I dedicated this interview for the 23-years-old guard of Belarus side Tsmoki Minsk, the Estonish Kati Rausberg (172-G-89, college: Eckerd). After few years at Eckerd college in the U.S., one Eurobasket tournament with her national team and the new career in Belarus, Miss Rausberg tell us about herself and her plans for the future. Remember the name of what can be one of the promesing players in European women basketball.
Kati, you play international basketball for few years now, but for those who still dont know you, please tell us what kind a player are you and what are the strongest and weakest points in your game? I would consider myself a smart player, my best abilities being shooting (3pt. and jump shot) and good court vision. I have grown tougher over the years and I like to go after loose balls, and play tough on defense. Latter is something I could always work on.
Before you moved to Belarus, you played at Eckerd college in the U.S. How much the experience there helped your game and influenced on it? Before U.S. I had played the point guard position my whole life. In the states, however, coach used me as a 2 guard, and to be honest I enjoy that position much more as it gives me the opportunity to shoot the ball more often.
What was you best game in college? Good question. I can tell my most memorable game is definitely a game against Nova Southeastern University my junior year when I hit a buzzer beater that won us the game. But the best one - I would have to go with actually 3 games we played against Rollins College in my junior year. They played in our conference and were nationally ranked. In those three games that year I went total of 22-17 from 3pt. line. It was great!
Your national team suffered from inconsistent. While you were a part of the national team who played in the 2011 Eurobasket, you were also a part from the team who lost all of their 8 matches for the 2013 Eurobasket qualifiers. Do you have any explanation for this? I dont know if it is right to say we were inconsistent because the level of the play was so different both years. In the summer of 2011 we were still playing in the division B and against the teams on the same level with us. Last summer (2012) however, I think we were just not ready to face these big teams. I believe this past summer opened our eyes and showed what level we need to get on if we want to be in the competition with those big basketball countries. We have yet some work to do.
While in the national team you play usually as a point guard, at college you played mostly as a shooting guard. What is your favorite position to play and why? Honesty I enjoy the shooting guard position more since there are more opportunities to shoot the ball.
You joined Belarus side Tsmoki Minsk and it will be your first year as a pro outside Estonia. Did you have a specific reason to choose to play in Belarus? No specific reason why I chose Belarus. The club was interested in me and I thought it would be a great starting point for my career. I am happy with my decision.
What are your expectations from this up coming season in personal level and team level? As for me personally I would like to stay healthy, have a good season so I could move on to a team that plays EuroCup. I would like to keep my 3 pt. shooting percentage above 40%. As for the team we want to win the Championship in Belarus, and also be in the top 3 in the Baltic League.
What are your dreams for the future? Playing in the WNBA is something realistic for you or that you will prefer to concentrate on playing in a top European club? WNBA I dont think so. One of my dreams is definitely to play on an Euroleague team!!
Your mother was a basketball player and your brother is a basketball player. Is basketball was your favorite choice since you were a little girl because of your family? I was never influenced by my family to choose basketball. I was always hanging in the gym, and going to the camps since my mom was a coach and I just loved it. Ever since I can remember I had the ball in my hands.
Who is your favorite player among the men and who is your favorite among the women? Thats a tough one. One the womens side I love watching U.S. national team play, tough to choose a favorite - Candace Parker, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore.. They have soo many great players. As for the men, I was always Michael Jordan fan. But from the players playing now I would have to go with LeBron James.
Anastasiya Veremeenko selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - 7 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Belarusians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international center Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-87). Sheto a victory against the leader UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Euroleague in Friday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Belarusians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international center Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-87, currently plays in Euroleague). She led her Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory against the leader UMMC Ekaterinburg (13-1) 70-61 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game.
Veremeenko recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (11-3) is placed second.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Veremeenko averages: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 71.4% in 19 games she played so far.
She is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in EuroCup). Leuchanka was the major contributor in a Yakin Dogu BGD's victory against the leader Abdullah Gul (6-0) 63-58 in the Eurocup last Wednesday.
She scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (6-0) is placed first.
So far her team won all six games in the Finals.
Leuchanka's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.6% and FT: 75.0%.
She is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.
#3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Katerina Snytsina (188-85, currently plays in Turkey). Snytsina could not help Hatay (14-11) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Hatay lost 69-82 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Galatasaray.
Snytsina was the top scorer with 18 points. She also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes.
Snytsina's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Snytsina has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 91.2%(31-34) in 25 games.
