Olivia Epoupa Earns MVP honours, Leads All Tournament Team

MVP Olivia Epoupa
MVP Olivia Epoupa was all over the court throughout the tournament and led France to the bronze medal with her quick and athletic style of play

Olivia Epoupa is the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the U16 European Championship Women in Ptolemaida and Kozani.

The French point guard averaged 17.9 points. Her 8.0 rebounds per game are remarkable considering the fact she is 1.63 m tall. She also dished out 3.8 assists. With her quickness and athleticism Epoupa really caught the attention of the spectators and opposing teams. Yet she couldn't be stopped.

"Of course this is great for her!" Epoupa's coach Jerome Fournier said. "This is no big surprise. Together with other really good players in this tournament she was one of those who could become the MVP of this tournament. She is a very good defender."

In the game for third place Epoupa posted 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. France edged Serbia 50-44 and earned the bronze medal.

Epoupa is also a member of the All Tournament Team. The vote was conducted by all head coaches of the U16 European Championship Women tournament.

The French guard is accompanied by Croatia's playmaker Lana Packovski. Packovski (guard, 1.70m) was the engine for the well-running Croatian offense. Playing with a sore knee could not keep her from going with full throttle. Packovski averaged 10.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. She also proved her playmaking abilities with 3.9 assists per game (ranked second in the competition). Her combination of scoring and passing made her a valuable asset to Croatia's run for the silver medal.

At the forward positions, Natasa Kovacevic of Serbia and Kourtney Treffers from the Netherlands were selected. Kovacevic (1.87 m) was the leader of a Serbian team, which reached the semi-final stage in Ptolemaida and Kozani. With 16.6 points per game she was one of the most prolific scorers in the tournament. With 38.5 percent she had been one of the best three point shooters as well. Kovacevic did more that just score however. She grabbed 7.9 rebounds and also had 3.6 steals per game. Her versatility earned her a spot in the All Tournament Team.

At the other forward spot Kourtney Treffers was selected. Treffers (1.84m, power forward) just played outstanding. With a tournament high 18.6 points and 9.9 rebounds she almost averaged a double double. She posted double doubles in seven out of nine games. Treffers provided the Dutch team a huge lift en route to the Quarter-Final Round.

At center, Russian gold medal winner Anna Shchetina completes the team. Shchetina averaged 8.9 points and 9.4 rebounds. The 1.95 m tall pivot out of St.Petersburg tabbed a double double in six games. She also proved her good shooting touch. With 80.9 percent from the free throw line she ranked second in the tournament. In defense she made her presence felt with excellent 2.7 blocked shots per game. In the biggest game of them all, the final at the U16 European Championship Women, she led her team with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

Fair play award goes to the Netherlands

The Netherlands not only had a great run at their first Division A U16 European Championship Women, which impressed the spectators a lot. The Dutch team also impressed everybody with their sportsmanship.

For reaching a remarkable seventh place in a fair and clean way, the Fair Play Award of the 2010 tournament is awarded to the Netherlands.

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