Biba MVP As Europe Edge Rest Of World

09.03.2010

Europe came from behind in the fourth quarter and beat the Rest of the World 93-89 in the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game (watch highlight video).

Playing in front of a loud and appreciative crowd in Gdynia on Tuesday night, Poland international and UMMC Ekaterinburg star Agnieszka Bibrzycka poured in a game-high 20 points and was voted MVP.

5. Marta Fernandez (Europe)
Marta Fernandez had nine points for Europe in the win.
Biba spent the beginning of her professional career with Lotos Gdynia before moving to Russian basketball.

She made six of 10 shots from long range.

The sharpshooter can now turn her attention to the Final Four in Valencia, where UMMC Ekaterinburg will play against Russian rivals Spartak Moscow Region in the Semi-Finals on April 9.

"The EuroLeague is a title we really want to win, but we have to beat Spartak Moscow Region to the get to the Final," Biba said to FIBA Europe after the game (watch post game reactions).

Spartak have won the last three EuroLeague crowns and are unbeaten in this year's competition, though UMMC defeated them in the Russian Superleague and the Russian Cup.

The All-Star game featured many of the world's best players, including recently named FIBA Europe Women's Player of  the Year Sandrine Gruda and Spartak's USA superstar Diana Taurasi.

The latter beat Rivas Ecopolis' Catherine Joens in a three-point shooting contest at half-time.

It was during the break, too, that Good Angels Kosice pair Angel McCoughtry and Candice Dupree - two players recently named in the USA national team squad for 2010-2012 - went out and tried to dunk for the fans.

McCoughtry rose high enough but watched her attempt bounce off the back of the rim while Dupree did dunk with her right hand.

Perhaps the play of the game that everyone will be talking about for a long time occurred in the third quarter, though, when McCoughtry attempted to thrill the crowd with a 360 lay-up.

She missed the shot, however, and Europe hustled back to take possession.

"I usually make it in practice," she said, "but I guess I got a little nervous."

One player that didn't miss much was Rebbekkah Brunson of Cras Basket Taranto.

Brunson led all scorers for the Rest of the World team with 15 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the floor (watch  her postgame reactions).

7. Sandrine Gruda (Europe) receives the Womens Player of the Year award from FIBA Europe president George Vassilakopoulos
Sandrine Gruda receives the Womens Player of the Year award from FIBA Europe president George Vassilakopoulos

Gruda was presented with her FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year award during the game, and her Europe teammate Alba Torrens of Spain and Halcon Avenida received her FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year award.

The Rest of the World led 77-72 early in the fourth quarter and were last in front at 87-86 with 3:19 to go after four straight points by the outstanding 39-year-old American, Taj McWilliams.

Marta Fernandez went to the other end for Europe and made a lay-up to put her side in front to stay.

France's Emmeline Ndongue of Bourges had a terrific fourth quarter when she scored eight of her 12 points.

Italy's Laura Macchi of Beretta-Famila Schio had 10 points for Europe while for the Rest of the World, McCoughtry finished with 13 points and Dupree 11.


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