She has a dual citizenship: Kazakhstan and Belarusian.
Ex-Gorizont Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#4. Forward Maryia Papova (189-94, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Abdullah Gul (18-7) 77-69 in the Turkish KBSL in Saturday night's game.
Papova scored 10 points, had 7 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (19-6) is placed third in the KBSL.
It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
This season Papova has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
She is also Belarusian national team player.
#5. International swingman Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-88, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a 1-point UNI Gyor's victory against the closely-ranked Miskolc (13-7) 74-73 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday.
Likhtarovich scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes.
CMB Cargo UNI Gyor (15-5) is placed third in the A Division.
This year Likhtarovich's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg in 21 games.
She plays currently for the Belarusian national team.
#6. Point guard Alexandra Tarasava (171-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked TV Saarlouis Royals (13-9) crushing them 88-62 in the German DBBL on Monday night.
Tarasava recorded 10 points and added 4 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (20-2) is placed first in the DBBL.
It was her team's ninth consecutive victory in a row.
Tarasava has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg.
She is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.
#7. International point guard Volha Ziuzkova (172-83, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas in their game against Suduva (22-2) in the Lithuanian LMKL.
Ziuzkova recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes.
But Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas lost 64-71 on the road to the leading Suduva.
They ended the series of four consecutive victories.
It's Ziuzkova's first season with the team.
Her stats this year are: 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.1apg and 2.1spg in 27 games.
Ziuzkova is also Belarusian national team player.
#8. Forward Viktoriya Pankova (185-93, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Boa Viagem (15-7) in their game against GDESSA (14-8) in the Portuguese Liga Feminina.
She recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Boa Viagem was defeated 71-59 in Barreiro by the lower-ranked GDESSA (#7).
Pankova's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg.
She used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team
back in 2010.
Tsmoki-MInsk claim Premier League title - 10 days ago
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FINAL Tsmoki-Minsk - Gorizont 60-55 Tsmoki-Minsk celebrated Premier League title. They held off Gorizont in Game 3 to complete the sweep of the championship series. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 35-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tsmoki-Minsk outrebounded Gorizont 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Ala Murauskaya (187-85) who had a double-double by... [read more]
Tsmoki-Minsk celebrated Premier League title. They held off Gorizont in Game 3 to complete the sweep of the championship series. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 35-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tsmoki-Minsk outrebounded Gorizont 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Ala Murauskaya (187-85) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Rachel Theriot (183-94, college: Nebraska) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and was named the MVP. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Yuliya Rytsikava (181-86, agency: LBM Management) who recorded 21 points and 7 rebounds and French point guard Najat Ouardad (152-90, college: Auburn, agency: LBM Management) added 9 points and 4 steals respectively. Top scorers: Gorizont: Y.Rytsikava 21+7reb+2ast, H.Brych 9+4reb, N.Ouardad 9+4reb+2ast, N.Nadzezhka 7+5reb+3ast, G.Shylovich 6+2reb, M.Kress 3+5reb+3ast Tsmoki-Minsk: R.Theriot 20+8reb+5ast, A.Murauskaya 18+15reb+4ast, V.Hasper 11+5reb, Y.Styapanava 4+7reb+1ast, E.Rybalka 3+1reb+2ast, A.Sushchyk 2+5reb+1ast
Olimpia thumped Sozh-GGU to claim Bronze medals. The game without a history. Olimpia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sozh-GGU to just 2 points in first quarter and to 10 points in first half. Olimpia held Sozh-GGU to an opponent 23.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Olimpia forced 22 Sozh-GGU turnovers. It was a good game for forward Olga Kopylova (187-82) who led her team to a victory with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Arina Masko (175-99) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Olimpia's coach felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Valentina Sivoplyas (168-92) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds and center Tatsiana Rebianchuk (186-88) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sozh-GGU. Top scorers: Sozh-GGU: V.Sivoplyas 9+8reb+1ast, M.Rakovskaia 8+5reb+1ast, Y.Haponava 8+7reb, T.Rebianchuk 6+8reb+1ast, A.Semukova 3+1reb+1ast, M.Mazihina 0+2reb Olimpia: M.Miasnikova 14+1reb+3ast, A.Masko 13+5reb+1ast, V.Myshapud 10+4reb+3ast, O.Kopylova 9+8reb+3ast, A.Holubeva 8+2reb, N.Dashkevich 6+5reb+2ast
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