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 1 Connecticut S. 8-1 
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Points Per Game
 DeWanna BONNER
  Phoenix M.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Bonner Phoenix M.23.8 
 2. Howard Seattle S.19.6 
 3. McBride Las V18.0 
 4. Charles New Y17.9 
 5. Griner Phoenix M.17.7 
 6. Jones Connecticut17.2 
 7. Ogwumike L.Angeles16.3 
 8. Loyd Seattle S.15.9 
 9. Mitchell Indiana15.8 
 10. Nurse New York L.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonquel JONES
  Connecticut
  (198-C-94)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jones Connecticut12.0 
 2. Ogwumike L.Angeles9.7 
 3. Fowles Minnesota9.4 
 4. Howard Seattle S.9.2 
 5. Delle Donne Wash.8.6 
 6. Bonner Phoenix M.8.5 
 7. Charles New Y8.5 
 8. Thomas Connecticut8.3 
 9. Wilson Las V8.0 
 10. Griner Phoenix M.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Courtney VANDERSLOOT
  Chicago
  (173-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
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 2. Wheeler Indiana F6.0 
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 7. Gray L.Angeles S.5.0 
 8. Sims Minnesota L.4.5 
 9. Thomas Connecticut4.4 
 10. Hartley New Y4.2 
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 Jordin CANADA
  Seattle S.
  (168-PG-95)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Canada Seattle S.2.9 
 2. Laney Indiana F.2.0 
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 4. Loyd Seattle S.1.9 
 5. Thomas Connecticut1.9 
 6. Howard Seattle S.1.9 
 7. Robinson Minnesota1.8 
 8. January Phoenix M1.8 
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Blocks Per Game
 Jonquel JONES
  Connecticut
  (198-C-94)
  Avg: 2.7
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Phoenix  Jun.20  Dallas W.
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EuroBasket Women 2013: WNBA star Katie Smith shares views on the European women basketball level - Jun 15, 2013


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Katie Smith
Some young European talents should be carefully watched by WNBA scouts during the EuroBasket Women 2013: players like Ukraine's Alina Iogupova (FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year) whose selection in the 2013 WNBA draft by the LA Sparks was eventually voided, Olcay Cakir of Turkey, Diandra Tchatchouang of France, natural Serbian scorer Ana Dabovic, Spanish playmaker Queralt Casas of Rivas Ecopolis, etc.

To talk about how WNBA players, staff and observers consider the main European event for women's basketball national teams, we have had the chance to get a short interview with experienced New York Liberty's guard Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.). The US basketball star was NCAA Champion with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1993 and twice WNBA Champion with the Detroit Shock in 2006 and 2008. Smith is also a five-time WNBA All Star, three-time Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion. Moreover, Katie Smith played two seasons in FIBA EuroLeague in the past: with Lotos Clima Gdynia of Poland in 2001-02 and with Fenerbahce Istanbul of Turkey in 2009-2010.

Here is the full interview with the American women professional basketball champion:

Bert Larsimont (Eurobasket.com): Katie, as a player you've taken part in the Olympics, the Worlds and the EuroLeague in the past and you know the main European women basketball competitions pretty well. How would you consider the European women basketball level nowadays?

Katie Smith (New York Liberty - WNBA): I think that European women's basketball is constantly improving. With players coming to the States to play in the WNBA and with Americans coming to Europe to compete, we both learn from each other and that helps us all improve.

BL: Is the EuroBasket Women tournament considered/seen as a big event among WNBA players, observers and scouts? Will WNBA franchise owners have a close look at the new talents who could be revealed at the EuroBasket 2013 to be held later this month?

KS: I think the tournament is seen as a big event especially because it is so competitive. You have a lot of very good teams battling to be number one. Coaches and scouts constantly watch players from overseas and especially the young players who are starting to make a name for themselves. Plus many American players know a lot of the players in Europe and play in these countries so they enjoy watching their friends and teammates play.

BL: Despite the start of the WNBA season overseas, are you going to follow the main women's national team competition organized by FIBA Europe (via the media/internet)?

KS: I will probably see the scores but I won't be watching very closely besides that.

BL: What would be your favourite teams in the next European tournament?

KS: I think some of the top teams are France, Turkey, Spain, Russia and Czech Republic. It will be very competitive.

BL: Do you plan to come back to Europe, either to play or coach in the future?

KS: I will be retiring from playing after this WNBA season and would like to coach. Therefore, if a coaching job came open and they were interested, I would definitely consider it.

BL: How will next summer be planned for you, what's on your agenda (WNBA, projects, business and on the side)? Anything you can share with the Eurobasket.com readers?

KS: As I said I am retiring after this season. I would like to coach so I am looking at options there. I am also currently in graduate school at Ohio State University to become a Registered Dietitian. So I would like to use my degree with coaching to emphasis nutrition on performance and health.   




Natisha
Hiedeman
Atlanta Dream signs former Southwest star Hiedeman - 2 hours ago
The Atlanta Dream have signed rookie guard Natisha Hiedeman (5'8''-G, college: Marquette) to take the roster spot Alex Bentley (5'7''-PG-90, college: Penn St.) has vacated while she fulfills her overseas commitments, playing for Belarus in the FIBA Women's Eurobasket in Serbia. A 5'8' guard out of Marquette, Hiedeman, the former Green Bay Southwest star, was the unanimous 2018-19 Big East Player of the Year and unanimous All-Big East First Team selection before becoming only the third Gol...   [read more]

Amanda Zahui
Zahui's 37-point game gives her Player of the Week award - 1 day ago
AMANDA ZAHUI 25-year old center Amanda Zahui (196-C-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for New York L. and receives a Interperformances Player of the Week award for round 8. She had the game-high 37 points adding seven rebounds for New York L. in her team's victory, helping them to beat L.Angeles S. (#4, 3-3) 98-92. New York L. maintains the 5th position in their group in WNBA WNBA. New York L. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need...   [read more]

Kayla
McBride
Wins for Aces, Sky and Liberty - 2 days ago
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory. Here is the last round review presented by LBM Management. Third defeat of league's leader Lynx (4-3) against third ranked Aces (4-3) 80-75 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Aces made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent)...   [read more]


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