 13.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg and 1.6spg previous season. In 2008 she was drafted by Chicago Sky (WNBA) in second round.

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Becky Hammon lands coaching role in San Antonio https://www.talkbasket.net/10109-becky-hammon-lands-coaching-role-in-san-antonio https://www.talkbasket.net/10109-becky-hammon-lands-coaching-role-in-san-antonio#respond Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:23:17 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/?p=10109 San Antonio Spurs have added former Russia international and veteran WNBA player Becky Hammon to their coaching staff. It marks the second time that a female will become part of the coaching staff of an NBA team following Lisa Boyer’s appointment with Cleveland in 2001 as a “volunteer” assistant. Terms of Hammon’s contract were not […]

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Becky Hammon lands coaching role in San Antonio

San Antonio Spurs have added former Russia international and veteran WNBA player Becky Hammon to their coaching staff.

It marks the second time that a female will become part of the coaching staff of an NBA team following Lisa Boyer’s appointment with Cleveland in 2001 as a “volunteer” assistant. Terms of Hammon’s contract were not revealed.

Hammon, a 16-season veteran, with eight of them being with the San Antonio Silver Stars, announced on July 23 that she would retire at the end of the 2014 season.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

Hammon, who retired from international basketball with Russia after the 2012 London Olympics sat out most of last season because of a knee injury. While she was out though, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich invited the point guard to attend team practices.

When the news broke about Hammon’s invitation, Popovich was asked questions about whether women can coach male basketball players.

“I don’t see why not,” he said. “There shouldn’t be any limitations. It’s about talent and the ability to do things. It’s not about what your sex is or your race or anything else.”

Hammon is the Silver Stars’ all-time leader in assists with 1,112 and in 3-point field goals made with 493. She ranks second in franchise history in points (3,442) and games (218), and in 2012, Hammon was the top vote-getter for the Stars’ All-Decade Team.

Named one of the WNBA’s top 15 players of all time in July 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).

The 37-year-old has also won a bronze medal for Russia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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EuroBasket Women 2015 field set https://www.talkbasket.net/8684-eurobasket-women-2015-field-set https://www.talkbasket.net/8684-eurobasket-women-2015-field-set#respond Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:20:03 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8684-eurobasket-women-2015-field-set.html The Eurobasket Women’s qualifying round is over with 11 nations booking their respective places for next year’s event to take place in Hungary and Romania. The group winners and five of the best second placed sides advanced with the games against the teams that finished bottom wiped out. From Group A, Slovak Republic advanced along […]

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EuroBasket Women 2015 field set

The Eurobasket Women’s qualifying round is over with 11 nations booking their respective places for next year’s event to take place in Hungary and Romania.

The group winners and five of the best second placed sides advanced with the games against the teams that finished bottom wiped out.

From Group A, Slovak Republic advanced along with runners up Poland as they saw off challenges from an improving Slovenia side and minnows Luxembourg. The Slovaks were particularly impressive in their 71-55 win over the Poles in the final round of matches.

Lithuania and Great Britain qualified from a tough Group B that featured Belgium and FYR of of Macedonia, who previously competed in tournaments for the small countries. They finished bottom with a 0-6 record.

Great Britain’s qualification was made sweeter knowing that they have done this without any funding from UK Sport, as they failed to meet the targets of a top six finish at Eurobasket Women in 2013.

In Group C, Latvia and Italy came through with the latter beating group winners Latvia in Ragusa to seal their spot. Portugal and Estonia failed to make an significant impact.

Montenegro and Ukraine were comfortable in Group D, finishing first and second respectively ahead of Finland and Germany. Ukraine can take great pride in qualification as they played their home games away from their home country due to the political conflict between themselves and Russia.

Group E saw Russia, who are not used to going through the qualification rounds finish top of a three-team pool with Sweden ending it in second. Netherlands finished bottom with a 0-4 record.

Group F saw Croatia advance undefeated as the lone team. Bulgaria finished second but were unable to match the records of the other five runners-up and they missed out.

Greece advanced via the first qualification rounds with Spain, France, Turkey, Serbia, Belarus and Czech Republic automatically through.

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New Women’s British league announced https://www.talkbasket.net/8630-new-womens-british-league-announced https://www.talkbasket.net/8630-new-womens-british-league-announced#respond Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:33:03 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8630-new-womens-british-league-announced.html The British Basketball League (BBL) and England Basketball are pleased to announce the next stage of developing the women’s game through the launch of the WBBL. Building on the England Basketball National League (EBL) Division One the WBBL will form the top flight of women’s club basketball in the UK from the 2014/15 season. Comprised […]

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New Women’s British league announced

The British Basketball League (BBL) and England Basketball are pleased to announce the next stage of developing the women’s game through the launch of the WBBL. Building on the England Basketball National League (EBL) Division One the WBBL will form the top flight of women’s club basketball in the UK from the 2014/15 season.

Comprised of the existing eight Division One Women’s EBL clubs, along with two newly promoted clubs to bring the league total up to ten, the WBBL will commence at the start of the new season in September 2014. The WBBL will seek to enhance the standard of women’s basketball in the UK both on and off court. By introducing a more commercial and professional outlook to the elite level of women’s basketball and by championing improvement in playing and coaching standards the WBBL aims to continue the upward performance curve that the women’s side of the sport has been enjoying over the past few years.

England Basketball will continue to provide administrative and regulatory support through officials appointments, league discipline and FIBA relations for player clearances while the BBL will provide scheduling and results, marketing, commercial development, rights exploitation and promotion for the WBBL.

Huw Morgan, CEO of England Basketball said, “Growth of the sport across the whole basketball market is something that England Basketball is very passionate about. Providing more girls and women with the chance to continue their journey to the top of the game is essential for both improving the performance of players on court today and creating an aspirational pathway for the players of tomorrow. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the BBL and women’s clubs across the country in making this happen.”

Ed Percival, the BBL Chairman, “Everyone in the BBL is committed to making the WBBL a success. All our Clubs have very significant grassroots development programme, and basketball is a sport that is very attractive to boys and girls. Thus we owe it to our young fans to ensure there is opportunity for young women to follow their dream and become as good as they can. We have seen in countries around the world the improvements on and off the court in women’s basketball, and we felt the time was right to make this investment to grow the game further in the UK. Together with England Basketball we are committed to leveraging our various partnerships and resources to really make a difference to women’s Club basketball.”

Betty Codona, OBE, of City of Sheffield Hatters Women’s Basketball Club said, “This is a very exciting development and will be great for the women’s game. It is a huge step in the right direction for helping to raise the standards of the women’s game on and off the court. We have seen how the Great Britain women’s team has improved immeasurably over the last 6 years or so, and now we want to ensure that improvement continues to be seen at every level starting with the top flight clubs across the UK.”

The new WBBL Clubs

Barking Abbey

LSBU Brixton Topcats

Cardiff Met Archers

Leeds Carnegie

Loughborough Riders

Manchester Mystics

Team Northumbria

Nottingham Wildcats

Sevenoaks Suns

City of Sheffield Hatters

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First Euroleague Championship for Galatasaray https://www.talkbasket.net/8471-first-euroleague-championship-for-galatasaray https://www.talkbasket.net/8471-first-euroleague-championship-for-galatasaray#respond Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8471-first-euroleague-championship-for-galatasaray.html Galatasaray are the 2014 Euroleague Women champions after defeating local rivals Fenerbahce 69-58 in Yekterinburg.   After leading 26-7 at the end of one period, the writing looked to be on the wall for Fenerbahce, who were defending their 18-game unbeaten run in the competition and looking for win number 19 that would give them […]

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First Euroleague Championship for Galatasaray

Galatasaray are the 2014 Euroleague Women champions after defeating local rivals Fenerbahce 69-58 in Yekterinburg.

 

After leading 26-7 at the end of one period, the writing looked to be on the wall for Fenerbahce, who were defending their 18-game unbeaten run in the competition and looking for win number 19 that would give them the title. They fought back though as the game progressed but their Istanbul rivals, based on the European side of the city looked in control throughout. They knew the title was heading their way.

Sancho Lyttle recovered from her ankle injury sustained in the shock semi-final win over UMMC Ekaterinburg to lead Galatasaray with 19 points and 12 rebounds on the night. But it was Sebnem Kimyacioglu who won it with two clutch three-pointers in the fourth to ensure victory, and give Fenerbahce a feeling of déjà vu as they lose a Euroleague Women’s Final for the second straight year.

Alba Torrens was named Euroleague Women Final Eight MVP, mainly due to her showing against UMMC in the semi-finals.

“We knew this game was likely to come down to who made the big shots and even when we had a big lead we knew they were a team capable of coming back and they did,” said Kimyacioglu.

“My coach [Ekrem Memnun] trusted me and put me into the game at an important time.

“In those moments I just found myself free and on the first one, I just laughed to myself when it went in because I don’t think I had made a three in the whole tournament.

“That just gave me the confidence when the next one came along and I guess it’s right to say they were the biggest two shots of my career.”

There was no denying the result though Galatasaray deserved this. They stretched their lead out to 21 points at one point before an Angel McCoughtry-led Fenerbahce fightback pulled it to within 7 points.

Then Kimyacioglu stepped up to hit the biggest shots in her career.

Cappie Pondexter paced Fenerbahce with 18 points. A near perfect season, but tumbled at the final hurdle.

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Fenerbahce have the chance to repeat what they did on April 8 when they face Galatasaray in Sunday’s Euroleague Women’s final. On April 8, Fenerbahce edged their rivals 68-66 and the two Istanbul-based teams will lock horns again for the biggest prize in European women’s club basketball, after Fenerbahce beat Tango Bourges 59-50 in the […]

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Fenerbahce have the chance to repeat what they did on April 8 when they face Galatasaray in Sunday’s Euroleague Women’s final.

On April 8, Fenerbahce edged their rivals 68-66 and the two Istanbul-based teams will lock horns again for the biggest prize in European women’s club basketball, after Fenerbahce beat Tango Bourges 59-50 in the day’s second semi-final.

The majority of orange thunderstick noise-makers and banners from the dejected Ekaterinburg fans had been left and most of the crowd dispersed as most chose not to learn the fate of this semi-final, which will be an Istanbul derby.

Angel McCoughtry led Fenerbahce with 22 points and 10 rebounds as her side held key player Celine Dumerc to just 2 points and they stopped the French side from the perimeter as Bourges went 2/14 from three-point land.

Bourges were led by Endene Miyem’s 12 points.

The game was close until the fourth quarter when Fenerbahce stepped up towards the end by finishing on an 8-0 burst to seal the game, and secure their 18th straight win this season.

They look to go unbeaten for the Euroleague season on Sunday.

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Galatasaray stun Ekaterinburg in semi-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/8467-galatasaray-stun-ekaterinburg-in-semi-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/8467-galatasaray-stun-ekaterinburg-in-semi-finals#respond Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:27:01 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8467-galatasaray-stun-ekaterinburg-in-semi-finals.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/euroleague_women.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

The Euroleague Women Final 8 script is now being rewritten as the supposed lead role never turned up and won’t be in the final on Sunday. Galatasaray shocked the 5,000-strong crowd inside the DIVS Sports Hall by knocking UMMC Ekaterinburg out of the tournament, winning 77-70 in the first semi-final match-up. Playing without 2013 FIBA […]

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The Euroleague Women Final 8 script is now being rewritten as the supposed lead role never turned up and won’t be in the final on Sunday.

Galatasaray shocked the 5,000-strong crowd inside the DIVS Sports Hall by knocking UMMC Ekaterinburg out of the tournament, winning 77-70 in the first semi-final match-up.

Playing without 2013 FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year Sancho Lyttle, who sat out for three quarters with a suspected ankle injury, the deck looked stacked against the Turkish side, but led by Lyttle’s Spanish team-mate Alba Torrens, who led all scorers with 29 points, they inflicted UMMC’s first defeat at home since January 2012.

Two years of dominance, vanished. Galatasaray themselves were surprised.

“I don’t even know what to say,” said a shell-shocked Shavonte Zellous of Galatasaray. “We had a game plan and everyone stuck to it and with their quality, wow – this was a big-time win. When we lost Sancho we all rallied together and just fought. We showed what kind of team we are with this win and what kind of heart we have.”

Diana Taurasi led Ekaterinburg with 21 points but the disappointment on the Russian side’s face told the story. They were shell shocked. Whether they simply didn’t show up; they underestimated their opponent or were simply outplayed, they were beaten, and deservedly so. UMMC trailed 28-13 after the first quarter and 50-29 at the half. They cut the deficit at one stage to just six points, but for a team that were red hot favourites going into this Final Eight and especially carrying the extra momentum of being the home team; they were woeful in this game.

“It was a fantastic game and Galatasaray deserved to win,” UMMC coach Olaf Lange said. “We were not good enough on the day, with our defence not at the level it needed to be.”

He certainly didn’t mince his words.

The Euroleague Women’s trophy will have a new name written for 2014. It won’t be the team that was written in the script.

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Euroleague Women Final Eight round up (day 3) https://www.talkbasket.net/8463-euroleague-women-final-eight-round-up-day-3 https://www.talkbasket.net/8463-euroleague-women-final-eight-round-up-day-3#respond Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:38:40 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8463-euroleague-women-final-eight-round-up-day-3.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/euroleague_women.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Fenerbahce have topped Group A of the Euroleague Women Final Eight after they survived a last gasp onslaught by Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje to win 58-57. The Turkish side finish 3-0 and send a brave Sparta team packing, but they so very nearly lost it all together. Nika Baric had the chance to win it for […]

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Fenerbahce have topped Group A of the Euroleague Women Final Eight after they survived a last gasp onslaught by Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje to win 58-57.

The Turkish side finish 3-0 and send a brave Sparta team packing, but they so very nearly lost it all together. Nika Baric had the chance to win it for Sparta with five seconds remaining, but instead opted to pass the ball instead of go for glory. It led to a turnover and Fenerbahce saw out the last seconds.

Cappie Pondexter led Fenerbahce with 16 points. Angel McCoughtry added 13. Evgenia Belyakova and Sonja Petrovic led Sparta with 14.

Galatasaray are also through to the semi-finals from Group A after they ousted Kayseri Kaski Spor 58-56 in another gripping encounter. Kayseri finishes the Final Eight with a 0-3 record.

Kayseri though made an electrifying start, leading 20-13 after the first period. Unfortunately for them, it went down from there. Galatasaray regrouped in the second quarter and held their counterparts to 6 points to take control. There were nervy moments at the end, but Sancho Lyttle helped the Istanbul side through as they celebrated a semi-final place.

Kelsey Bone led Galatasaray with 21 points, while Lara Sanders hit 16 points for Kayseri.

UMMC Ekaterinburg were tested by an unfazed USK Prague side, but came through to win 71-56 to finish 3-0 in Group B.

The sheer height and finishing under the basket was UMMC’s strength in this win. They trailed the Czechs 16-13 after the first quarter and then 22-15 in the early stages of the second period but they stormed back to lead 36-27 at the break and the hosts never looked back.

Diana Tuarasi led Ekaterinburg with 18 points with fellow American team-mate Candace Parker hitting a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Tango Bourges got the nine-point victory they needed to advance as they beat Nadezhda Orenburg 65-52 as the French side advance to the semi-finals.

Tied at 35-35, Bourges went on a game-changing 11-3 burst in the third to seal the game as Catherine Joens led the victors with 14 points, as Bourges were forced to play without Great Britain international Johannah Leedham.

Orenburg bow out as their poor shooting from behind the arc was a low point for them. They hit a mere two triples from 12 attempts in the loss.

Euroleague Women Final Eight semi-final line-up:

Galatasaray vs UMMC Ekaterinburg

Fenerbahce vs Tango Bourges

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Euroleague Women Final Eight round up (day 2) https://www.talkbasket.net/8459-euroleague-women-final-eight-round-up-day-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/8459-euroleague-women-final-eight-round-up-day-2#respond Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:09:31 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8459-euroleague-women-final-eight-round-up-day-2.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/euroleague_women.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Cappie Pondexter came through when it mattered for Fenerbahce as they edged rivals Galatasaray 68-66 in an epic Group A showdown at the Euroleague Women Final Eight in Yekterinburg. Fenerbahce came from behind to seal the win as they came back from being 39-30 behind at the interval and 66-65 down with 22 seconds left […]

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Cappie Pondexter came through when it mattered for Fenerbahce as they edged rivals Galatasaray 68-66 in an epic Group A showdown at the Euroleague Women Final Eight in Yekterinburg.

Fenerbahce came from behind to seal the win as they came back from being 39-30 behind at the interval and 66-65 down with 22 seconds left until Pondexter stepped up with a clutch jumper from the elbow plus a foul shot to seal the win.

Pondexter and Angel McCoughtry led the winners with 13 points each. Shavonte Zellous led all scorers in vain for Galatasaray with 21 points.

Sparta&K M.R Vidonje claimed their first win of the Final Eight with a 55-48 success over Kayseri in the other Group A encounter.

Youngsters Nika Baric and Ksenia Tikhonenko were instrumental in the win for Sparta&K. Baric paced them with 16 points, while Tikhonenko added 15 points and 8 rebounds.

Kayseri, who shot terribly from the field, going 32 percent in total, and including 1/14 from three-point land were led by Lara Sanders’ double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg are into the semi-finals as they eased past Tango Bourges 83-42 in an incredibly one-sided affair in Group B.

The Russian side; led 12-2 early in the first quarter, en route to leading 30-6 after one. There was no way back for Bourges after that.

Sandrine Gruda led Ekaterinburg with 16 points.

Nadezhda Orenburg gained their first win of the Final Eight by edging a USK Prague side lacking in numbers following three absentees and Laia Palau fouling out. The Russian side won the match 57-55.

Anna Cruz led Orenburg with 14 points.

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UMMC Ekaterinburg sent an early warning to their Euroleague Final Eight opponents as they hammered fellow Russian side Nadezhda Orenburg 80-47 in Group B. Trailing 17-16, the current Euroleague Women champions raced away with a 12-0 in the second to put the game beyond Orenburg and a dominant fourth quarter showing was the icing on […]

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UMMC Ekaterinburg sent an early warning to their Euroleague Final Eight opponents as they hammered fellow Russian side Nadezhda Orenburg 80-47 in Group B.

Trailing 17-16, the current Euroleague Women champions raced away with a 12-0 in the second to put the game beyond Orenburg and a dominant fourth quarter showing was the icing on the cake.

USA international Diana Tuarasi led Ekaterinburg with 17 points, as she hit her first five shots from three-point land, en route to her final tally.

Dewanna Bonner led Orenburg with 16 points.

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A game-changing fourth quarter showing from USK Prague was enough to stun Tango Bourges 56-51 in the other Group B encounter.

With Bourges seemingly in control and with all the confidence heading into the final quarter, they were rushed in their offence, allowing the Czechs to capitalise and steal a victory on the opening day.

Kia Vaughn secured a double-double to lead Prague as she amassed 18 points and 15 rebounds.

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In the first of what will be many all-Turkish clashes in Group A, Fenerbahce edged rivals Kayseri Kaski Spor 64-58.

A double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds from Angel McCoughtry got the job done for Fenerbahce as they extend their unbeaten run in European action to 15 games.

Nuria Martinez replied with a game-high 19 points for Kayseri, but it counted for nothing.

