Queenan Happy In Minsk

19.11.2010

Brooke Queenan is a long way from her hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

A 1.88m forward that played basketball at Boston College, the 26-year-old played for Panionios in Greece in the 2008 EuroCup Women, and for Pecs in the 2009 EuroLeague.

Having battled back from a knee injury that cut short her stay in Hungary with Pecs, she's back in Europe and pouring in the points for Minsk-2006 in Belarus.

On Thursday night, the American had 11 and also grabbed six rebounds but her team lost at home to Dynamo Moscow, 71-67.

Nevertheless, Minsk are almost certain to progress from Group G to the next phase because with one game remaining, the club is 1-2 and next week they go up against Petrolina AEK Larnaca - a team they hammered by 66 points in Belarus at the beginning of this month.

A second-place finish would be good enough to advance from the Qualifying Round to the Sixteenth-Finals.

So how is life off the court?

"Minsk is a great city," she said.

"Perhaps in Greece, the climate is better, but I'm really comfortable here.

"You have everything you need here to have a comfortable life."

Belarus is a country that has taken international women's basketball by storm the past four years.

The national team reached the Semi-Finals of the FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic.

There is also another good team in the city.

BC Horizont have several national team players, and the same coach as Belarus, Anatoli Buyalski.

"I see that there are people here who love basketball," Queenan said to pressball.by.

"I see that they really want to build something meaningful, and I will do everything possible to help them do that."


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