Valeriya Musina selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - 10 hours ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Russians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89) could not help Basketball Nymburk (4-2) in their last game. Despite her good performance the second-placed Basketball Nymburk (4-2) lost 53-57 on the road to the leading Ragusa in the group E of Eurocup.
We bring you last week's top performances from Russians 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 former international guard Valeriya Musina (183-87, college: Lee, currently plays in Euroleague). Musina could not help the league outsider CCC Polkowice (0-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite her very good performance CCC Polkowice was defeated 65-59 at home by the higher-ranked Bourges (#3).
Musina was the second best scorer with 17 points. She also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
It's Musina's seventh season with the team.
Musina has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3FGP: 32.8%.
She played for the Russian senior national team three years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international center Marina Bas (195-85, currently plays in Turkey). Bas was the major contributor in Osmaniye's victory against one of league's weakest teams Girne Universitesi (3-11) 75-60 in the Turkish KBSL on Saturday night.
She scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 37 minutes.
Osmaniye Genclik (3-10) is placed 12th in the KBSL.
They ended the series of ten consecutive loses.
It's Bas' first season with the team.
Bas has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 15.8ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 76.9% in four games she played so far.
Bas played for the Russian national team in 2015.
#3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U21 international forward Elena Reshetko (184-86, currently plays in Finland). She led Catz Lappeenranta to an easy victory against the league outsider Helmi Basket (3-14) crushing them 103-68 in the Finnish SM-sarja in Sunday night's game.
Reshetko scored 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
Catz Lappeenranta (11-8) is placed fourth in the SM-sarja.
Reshetko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her 12th year in Catz Lappeenranta's roster.
This season she has very high stats. Reshetko averages: 16.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 74.2%.
She played for the Russian U21 national team ten years ago.
#4. Power forward Raisa Musina (191-98, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Valeriya Musina and both played together in the last Euroleague game.
Musina was not able to help the league outsider CCC Polkowice in their game against Bourges (5-4). She cannot count it as her best performance.
Musina scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes.
CCC Polkowice lost 59-65 on their home court in Polkowice to the higher-ranked (#3) Bourges.
This year Musina's overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 7.3rpg in seven games.
She is also Russian national team player.
#5. Former international shooting guard Ekaterina Fedorenkova (178-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Socinsa Bembibre (6-10) in their game against Universitario de Ferrol (8-8) in the Spanish LFB. Fedorenkova cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
She recorded only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court.
Socinsa Bembibre lost 61-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Universitario de Ferrol.
It was Socinsa Bembibre's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Fedorenkova's total stats are: 2.9ppg and 1.1rpg in eight games.
She used to play for the Russian national team
three years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Russian passport but never been selected to any of Russian national teams:
#1.Aleksandra Khomenchuk (202-C-89, currently plays in EuroCup) could not help Basketball Nymburk (4-2) in their last game. Despite her good performance the second-placed Basketball Nymburk (4-2) lost 53-57 on the road to the leading Ragusa in the group E of Eurocup.
Khomenchuk had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. She also added 4 blocks in 33 minutes.
It was Basketball Nymburk's first loss after four consecutive victories.
Khomenchuk has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 10.3rpg, 2.9apg, 2.3bpg and 1.3spg in seven games she played so far.
She has a dual citizenship: Russian and Ukrainian.
#2.Natalia Merkulova (175-G/F-91, college: SUNO, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Domzale (0-13) crushing them 74-51 in the Slovenian SKL last Saturday.
Merkulova scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes.
KED Panter Ilirija Ljubljana (9-3) is placed third in the SKL.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Merkulova's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.7apg in 10 games.
#3.Yuliya Rytsikava (181-F-86, currently plays in Belarus) was not able to help Gorizont in their game against Olimpia GrGAU (11-3) in the Belarusian Premier League. Despite her very good performance on Saturday night She was the top scorer with 24 points. Rytsikava also added 6 rebounds.
Rytsikava has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 19.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg and 2.6spg.
Rytsikava is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Belarusian.
#4.Ekaterina Abramzon (185-F-87, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Bnot Hertzeliya to win against the closely-ranked Maccabi Raanana (9-4) 81-75 in the Israeli D1 last Monday.
Abramzon scored only 2 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bnot Hertzeliya (8-3) is placed third in the D1.
Abramzon's total stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg.
She has both Russian and Israeli nationalities.
EuroLeague: Dynamo Kursk upset Mersin - 5 days ago
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Mersin - Dynamo Kursk 70:84 Dynamo Kursk stayed on the winning track in EuroLeague regular season. The Russian powerhouse knocked down Mersin in Turkey to improve at 9-0 record on top of Group A. Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Mersin got to a confident start. The Turkish team ensured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Dynamo Kursk cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval 38:34. Dynamo Kursk unloaded 29 poin... [read more]
Mersin - Dynamo Kursk 70:84
Dynamo Kursk stayed on the winning track in EuroLeague regular season. The Russian powerhouse knocked down Mersin in Turkey to improve at 9-0 record on top of Group A. Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Mersin got to a confident start. The Turkish team ensured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Dynamo Kursk cut the deficit at 4-point mark at the interval 38:34. Dynamo Kursk unloaded 29 points in the third term to take a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. The visitors followed with a 21:11 rally in the final term to ice the win. Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86, college: Louisville) delivered 14 points, while Anna Cruz (173-PG-86) added 15 points for the Kursk team. Aneika Henry-Morello (193-C-86, college: Florida) responded with 18 points for Mersin. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) had 17 points in the loss.
Griner's 26 points give her Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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26-year old center Brittney Griner (203-C-90) had a great game in the last round for league's best team UMMC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. She had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds for UMMC in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Dynamo M. (#8, 4-8) with 53-point margin 100-47. It allowed UMMC to consolidate first place in the Russian PBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far int... [read more]
26-year old center Brittney Griner (203-C-90) had a great game in the last round for league's best team UMMC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. She had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds for UMMC in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Dynamo M. (#8, 4-8) with 53-point margin 100-47. It allowed UMMC to consolidate first place in the Russian PBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and UMMC keeps a perfect 13-0 record. Griner turned to be UMMC's top player in her first season with the team. Brittney Griner averages this season 14.0ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Tiffany Mitchell (175-G-94, agency: LBM Management) of Nadezhda O.. She is American guard in her first season at Nadezhda O.. In the last game Mitchell recorded impressive 26 points and 3 rebounds. Of course she led Nadezhda O. to another comfortable win 80-61 over the lower-ranked MBA (#6, 5-7) being unquestionably team leader. Nadezhda O.'s 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just two games this season, while they won 11 matches. Mitchell is a newcomer at Nadezhda O. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to center Maria Vadeeva (193-C-98) of league's second-best Dynamo K.. Vadeeva scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. She was a key player of Dynamo K., leading her team to a 109-49 easy win against the lower-ranked Sparta&K MR (#10, 4-10). Many experts and fans count Dynamo K. as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 12 victories and only one lost game. Vadeeva has a great season in Russia. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.8ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Olga Gorbacheva (192-C-88) of MBA - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Tatiana Vidmer (191-C/F-86) of Dynamo K. - 7 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86) of Dynamo K. - 15 points and 2 rebounds 7. Sarah Boothe (195-F/C-90) of Kazanochka - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo K. - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Emma Cannon (187-PF-89) of Chevakata - 15 points and 12 rebounds 10. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of UMMC - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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