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Despite a spirited comeback, Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje’s first quarter showing let them down as they lost 68-61 to Galatasaray.

Spaniard Sancho Lyttle proved her big game presence as she scored 18 points to lead the Turks to victory as they led by double digits after the first exchanges but were made to work hard from there.

Sonja Petrovic had 15 to lead Sparta.

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Guide to the Euroleague Women Final Eight https://www.talkbasket.net/8450-guide-to-the-euroleague-women-final-eight https://www.talkbasket.net/8450-guide-to-the-euroleague-women-final-eight#respond Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:25:38 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8450-guide-to-the-euroleague-women-final-eight.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/euroleague_women.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

This 2014 Euroleague Women Final Eight returns to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg for a second straight year, and for the second straight year, UMMC Ekaterinburg will look to defend their Euroleague crown on home soil. The tournament starts tomorrow afternoon [Monday April 8]. The Euroleague holders are hot favourites to retain their crown as […]

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This 2014 Euroleague Women Final Eight returns to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg for a second straight year, and for the second straight year, UMMC Ekaterinburg will look to defend their Euroleague crown on home soil. The tournament starts tomorrow afternoon [Monday April 8].

The Euroleague holders are hot favourites to retain their crown as well, as they boast the best two players in the tournament in Candice Parker and Diana Taurasi and have dropped just two games in 10 games.

Group A boasts three Turkish sides, which should make for some interesting match-ups.

Here is TB’s mini guide to the Final Eight.

Group A

Fenerbahce:

The Turkish giants and last year’s runners-up are the best team, performance-wise in this year’s competition with a perfect 10-0 record. Olympic gold-medal winner Angel McCoughtry has been a scintillating form this season with a team-high 14.1 points an outing leading them to the Russian city with an unblemished streak.

Despite the unbeaten record, Fenerbahce do not come into the Final Eight as favourites as once again, the home court advantage of the hosts should prove enough in the final.

Prediction: Runners-up.

Kayseri Kaski Spor:

A team that has no doubt given 100 percent in every game they have played. Sure they have been beaten by more experienced sides this season. But they have bounced back each game and played solid team basketball.

Kayseri’s inclusion in the Final Eight is made more remarkable given that this is their first season in the Euroleague Women and a lot of the plaudits have to go to coach Ayhan Avci, who is a candidate for coach of the year.

The lack of experience will be a key factor here for Kayseri, but they will be richer for the experience.

Prediction: Group stage.

Galatasaray:

Bitter rivals to Fenerbahce and an interesting match in prospect when those two go head-to-head. But it’s been a deserved Final Eight place for Galatasaray, who has talent at both ends of the floor and on their day, can beat anyone. Alba Torrens is in a rich vein of form and Sancho Lyttle is always a threat.

They should be the second team through from the group stages, but at times they do make it hard for themselves.

Prediction: Semi-finalists

Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje:

The youngest team in this Final Eight with an average age of 22-years, they go into Yekaterinburg as outsiders. But playing with nothing to lose is a good thing, and Sparta hope that it can be the best of things. They go into the Final Eight as the leaders in rebounding and will look to use that as an advantage.

Sparta will pull a few teams close but it will take a massive effort to progress further. It’s been a great season in any case for these talented bunch of youngsters.

Prediction: Group stage

Group B

UMMC Ekaterinburg:

The favourites to repeat as Euroleague winners and with good reason; there record at home is excellent. They have made the DIVS Sport Hall a fortress. They haven’t lost at home since January 2012 and with the squad they have, it will take a team playing beyond their A-game to knock them off their perch.

With an appreciative home crowd behind them, the script is written for UMMC, it’s up to any of the other seven sides to prevent that.

Prediction: Winners

Nadezhda Orenburg:

Fellow Russian side Orenburg endured a tough opening to this season’s Euroleague Women by dropping the first four games of the season, but then won the next five and since then have been playing an exciting brand of basketball.

Will this be enough to progress though? If they play at the level they have been playing recently … it all points to at least a semi-final spot.

Prediction: Semi-finalists

Tango Bourges Basket:

They had a good run last year as they reached the 2013 Final Eight. This season was filled with promise but it hasn’t quite turned out that way, as inconsistency has been their undoing this season. Their highlight though this season was the 77-69 victory over UMMC Ekaterinburg.

Unless they can play their best basketball of this season in a tough group, they might have to settle for a first round exit this year.

Prediction: Group stage

ZVVZ USK Prague:

Women’s basketball in the Czech Republic is rebuilding but Prague didn’t want to wait. A team that plays for each other, third in the Euroleague Women in assists and third in points scored, they certainly know how to run their sets and put the ball in the hoop. However, they also have weaknesses defensively as well and in Group B; that could be costly.

The Czechs will enjoy their moment in Russia, the brand of basketball they play will excite the Russian crowd.

Prediction: Group stage

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Dynamo Moscow claim back-to-back Eurocup Women’s titles https://www.talkbasket.net/8429-dynamo-moscow-claim-back-to-back-eurocup-womens-titles https://www.talkbasket.net/8429-dynamo-moscow-claim-back-to-back-eurocup-womens-titles#respond Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:37:12 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8429-dynamo-moscow-claim-back-to-back-eurocup-womens-titles.html Dynamo Moscow have successfully defended their Eurocup Women crown by beating Dynamo Kursk 85-61 on the night and 158-150 on aggregate in the all-Russian finale. Away from home, the Muscovites won their first leg tie comfortably 97-65 as Tina Charles put on a masterclass for the winners with a double-double of 26 points and 17 […]

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Dynamo Moscow have successfully defended their Eurocup Women crown by beating Dynamo Kursk 85-61 on the night and 158-150 on aggregate in the all-Russian finale.

Away from home, the Muscovites won their first leg tie comfortably 97-65 as Tina Charles put on a masterclass for the winners with a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds.

Dynamo Moscow trailed 41-40 in the second quarter and from there it was one- way traffic as the holders outscored Kursk 37-10 to silence the home support and leave the visitors with the task of defending a 32-point lead heading back to the Russian capital.

Kursk had nothing to lose in the second leg, and their cause was not helped when Moscow raced out to a 25-15 lead after the first ten minutes of play. The hosts for the second leg were not just down by double-digits on the night, but down by 42 points overall.

Playing for pride and somewhat in desperation to avoid any further embarrassment, Kursk hit back and eventually took the lead on the night. There was a slight belief from the 2,500 present that their side could do the unthinkable and pull the tie level on aggregate.

They bravely managed to pull it back to single digits, but Dynamo Moscow ended the night celebrating.

Seimone Augustus and Jelena Milovanovic led the winners in the second leg with 18 points each, the former was one rebound shy of a double-double with 9. Tina Charles was once again unstoppable, leading all scorers with 24 points and 8 rebounds.

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FIBA world championship for women draw announced https://www.talkbasket.net/8401-fiba-world-championship-for-women-draw-announced https://www.talkbasket.net/8401-fiba-world-championship-for-women-draw-announced#respond Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:03:41 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8401-fiba-world-championship-for-women-draw-announced.html The draw for this year’s FIBA world championship for women was made at the Ciragan Palace as Turkey prepares for another flagship tournament since the 2010 world championship and the 2012 Euroleague Final Four Reigning champions the United States have been handed a relatively easy group as they are joined in Group D by Serbia, […]

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The draw for this year’s FIBA world championship for women was made at the Ciragan Palace as Turkey prepares for another flagship tournament since the 2010 world championship and the 2012 Euroleague Final Four

Reigning champions the United States have been handed a relatively easy group as they are joined in Group D by Serbia, China and outsiders Angola. The USA are hot favourites to retain their crown that they won in the Czech Republic in 2010.

On the contrary, hosts Turkey have a tricky group and if they want to progress further in the tournament, have to get by Olympic and Eurobasket Women silver-medallists France, a solid Canada team and Mozambique.

Eurobasket Women winners Spain will face world championship runners-up from 2010 Czech Republic in Group A but will fancy their chances to progress from the group that also includes Brazil and Japan.

The Ankara Arena in Turkey’s capital Ankara and the Abdi Ipecki Arena in Istnabul will host the group stages clashes and quarter-final games. The semi-finals and the final will be played on the Asian side of Istanbul at the Fenerbahce Ulker Sports Arena.

In attendance for the draw were the Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, Muhtar Kent; the Turkish Director General of Sports, Mehmet Baykan; the President of the Turkish Basketball Federation, Turgay Demirel; the President of FIBA, Yvan Mainini; the Secretary General Emeritus of FIBA, Borislav Stankovic and the Secretary General of FIBA, Patrick Baumann.

The tournament will run from September 27 to October 5.

Group A (Ankara) Brazil; Japan; Spain; Czech Republic.

Group B (Ankara) Mozambique; Turkey; France; Canada.

Group C (Istanbul) Korea; Cuba; Australia; Belarus.

Group D (Istanbul) Serbia; China; USA; Angola.

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Russia appoint Myshkin as head coach https://www.talkbasket.net/8301-russia-appoint-myshkin-as-head-coach https://www.talkbasket.net/8301-russia-appoint-myshkin-as-head-coach#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:28:02 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8301-russia-appoint-myshkin-as-head-coach.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/federations/russian_basketball_federation.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

MOSCOW (EuroBasket Women) – Several months have passed since Russian Basketball experienced one of its worst nightmares, a one-win performance at the 2013 EuroBasket Women. The result caused the national team to fall well short of qualification for the 2014 World championship for Women in Turkey. Lossess to Spain and Sweden, and a win over […]

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MOSCOW (EuroBasket Women) – Several months have passed since Russian Basketball experienced one of its worst nightmares, a one-win performance at the 2013 EuroBasket Women.

The result caused the national team to fall well short of qualification for the 2014 World championship for Women in Turkey.

Lossess to Spain and Sweden, and a win over Italy that wasn’t by a big enough margin to win a tie-breaker, condemned the national team to an early exit from the competition in France.

Questions were asked, and a shake-up followed.

One of the results was the appointment of Anatolyi Myshkin as the new coach.

A great player in his days with the old Soviet Union, Myshkin appears to be bringing a steely determination yet considered approach to his position.

The 59-year-old wants to win, but more importantly strengthen the foundation for the women’s program that will allow it to thrive in the future.

In an interview with F-Sport, Myshkin shared some of his thoughts.

He says there needs to be a “second team” for Russia, one that consists of players who “aspire to get into the main team”.

“This is not a youth team and shouldn’t be confused with it,” he said.

Myshkin also believes there is also a need to see a gradual move away from an over-reliance on foreign players in the domestic league .

“This is really a very big problem,” he said.

“And it’s visible to the naked eye. Personally, I am convinced that it is necessary to limit the number of foreign players…

“In my opinion – there is a need to develop a program for the gradual reduction in the number of foreigners.

“Again, not all at once, but gradually. It should be a great project for the entire Olympic cycle.

There are different approaches to the foreign player issue that can be taken, he says.

He thinks there should also be a review of the approach to having foreign coaches.

While Myshkin isn’t opposed to having people from other countries work in Russia, he believes some form of accreditation process may be needed for coaches before they can ply their trade in the country.

“And not only the head coach, but also assistants …,” he said.

As for the upcoming EuroBasket Women 2015 qualifying campaign and the make-up of his squad, Myshkin says he attends a lot of games in Moscow and the Moscow Region, and looks not only at established national team players but those who have been passed over in the past.

After saying he didn’t want to talk about candidates, he did want to offer a comment on the comeback of Marina Karpunina, a player who’s last appearance with Russia was EuroBasket Women

She has been kept out of action for the national team in recent years because of injuries.

The 29-year-old shooting guard is playing for Spartak Noginsk and seems to be returning to top form.

She averaged seven points and four rebounds for the club in theEuroCup Women, and is averaging almost 11ppg in the Russian league.

“Marina Karpunina has managed to return to (playing) great basketball after a serious injury,” Myshkin said.

“Many had thought that she would not return, but the level of play that she shows and a great desire in her eyes demonstrates that she is in good shape.”

FIBA

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One of Spain’s greats calls it a day https://www.talkbasket.net/8225-one-of-spains-greats-calls-it-a-day https://www.talkbasket.net/8225-one-of-spains-greats-calls-it-a-day#respond Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:21:27 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8225-one-of-spains-greats-calls-it-a-day.html One of Spanish basketball’s true greats Amaya Valdemoro has decided to retire, aged 37-years-old. Her last action in the Spanish red and yellow was an epic Eurobasket Women gold medal winning show against the hosts and favourites France, in which Spain won 70-69 in-front of a partisan French crowd in Orchies. She lifted the trophy […]

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One of Spanish basketball’s true greats Amaya Valdemoro has decided to retire, aged 37-years-old.

Her last action in the Spanish red and yellow was an epic Eurobasket Women gold medal winning show against the hosts and favourites France, in which Spain won 70-69 in-front of a partisan French crowd in Orchies. She lifted the trophy aloft, signalling Spain’s comeback from a disappointing tournament in Poland, two years earlier.

Valdemoro has been there, seen it, and done it. The veteran has represented Spain an unprecedented 258 times and also played for women’s basketball’s biggest clubs, including a stint in the WNBA.

The now retired guard admits though that nothing beats putting on the jersey of her country. Something you see very rarely with most players these days.

“One of the things I feel most proud of is to have worn the national team colours 258 times” Valdemoro said.

“I have played with twelve different teams, but I was always ready to wear the Spanish jersey.

“My mother saw me make my debut with the national team and that character I displayed on the court is something I owe to her.”

Fellow team-mate Elisa Aguilar, who called it a day moments after Spain’s triumph at Eurobasket Women paid homage to her close friend.  “Today, the best Spanish player of all time is stepping down,” stated Aguilar. “Thank you for being our guiding star and for setting an example to follow.”

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Kentucky 133, Baylor 130 in History-Making Thriller https://www.talkbasket.net/8204-kentucky-133-baylor-130-in-history-making-thriller https://www.talkbasket.net/8204-kentucky-133-baylor-130-in-history-making-thriller#respond Sat, 07 Dec 2013 04:30:56 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8204-kentucky-133-baylor-130-in-history-making-thriller.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/uksign.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Kentucky outlasts Baylor in 4OT thriller. Odyssey Sims pours in 47 points, adding 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal in a losing effort against Kentucky. Sims’ efforts, though outstanding, wouldn’t extend past the first overtime as the senior guard fouled out at the 1:23 mark. Her last foul was a charge drawn by Kentucky […]

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Courtesy UK AthleticsKentucky outlasts Baylor in 4OT thriller.

Odyssey Sims pours in 47 points, adding 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and a steal in a losing effort against Kentucky.

Sims’ efforts, though outstanding, wouldn’t extend past the first overtime as the senior guard fouled out at the 1:23 mark. Her last foul was a charge drawn by Kentucky guard Kastine Evans.

Kentucky was led by the 43 points of Jennifer O’Niell. With the game knotted at 128, O’Niell would make a lay-up late in the fourth overtime to regain the lead one more time.

A pair of free throws would seal the contest for the Wildcats, but not before a last minute, buzzer-beating effort from Alexis Prince gave Kentucky a scare. Prince, a sophomore, saw her shot make it halfway down before spinning out of the rim.

Outside of being a four overtime thriller, the game’s combined 263 points marked the highest in Division 1 Women’s basketball history.

With Sims’ fouled out, Baylor needed alternative sources of offense, which would come in the form of Nina Davis’s 20 points and Makenzie Robertson’s 23.

Foul count would be a telling indicator, as Baylor’s 47 personal fouls dwarfed Kentucky’s 33.

The game was part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, with the Men’s game between the same schools following

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They might have lost to the reigning Euroleague Women champions last night, but Uni Gyor passed the first stage of what will be the hardest season in their history. They competed in their first game since that fatal morning on September 7, 2013. A date that etched into the minds of Hungarian basketball fans forever. […]

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They might have lost to the reigning Euroleague Women champions last night, but Uni Gyor passed the first stage of what will be the hardest season in their history.

They competed in their first game since that fatal morning on September 7, 2013. A date that etched into the minds of Hungarian basketball fans forever.

It wasn’t about UMMC Ekaterinburg beginning their Euroleague Women’s season with a 101-43 win over the Hungarians in front of an emotional crowd in Gyor. It was about one team getting back on their feet again and getting back to business following the road traffic accident that took the lives of head coach Akos Fuzy, General Manager Peter Tapodi and ended the career of Serbian teen Natasa Kovacevic.

Before the game against Ekaterinburg, Milica Ivanovic tweeted: “I feel blessed to be able to say GAME DAY again. Wish some people were still with us but I know they ll be watching.”

Not many of the Uni Gyor players took to Twitter or any social media platforms to express their feelings towards the big day. They didn’t need to, the tears before the game even began was enough to see just how much the night meant to them.

“As a titleholder the start in a new international season is always important,” UMMC coach Olaf Lange said after the game. “We played well, but we know that our opponent is after a big tragedy. We wish them nothing but the best for the future.”

No one is expecting Uni Gyor to advance from a tough Group A but maybe this is what they need. Competitive basketball against the best teams in the women’s game to take their mind, if at all possible off what has happened over the past three months. They can relax, knowing that results-wise, there is no pressure on them. They have their own goals: To make their late coach and GM proud.

Uni Gyor fought the current Euroleague Women’s champions and to the team’s credit, they played courageous team basketball against the favourites to win it all again this year. Cheered on by 1000 fans, who were feeling the emotion of the game night just as much as the players were.

It was an opening night unlike any other in women’s basketball.

The game itself was over as soon as it started. The Russian giants arrived in Hungary with the purpose of winning the game, and they did that. You would expect nothing less from them or indeed any team that visits Gyor this season.

A triple from Russian international Anna Petrakova made it 21-2, mid-way through the first quarter and although the hosts finished the first ten minutes strong, scoring 7 points in quick succession to end the period, the game was over. Ekaterinburg led 25-9 after one and even though they gave Uni Gyor a glimmer of hope in the second quarter, they responded to lead 54-28 at the half. From there, the result was a formality.

It doesn’t get any easier for the young Uni Gyor side as they prepare for an away game in the Slovak Republic against Good Angels Kosice next week. As said, the pressure is off as they are allowed to rebuild.

And whatever happens to them this season, women’s basketball, and indeed all of world basketball is behind them every step of the way.

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UMMC win Women’s Supercup https://www.talkbasket.net/8134-ummc-win-womens-supercup https://www.talkbasket.net/8134-ummc-win-womens-supercup#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:36:13 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8134-ummc-win-womens-supercup.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/clubs/ummc.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

EuroLeague Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg have added to their trophy haul, beating EuroCup Women winners Dynamo Moscow 72-63, claiming the FIBA Europe SuperCup Women for the first time. Making their debut in the competition, UMMC shrugged off a slow start and then a late rally by Dynamo to take victory against their domestic rivals. The […]

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EuroLeague Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg have added to their trophy haul, beating EuroCup Women winners Dynamo Moscow 72-63, claiming the FIBA Europe SuperCup Women for the first time.

Making their debut in the competition, UMMC shrugged off a slow start and then a late rally by Dynamo to take victory against their domestic rivals.

The contest had started with UMMC easing their way into a 10-7 advantage, but Dynamo hinted they were not going to be rolled over easily by sinking six consecutive points.

The hosts responded to edge 17-15 ahead by the end of the first quarter but were hauled back again, this time by Tatiana Vidmer, who previously spent three seasons in a UMMC vest.

