All-Star Selection Still A Thrill For Ivanyi

By Jeff Taylor, PA Sport

Making appearances in the EuroLeague All-Star Game is not something that Dalma Ivanyi will ever get tired of.

The MiZo Pecs and Hungary ace played in the showpiece game last year and being voted in again this time around is an honour that still sends chills down her spine.

She will take a flight to sunny Valencia, Spain, for the glitzy, March 8 game which pits Europe against a Rest of the World Team.

Dalma Ivanyi (MiZo Pécs)
Ivanyi averaged 10.3 ppg in the EuroLeague Women this season.
"I think you can never get used to it, getting selected," she said to PA Sport. 
"It's always a big thing and I really appreciate it, and the fans who voted for me.

"I still like what I am doing and what my team is doing. The All-Star Game is a great opportunity to promote the women's game."

Playing in this year's game has special significance for the 30-year-old because it's one year on from the launch of the Year of Women's Basketball.

"I think it's gotten better," she said, when asked about the impact of the FIBA Europe initiative.

"The logos that are displayed really catch people's attention and they are more aware of women's basketball.

"In Pecs, we already had a lot of fans but it's helped in other countries and I think just about everywhere. People are talking about the logos, they appreciate more that we are trying to go out and get more people interested."

While the 1.75m playmaker will be on hand in Valencia, she will not be taking part in the quarter-finals of the EuroLeague Women after Pecs' eighth-finals elimination by defending champions Gambrinus Sika Brno.

"It's hard," Ivanyi said.

"Everyone loves to win and when you are not as successful as the previous seasons, it's a bit hard.

"But I still love to play in this team. I see our potential. We had so many close games.

"After it's all over, when we look back we will see a lot of great things. It was unfortunate we had injuries, and some of the games abroad, when one shot didn't go in and we lost.

"That's why we ended up in this situation (facing Brno)."

It's easy to see how Ivanyi could be disappointed that Pecs are out of the tournament because in their best-of-three series against Brno, the Hungarian side did win Game Two 72-56.

They had trailed by as many as nine points late in the third quarter but fought back for an amazing win.

"That really showed that our team is strong," Ivanyi said.

"They were the better team, and this is the reality. We have to learn from the bad experiences. We still have the opportunity to finish the year strong by winning in Hungary and the Hungarian Cup."

Ivanyi wanted to make another point about Pecs' participation in the EuroLeague Women this year.

"I think this is strongest year ever," she said.

"Whoever wins this year can say they are the champions of all."

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