The Dynamo forward was fired-up against her former club and completed an ‘and-1′ play to start the second period, which put the visitors back in front, although the UMMC frontcourt was still dominating on the glass and a couple of quick-fire scores threatened to get Ekat on the front-foot.

But, just when they looked like pressing down on the accelerator, the perimeter game of UMMC continued to desert them, and combined with some uncharacteristically sloppy errors which witnessed ten turnovers inside the first 15 minutes, Dynamo were able to keep pace.

They drew level at 24 through the ever-dangerous Toliver, but UMMC then suddenly found another gear approaching the interval and broke the game open with an 11-2 burst.

Reigning EuroLeague Women MVP Candace Parker scored six points to keep the scoreboard ticking over and put a very different reflection on the encounter as both teams headed to the locker room.

Still without the considerable influence of playmaker Lindsay Whalen and strength under the hoop of Tina Charles, it looked like a long way back for Dynamo and especially when Sandrine Gruda seemingly hammered another nail into the Dynamo coffin when the action resumed.

She converted three baskets in a row early in the third quarter and at 50-34, Dynamo were on the ropes and looked headed for the canvas.

But, to their credit, they wagged their tails with a 9-0 run. Just when a potential fairytale fight-back was in full swing, Dominguez made a big shot from downtown to restore superiority for UMMC.

Dynamo fought hard until the end with an impressive final quarter but the damage had been done.

Toliver finished with a game-high 21 points in defeat.

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Euroleague Women Final Eight returns to Ekaterinburg https://www.talkbasket.net/8115-euroleague-women-final-eight-returns-to-ekaterinburg https://www.talkbasket.net/8115-euroleague-women-final-eight-returns-to-ekaterinburg#respond Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:24:45 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8115-euroleague-women-final-eight-returns-to-ekaterinburg.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/screen shot 2013-10-22 at 15.50.44.png): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

The Euroleague Women Final Eight 2014 will be hosted by the city of Ekaterinburg and the local club UMMC, FIBA Europe announced on Monday. Reigning champions UMMC already played host to the Final Four in 2011 and last season’s Final Eight. The capital city of the Russian region Sverdlovsk proved to be a wonderful host […]

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The Euroleague Women Final Eight 2014 will be hosted by the city of Ekaterinburg and the local club UMMC, FIBA Europe announced on Monday.

Reigning champions UMMC already played host to the Final Four in 2011 and last season’s Final Eight.

The capital city of the Russian region Sverdlovsk proved to be a wonderful host on both occasions, with the 5,000-seat DIVS Sports Hall providing the perfect setting for the season-ending event.

The Final Eight will be held from 7 to 13 April 2014, with the best seven teams following the regular season and play-offs joining UMMC to compete for the championship.

“UMMC Ekaterinburg have proven on many occasions to be wonderful hosts and I am certain that they will deliver another well-organised season finale in 2014,” FIBA Europe Acting President Cyriel Coomans added.

“We are delighted to be returning to Ekaterinburg following on from the success of 2013,” said FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak, adding: “The enthusiasm for UMMC and for women’s basketball in general is exceptional in Ekaterinburg.”

“FIBA Europe’s leaders gave us a great honour to trust the EuroLeague Women Final Eight hosting to Ekaterinburg,” said UMMC President Andrey Kozitsyn.

“I am glad that our wonderful city will once more have the opportunity to demonstrate how much our people love, understand and value basketball.

“I am sure the DIVS tribunes will be completely full again and we will do our best to make the upcoming EuroLeague Women Final one of the best remembered and brightest pages in European women’s basketball history.”

The logo of the EuroLeague Women Final Eight will be revealed during a press conference at the SuperCup Women in Ekaterinburg on 29 October.

The SuperCup will see current EuroLeague Women champions UMMC go up against reigning EuroCup Women champions Dynamo Moscow for the first international title of the season.

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Minnesota Lynx on top of the WNBA again https://www.talkbasket.net/8098-minnesota-lynx-on-top-of-the-wnba-again https://www.talkbasket.net/8098-minnesota-lynx-on-top-of-the-wnba-again#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:15:14 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8098-minnesota-lynx-on-top-of-the-wnba-again.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/clubs/minnesota_lynx.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Minnesota Lynx claimed their second WNBA title in three seasons last night and they have ice-skating to thank for the latest championship. They sweeped the Atlanta Dream 3-0 in the Finals to complete an unbeaten playoff run as the Lynx won the 2013 edition in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Duluth’s Gwinnett Arena to be […]

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Minnesota Lynx claimed their second WNBA title in three seasons last night and they have ice-skating to thank for the latest championship.

They sweeped the Atlanta Dream 3-0 in the Finals to complete an unbeaten playoff run as the Lynx won the 2013 edition in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. Duluth’s Gwinnett Arena to be exact.

Atlanta’s record outside the Phillips Arena this season wasn’t all that good and when the Arena was booked already for an ice-skating event, they were forced to move to other venues. Lucky that there are gyms in abundance in Georgia, but Atlanta haven’t exactly been living in a dream world outside of their comfort zone.

To make matters worse, Minnesota had a winning record on the road and improved it to 14-6 with an 86-77 game three win to seal the WNBA crown. Atlanta dropped to 6-16 away from the Phillips Arena for the season.

The Dream, appearing in their third WNBA Finals were swept for the third time as their woeful record in women’s basketball’s biggest series continues.

The Lynx though celebrated, like they did in 2011. Protecting home court with two comfortable victories, 84-59 in game one and 88-63 in game two.

WNBA Finals MVP Maya Moore was humble; stating that despite three double-digit wins, en route to the championship-winning series didn’t come easy.

“That’s what a championship is supposed to be,” she said. “It’s supposed to be hard, and when it got hard, we came together and stuck with it and secured that victory. I’m just really proud.”

For Moore, a three-year professional in the WNBA, this win will be fondly remembered as she led nearby Collins Hill High School to the last of three straight national state titles before helping the Connecticut Huskies win two straight NCAA championships. She had strong support at the Gwinnett Arena due to her triumph at Collins Hill.

Success though has followed Moore, also an Olympic gold medal winner with the USA in London last year. Despite the accolades, she remains down to earth.

“I have so many people around me that I appreciate and who have helped me so much from middle school to high school,” Moore said. “I’m sure there’s some Connecticut faithfuls here, too, but when you think about all the things you want your team to be – we don’t just talk about it. We do it.”

Moore led all scorers in game three with 23 points. Rebekkah Brunson helped her out with a 15 point, 12 rebound double-double, a stat she assembled quietly.

Moore’s fellow gold-meal chums Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus added 15 and 14 points respectively.

“I’m sorry if we make it look easy, but it’s very hard to get back here,”  said Augustus.

“Look at what Washington did this year, what Chicago did this year. We’re just lucky to be in this position, and we’re willing to sacrifice some parts of their game to make this team better.”

Tiffany Hayes had 20 points for the Dream who are now getting used to unfortunate disappointment in the Finals. Worse still, in three Finals series, they’ve been swept in all of them.

In a positive light, the Atlanta franchise has come a long way since its 4-30 season when it all began for them in 2008. They’ve been post-season regulars from 2009-onwards and no doubt their day in the winning spotlight will come.

This year though was the year of the Lynx.

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Uni Gyor team manager and coach dead in fatal car crash https://www.talkbasket.net/8042-uni-gyor-team-manger-and-coach-dead-in-fatal-car-crash https://www.talkbasket.net/8042-uni-gyor-team-manger-and-coach-dead-in-fatal-car-crash#respond Sun, 08 Sep 2013 09:52:52 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/8042-uni-gyor-team-manger-and-coach-dead-in-fatal-car-crash.html A bus carrying Hungarian women’s side Uni Gyor has crashed en route to Sopron for a pre-season game leaving several players severely injured and two dead. The two pronounced dead were team manager Peter Tapodi, who died instantly and coach Fuzy Akos, who died later on at the local hospital. No one from the roster […]

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A bus carrying Hungarian women’s side Uni Gyor has crashed en route to Sopron for a pre-season game leaving several players severely injured and two dead.

The two pronounced dead were team manager Peter Tapodi, who died instantly and coach Fuzy Akos, who died later on at the local hospital.

No one from the roster suffered life-threatening injuries but promising 19-year-old forward Natasa Kovacevic has had to have her left leg amputated due to extensive damage suffered. Her right foot has also believed to be amputated, according to local media.

The crash was caused by a car, driven by a 70-year-old male who went into the bus’ lane, so in order to avoid a head-on collision, the bus swerved to the right but could not avoid the fatal collision.

The 70-year-old driver, who suffered chest and head injuries has been arrested by local police for causing death by dangerous driving.

A minute’s silence will be observed at all Eurobasket games today [8-9-13]

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Women’s basketball send farewell wishes to Russian greats https://www.talkbasket.net/7926-womens-basketball-send-farewell-wishes-to-russian-greats https://www.talkbasket.net/7926-womens-basketball-send-farewell-wishes-to-russian-greats#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:28:05 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7926-womens-basketball-send-farewell-wishes-to-russian-greats.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/federations/russian_basketball_federation.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Two legends of women’s basketball, not just in Russia, but in the world; Ilona Korstin and Svetlana Abrosimova have decided to call it quits all together. Both players announced their respective decisions within 24 hours of each other after ending on a high by winning the Eurocup Women with Dynamo Moscow. For Korstin, it was […]

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Two legends of women’s basketball, not just in Russia, but in the world; Ilona Korstin and Svetlana Abrosimova have decided to call it quits all together.

Both players announced their respective decisions within 24 hours of each other after ending on a high by winning the Eurocup Women with Dynamo Moscow. For Korstin, it was a much-needed relief after she went out in the opening stages of Eurobasket Women with the Russian national side. Abrosimova had already called time on her international career.

It brings another chapter of Russian women’s basketball to a close as a new generation are coming in with what promises to be a couple of years of rebuilding.

Korstin announced her retirement via her column on sports.ru.

She said: “The 33-year-old said, “I have been playing basketball since the age of ten and I think now is the time to stop.

“My career has been full of victories and colourful moments.

“I was lucky enough to play on the best teams in Russia, France and Spain.”

She added, “I think that the winning shot in the final of Eurocup Women with Dynamo Moscow was the pinnacle.”

Abrosimova enjoyed a glittering career, which saw her win an NCAA title with UConn back in 2000, then ten years later, she won the WNBA crown with the Seattle Storm.

She has revealed that, post-retirement, she will put her name forward for the vacant Presdency of the Russian Basketball Federation.

She told rsport.ru “I think that if I really want to move to administrative work, then I have to end my playing career.

“I will work in that direction regardless of whether I win the Russian Basketball Federation elections.

“It’s always better to go out on top and I know that I will not regret this decision.”

The result of the elections will be determined next month.

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Spain crowned the queens of Europe https://www.talkbasket.net/7874-spain-crowned-the-queens-of-europe https://www.talkbasket.net/7874-spain-crowned-the-queens-of-europe#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:21:39 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7874-spain-crowned-the-queens-of-europe.html Spain are not just the current kings of Europe, they’re the queens of it now, too. Alba Torrens led Spain with 21 points and Sancho Lyttle got her customary double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds as Spain claimed Eurobasket Women’s gold by edging France 70-69 on Sunday night in Orchies, and the hosts, once […]

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Spain are not just the current kings of Europe, they’re the queens of it now, too.

Alba Torrens led Spain with 21 points and Sancho Lyttle got her customary double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds as Spain claimed Eurobasket Women’s gold by edging France 70-69 on Sunday night in Orchies, and the hosts, once again having to settle for their second runners-up podium finish in under a year.

Spain were by far the best team of the tournament, they won 7 of their 9 games by double digits and for Lyttle, who averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds a game, her reward was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player trophy.

“When I came here, everybody was talking about finishing among the first five teams, and I come from America, I wanted to win the gold,” Lyttle said.

“This final was a tough game, both teams fought a lot and at the end we won only by one.”

“We are the European Champions,” Spain coach Lucas Mondelo beamed. “Having come here through qualifications, with young players, playing against the hosts, playing against the best roster, silver medallists at the Olympic Games to win against the best roster, we had to be the best, and we were.”

Despite the overall heroics of Torrens and Lyttle – it was Silvia Dominguez who came up big when it mattered. The energetic point guard scored a quick fire five points in just over a minute in a nerve-racking fourth period – to give her side the lead – and despite being pegged back they didn’t trail again.

In front of a sell-out crowd of 5,500, the hosts gave it there all, but left themselves with too much to do in the end. Sandrine Gruda led France with 25 points. Her last bucket with seconds left was a two-pointer instead of the three they needed to force overtime. France were 1 point short; so near, but not enough.

“Congratulations to Spain, they played at a very high level,” French coach Pierre Vincent said. “We had intensity to play against them but this is basketball; we did our best. I have to tell my players that it is time to forget.”

The Spanish wasted no time as they pressured France into numerous, and at the same time, tuned them into points at the other end as Spain led 21-12 after one. The home fans silenced – for the time being.

France fought back in the second quarter; they held Spain scoreless for a period of five minutes. And in turn, a 13-0 run gave the hosts the lead and sent the crowd into hysterics.

Torrens though responded, as she hit back to make sure the Spaniards led at half 36-35.

The hosts came back again, the lead changed on occasions, only this time it was France who led 55-53 heading into the final ten minutes of the tournament.

The crowd, which included NBA player and French international Boris Diaw were on the edge of their seats; the intensity inside the Publeco Pevele Arena, evident.

But after those ten minutes had slowly passed, it was Spain decorated in confetti.

Turkey claim bronze

Earlier in the day, Turkey defeated Serbia 92-71 to claim the final spot on the Eurobasket Women 2013 podium in Orchies.

In a free-scoring game, Serbia led 44-43 at half-time and that was when the strong Turks took control, breezing clear thanks to a 14-0 run, which ended the game as a contest. Nevriye Yilmaz led the winners with 19 points but it was the double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds from Quanitra Hollingsworth that proved the big difference in the game.

“I felt as though I didn’t come out and play in the semi-final against France,” said Hollingsworth.

“So, I felt it was important that I made a statement in this game and it feels good to come away with a medal.”

This game showed Turkey’s strength in depth, as four players reached double figures in scoring and they also out-rebounded their opponents 48-27. Serbia battled, but it was too much.

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EuroBasket Women – Semi-Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/7872-eurobasket-women-semi-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/7872-eurobasket-women-semi-finals#respond Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:55:42 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7872-eurobasket-women-semi-finals.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

It’ll be the hosts France facing Spain in this year’s Eurobasket final for women after both teams came through their respective semi-finals. Spain steamroller Serbia Spain ended all hopes of a Serbia shock as they comfortably saw off one of the tournament’s surprise packages 88-69. The result was never in doubt from the first quarter […]

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It’ll be the hosts France facing Spain in this year’s Eurobasket final for women after both teams came through their respective semi-finals.

Spain steamroller Serbia

Spain ended all hopes of a Serbia shock as they comfortably saw off one of the tournament’s surprise packages 88-69.

The result was never in doubt from the first quarter onwards, as Spain’s defensive strength was in full effect, holding their Serbian counterparts at bay, scoring the first ten points of the game and as a result, they led 19-7 after ten minutes.

Serbia, from there, were always playing catch up. Spain’s lead reached 20 points by half-time and the result was never in doubt.

Sancho Lyttle was once again in inspiring form by racking up another double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead her side to victory. She also recorded 4 steals in the process.

“Congratulations to Serbia for the great tournament they are playing and good luck for the bronze medal game,” Spain coach Lucas Mondelo said. “Today we had two goals: first of all, to control our turnovers to avoid them running fastbreaks and to control the rebounds. Second, we wanted to play long possessions.

“Both goals are accomplished and I am very happy because we are in the final; it is unexpected. We have to enjoy this game and tomorrow we will be focused on the final.”

Jovana Rad and Dajana Butulija each had 15 points for Serbia.

France seal spot with gritty win over Turkey

Hosts France were made to work hard but eventually saw-off a stubborn Turkey side 57-49.

The game lacked thrills or any real flow, something that these two sides have treated fans to during the tournament. France proved their worth though by overcoming another test, seemingly cruising after the first period, leading 22-11 the hosts looked set to ease their way into Sunday’s showpiece, but Turkey came back, holding France scoreless for 7 minutes in the fourth and trailing by only 2 points.

Sandrine Gruda scored a vital bucket to restore the French pride, and more importantly: confidence.

Emile Gomis led France with Gruda putting in a solid shift with 4 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

“It was a great game for us, we learned from yesterday’s game and we came out more aggressive, doing what the coach said,” Gruda said afterwards. “The stronger mentality made the difference today.”

Esmeral Tuncluer led all scorers with 20 points in vain for the Turks.

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Belarus beat Sweden to grab last world championship spot https://www.talkbasket.net/7871-belarus-beat-sweden-to-grab-last-world-championship-spot https://www.talkbasket.net/7871-belarus-beat-sweden-to-grab-last-world-championship-spot#respond Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:16:29 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7871-belarus-beat-sweden-to-grab-last-world-championship-spot.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Belarus have claimed the final spot at next year’s world championships for women following a comfortable 69-48 victory over Sweden in Orchies. Despite a fairytale Eurobasket for the Swedes, the side clad in yellow and blue clearly looked fatigued. And the Belarussians took full advantage by spreading the ball and attacking the basket regularly. Belarus […]

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Belarus have claimed the final spot at next year’s world championships for women following a comfortable 69-48 victory over Sweden in Orchies.

Despite a fairytale Eurobasket for the Swedes, the side clad in yellow and blue clearly looked fatigued. And the Belarussians took full advantage by spreading the ball and attacking the basket regularly. Belarus went to the foul line 18 times, compared to Sweden’s nine.

Natallia Anufryienka led the winners with 17 points, supported by Yelena Leuchenka’s effort of 16 points and 6 rebounds as Belarus made amends for their disappointing showing at the last Eurobasket, two years ago in Poland where they were eliminated in the second round.

“Congratulations to my girls for the job and I want to thank the Swedish team for their game yesterday, as a coach it was a pleasure to watch that game,” Belarus coach Rimantas Grigas said.

“Today we prepared the match really well, we were ready mentally. We knew it would be very hard to face a team like them. I am very satisfied with this win.”

For a brave and exciting Sweden side, they exceeded their expectations by reaching the quarter-finals and pushing favourites France to the limit before being edged out thanks to FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year Celine Dumerc.

The Eldebrink sisters were Sweden’s usual statsheet stuffers as both Elda and Frida led with 11 points each.

Sweden did make a confident start, as they took the game to the much more experienced Belarus side, but the Belarussians had too much. They hit six triples in a row as they took a 26-21 lead in the second quarter and they never looked back from there.

“We started really good for the first five minutes, but then we fell apart, we could not continue the level we showed yesterday,” Lars Johansson said. “Belarus also showed a very good performance.”

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EuroBasket Women – Quarter-Finals #2 https://www.talkbasket.net/7869-eurobasket-women-quarter-finals-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/7869-eurobasket-women-quarter-finals-2#respond Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:05:38 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7869-eurobasket-women-quarter-finals-2.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

The semi-finals of Eurobasket Women 2013 are now set as Turkey eased through while France edged Sweden in by far the game of the tournament. Turkey impress against Belarus In a low scoring affair, Turkey defeated Belarus 55-41 as they edge closer to back-to-back Eurobasket finals. Saziye Ivegin led the winners with 13 points but […]

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The semi-finals of Eurobasket Women 2013 are now set as Turkey eased through while France edged Sweden in by far the game of the tournament.

Turkey impress against Belarus

In a low scoring affair, Turkey defeated Belarus 55-41 as they edge closer to back-to-back Eurobasket finals.

Saziye Ivegin led the winners with 13 points but the strength in depth was once again for all to see as the Turks had players confident to put up numbers in different departments, and at both ends.

Now I am so happy that because of our defence, which helped to win the game, we will now get to play another semi-final game,” Ivegin said afterwards.

“We have ambitions for the tournament and we are now getting closer to them.”

Katsiaryna Snytsina led the Belarussians with 12 points.

France beat Sweden in Eurobasket classic

Hosts France are through to the semi-finals after they got by a brave Sweden side 87-83 in the day’s last game.

This was expected to be an easy game for the French, but Sweden, who surprised many by just getting out of the group stages took the game to the hosts and it took the best efforts of Celine Dumerc as she drained three clutch triples with two minutes remaining to seal the win and pile heartbreak on the unlucky Swedes.

Dumerc had 16 points for France, but the two Eldebrink girls shone for Sweden with Frida leading all scorers with 21 and Elin racking up numbers of 17 points and 7 assists.

“Today both teams showed that we must respect women’s basketball, it was a big promotion of our sport,” France coach Pierre Vincent said. “They played really good basketball, because they are a very good team, talented and young.

“Now we have to continue, and against Turkey it will be also very close game. They are stronger inside than two years ago, but both teams are on the same ‘wave’, we started having success at the same time and we know each other very well.”

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EuroBasket Women – Quarter-Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/7868-eurobasket-women-quarter-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/7868-eurobasket-women-quarter-finals#respond Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:12:13 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7868-eurobasket-women-quarter-finals.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Spain marched to the semi-finals of Eurobasket Women while Serbia continued their unexpected run by also reaching the last four. Serbia continues Eurobasket surge; beat Italy After losing their opening game of the tournament, Serbia have bounced back to knock a brave Italy side out, beating them 85-79. Jelana Milovanovic led the Serbs with 21 […]

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Spain marched to the semi-finals of Eurobasket Women while Serbia continued their unexpected run by also reaching the last four.

Serbia continues Eurobasket surge; beat Italy

After losing their opening game of the tournament, Serbia have bounced back to knock a brave Italy side out, beating them 85-79.

Jelana Milovanovic led the Serbs with 21 points and 7 rebounds as they fought back in the second half, trailing 42-38, the Serbians clawed their way back, but still trailed going into the final quarter, down 65-64.

When it came down to the last minute, Serbia held their nerve, as Italy missed chances to win it, including free throws from Kathrin Ress that she missed.

“Winning five games in a row at a major tournament tells you everything you need to know about this team,” Serbia’s Ana Dabovic said.

“Italy played a really tough game, but we always believed we would do it, even when things were difficult for us.”

Giorgia Sottana led all scorers in vain for the Italians with 22 points.

Spain roll on as they defeat Czech Republic

Spain continued to put the horror show of 2011 behind them as they beat the Czech Republic 75-58 in the second quarter-final.

Alba Torrens was unstoppable for the Spaniards, as she scored 29 points, with 20 of them in just 14 minutes. Sancho Lyttle was also in fine form with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals.

Despite the Czechs refusal to give up the fight, the Spanish had too much for them in all departments, forcing the Czech Republic into committing 19 turnovers.

Katrina Elhotova led the Czechs in defeat with 13.

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Eurobasket Women’s second phase came to a close in Lille as Group E concluded with three games, the quarter-final line-up was also confirmed at the conclusion of the round’s games. Montenegro 60-66 Italy Italy have exceeded all expectations by defeating Montenegro 66-60 in the day’s first game. Raffaella Masciadri led Italy with 15 points as […]

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Eurobasket Women’s second phase came to a close in Lille as Group E concluded with three games, the quarter-final line-up was also confirmed at the conclusion of the round’s games.

Montenegro 60-66 Italy

Italy have exceeded all expectations by defeating Montenegro 66-60 in the day’s first game.

Raffaella Masciadri led Italy with 15 points as the Azzuriettes turned a 45-34 half-time deficit into a 56-54 lead by the end of the third period. Thereafter, they shut out the Montenegrins with intense defensive pressure.

Jelena Dubljevic’s double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds was not enough for Montenegro.

Sweden 75-72 Slovak Republic

Sweden’s 75-72 win over the Slovak Republic eliminated Montenegro and the Slovaks and in the process, qualifying them to the last eight.

The Swedes were made to work for their win, as what seemed to be a comfortable 46-36 lead was turned around until the last quarter when the brave Slovakians made their move. Unfortunately, it was too late.

Frida Eldebrink and Elisabeth Egnell each had 17 points for Sweden while Lucia Kupcikova’s 15 points was not enough.

Spain 61-48 Turkey

Spain defeated Turkey 61-48 in the group’s final game as Turkey tasted defeat for the first time at Eurobasket, while the Spaniards’ undefeated streak continues.

Sancho Lyttle was again impressive as her 18 points and 13 rebounds seled the deal for Spain. Isil Arben led four Turks with 8 points. Both teams had already advanced from this group beforehand.

Spain (5/0), Turkey (4/1), Italy (3/2), Sweden (2/3), Montenegro (1/4), Slovak Republic (0/5)

Quarter-final line-up:

France vs Sweden

Spain vs Czech Republic

Serbia vs Italy

Turkey vs Belarus

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EuroBasket Women – day 8 (2nd Round, Group F) https://www.talkbasket.net/7858-eurobasket-women-day-8-2nd-round-group-f https://www.talkbasket.net/7858-eurobasket-women-day-8-2nd-round-group-f#respond Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:12:13 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7858-eurobasket-women-day-8-2nd-round-group-f.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

It’s the final round of second round games in Group F as the quarter-final places of Eurobasket Women become half clear. Serbia 74-59 Czech Republic Serbia qualified for the last eight with a 74-59 win over Czech Republic in the day’s first game in Vendee. This victory eliminates Great Britain regardless of the result of […]

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It’s the final round of second round games in Group F as the quarter-final places of Eurobasket Women become half clear.

Serbia 74-59 Czech Republic

Serbia qualified for the last eight with a 74-59 win over Czech Republic in the day’s first game in Vendee.

This victory eliminates Great Britain regardless of the result of their game against already eliminated Croatia.

Milca Dabovic led the Serbs with 17 points as a 14-0 Serbian run in the second quarter ended hopes of a comeback from the Czechs, who were led by Michaela Zrustova’s 15 points.

Great Britain 85-79 Croatia

Great Britain signed off from Eurobasket Women with an 85-79 win over Croatia in, what turned out to be a dead rubber.

Jo Leedham put in the performance of the tournament so far with 26 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds as the Brits attacked from the off, never letting the Croats settle.

Ana Lelas had a solid outing also with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the already eliminated Croatian side.

Belarus 50-58 France

France edged past Belarus in the Group’s final game as both teams already knew their fate before the match even started.

Sandrine Gruda led the winners with 18 points as the hosts, helped by foul trouble to Yelena Leuchenka topped the group, and remained undefeated in the tournament.

Katsiaryna Snytsina led the Belarussians with 16 points.

France (5/0), Serbia (3/2), Belarus (3/2), Czech Rep (2/3), Great Britain (2/3), Croatia (0/5)

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EuroBasket Women – day 7 (2nd Round, Group E) https://www.talkbasket.net/7856-eurobasket-women-day-7-2nd-round-group-e https://www.talkbasket.net/7856-eurobasket-women-day-7-2nd-round-group-e#respond Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:43:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7856-eurobasket-women-day-7-2nd-round-group-e.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Eurobasket Women is entering the penultimate games of the second phase as the quarter-final line-up becomes more clearer. Today we head back to Lille and the second lot of games from Group E. Italy 58-47 Slovak Republic Italy showed an aggressive streak which worked in their favour as they defeated the Slovak Republic 58-47 in […]

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Eurobasket Women is entering the penultimate games of the second phase as the quarter-final line-up becomes more clearer. Today we head back to Lille and the second lot of games from Group E.

Italy 58-47 Slovak Republic

Italy showed an aggressive streak which worked in their favour as they defeated the Slovak Republic 58-47 in the day’s opener.

Giogria Sottana continued her good reign of form as she poured in 22 points off 6/13 shooting to beat the Slovaks who now edge closer to elimination. Italy’s chances of a spot in the last eight greatly improved as they reach third place.

Tied at 20-20 at the half, Italy then held a misfiring Slovakian side to just 9 points in the third as they established a 40-29 lead after three quarters and they never looked back.

Lucia Kupcikova had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the Slovaks.

Turkey 72-51 Sweden

Turkey overcame Sweden 72-51 as they continued their march onwards and leave the well-supported Swedes on the brink of elimination.

Only leading 31-26 at the half, Turkey underlined their superiority with a game-changing 13-0 run that their brave opponents could not come back from.

Isil Alben continues to have a fantastic tournament as her 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists spearheaded Turkey to victory. Free scoring Frida Elbebrink led Sweden once again with 15 points, also.

Montenegro 50-66 Spain

A double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds from Sancho Lyttle helped Spain comfortably past Montenegro 66-50 to close out the penultimate round of games from Group E.

Lyttle also added 4 steals to her impressive statline as Spain once again looked impressive. The day was made more memorable for veteran Amaya Valdamoro, as she celebrated a record 254th appearance for the Spaniards.

Iva Perovanovic grabbed 19 points for the Montenegrins.

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EuroBasket Women – day 6 (2nd Round, Group F) https://www.talkbasket.net/7855-eurobasket-women-day-6-2nd-round-group-f https://www.talkbasket.net/7855-eurobasket-women-day-6-2nd-round-group-f#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:58:05 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7855-eurobasket-women-day-6-2nd-round-group-f.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

As we move closer towards the quarter-final rounds of Eurobasket Women, the picture is becoming clearer as to whom will be in the last eight. Croatia 64-77 Serbia Serbia continued their impressive march in the second round by eliminating Croatia with a 77-64 win in the day’s opening game. Fuelled by facing their neighbouring country, […]

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As we move closer towards the quarter-final rounds of Eurobasket Women, the picture is becoming clearer as to whom will be in the last eight.

Croatia 64-77 Serbia

Serbia continued their impressive march in the second round by eliminating Croatia with a 77-64 win in the day’s opening game.

Fuelled by facing their neighbouring country, Serbia attacked their rivals from the start and raced to a 23-12 first quarter lead, which the Croats couldn’t fully recover from, even despite the Serbs losing Ana Dabovic in the second quarter to a knee injury.

Jelena Milovanovic led the victors with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Marija Rezan led Croatia with 14 points as they bow out of the tournament.

Great Britain 61-71 Belarus

Belarus edged past Great Britain 71-61 to book their place into the quarter-finals while leaving the Brits with it all to do.

The Belarussians turned a 52-51 lead with four minutes remaining to a 61-51 advantage with a little over two minutes to go as GB were static on the defensive end, allowing Belarus open shots which they scored from.

Katsiaryna Snytsina led Belarus with 15 points, while Jo Leedham led all scorers in vain with 16. GB must beat Croatia in their last match and hope that Serbia lose to the Czech Republic to have a shot of qualification.

France 64-49 Czech Republic

France have qualified for the quarter-finals after a 64-49 win over a plucky Czech Republic side in the day’s final game.

Sandrine Gruda’s double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds was enough to see the hosts through despite some awkward moments in the final period where the Czechs cut the lead to seven, mid-way through and looked to have the French on the ropes.

Petra Kulchova led the Czechs, who have also qualified for the last eight, despite defeat with 10 points.

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EuroBasket Women – day 5 (2nd Round, Group E) https://www.talkbasket.net/7852-eurobasket-women-day-5-2nd-round-group-e https://www.talkbasket.net/7852-eurobasket-women-day-5-2nd-round-group-e#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:29:21 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7852-eurobasket-women-day-5-2nd-round-group-e.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

The second round continues at Eurobasket Women as the focus switches to Lille, home of Group E. Slovak Republic 44-80 Spain Spain showed no signs of slowing down in the groups’ first game as they thrashed the Slovak Republic 80-44. The Spaniards took control from the first quarter onwards and never showed any signs of […]

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The second round continues at Eurobasket Women as the focus switches to Lille, home of Group E.

Slovak Republic 44-80 Spain

Spain showed no signs of slowing down in the groups’ first game as they thrashed the Slovak Republic 80-44.

The Spaniards took control from the first quarter onwards and never showed any signs of slowing down. They led 44-22 at the half and there was no way back from there, Spain forced 20 turnovers out of their opponents while only turning it over 8 times themselves.

Sancho Lyttle continued her good form in France by leading Spain with 18 points and 5 steals. Klaudia Lukacovicova had 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Slovakians.

Sweden 69-58 Montenegro

Sweden continued their great run at Eurobasket with a 69-58 success over a strong Montenegro side.

Frida Elbebrink led Sweden with 21 points but it was the clutch play of Ashley Key that provided the game’s turning point as her 8 points in a little over two minutes during the early stages of the fourth gave her side a 58-48 advantage, which the Montenegrins could not come back from.

Jelena Dubljevic led Montenegro with 17 points.

Italy 46-66 Turkey

Turkey’s full defensive arsenal was on full display as they hammered Italy 66-46 in the day’s final game.

In what was a reasonably close first half, Turkey turned a 34-29 half-time lead to a 51-31 lead after the third period to end all hope of an Italian victory.

Yasemin Dalgalar led Turkey with 10 points, the only player in double figures for the winners. Giorgia Sottana grabbed 11 points for the Italians.

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EuroBasket Women – day 4 (2nd Round, Group F) https://www.talkbasket.net/7850-eurobasket-women-day-4-2nd-round-group-f https://www.talkbasket.net/7850-eurobasket-women-day-4-2nd-round-group-f#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:11:37 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7850-eurobasket-women-day-4-2nd-round-group-f.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

The second round of Eurobasket Women began today as the spotlight shone on Group F in Vendee. Czech Republic 66-55 Great Britain Czech Republic defeated Great Britain 66-55 in the day’s first game as both sides played out a scrappy affair. Michela Zrustova led the winners with 20 points as their fairly accurate shooting from […]

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The second round of Eurobasket Women began today as the spotlight shone on Group F in Vendee.

Czech Republic 66-55 Great Britain

Czech Republic defeated Great Britain 66-55 in the day’s first game as both sides played out a scrappy affair.

Michela Zrustova led the winners with 20 points as their fairly accurate shooting from three-point range was the main difference between the two sides as they shot 52 percent from behind the arc, compared to GB’s 18 percent.

Jo Leedham led the Brits with solid figures of 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Serbia 54-48 Belarus

Serbia shocked Belarus in the day’s second game by defeating them 54-48 in another scrappy contest where defence ruled.

Despite the defensive battle, Serbia turned the game on its head by hitting four triples to establish a double-digit advantage and put the game beyond Belarus, despite a late fightback from the Belarussians.

Anastasiya Verameyenka led Belarus with 12 points.

Croatia 70-78 France

France were pushed to the limit against a stubborn Croatia but eventually came out on top 78-70.

Leading 43-19, the hosts looked in firm control, but the Croats took control in the second half by dropping 30 points in the third, but the French hung on for the win.

Edwige Lawson-Wade led a very balanced scoring attack with 12 points as all 12 players got on the scoresheet. Ana Lelas led all scorers in vain for Croatia with 18.

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TalkBasket’s EuroBasket Women power rankings https://www.talkbasket.net/7848-talkbaskets-eurobasket-women-power-rankings https://www.talkbasket.net/7848-talkbaskets-eurobasket-women-power-rankings#respond Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:30:01 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7848-talkbaskets-eurobasket-women-power-rankings.html As we head to the second round of Eurobasket Women, TalkBasket’s John Hobbs looks at the nations that have made it through and how they rank in his eyes in terms of performance. 1 – FRANCE As expected, the hosts have been dominant. They have eased through Group C with a 3-0 record and have […]

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As we head to the second round of Eurobasket Women, TalkBasket’s John Hobbs looks at the nations that have made it through and how they rank in his eyes in terms of performance.

1 – FRANCE

As expected, the hosts have been dominant. They have eased through Group C with a 3-0 record and have only conceded 118 points in those three contests, Great Britain’s 47 points being the most amount of points that France have allowed. The frightening thing is that Celine Dumerc hasn’t hit full form yet – but she hasn’t needed to. In fairness though, apart from a few periods against GB, they haven’t been tested at all, so as we head to the second stage, France might see some competition. But they have, so far, lived up to their billing as favourites.

2 – TURKEY

The 2011 runners-up won each of their Group A clashes comfortably and that included a tough clash with Montenegro. Turkey probably have more depth than any other nation at Eurobasket and it used this to their advantage as every player on the roster can step up when needed. They have to maintain this if they are to progress any further in the competition.

3 – SPAIN

Spain have a history of crumbling when it matters but so far, so good as Lucas Mondelo’s side have got on with the task at hand plus with Sancho Lyttle and Alba Torrens in good form, they seem confident, heading into round two. Question is: Can they stay together when it matters this time? Thursday’s clash with the Slovak Republic will provide us with a hint.

4 – MONTENEGRO

Jelena Dubljevic has been the standout for a Montenegrin side that looks full of confidence when she’s on the floor. It doesn’t mean that they rely on her 100 percent. They seem generally happy just being on the floor and playing basketball. They have a tremendous fighting spirit and it gets results. Look for them to follow a similar route as they did in 2011, unless the confidence disappeared overnight.

5 – BELARUS

Belarus looked comfortable in their group, even though they lost their final game against Lithuania, but that was a game that saw the bench see the important minutes. However, they look very reliant on Yelena Leuchenka to produce and the supporting cast have not provided much at both ends. It might change in the second round.

6 – GREAT BRITAIN

Out of all the teams that remain, Great Britain have the most weight placed on their shoulders in a demand by sports agency UK Sport to deliver results or lose funding, which would mean the possible end of GB Basketball. But, the first goal is complete; they’ve advanced to the second round and GB have shown that they can compete. They outplayed a well-organised Serbia outfit and beat 2011 quarter-finalists Latvia to get here. Jo Leedham has led the line for them but others are showing their quality as well, and they’ll fancy their chances in this round.

7 – CZECH REPUBLIC

They bounced back from their opening day drubbing to Belarus to win the other two games, but they will be tested in the second round. The silver medal days of 2010 are in the past but the rebuilding Czech Republic side will provide stiff competition for whoever they face.

8 – CROATIA

Croatia have quietly gone about their business like they normally do. A team with no real superstar on their roster this year, they have relied on each other to perform. Ana Lelas and Antonija Misura have led the side at both ends, perhaps more production from Iva Ciglar could be a positive influence if the Croats are to advance from the second round.

9 – SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Coach Ivan Vojtko can be proud of what his side have achieved so far, no doubt his goal was the second round and his young squad have done just that. However, the youth and inexperience makes them doubtful to progress further, but there is a lot of promise in this rebuilding Slovakian side, this maybe the start of a new chapter in Slovakian women’s basketball.

10 – ITALY

Like the Slovaks, Italy will be happy that they have made it this far. Their win over Sweden remains, in my personal opinion, the game of the tournament, but they will need to produce more than their ‘A-Game’ if they are to progress further.

11 – SWEDEN

The story of the group stage, mainly as they comfortably defeated champions Russia, which more than earned their spot into the second round. Experience and skill set might be lacking, but the Swedes make up for it with passion, determination and fearlessness. They will play with nothing to lose and you never know in basketball.

12 – SERBIA

The main goal was to beat Latvia and hope to beat Great Britain in order to get through. They completed one out of the two tasks, which will make coach Marina Maljkovic happy. They will need to pull out all the stops to progress further here, but a solid showing from the Serbs.

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EuroBasket Women – day 3 https://www.talkbasket.net/7847-eurobasket-women-day-3 https://www.talkbasket.net/7847-eurobasket-women-day-3#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:22:43 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7847-eurobasket-women-day-3.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

It’s the final day of action in the group stages at Eurobasket Women. Who goes through, and who goes home. Here is the final day round up. Group A (Vannes) Montenegro 72-60 Ukraine Montenegro are through to the next round after they defeated eliminated Ukraine 72-60. Turnovers ended up hurting the Ukrainans again as they […]

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It’s the final day of action in the group stages at Eurobasket Women. Who goes through, and who goes home. Here is the final day round up.

Group A (Vannes)

Montenegro 72-60 Ukraine

Montenegro are through to the next round after they defeated eliminated Ukraine 72-60.

Turnovers ended up hurting the Ukrainans again as they turned the ball over 20 times and with Jelena Dubljevic in fine form, hitting 29 points, grabbing 6 rebounds and adding 4 assists and 2 steals to her impressive statline, it was always going to be difficult.

Alina Iagupova scored 21 points for Ukraine as they leave France without a win.

Turkey 66-48 Slovak Republic

Turkey continued their fine form in the tournament by finishing Group A an impressive 3-0 as they brushed aside Slovak Republic 66-48. Both teams’ qualification to the next round though were already confirmed.

There were ten different scorers for the Turks as Slovakia struggled to cope with their opponents overall depth in numbers. A 20-8 second quarter was the key to what was an otherwise closely fought encounter.

Tugba Palazoglu led the victors with 12 points while Anna Jurcenkova responded with 10 for the Slovaks.

Turkey (3/0), Montenegro (2/1), Slovak Republic (1/2), Ukraine (0/3)

Group B (Vannes)

Russia 72-66 Italy

Despite clinching their first win of the tournament, a 72-66 success over Italy, champions Russia make a surprising first round exit of Eurobasket Women, which will not sit well with fans back home.

Marina Kuzina led the Russians with 15 points but it was not enough as because of Spain’s rout of Sweden, it meant that Russia finish bottom of Group B with Italy finishing third.

Giorgia Sottana led all scorers with 21 points for the Italians as they lost the battle but won the war with the mighty Russia who will now miss out on the 2014 world championships for women in Turkey.

Sweden 49-73 Spain

Despite an early fright, Spain eased past a brave Sweden outfit 73-49 to finish the group 3-0.

But even though they lost, the celebrations have already begun for the Swedes, as they finish as surprise runners-up in the group with a 1-2 record.

Sancho Lyttle proved her worth with 17 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks for Spain as they fought back from an early deficit in the second quarter to regain the lead and keep it for good. Frida Eldebrink had 10 for Sweden.

Spain (3/0), Sweden (1/2), Italy (1/2), Russia (1/2)

Group C (Trelaze)

Serbia 62-56 Latvia

Serbia grabbed third place and the final spot into the next round through Group C with a 62-56 win over Latvia.

In what was a close game throughout, a five-point cushion was established thanks to a three-point play from Ivanka Matic and a transition bucket from Nevena Jovanovic, which gave the Serbs a 55-50 lead and left Latvia knocked out.

Jelena Milovanovic hit 15 points, 9 of which came from the foul line. Kristine Karklina led all scorers for Latvia with 17 points and 8 rebounds.

France 79-47 Great Britain

France eased past Great Britain 79-47 in the final game in Trelaze. Even before the game began though, both teams knew their fate and were already through.

However, it did not stop the French who managed to hold their three opponents thus far to below 50 points, en route to qualification. Great Britain can be proud that for periods of the game, they took the fight to the Eurobasket favourites and finished a deserved second in the group, higher than any GB squad in any tournament.

Isabelle Yacoubou and Valeriane Ayayi both led the hosts with 11 points with the former grabbing 9 rebounds as all 12 France players registered on the scoresheet. Jo Leedham led all scorers with 13 for the Brits.

France (3/0), Great Britain (2/1), Serbia (1/2), Latvia (0/3)

Group D (Trelaze)

Lithuania 72-67 Belarus

Lithuania signed off from this year’s Eurobasket with an encouraging 72-67 win over Group D winners Belarus.

A 21-12 final quarter swing propelled Lithuania to victory in this dead rubber contest. Gabriele Gutkauskaite led the victors with 15 points.

Aleksandra Tarasava led all scorers in vain for Belarus with 16 points.

Czech Republic 74-68 Croatia

The Czech Republic have finished second in Group D following a 74-68 win over Croatia who have finished third and still qualify despite the loss.

Katerina Hindrakova led the Czechs with 17 points. Ana Lelas and Iva Sliskovic each had 13 for Croatia.

Belarus (2/1), Czech Rep (2/1), Croatia (1/2), Lithuania (1/2)

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EuroBasket Women – day 2 https://www.talkbasket.net/7844-eurobasket-women-day-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/7844-eurobasket-women-day-2#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:43:48 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7844-eurobasket-women-day-2.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Day two of Eurobasket Women will see the groups start to take shape. Which team will continue their push, who can bounce back and who has it all to do? Group A (Vannes) Slovak Republic 75-68 Ukraine The Slovak Republic have won at the second attempt by seeing off Ukraine 75-68 in in the day’s […]

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Day two of Eurobasket Women will see the groups start to take shape. Which team will continue their push, who can bounce back and who has it all to do?

Group A (Vannes)

Slovak Republic 75-68 Ukraine

The Slovak Republic have won at the second attempt by seeing off Ukraine 75-68 in in the day’s opening game in Vannes.

This latest defeat leaves Ukraine at 0-2 as they prepare for Montenegro in their final group game.

Klaudia Lukacovicová led the victors with 23 points and 9 rebounds as her side recorded 16 steals and forced their opponents into committing 24 turnovers, en route to victory.

The 2012 FIBA Europe Young Women’s Player of the Year Alina Iagupova led the Ukraine with 17 points.

Turkey 66-57 Montenegro

Turkey have booked their place in the second round following a 66-57 win over Montenegro.

Tugba Palazoglu and Esmeral Tuncluer both had 12 points as the Turks recovered from an early 15-2 deficit to score the second quarter’s last 11 points which gave them the platform to victory.

Iva Perovanovic led all scorers in vain for Montenegro with 17 points and 8 rebounds, as they drop to 1-1.

Group B (Vannes)

Italy 59-71 Spain

A dominant second quarter push helped Spain past Italy 71-59 as they secured their place in the next round.

The Spaniards outscored the Azzuri 22-10 in the second as a double-doubleof 19 points and 13 rebounds from Sancho Lyttle was enough for victory.

Giorgia Sottana led Italy with 13 points as they drop to 1-1.

Russia 57-68 Sweden

Sweden sent shockwaves by defeating reigning champions Russia 68-57 and sending the Russians on the brink of elimination.

Ashley Key led the Swedes with 14 points as a 19-7 third quarter ended up being the major game changer.

Epiphanny Prince led Russia with 16 points as they drop to 0-2.

Group C (Trelaze)

Great Britain 66-56 Latvia

Great Britain have booked their place in the second phase after defeating Latvia 66-56.

Kim Butler led the victors with 14 points and 9 rebounds with Jo Leedham  as the Brits showed great character in the third when the Latvians, quarter-finalists in 2011 made a run, which threatened GB’s lead, which they had for the majority.

Latvia, led by 12 points by Leva Krastina are now 0-2 in the group conceded 22 second chance points to their opponents.

France 76-32 Serbia

France destroyed Serbia 76-32 in the final game of the day in Trelaze as the sold out crowd were treated to sublime basketball at both ends from the hosts.

Already leading 38-15 at the half, France were not content on sitting on their advantage and increased it further. They scored 28 points off 19 Serbian turnovers.

Gaelle Skrela led the balanced French scoring attack with 14 points, while Ana Dabovic scored nearly half of Serbia’s points with 15.

Group D (Trelaze)

Croatia 43-57 Belarus

Yelena Leuchanka was once again in fine form as she helped Belarus to a 57-43 win over a well-organised Croatia side in Trelaze.

Leuchanka had 13 points and 12 rebounds along with 2 steals to help her side go 2-0 in the group as the Croats suffer their first loss. Belarus turned the game on its head, trailing at the half to reduce their opponents to single figure scores for the next two quarters to grab the win.

Jelena Ivezic, Antonija Misura and Matea Vrdoljak all had 8 points for Croatia.

Czech Republic 70-51 Lithuania

The Czech Republic bounced back from yesterday’s poor showing against Belarus by beating a dismal Lithuania 70-51.

The Lithuanians committed 30 turnovers, which the Czechs took full advantage of as their chances of qualification improved. A 13-0 run in the second quarter ended up being the major turning point in the game.

Petra Kulichova had 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners while Gintare Petronyte had 13 for Lithuania.

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EuroBasket Women – day 1 https://www.talkbasket.net/7843-eurobasket-women-day-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/7843-eurobasket-women-day-1#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:35:04 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7843-eurobasket-women-day-1.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Eurobasket Women in France begins today as we will see 15 days of fast and furious action. Here is the round up of day one so far. Group A (Vannes) Montenegro 77-63 Slovak Republic The 2011 surprise package Montenegro have begun their 2013 campaign with a comfortable 77-63 victory over a rebuilding Slovak Republic side. […]

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Eurobasket Women in France begins today as we will see 15 days of fast and furious action. Here is the round up of day one so far.

Group A (Vannes)

Montenegro 77-63 Slovak Republic

The 2011 surprise package Montenegro have begun their 2013 campaign with a comfortable 77-63 victory over a rebuilding Slovak Republic side.

Jelena Dubljevic excelled in this contest with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners as they turned the game on its head in the third quarter with a 10-0 run to turn a 35-33 deficit into a 59-52 lead, which they never relinquished.

Romana Vynuchalova and Katarina Tetemondova each had 13 points to lead the Slovaks, the former pulled down 7 rebounds.

Ukraine 52-78 Turkey

A devastating 22-8 third quarter saw Turkey defeat Ukraine 78-52, as they sent a strong message to all the team competing at Eurobasket Women.

Isil Alben showed her worth after being given a starting spot with 7 assists, 4 steals and 5 rebounds to go with her 4 points. Quanitra Hollingsworth led the victors with 15 points.

Ukraine were led by Oleksandra Kurasova and Viktoria Mircheva, who both hit 8 points. No Ukraine player was able to achieve higher than that.

Group B (Vannes)

Sweden 63-64 Italy

Italy edged Sweden 64-63 in what was a physical battle, settled by a last second block by Kathrin Ress, who denied the Swedes victory with the rejection on Frida Eldebrink.

Ress finished with solid numbers of 18 points and 14 rebounds as Italy began their campaign with a stunning victory. Eldebrink had 23 for Sweden.

Spain 77-72 Russia

Alba Torrens put in the performance of the day as her 30 points lifted Spain past holders Russia 77-72 in the day’s final game in Vannes.

After overturning an 18-point deficit, Russia looked to have the momentum to snatch victory away from the Spaniards but consecutive free-throws from Sancho Lyttle gave Spain a 74-70 lead and they never lost the advantage from there.

Anna Petrakova had 18 points and 6 rebounds for the current Eurobasket Women champions.

Group C (Trelaze)

Great Britain 76-68 Serbia

Great Britain, urged by Sport England to produce victories in order for the sport’s funding to continue in Britain have begun with a crucial 76-68 win over Serbia.

Azania Stewart and Stephanie Gandy led the Brits with 13 points each while Jo Leedham, recently returned from Connecticut after a failed trial with the Sun secured a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Jelena Milovanovic led all scorers with 19 points for Serbia in what was a back-and-forth encounter where a 13-3 GB run was enough for a 41-38 lead at half-time, despite an 11-3 answer from the Serbs.

Then Serbia hit a further 11 points unanswered to nudge themselves in front before GB rallied and three-pointers from debutant Ella Clark and veteran Rachael Vanderwal plus important shots from Leedham gave GB the win.

France 62-39 Latvia

France thrashed Latvia 62-39 in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,300 in Trelaze as the favourites sent an early statement of intent.

Isabelle Yacoubou scored 17 points as she dominated inside to give the hosts confidence going into their next game with Serbia. The FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year for 2012 Celine Dumerc scored just 1 point but with her team-mates on form, she didn’t need to do too much.

Elina Babkina had 11 points for Latvia as they prepare to face Great Britain tomorrow.

Group D (Trelaze)

Lithuania 77-89 Croatia

Croatia came from an early deficit to defeat a stubborn Lithuania 89-77 in game two in Trelaze.

Antonija Misura, trying to prove her worth after a sub-par showing at the London Olympics last year led the Croats with 15 points. Gintare Petronyte led Lithuania with a game-high 23 points but it was in vain.

Belarus 60-39 Czech Republic

Belarus led from tip-to-buzzer as they comfortably saw off the Czech Republic 60-39.

With a new look squad, the Czechs looked out of depth in the fourth quarter as Belarus, still smarting from their second round exit in Poland two years ago eased through their opponents’ line of defence to win the final ten minutes 21-10.

Despite five turnovers, Yelena Leuchanka led the way for Belarus with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

The Czechs, who forced Belarus into committing 22 turnovers failed to capitalise on it and were thoroughly outclassed. Michaela Zrustova was the only player in double figures with 14.

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Sancho Lyttle in Spain’s final squad https://www.talkbasket.net/7826-sancho-lyttle-in-spains-final-squad https://www.talkbasket.net/7826-sancho-lyttle-in-spains-final-squad#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:00:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7826-sancho-lyttle-in-spains-final-squad.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/national_teams/spain.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Spain have announced their final roster ahead of next week’s Eurobasket Women in France. The final cut from coach Lucas Mondelo’s squad is center Lucila Pascua who would have been a stand-in if WNBA player Sancho Lyttle’s injury ruled her out of the tournament. Lyttle though will suit up for the Spanish, leaving no room […]

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Spain have announced their final roster ahead of next week’s Eurobasket Women in France.

The final cut from coach Lucas Mondelo’s squad is center Lucila Pascua who would have been a stand-in if WNBA player Sancho Lyttle’s injury ruled her out of the tournament. Lyttle though will suit up for the Spanish, leaving no room for Pascua.

The roster was finalised after the conclusion of the team’s last warm-up tournament, which was held in France.

Having defeated Turkey and Canada, Spain suffered their first defeat in preparation with a 67-56 loss to the French who won the mini tournament.

Spain squad: Silvia Dominguez (UMMC Ekaterinburg), Elisa Aguilar (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje), Laia Palau (CCC Polkowice), Cristina Ouvina (Wisla Can-Pack), Marta Xargay (Perfumerias Avenida), Queralt Casas (Rivas Ecopolis), Alba Torrens (Galatasaray), Amaya Valdemoro (Real Canoe), Sancho Lyttle (Galatasaray), Cindy Lima (Uni Gyor), Laura Gil (Burgos), Laura Nicholls (Rivas Ecopolis)

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Great Britain squad named for Eurobasket Women https://www.talkbasket.net/7824-great-britain-squad-named-for-eurobasket-women https://www.talkbasket.net/7824-great-britain-squad-named-for-eurobasket-women#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:14:11 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7824-great-britain-squad-named-for-eurobasket-women.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/federations/british_basketball.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Great Britain coach Damian Jennings has named his final 12-player list that will travel to France to compete at Eurobasket Women next week. Jennings has made his final three cuts ahead of the trip, which include Roz Mason, Renee Busch and Kristie Sheils. This means that Ella Clark is in the final squad along with […]

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Great Britain coach Damian Jennings has named his final 12-player list that will travel to France to compete at Eurobasket Women next week.

Jennings has made his final three cuts ahead of the trip, which include Roz Mason, Renee Busch and Kristie Sheils. This means that Ella Clark is in the final squad along with Georgia Jones, the latter finally making the final team after two years of attempts.

Another player involved that originally missed last year’s Olympic cut is Sheffield Hatters’ guard Lauren Thomas-Johnson.

“I would like to firstly thank Roz, Kristie and Renee for making this team better,” said Jennings.

“Their de-selection was a very tough decision and all three players represented themselves incredibly well.

“Although Roz may be coming closer to her final basketball years, Kristie and Renee represent a crop of players coming through from our under-20′s and Futures programmes and I have no doubt both will be back to cement a place in next year’s senior GB team.

“It is exciting to now finish our last few practices with the final 12 players before travelling to France on Wednesday.

“The spirit of this group has been excellent since day one and I have no doubt the players are looking to representing Great Britain to the best of their ability this summer.”

Great Britain play Serbia in their opening Group C game in Trelaze on June 15.

GB team: Dominique Allen (Bologna), Rose Anderson (Rezé), Kim Butler (Cesis), Ella Clark (Long Beach State University), Stef Collins (Cardiff Archers), Stephanie Gandy (Sheffield Hatters), Chantelle Handy (Mersin), Georgia Jones (Cluj Napoca), Jo Leedham (Bourges), Azania Stewart (Pecsi), Lauren Thomas-Johnson (Sheffield Hatters), Rachael Vanderwal (Limerick)

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Sweden announce final roster for Eurobasket Women https://www.talkbasket.net/7810-sweden-announce-final-roster-for-eurobasket-women https://www.talkbasket.net/7810-sweden-announce-final-roster-for-eurobasket-women#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:35:54 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7810-sweden-announce-final-roster-for-eurobasket-women.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/national_teams/sweden.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Sweden have named their 12-team roster for the upcoming Eurobasket Women tournament in France. Coach Lars Johansson has made a few surprises with veteran point guard Martina Stallvant missing out along with Agnes Nordstrom. Johanna Kallman was the third player to be released from the squad after the mini tournament last week that included Great […]

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Sweden have named their 12-team roster for the upcoming Eurobasket Women tournament in France.

Coach Lars Johansson has made a few surprises with veteran point guard Martina Stallvant missing out along with Agnes Nordstrom. Johanna Kallman was the third player to be released from the squad after the mini tournament last week that included Great Britain, Latvia and a Turkey B team.

Sweden indeed won the tournament in Sodertalje, where coach Johansson made his choice and there was certainly more pressure on space after the inevitable inclusion of naturalised small forward Ashley Key, whose arrival is a big plus for the Swedes.

The full roster is as follows: Malin Aasa (Norrkoping Dolphins), Frida Aili (Northland Basket), Kadidja Andersson (MBK Ruzomberok), Katarina Andersson (Solna Vikings), Anna Barthold (Northland Basket), Elisabeth Egnell (Norrkoping Dolphins), Elin Eldebrink (CUS Cagliari), Frida Eldebrink (Bourges Basket), Louice Halvarsson (CUS Cagliari), Danielle Hamilton-Carter (Georgia Tech), Ashley Key (Mark Basket Marbo), Stefanie Yderstrom (University of Miami)

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France name squad while Spain trim theirs https://www.talkbasket.net/7806-france-name-squad-while-spain-trim-theirs https://www.talkbasket.net/7806-france-name-squad-while-spain-trim-theirs#respond Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:12:40 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7806-france-name-squad-while-spain-trim-theirs.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/eurobasket_women_2013.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

France coach Pierre Vincent has named his final roster for Eurobasket Women in just under two weeks following a 64-50 friendly win over Russia. There was joy for 19-year-old Valeriane Ayayi, who will make her international debut for the Olympic silver-medalists as they look to go one better as the host nation at Eurobasket. France […]

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France coach Pierre Vincent has named his final roster for Eurobasket Women in just under two weeks following a 64-50 friendly win over Russia.

There was joy for 19-year-old Valeriane Ayayi, who will make her international debut for the Olympic silver-medalists as they look to go one better as the host nation at Eurobasket.

France roster: Marielle Amant (Nantes Reze), Valeriane Ayayi (Basket Landes), Celine Dumerc (Bourges), Emilie Gomis (BLMA), Sandrine Gruda (UMMC Ekaterinburg), Anael Lardy (ZVVZ USK Prague), Edwige Lawson-Wade (BLMA), Endene Miyem (Bourges), Emmeline Ndongue (Bourges), Gaelle Skrela (BLMA), Diandra Tchatchouang (Perpignan), Isabelle Yacoubou (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje).

Meanwhile, Spain have trimmed their roster down to 14 as coach Lucas Mondelo will finalise the squad with two more cuts before Eurobasket.

He has cut guard Anna Cruz from the lineup though.

“This is always a difficult decision and dare I even say painful, because all the players who are with us would deserve to be at Eurobasket Women,” Mondelo said.

“But unfortunately, only 12 can go to the championship and we had to take a decision.

“Anna Cruz has shown that with her quality, attitude and experience, she could be one of the chosen ones at this level, but the small details are those upon which we decide.

“We’ll have a team in France that plays at speed and with a rate at which Anna Cruz could not reach after being injured in the last game of Liga Femenina with Rivas.”

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Wauters returns to UMMC https://www.talkbasket.net/7789-wauters-returns-to-ummc https://www.talkbasket.net/7789-wauters-returns-to-ummc#respond Fri, 24 May 2013 14:40:57 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7789-wauters-returns-to-ummc.html Ann Wauters has returned to Euroleague Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg for a second spell with the Russian giants. Wauters played for UMMC for two seasons, in 2009-10 and 2010-11, she then won the Euroleague title with Ros Casares in 2012 after taking time out to become a mother. The now retired Belgian international spent last […]

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Ann Wauters has returned to Euroleague Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg for a second spell with the Russian giants.

Wauters played for UMMC for two seasons, in 2009-10 and 2010-11, she then won the Euroleague title with Ros Casares in 2012 after taking time out to become a mother.

The now retired Belgian international spent last season with Galatasaray, averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. Her side lost though all three contests in last season’s Euroleague Women Final 8, including a 72-44 loss to the Russians.

She has also been a mainstay in the Euroleague Women since the 1998-99 season, Wauters has previously played for CSKA Moscow and VBM-SGAU Samara, and won a Euroleague title with the latter.

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Turning a new Page in the chapter of Julie’s career https://www.talkbasket.net/7788-turning-a-new-page-in-the-chapter-of-julies-career https://www.talkbasket.net/7788-turning-a-new-page-in-the-chapter-of-julies-career#respond Fri, 24 May 2013 10:08:03 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7788-turning-a-new-page-in-the-chapter-of-julies-career.html London 2012 had a simple, yet powerful motto: Inspire a generation. The Olympics wanted to leave a legacy behind once the Games were finished and that was to encourage more people, particularly children to take up sport and enjoy a fun and active lifestyle. To a lesser extent, there was a focus for the kids […]

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London 2012 had a simple, yet powerful motto: Inspire a generation.

The Olympics wanted to leave a legacy behind once the Games were finished and that was to encourage more people, particularly children to take up sport and enjoy a fun and active lifestyle. To a lesser extent, there was a focus for the kids to have the opportunity to enjoy other sports as well – that there was more on offer than just football.

To the athletes taking part, they took that message to heart; none more so than Great Britain women’s basketball captain Julie Page.

Just being part of the Olympic experience, donning the GB tracksuit with an athletes accreditation over her neck and living in the village was something that the Manchester-born forward will never forget, and even though she lives and breathes the game of basketball, especially playing for her country, so inspired with competing at the now bare Basketball Arena and seeing thousands of Union Jack flags waving, Page wanted to continue the Olympic tradition and help others.

This year, Page’s name wasn’t featured in Damian Jennings’ squad list for the upcoming Eurobasket Women.  She had announced her international retirement after the Games and has since found the “post-Olympic hangover” a difficult move.

“The transition after the Olympics was actually really difficult,” she admits. “It’s hard to put into words exactly why, but it’s such a life changing event that I felt slightly lost coming out the other side. I’ve made some rather big life changes also which has been a challenging step.

“However, all in all, I think I’m going in the right direction, down the path of teaching, to continue the London 2012 legacy, inspire a generation.”

And inspire she has done. Page gained the necessary qualifications to become a teacher at a school in Manchester where she uses her past-basketball experiences to help others, so that they can enjoy the game, hopefully for years to come.

Her career on the court isn’t 100 percent over. Page states that she would keep playing until “her knees dropped off”. She was part of the all-conquering Sheffield Hatters side last season that won all the trophies on offer and finished undefeated in the process. In the 70-57 playoff final win against Barking Abbey; Page was crowned the game’s MVP with 13 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.

“Playing at Sheffield [last] season has been so much fun,” Page said. “The pressures of being a professional didn’t apply, but most of all, being able to play the game I love and be surrounded by the people I love, well it’s just the most perfect combination.”

Her passion, post-Olympics though has been the very thing that London 2012 stood for.  She wanted to encourage others to play the game of basketball and at the same time enjoy an active lifestyle, which is something all sports aim to do, and in Page’s case, through teaching.

“Seeing young adults connect and enjoying the physical activity is so rewarding,” Page explains. “At Manchester Communication Academy the staff are trying to build a sporting culture within the school, it’s something I’m really excited to be a part of.”

For sure Page’s main focus is education but her love of basketball and especially Great Britain’s progress is on her mind as well. Her former colleagues, led by Kim Butler have begun preparations for Eurobasket Women next month in France where they face Serbia, Latvia and the hosts themselves. GB lost their opening two warm-ups to a determined Belarus side but come home for their first games on British soil since the Olympics, as they face Israel, Germany and Greece in a mini invitational tournament at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

While it pains Page not to be there, not being on the court with her team-mates and unable to do anything apart from sit and cheer them on, she is confident that the program under new coach Damian Jennings is in good hands.

“GB women have achieved a lot, and produced amazing results. I have no doubt this will continue,” Page said. “The older players will bring a wealth of experience, and the younger players will bring fresh legs and eager enthusiasm.

“Bringing Damian [Jennings], Ken [Shields] and Vanessa [Ellis] back to work as the coaching staff will bring much needed consistency to the program. Also with Damien as head coach he can build on the legacy already in place, as he’s been a part of the team already. I think this fluid transition will prove vital with such a short preparation camp to the Eurobasket.”

Great Britain’s rebuilding phase has begun for both men and women, but Page hopes to educate and nurture the next batch of stars, whether they are male or female in the hopes that they can represent a successful and proud national team.

Great Britain’s game in Guildford against Germany on Sunday 26th May will be the nation’s 100th international game. And to mark the occasion, the game will be streamed on the GB website (www.gbbasketball.com). The game tips-off at 18:00 CET (17:00 Local).

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Lithuania name 17-player team for France https://www.talkbasket.net/7749-lithuania-name-17-player-team-for-france https://www.talkbasket.net/7749-lithuania-name-17-player-team-for-france#respond Sat, 04 May 2013 19:01:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7749-lithuania-name-17-player-team-for-france.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/national_teams/lithuania.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Lithuania head coach Algirdas Paulauskas has announced his 17-name roster for Eurobasket Women but was unable to include three big names. Paulauskas did not include Rima Valentiene, Sandra Linkeviciene or Egle Sulciute in his squad, and has opted for a youthful feel as he gears his side up for next month’s tournament in France. Both […]

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Lithuania head coach Algirdas Paulauskas has announced his 17-name roster for Eurobasket Women but was unable to include three big names.

Paulauskas did not include Rima Valentiene, Sandra Linkeviciene or Egle Sulciute in his squad, and has opted for a youthful feel as he gears his side up for next month’s tournament in France.

Both Valentiene and Linkeviciene haven’t called time on their careers just yet. The latter chose not to play club basketball last season after helping Lithuania qualify for this year’s Eurobasket Women, where the guard led her side in assists and steals.

Suiciute, meanwhile has stressed that she needs a summer off to regain her fitness after a succession of injury problems.

Paulauskas has another issue as well. Despite being picked in the preliminary roster, the question remains as to whether Ausra Bimbaite will confirm her intention to suit up this summer. She didn’t participate in the qualifiers and the playcaller, along with the rest of the team will hope that she decides to play.

Lithuania will play warm-up games in Latvia and France before heading home to play in a four-team tournament in Panevezys, including Japan, China and Sweden before playing in Group D against Belarus, Croatia and the Czech Republic.

The full roster is as follows:

Gabriele Gutkauskaite (Fortuna Klaipeda)
Inesa Visgaudaite (Toulouse)
Greta Sniokaite (Kibirkstis Vilnius)
Marina Solopova (Edremit)
Mante Kvederaviciute (Laisve Kaunas)
Ausra Bimbaite (Dynamo Kursk)
Kamile Nacickaite (CUS Chieti)
Kristina Vengryte (Kibirkstis Vilnius)
Giedre Paugaite (USO Mondeville)
Lina Pikciute (Kibirkstis Vilnius)
Gintare Petronyte (Taranto)
Kristina Alminaite (Kibirkstis Vilnius)
Rasa Zemantauskaite (Sirenos)
Monika Grigalauskyte (Fortuna Klaipeda)
Laura Svaryte (Aistes-LSU Kaunas)
Iveta Salkauske (Sirenos)
Egle Siksniute (Fortuna Klaipeda)

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GB Women pre-Eurobasket Women squad named https://www.talkbasket.net/7739-gb-women-pre-eurobasket-women-squad-named https://www.talkbasket.net/7739-gb-women-pre-eurobasket-women-squad-named#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:11:02 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7739-gb-women-pre-eurobasket-women-squad-named.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/federations/british_basketball.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Great Britain Women’s head coach Damien Jennings has named his preliminary squad as they prepare for the upcoming Eurobasket Women event in France. They will play Germany, Greece and Israel from the 25-27th May in an invitational tournament at Guildford’s Surrey Sports Park. The lineup includes a blend of experience from players in the 2012 […]

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Great Britain Women’s head coach Damien Jennings has named his preliminary squad as they prepare for the upcoming Eurobasket Women event in France.

They will play Germany, Greece and Israel from the 25-27th May in an invitational tournament at Guildford’s Surrey Sports Park.

The lineup includes a blend of experience from players in the 2012 Olympic squad as well as some fresh young talent, all of whom will gather for the first time since London in training camp at Surrey Sports Park.

Five of GB’s best youth players have been selected for the first time specifically with an eye to 2020, including Ella Clark, Renee Busch, Christina Gaskin,

Cheridene Green and Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby. In another first, two of these players, Clark and Gaskin, are graduates from the Regional Institute of Basketball at Barking Abbey and are among the seven Future aged players named in the squad.

Jo Leedham, who stepped up for GB and shone during the London Games, has once again been selected in the preliminary squad. During the Olympic campaign, Leedham was joint top in points per game with an impressive 16.2 average earning her nomination for ‘British Basketball’s Athlete of the Year’. At her current side, Bourges Basket she helped the team secure third place in the Euroleague Women Final Eight with some impressive offensive rebounding.

The squad will assemble on 4 May 2013 to commence their preparations for the summer ahead where they face a tough Eurobasket challenge against Olympic silver medallists, France, Serbia and Latvia for their first round games at the tournament.

GB women’s head coach, Damian Jennings commented on his selection: “The EuroBasket creates a great test for us post Olympics and we have been able to select a real blend of experience and youthful talent.

“With the early timing of Eurobasket there will always be challenges but all the GB performance staff are looking forward to working with the selected squad and preparing for this great summer ahead.”

Full details of the 20 players in the preliminary squad are:

First Name

Surname

Home Nation

Club

Dominique

Allen

England

MECC. NOVA BOLOGNA, Italy

Rose

Anderson

Scotland

Cercle Sainte Paul Rezé Basket, France

Renee

Busch

England

University of Penn, USA

Kimberly

Butler

England

SK Cesis, Latvia

Ella

Clark

England

Long Beach State University, USA

Stefanie

Collins

England

Cardiff Archers, Wales

Temitope

Fagbenle

England

Harvard University, USA

Stephanie

Gandy

England

Sheffield Hatters, England

Christina

Gaskin

England

Fordham University, USA

Cheridene

Green

England

Sevenoaks Suns, England

Chantelle

Handy

England

Mersin, Turkey

Georgia

Jones

England

CLUJ NAPOCA, Romania

Johannah

Leedham

England

Bourges, France

Roz

Mason

England

Barking Abbey, England

Erin

Mcgarrahan

Scotland

University of Texas El Paso, USA

Harriet

Ottewell-Soulsby

England

Loughborough Student Riders, England

Kristie

Shiels

England

Calgary University, Canada

Azania

Stewart

England

PINKK-PECSI 424, Hungary

Lauren

Thomas-Johnson

England

Sheffield Hatters, England

Rachael

Vanderwal

England

University of Limerick, Ireland

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The WNBA: 17 seasons strong https://www.talkbasket.net/7733-the-wnba-17-seasons-strong https://www.talkbasket.net/7733-the-wnba-17-seasons-strong#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:25:54 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7733-the-wnba-17-seasons-strong.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/screen shot 2013-04-24 at 16.38.50.png): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

It began with little fanfare, but has since grown into its own and is now one of the most recognisable women’s sporting leagues in the world. Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Women’s National Basketball Association and with the most anticipated season on its way on May 24, highlighted by the debut of number […]

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It began with little fanfare, but has since grown into its own and is now one of the most recognisable women’s sporting leagues in the world.

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Women’s National Basketball Association and with the most anticipated season on its way on May 24, highlighted by the debut of number one lottery pick Brittney Griner, there promises to be several highlights in store.

But the other 16 seasons have provided us with many highlights and moments. Beginning with Lisa Leslie’s infamous dunk in 2002.

Lisa Leslie with the one-hand slam in 2002.

She got the ball in transition. The crowd roaring her on. Lisa Leslie had one thing on her mind.

The Los Angeles Sparks forward made WNBA history by becoming the first woman to dunk in a game. Her dunk paved the way for players like Griner and Australia’s Liz Cambage, who have also dunked, in game.

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The Houston takeover.

For the first four seasons, the Houston Comets were the WNBA’s premier side, winning the championship when most had predicted for the heavily publicised Sparks to get the championship ball rolling.

From 1997 until 2000, the Comets reigned supreme until their marquee performer, four-time WNBA Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper announced her retirement and thus the Comets dynasty came to an end.

During their time at the top, Houston posted a total overall record of 98-24 [16-3 playoffs] and were the first women’s team to have been invited to the White House.

Cooper was named one of the WNBA’s 15 best ever players.

Taurasi breaks records with 47 points, followed by Jackson.

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi is known as one of women’s basketball’s greatest ever players.

In 2006, Taurasi’s Mercury, known for being one of the most attacking minded teams in the league needed three overtime periods to defeat the Houston Comets. Taurasi, of course, at the heart of it all.

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A year later, Australian forward Lauren Jackson equaled Taurasi’s effort of 47 points, but it ultimately came to nothing as the Washington Mystics edged Jackson’s Seattle Storm 97-96 after overtime.

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International talent.

Russia’s Elena Baranova began the international trend by becoming the first non-American WNBA player and since then, there has been an influx of international talent.

From Australia’s Lauren Jackson to Latvia’s Anete Jekabsone-Zogota. Belgium’s Ann Wauters to the late Margo Dydek of Poland, who at 7’2 was the tallest player to compete in the league, the WNBA has had its share of talent from abroad.

Many have gone on to win several MVP awards, WNBA titles and receive All-Star places. Jackson is the WNBA’s most decorated international player with eight All-Star appearances, two championships and three MVP awards. Portugal’s Ticha Penicheiro has four All-Star appearances and a WNBA title to her name.

Three to see in 2013.

What next for the WNBA? Here’s a behind the scenes look at the top three picks of this year’s draft.

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Danilochkina missing from Russia training list https://www.talkbasket.net/7732-danilochkina-missing-from-russia-training-list https://www.talkbasket.net/7732-danilochkina-missing-from-russia-training-list#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:02:32 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7732-danilochkina-missing-from-russia-training-list.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/Women/danilochkina_elena.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Russia’s Elena Danilochkina will not be returning to the national team as they bid to retain their Eurobasket Women crown this summer. The 2011 Eurobasket Women MVP is taking a break from the sport to get married later this year and start a family, as revealed by new Russian head coach Alfredas Vainauskas. Danilochkina is […]

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Russia’s Elena Danilochkina will not be returning to the national team as they bid to retain their Eurobasket Women crown this summer.

The 2011 Eurobasket Women MVP is taking a break from the sport to get married later this year and start a family, as revealed by new Russian head coach Alfredas Vainauskas.

Danilochkina is the fourth high profile player who will miss this summer’s tournament, to be held in France, following on from the injured Olga Arteshina plus Maria Stepanova and Svetlana Abrosimova have both retired. Epiphanny Prince though will be the team’s naturalised player who will succeed Becky Hammon.

Russia begin training camp on May 12. They are in Group B at Eurobasket Women and will play in Vannes against Italy, Spain and Sweden.

17-player roster:

Epiphanny Prince (Dynamo Kursk), Natalia Zhedik (Nadezhda), Evgeniia Beliakova (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje), Ilona Korstin Dynamo Moscow), Liudmila Sapova (Nadezhda), Anna Petrakova (UMMC Ekaterinburg), Natalia Vodopyanova (Dynamo Kursk), Tatiana Vidmer (Dynamo Moscow), Irina Osipova (Istanbul University), Nadezhda Grishaeva (Dynamo Moscow), Natalia Vieru (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje), Marina Kuzina (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje), Ekaterina Lisina (Dynamo Kursk), Maria Cherepanova (Dynamo Kusk), Veronika Dorosheva (Dynamo Moscow), Elena Volkova (Chevakata) and Ekaterina Ruzanova (Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje)

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Griner leads 2013 WNBA Draft class https://www.talkbasket.net/7718-griner-leads-2013-wnba-draft-class https://www.talkbasket.net/7718-griner-leads-2013-wnba-draft-class#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2013 04:28:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7718-griner-leads-2013-wnba-draft-class.html In probably one of the most anticipated WNBA Drafts of all time, the Phoenix Mercury selected Baylor’s Brittney Griner with the number one overall pick. Griner leaves college basketball as one of the most dominant players to play the women’s game. She ranked first all time in blocked shots with 748, which topped the men’s […]

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In probably one of the most anticipated WNBA Drafts of all time, the Phoenix Mercury selected Baylor’s Brittney Griner with the number one overall pick.

Griner leaves college basketball as one of the most dominant players to play the women’s game. She ranked first all time in blocked shots with 748, which topped the men’s total also as Griner overtook Mississippi State’s Jarvis Vernado’s 564.

The 6’8 center easily led the nation in dunks with 18, contributing to 54.5 percent of the 33 dunks performed by women’s players this past season. Griner also finished second in points scored with 3,283 and in 148 games played with the Lady Bears, she reached double-figure scoring numbers 146 times.

The Chicago Sky selected the nation’s leading scorer as a junior Elena Delle Donne out of Delaware with the number two pick. The 6’5 guard/forward ends her college career as the fifth leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,039 points.

The Tulsa Shock selected enthusiastic 5’9 guard Skylar Diggins from Notre Dame with the third pick. Diggins exits the Fighting Irish as their career leader in points and steals. She also ranks second in assists.

The top three were pitted as the “3 to see”, and no doubt they were obvious choices, a true class above during their time in women’s college basketball. As for the rest of the lottery: it remained a mystery as to where the “supporting cast” to the main three would end up.

Ohio State’s Tayler Hill was the fourth pick of the Draft, going to the Washington Mystics, owners the WNBA’s worst record last season at 5-29 while the New York Liberty drafted Kelsey Bone from Texas A&M with the fifth pick and Oklahoma State’s Toni Young, seventh. Seattle Storm, who will be without Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird this season, both due to injury selected Tianna Hawkins with the sixth pick.

The San Antonio Silver Stars selected 6’4 center Kayla Alexander from Syracuse as the eighth pick, while the Indiana Fever chose 5’9 guard Layshia Clarendon from Cal as their ninth selection.

The first round of the 2013 WNBA Draft concluded with the Los Angeles Sparks taking Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies 10th. Connecticut drafted UConn forward Kelly Faris 11th and Minnesota picking Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore.

The WNBA, complete with a new image and new logo will start its 17th season on May 24.

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Russia’s Maria Stepanova retires from international game https://www.talkbasket.net/7710-russias-maria-stepanova-retires-from-international-game https://www.talkbasket.net/7710-russias-maria-stepanova-retires-from-international-game#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2013 13:20:46 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7710-russias-maria-stepanova-retires-from-international-game.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/screen shot 2013-04-12 at 14.23.33.png): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Influential Russian basketball figure Maria Stepanova has announced her retirement from the international game ahead of June’s Eurobasket Women event in France. Stepanova was forced to miss out on representing Russia at last year’s Olympic Games in London due to an ACL injury but the veteran will have been pleased to end her illustrious international […]

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Influential Russian basketball figure Maria Stepanova has announced her retirement from the international game ahead of June’s Eurobasket Women event in France.

Stepanova was forced to miss out on representing Russia at last year’s Olympic Games in London due to an ACL injury but the veteran will have been pleased to end her illustrious international career with a gold medal at the 2011 Eurobasket Women’s tournament in Poland, an event where she was named in the All Tournament Team.

One of the most recognisable figures across the women’s basketball world, Stepanova competed at the elite level for her country for some 16 years, incorporating 15 major tournaments, resulting with a number of medals won.

You know, for me to just be in the team was a great joy,” she told Russian newspaper Sport Express. “Even in defeat, I did not perceive it as a tragedy, but as a kind of spice from which victory grew sweeter.

“For example, at Eurobasket Women during 2009 when we lost in the final and then winning the title two years later, brought a fountain of bright emotions.

“If we had just won all the tournaments – it would probably not have been quite so interesting.”

In her absence though, Stepanova said to the newspaper that she did not want another “Stepanova” in the national team, rather an original player who can make Russia proud.

She has not decided on whether to retire completely from the sport. Stepanova has one year left on her contract with Eurolegaue Women champions UMMC Ekaterinburg.

“Let’s see,” she says. “My contract runs for the next season and if I have enough strength and health, it’s hard to say. I will take a final decision in the summer.”

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Connecticut 93-60 Louisville (NCAA Women’s Final Four 2013) https://www.talkbasket.net/7700-connecticut-93-60-louisville-ncaa-womens-final-four-2013 https://www.talkbasket.net/7700-connecticut-93-60-louisville-ncaa-womens-final-four-2013#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2013 07:24:15 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7700-connecticut-93-60-louisville-ncaa-womens-final-four-2013.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/screen shot 2013-04-10 at 08.27.37.png): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

The Connecticut Huskies are top of the women’s college basketball pile, and it looks like they could stay there for a while too. UConn [35-4] recorded a 93-60 rout over Louisville [29-9] in New Orleans, the largest margin of victory for a women’s national championship game, comfortably passing Tennessee’s 27-point win in 1987. And after […]

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The Connecticut Huskies are top of the women’s college basketball pile, and it looks like they could stay there for a while too.

UConn [35-4] recorded a 93-60 rout over Louisville [29-9] in New Orleans, the largest margin of victory for a women’s national championship game, comfortably passing Tennessee’s 27-point win in 1987. And after missing out on the title game for the last two years, the Huskies were simply making up for lost time.

For legendary UConn coach Geno Auriemma, he is now in a very select group of NCAA basketball coaches to have won at least eight national titles, alongside Pat Summitt. Only John Wooden has won more national titles than Auriemma but what the two coaches have in common is that neither of the has lost a title contest. Wooden was 10-0, Auriemma is now 8-0.

Summitt issued a statement shortly after UConn’s win via her son, Tyler.

“Congratulations to Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies on a remarkable season and an eighth national title,” she said. “Geno is a proven champion and a leader in our game. My best to him, his family, his team and staff.”

Freshman Breanna Stewart led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds in a dominant display, earning her the Most Outstanding Player award. Senior Kelly Faris finished with solid numbers of 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

With Louisville coach Rick Pitino in attendance, fresh off his side’s national title win in Atlanta, 24 hours earlier, the Cardinals got off to a decent start, leading 14-10 and making life difficult for the Huskies.

Stewart though had other ideas, as she inspired a 19-0 burst with her scoring seven points in that run to lead 29-14 with 8:44 left in the first and the lead ballooned as the half wore on. By the end of the first half buzzer, UConn led 48-29 and the contest was as good as over.

For Louisville, the Cinderella story that included an upset win over Brittney Griner’s Baylor unfortunately did not have a happy ending, but the Cardinals on the whole can look back at a phenomenal season of college basketball where the men won a national title and the women finished an unlikely second.

Sara Hammond led Louisville with 15 points, the only player to reach double-digits for her side.

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Jennings steps up to take GB Women’s job https://www.talkbasket.net/7672-jennings-steps-up-to-take-gb-womens-job https://www.talkbasket.net/7672-jennings-steps-up-to-take-gb-womens-job#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:03:15 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7672-jennings-steps-up-to-take-gb-womens-job.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/coaches/jennings_damian.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Damian Jennings has been named as the new head coach of the Great Britain Women’s team. The appointment comes nearly 81 days until the start of Eurobasket Women in France where they will square off against the hosts, Latvia and Serbia in Group C. The Englishman, who is currently in charge at the University of […]

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Damian Jennings has been named as the new head coach of the Great Britain Women’s team.

The appointment comes nearly 81 days until the start of Eurobasket Women in France where they will square off against the hosts, Latvia and Serbia in Group C.

The Englishman, who is currently in charge at the University of Calgary will be assisted by Ken Shields and Vanessa Ellis who both retain their existing roles. Jennings left for Canada after steering UWIC to an England Basketball League title last season.

He was responsible for scouting and analysis for Tom Maher at last summer’s Olympic Games in London.

“Having been part of the coaching team since 2006 I’m honoured to have been given the chance to lead British Basketball’s Women’s programme into EuroBasket 2013,” Jennings said. “We are ambitious and we want to build a team capable of challenging for honours at the top of the international game.

“After convincing UK Sport that basketball was worthy of investment, we have a tough challenge ahead, but it’s one I know both staff and players will thrive on. We want to deliver the best performances possible at the up-coming Eurobasket in France.

“I want to thank British Basketball for the support they have given me. It’s exciting to be part of a programme with such high ambitions for the future.”

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A look back at the UMMC dominance https://www.talkbasket.net/7670-a-look-back-at-the-ummc-dominance https://www.talkbasket.net/7670-a-look-back-at-the-ummc-dominance#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:21:33 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7670-a-look-back-at-the-ummc-dominance.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/screen shot 2013-03-25 at 11.23.10.png): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

TalkBasket’s John Hobbs failed to get out to Yekinterinburg for the Euroleague Women Final 8, but kept in touch throughout on the goings on in Russia as UMMC Ekaterinburg ended a decade of hurt to finally lift the crown. UMMC Ekaterinburg are European women’s basketball champions. Was it in any doubt as the Final 8 […]

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TalkBasket’s John Hobbs failed to get out to Yekinterinburg for the Euroleague Women Final 8, but kept in touch throughout on the goings on in Russia as UMMC Ekaterinburg ended a decade of hurt to finally lift the crown.

UMMC Ekaterinburg are European women’s basketball champions.

Was it in any doubt as the Final 8 began? No, not really.

The Russian side were dominant throughout this season’s Euroleague Women, a 65-57 loss to Perfumerias Avenida the only blemish on a near flawless overall record in their 17 games played.

It was only fitting that the Final 8 was played in Yekaterinburg, and throughout the six-day tournament, the hosts proved to be delightful to their enthusiastic fans but deadly to their opponents. Fenerbahce were the only side to make it past the half century of points and they were still swept aside in the final game.

They were obvious pre-tournament favourites, even when FIBA Europe announced that the Final 8 would be in their own backyard, their billing rose further. It almost felt like it was a matter of when they would pick up the trophy, not if.

And on a snowy evening in the Russian city, with the yellow and blue of Fenerbahce right in-front of them and with 6,500 cheering wildly, UMMC made their final move and once the emotion in Diana Taurasi’s face became clear when her pass to Candace Parker made it 8-0 in the first few minutes of the first quarter, the contest was over.

Fenerbahce had their moments though. An 11-5 run in the second period narrowed the gap, but UMMC’s lead was still 15 at the half and from then on in, it was going through the motions.

Aside from the WNBA talent that Ekaterinburg possessed, there was a Spaniard on the roster that didn’t get herself involved in the headlines over the course of the week – she just played the game she loves – and as a reward, claimed her third straight Euroleague Women’s medal, with her third consecutive club.

“It’s amazing but I think I was just in the right place at the right moment each year,” said Silvia Dominguez.

“I am just fortunate to be in these teams with great rosters.

“We didn’t expect the kind of start we had, but we have to say it was almost perfect in the first quarter for us.

“Now I play for UMMC on the same court as where I won two years ago, it was nice to win the title in front of all these home fans.”

Candace Parker took the plaudits, individually with another double-double showing of 24 points and 11 rebounds but she, along with Ekaterinburg have been doing that all through this tournament, taking the plaudits.  There were close-run games, like the 71-70 over Galatasaray in Istanbul that had people claiming that this side could be beat after all, they are human.

By the time their first defeat did come around, they had a Playoff spot sealed and coach Olaf Lange was experimenting different roster changes.

It’s been a decade in the making, but with probably the most star-studded line-up in Euroleague Women’s history, UMMC Ekaterinburg got the job done.

There were other stories of the season to tell, the tremendous effort of French side Bourges Basket en route to third place and for Celine Dumerc, the FIBA Europe Player of the Year, another unexpected podium finish to finish the season. No one expected France to win a medal at the Olympics but thanks to Dumerc, they did. It was a mild case of déjà vu as she led her side to a 65-57 success over Good Angels Kosice in the 3rd/4th place Playoff game.

“I am so proud of my team because there were two finals being played today and we won our final, ” Dumerc proudly said afterwards.

“Kosice are a great team and after a long week, it was difficult to find the energy to finish very well but we did it.”

With such an injury-hit side over the course of the season, Bourges were not given much of a shot, especially against the veteran side from Slovakia. But their heart and passion for the game that they play and love got them through.

It wasn’t just Dumerc. Endene Miyem, who missed the semi-final loss to UMMC, didn’t want to miss this occasion and suited up for her side; playing through the pain barrier grabbed 10 rebounds and even though she shot 1/11 from the floor, her determination exemplified Bourges Basket throughout not just the Final 8, but the season as well. The efforts of Jo Leedham and Merissa Coleman must not go un-noticed either.

It was Ekaterinburg’s season though, they lived up to their billing, and how.

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Euroleague Women Final 8 (semi-final round-up) https://www.talkbasket.net/7667-euroleague-women-final-8-semi-final-round-up https://www.talkbasket.net/7667-euroleague-women-final-8-semi-final-round-up#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2013 07:52:17 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7667-euroleague-women-final-8-semi-final-round-up.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/euroleague_women.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

A round up of the Euroleague Women Final 8 semi-finals in Ekaterinburg, Russia as we move ever closer to the biggest game in European women’s club basketball. Ekaterinburg marches on. Hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg recovered from a shaky first quarter to ease past Bourges Basket 73-44. From the second quarter onwards, the game never looked in […]

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A round up of the Euroleague Women Final 8 semi-finals in Ekaterinburg, Russia as we move ever closer to the biggest game in European women’s club basketball.

Ekaterinburg marches on.

Hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg recovered from a shaky first quarter to ease past Bourges Basket 73-44.

From the second quarter onwards, the game never looked in doubt as the hot favourites showed just why they are that with a scintillating display of team basketball, led by Olympic gold medal winner Candice Parker, who finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Afterwards, Parker was glad that as the home team, the local fans get to see their team in a final.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a sense of relief, but it’s just really nice to get the third place monkey off our back,” she said.

“Playing in Sunday’s Final is what we have been working for all season.”

Ekaterinburg were aggressive throughout, but if they are to be champions, one area they will need to work on is restricting their opponents offensive rebounding, as they gave up seven offensive boards in the opening 15 minutes of play. They were efficient in terms of shot selection, shooting 52 percent in their two-point shooting compared to Bourges’ 29 percent.

It’s been a great run for a talented team-orientated Bourges who now bow out for another year. Marissa Coleman led their charge with 13 points. Jo Leedham was two points shy of a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Fenerbahce make history.

Fenerbahce came from behind to secure a place in the final after they beat Good Angels Kosice 68-56.

It’ll be the first time that Turkish basketball will have a side in a Euroleague Women’s final and it shows the progression made in Turkish women’s basketball over the last few years.

Cappie Pondexter led the victors with 19 points with Angel McCoughtry laying down her marker with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds.

“We had another bad start to the game, but we came back strongly in the second half and that again showed our strength and unity as a team,” said McCoughtry.

“I can’t believe we have made history for Turkish women’s basketball and that we will now get to play in the Championship game.”

The Slovakians looked the better side for the first two quarters until a burst from the Istanbul side in the third gave them the advantage and they never relinquished it. Winning the period 23-10 and marching on to Sunday’s final.

Pienette Pierson ended with 23 points for Good Angels Kosice.

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Euroleague Women Final 8 (day 3 round-up) https://www.talkbasket.net/7662-euroleague-women-final-8-day-3-round-up https://www.talkbasket.net/7662-euroleague-women-final-8-day-3-round-up#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:27:15 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7662-euroleague-women-final-8-day-3-round-up.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/competitions/euroleague_women.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

A round up of day three in Ekaterinburg, Russia as the semi-finals of the Euroleague Women Final 8 are set. Group A Good Angels Kosice will be joining UMMC Ekaterinburg in the last four as the two qualifiers from Group A after the Slovakian side beat CCC Polkowice 66-54. Pienette Pierson was a standout with […]

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A round up of day three in Ekaterinburg, Russia as the semi-finals of the Euroleague Women Final 8 are set.

Group A

Good Angels Kosice will be joining UMMC Ekaterinburg in the last four as the two qualifiers from Group A after the Slovakian side beat CCC Polkowice 66-54.

Pienette Pierson was a standout with 22 points and eight rebounds for the victors as they used a game-changing 11-2 run in the third to distance themselves from their Polish counterparts.

In the dead-rubber encounter, UMMC Ekaterinburg continued their dominance with a convincing 72-44 win over 0-3 Galatasaray.

Group B

Bourges Basket clinched a semi-final spot after they defeated Famila Schio 60-56 in a game that was decided in the last minutes.

With less than 30 seconds remaining, Famila Schio trailed by two points and had the ball after a steal from Danielle McCray. But, she was called for an offensive foul down the other end of the court and that turnover ended the chances of the Italian side.

Marissa Coleman had 19 points for the winners.

In the other game, already qualified Fenerbahce defeated Spara&K 73-70 to eliminate the Russian side from the Final 8.

Semi-Final line-up

UMMC Ekaterinburg vs Bourges Basket

Fenerbahce vs Good Angels Kosice

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Euroleague Women Final 8 (day 2 round-up) https://www.talkbasket.net/7658-euroleague-women-final-8-day-2-round-up https://www.talkbasket.net/7658-euroleague-women-final-8-day-2-round-up#respond Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:22:41 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7658-euroleague-women-final-8-day-2-round-up.html A round up of day two in Ekaterinburg, Russia as the Euroleague Women Final 8 takes shape. Group A A 15-0 start for the hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg ensured a comfortable 72-41 win over Good Angels Kosice. The favourites are now through the semi-finals with a game to spare and the Slovakian giants now have to […]

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A round up of day two in Ekaterinburg, Russia as the Euroleague Women Final 8 takes shape.

Group A

A 15-0 start for the hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg ensured a comfortable 72-41 win over Good Angels Kosice.

The favourites are now through the semi-finals with a game to spare and the Slovakian giants now have to win their final game against CCC Polkowice to make certain of qualification themselves.

Anete Jekabsone led the Russians with 14 points while Diana Taurasi came back to life after a sub-par first game with 13.

CCC Polkowice also needs to beat Kosice after they eliminated Galatasaray with a 58-51 win.

A double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds from Texan Nnemkadi Ogwumike made sure of victory as the Turkish side drop to 0-2.

Group B

Fenerbahce advanced to the semi-finals and at the same time dumped Famila Schio out of the Final 8 with a convincing 86-59 win.

Angel McCoughtry led the Istanbul side with 15 points as a 19-0 run that ran from the second to the third quarter gave Fenerbahce victory.

Despite defeat, Jantel Lavender was impressive with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

FIBA Europe’s Women’s Player of the Year Celine Dumerc showed her brilliance as Bourges Basket beat Sparta&K 71-64.

Dumerc had 21 points as Bourges face bottom side Famila Schio needing a win to qualify. Sparta&K need to beat Fenerbahce and hope Bourges lose to advance.

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Euroleague Women Final 8 (day 1 round-up) https://www.talkbasket.net/7656-euroleague-women-final-8-day-1-round-up https://www.talkbasket.net/7656-euroleague-women-final-8-day-1-round-up#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:44:10 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7656-euroleague-women-final-8-day-1-round-up.html Here is a round up of day one of the Euroleague Women Final 8 from Ekaterinburg. Group A The hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg began their Final 8 campaign with a convincing 68-45 win over CCC Polkowice. A 17 point, 13 rebound double-double from American Candace Parker helped the favourites along the way as they eased past […]

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Here is a round up of day one of the Euroleague Women Final 8 from Ekaterinburg.

Group A

The hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg began their Final 8 campaign with a convincing 68-45 win over CCC Polkowice.

A 17 point, 13 rebound double-double from American Candace Parker helped the favourites along the way as they eased past their Polish counterparts.

“I have tremendous respect for CCC Polkowice as a team and I think to hold them to just 45 points on a night when we turned the ball over, was the foundation for the win,” said Ekaterinburg coach Olaf Lange said.

“I am very happy with the result and especially because we didn’t play in the play-offs.”

Magdalena Leciejewska led Polkowice with 10 points.

Good Angels Kosice were also comfortable as they defeated Galatasaray 71-65 despite a late comeback from the Turkish side.

The Slovakians never looked like relinquishing the lead though as they join the hosts at 1-0.

Sancho Lyttle led the victors with 15 points.

Group B

In front of a mere 250 spectators, Sparta&K defeated Famila Schio 88-79.

Tied up at 58-58 and with Schio keeping pace with Sparta&K a game-winning 17-4 run either side of the third quarter break proved decisive. Their burst of scoring included two big triples from Seimone Augustus and Elisa Aguilar, in addition to a three-point play from Marina Kuzina.

Augustus and Candace Dupree led the winners with 18 points each. Jantel Lavender was Schio’s standout with 32 points and 10 rebounds.

“Offensively I thought we were fine in this game but our defence definitely needs more work, since we gave up more points than we would have liked,” Dupree said afterwards.

“(Jantel) Lavender played great for them but I think if we play defence like that for the rest of the week, things might not go too well for us.”

Fenerbahce had little trouble downing Bourges Basket 69-44, thanks in part to a 22-4 third quarter burst.

Angel McCoughtry led the Istanbul side with 17 points.

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Dynamo Moscow win Women’s Eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/7648-dynamo-moscow-win-womens-eurocup https://www.talkbasket.net/7648-dynamo-moscow-win-womens-eurocup#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:49:13 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7648-dynamo-moscow-win-womens-eurocup.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/federations/fiba_europe.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Dynamo Moscow are the 2013 EuroCup Women champions after inflicting heartbreak on Kayseri Kaski spor and their 11,000 fans in one of the most dramatic Finals in the history of the competition. The Turkish hosts looked to be firmly on course to make up for losing last years’ showpiece game but inexplicably pressed the self-destruct […]

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Dynamo Moscow are the 2013 EuroCup Women champions after inflicting heartbreak on Kayseri Kaski spor and their 11,000 fans in one of the most dramatic Finals in the history of the competition.

The Turkish hosts looked to be firmly on course to make up for losing last years’ showpiece game but inexplicably pressed the self-destruct button in the dying seconds to gift-wrap their opponent the silverware.

Down by five points after the first leg, Kayseri were ahead 74-65 with just 36 seconds remaining of the second game, and seemingly safe in the knowledge they had the considerable cushion of it being a two-shot game.

But, there was to be a gut-wrenching late twist for the hosts as they came out on the wrong side of a jaw-dropping turnaround.

Kristi Toliver stepped up for Dynamo to sink a three-ball from deep and then Nuria Martinez spilled the ball for Ilona Korstin to gleefully convert a fast-break score and make it 74-70.

Whilst Kayseri still had a chance to win the trophy with the last play of the game, they blew their chance by throwing the ball away to spark scenes of wild celebration from the visitors, who had been on the ropes and almost down on the canvas when 14 points behind at 61-47 during a poor third quarter.

The fact that Kayseri kept their unbeaten home record intact was of no consolation, as the players and packed house held their heads in hands on the final buzzer, distraught at having literally handed Dynamo the title.

The result was particularly tough to take for Greek duo Evanthia Maltsi and Zoi Dimitrakou who were both impressive for the home side, whilst Lara Sanders had even more reason to be aggrieved after a stellar 19 points on nine-for-ten floor shooting. Dimitrakou had 17 points whilst Maltsi chipped in 14.

Whilst Toliver had a game-high 23 points and Korstin came up with the pivotal play in crunch time to get Dynamo home, it was Russian forward duo Nadezhda Grishaeva and Tatiana Vidmer who also saved the day during the third period when the tie was in serious danger of slipping away. Grishaeva had 14 points and six boards whilst Vidmer finished with eight and eight.

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Euroleague Women Final 8 field complete https://www.talkbasket.net/7608-euroleague-women-final-8-field-complete https://www.talkbasket.net/7608-euroleague-women-final-8-field-complete#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:48:28 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7608-euroleague-women-final-8-field-complete.html Bourges Basket and Famila Schio completed the line-up of teams that will fight for the Euroleague Women title in the Final Eight in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Famila Schio eliminated last year’s runners-up Rivas Ecopolis after a hard-fought 79-75 overtime win in the third game of their play-off series. In an equally tight contest, hosts Bourges Basket held their nerve […]

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Bourges Basket and Famila Schio completed the line-up of teams that will fight for the Euroleague Women title in the Final Eight in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Famila Schio eliminated last year’s runners-up Rivas Ecopolis after a hard-fought 79-75 overtime win in the third game of their play-off series.

In an equally tight contest, hosts Bourges Basket held their nerve against Wisla-Can Pack Krakow to clinch a 66-59 victory and win their series 2-1.

The two clubs join Final Eight hosts UMMC Ekaterinburg and CCC Polkowice, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Good Angels Kosice and Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje who had all swept their respective play-off series 2-0.

The Final Eight will be staged from 18-24 March 2013.

The eight qualified clubs are divided into two  round robin groups of four teams each. The composition of the two groups is based on the team’s overall Regular Season ranking.

The two best teams from both groups will advance to the Semi-Finals on 22 March, while the Final is scheduled for 24 March.

The Final Eight groups are:

GROUP A

GROUP B
UMMC Ekaterinburg Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje
Galatasaray Fenerbahce
Good Angels Kosice Brouges Basket
CCC Polkowice Famila Schio

 

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Dumerc named Women’s Player of the Year https://www.talkbasket.net/7562-dumerc-named-womens-player-of-the-year https://www.talkbasket.net/7562-dumerc-named-womens-player-of-the-year#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:44:27 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7562-dumerc-named-womens-player-of-the-year.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/celine-dumerc_diaporama.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

France’s Celine Dumerc has been named as the FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year for 2012. For those that have followed the women’s game over the last 12 months, Dumerc was an obvious choice. The Bourges Basket guard easily won the fan and expert voting polls, seeing off Eva Viteckova of the Czech Republic […]

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France’s Celine Dumerc has been named as the FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year for 2012.

For those that have followed the women’s game over the last 12 months, Dumerc was an obvious choice. The Bourges Basket guard easily won the fan and expert voting polls, seeing off Eva Viteckova of the Czech Republic and Russia’s Becky Hammon.

The obvious highlight for Dumerc was her performance at the London Olympics where she led France to a surprise silver medal but despite falling one game short, she had earned respect from opposition teams and the media present with her displays.

Dumerc averaged 14 points in London and hit some clutch shots, most notably against the hosts Great Britain where she forced overtime and then hit a three in the final second of the extra period to give France the win.

“In London, Dumerc showed her maturity in assuring her country would be the best finishing of the European teams at the Olympics. Having seen her performances there, it is of little surprise to see the fans and experts agreeing that she deserves this award,” FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson said.

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Tamane calls it quits https://www.talkbasket.net/7492-tamane-calls-it-quits https://www.talkbasket.net/7492-tamane-calls-it-quits#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2013 11:46:30 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7492-tamane-calls-it-quits.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/Women/tamane_zane.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Latvia center Zane Tamane has decided to retire from international basketball. She joins Gunta Basko and Ieva Kublina who both finished their stints with the national side after Eurobasket Women 2011. Tamane said to the Latvian Basketball Federation website: “My mind would like to look at the possibility of getting to and playing in the […]

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Latvia center Zane Tamane has decided to retire from international basketball.

She joins Gunta Basko and Ieva Kublina who both finished their stints with the national side after Eurobasket Women 2011.

Tamane said to the Latvian Basketball Federation website: “My mind would like to look at the possibility of getting to and playing in the World Championship. It has always been a pleasure to represent Latvia and I will support the girls and if needed help them with advices. But I fell my body does not have the required strength and energy.

“Truth be told basketball in the last couple of years has brought not only positive feelings, but also pain and negative emotions. A rest is needed and even then I don’t know how long I’ll keep playing. 300 days of intense workouts every year leaves it’s marks and I have to start thinking what I will be doing and how will I feel after the end of my pro career.”

Latvia have been drawn in Group C of this year’s Eurobasket Women, alongside tournament hosts France, Serbia and Great Britain.

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McNeill steps down from Canada post https://www.talkbasket.net/7468-mcneill-steps-down-from-canada-post https://www.talkbasket.net/7468-mcneill-steps-down-from-canada-post#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:38:06 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7468-mcneill-steps-down-from-canada-post.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/Women/mcneill_allison.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Allison McNeill has stepped down as head coach of the Canadian national side after 11 years at the helm. McNeill, who guided Canada to a quarter-final finish at the London Olympics has decided to spend more time with her sick father and brother-in-law. “Right now, this is the most important thing to me, and it […]

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Allison McNeill has stepped down as head coach of the Canadian national side after 11 years at the helm.

McNeill, who guided Canada to a quarter-final finish at the London Olympics has decided to spend more time with her sick father and brother-in-law.

“Right now, this is the most important thing to me, and it always has been,” she said of her family during a conference call.

Canada Basketball’s President and CEO Wayne Parrish said to the media that they will start looking foor a new coach and will look both in and out of Canada.

Photo: FIBA

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Ekaterinburg to host Final Eight 2013 https://www.talkbasket.net/7356-ekaterinburg-to-host-final-eight-2013 https://www.talkbasket.net/7356-ekaterinburg-to-host-final-eight-2013#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:22:36 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7356-ekaterinburg-to-host-final-eight-2013.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/euroleague-women-logo-3.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

The Russian city of Ekaterinburg will host the 2013 Euroleague Women Final Eight. It was in 2011 when then the Final Four was played in the Russian city before it moved to an eight-team format last year in Istanbul. The 5,000-seat DIVS Sports Hall in the Sverdiovsk region will host the premier club competition for […]

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The Russian city of Ekaterinburg will host the 2013 Euroleague Women Final Eight.

It was in 2011 when then the Final Four was played in the Russian city before it moved to an eight-team format last year in Istanbul. The 5,000-seat DIVS Sports Hall in the Sverdiovsk region will host the premier club competition for women’s basketball, taking place between 18th to 24th March.

“We are glad to return to Eketerinburg after the big success of the Final Four they organised two years ago,” FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson said.

UMMC Ekaterinburg President Andrey Kozitsyn was delighted with the decision. The side are favourites to win this year’s Euroleague Women.

He said: It is a great honour for us to be presented the hosting rights of the Euroleague Women Final Eight. As receiving party, the basketball club UMMC will do its best to justify this trust and conduct the Final Eight at a level, worthy of the strongest clubs in Europe.

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Indiana win first WNBA title https://www.talkbasket.net/7335-indiana-win-first-wnba-title https://www.talkbasket.net/7335-indiana-win-first-wnba-title#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:37:50 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7335-indiana-win-first-wnba-title.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/clubs/indiana_fever.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Indiana Fever have claimed their first WNBA championship by dethroning Minnesota Lynx 87-78 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and winning the series 3-1. Three-time Olympic gold medallist and NCAA championship winner Tamika Catchings grabbed the Finals MVP honours by leading her side with 25 points on the night and averging 22.3 points in the series, solidifying […]

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Indiana Fever have claimed their first WNBA championship by dethroning Minnesota Lynx 87-78 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and winning the series 3-1.

Three-time Olympic gold medallist and NCAA championship winner Tamika Catchings grabbed the Finals MVP honours by leading her side with 25 points on the night and averging 22.3 points in the series, solidifying her status as one of women’s basketball’s greats.

Erin Phillips supported Catchings with 18 points in a fantastic team performance as they held Minnesota to below 40 percent shooting throughout the series. Lindsay Whalen led the Lynx with 22 points.

In a first quarter dominated by free throw shooting, an Erlana Larkins turnaround with 26 seconds remaining gave Fever a 25-18 lead at the end of the first but the visitors hit back, Semone Augustus, who has had a difficult series away from Minnesota showed a rare flash as her drivinng lay-up narrowed the gap to 37-36 mid-way through the second as the home crowd in Indiana started getting a little nervous.

Catchings though led Indiana through the tough spell and they led 47-42 at the half.

A three from Australian Philliips extended the lead to 50-42 to start the third and the sense that Indiana would hang on was evident. They extended their lead in the fourth quarter as the fans began to sense it too. A three from Shavonte Zellous in the left-hand corner gave the hosts a 75-67 lead with 4:58 remaining.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve as called for technical with under a minute remaining and the MVP herself stepped up to knock the foul shot home as the fans started celebrating.

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Fever pitch as Indiana take 2-1 lead https://www.talkbasket.net/7332-fever-pitch-as-indiana-take-2-1-lead https://www.talkbasket.net/7332-fever-pitch-as-indiana-take-2-1-lead#respond Sat, 20 Oct 2012 07:57:48 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7332-fever-pitch-as-indiana-take-2-1-lead.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/clubs/indiana_fever.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Indiana Fever are now one game away from their first WNBA championship after beating Minnesota Lynx 79-56 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night. The hosts were dominant in every department, they were held to just six points in the fourth quarter as Minnesota scored 21 but it didn’t matter; the outcome was never […]

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Indiana Fever are now one game away from their first WNBA championship after beating Minnesota Lynx 79-56 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night.

The hosts were dominant in every department, they were held to just six points in the fourth quarter as Minnesota scored 21 but it didn’t matter; the outcome was never in doubt. Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 30 points to lead Indiana within sight of a WNBA title.

After being held to just three points in game two, Indiana’s Erlana Larkins was her back to usual self with a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. Tamika Catchings had 17 as she continues her consistent run of performances.

Minnesota, the reigning WNBA champions now have to play to save their title at what is sure to another full house in Indiana on Sunday night. Rebekkah Brunson was the only Lynx player in double figures as she posted 12 points. Star trio Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore were held to a combined total of 14 points as Fever’s defence tightened up after game two.

Despite a reasonably close first period of play, where both teams exchanged leads for the majority, Indiana finished the stronger and led 21-16 going into quarter number two, which is when it turned into a nightmare for the visitors.

A 10-2 run by Fever started the second and the lead only grew as the quarter went on. At the half, Indiana were up 45-27, despite a buzzer-beater to end it from Maya Moore.

An 18-0 run in the third quarter sealed Minnesota’s fate as the Fever ran riot to lead 61-29 and the hosts never looked back. The third quarter ended with the hosts up 70-38 and a 21-6 fourth quarter from the Lynx was rendered meaningless.

Game four is Sunday night.

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Lynx get even with Fever to tie Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/7322-lynx-get-even-with-fever-to-tie-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/7322-lynx-get-even-with-fever-to-tie-finals#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:50:49 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7322-lynx-get-even-with-fever-to-tie-finals.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/clubs/minnesota_lynx.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Minnesota Lynx have tied the WNBA Finals at a game-a-piece thanks to an 83-71 home win over Indiana Fever behind 50 combined points from Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus. After a sluggish start, the defending WNBA champions poured in 29 third quarter points to stun Indiana, whose tough defence in the first half had faded, […]

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Minnesota Lynx have tied the WNBA Finals at a game-a-piece thanks to an 83-71 home win over Indiana Fever behind 50 combined points from Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus.

After a sluggish start, the defending WNBA champions poured in 29 third quarter points to stun Indiana, whose tough defence in the first half had faded, as well as their lead.

Augustus led Minnesota with 27 points, 23 of those coming in the second half alone as she led the way with her USA international team-mate Maya Moore not far behind as she posted 23 points.

Lindsay Whalen was the only other Lynx player in double-figures as she posted 14 points.

For the Fever, it was a tale of two halves as they dominated in the first quarter, picking up where they left off in game one making Minnesota miss 11 of their first 14 shot attempts and scoring freely themselves at the other end to lead 18-11 but that was as good as it got. Lynx rallied but still trailed at the half 33-31 but a last second bucket from Taj McWilliams-Franklin narrowed it to a field goal.

Eventually, the hosts got their rewards in that game-changing third period and never looked back.

Indiana are still without leading scorer Katie Douglas and also had backup Jeanette Pohlen taken off with an injured knee in the second quarter. She didn’t return and Minnesota took advantage of the loss of depth the visitors had.

Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 27 points and eight rebounds. Erlana Larkins, who put in an MVP-esque 16 points and 15 rebounds in game one was restricted to three points in game two.

Game three moves to Indiana on Friday.

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Fever take home court away from Lynx https://www.talkbasket.net/7315-fever-take-home-court-away-from-lynx https://www.talkbasket.net/7315-fever-take-home-court-away-from-lynx#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:09:06 +0000 http://www.talkbasket.net/wp/7315-fever-take-home-court-away-from-lynx.html Warning: getimagesize(images/stories/clubs/indiana_fever.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/talkbask/domains/talkbasket.net/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 222

Indiana Fever took a 1-0 lead in the WNBA Finals following a 76-70 road win over last season’s champions Minnesota Lynx at the Target Center. With leading scorer Katie Douglas sidelined with a sprained ankle, the Fever battled and despite a host of stars on the Minnesota roster, including three gold medallists from the recent […]

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Indiana Fever took a 1-0 lead in the WNBA Finals following a 76-70 road win over last season’s champions Minnesota Lynx at the Target Center.

With leading scorer Katie Douglas sidelined with a sprained ankle, the Fever battled and despite a host of stars on the Minnesota roster, including three gold medallists from the recent London Olympics, Indiana outplayed and outhustled their opponents.

Fever had their own gold medallist as Tamika Catchings led the side with 20 points. Erlana Larkins had an impressive double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The intentions of the visitors were clear from the opening tip – they raced to a 14-7 lead – thanks to a triple from Catchings as they ran their sets to perfection, Minnesota were slow to get the hands up and the Fever were shooting the ball well, leading 25-20 after one.

The visitors extended their lead to 32-22 in the early stages of the second thanks to a lay-up in traffic from Larkins, but Minnesota hit back. The defending champions went on an 8-0 run led by the driving force of Simone Augustus, who led the Lynx with 23 points.

Lynx weathered the storm a little bit but still found themselves behind at half-time 43-40.

Poor defence from the hosts to start the third allowed Briann January two straight attempts from down-town, eventually draining the second shot to give Fever a 46-40 advantage but back Minnesota who found a higher gear to draw level at 50-50 with a bucket from Augustus and then the gold medal duo of Lindsay Whalen and Augustus combined to give Lynx a 54-50 lead with 4:25 of the third left.

Fever though quickly tied the game only for Augustus to take it back again as the back-and-forth battle excited the 14,000 inside the Target Center. Minnesota had a 58-56 lead going into the fourth.

With white pom-poms being waved in anticipation for the fourth, the pro-Lynx supporters were left stunned as Indiana took the chances they were left with and forced Minnesota into 12 straight misses in the fourth. A lay-up with 3:19 to go from Larkins gave the visitors a 72-62 lead and Minnesota couldn’t come back.

Game two stays in Minnesota on Wednesday.

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