France power forward Sandrine Gruda was honoured with the 2006 FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year Award before the tip-off of Sunday's 2007 EuroBasket Women gold medal match between Russia and Spain.
The Cannes native, who just turned 20 in June, has already twice been named MVP of the French league while also helping Valenciennes to the 2006 Final Four of the Women EuroLeague. Gruda also competed for France at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Brazil, averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Belgium finally got back on the winning track on Sunday in beating France 72-63 to capture seventh place at the 2007 EuroBasket Women.
Ann Wauters had 25 points and eight rebounds while Anke De Mondt scored 13 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as Belgium snapped a four-game losing streak after winning their first four games of the tournament.
The classification game for the seventh place is the least popular and eye-catching game of the last day, but sometimes it turns into a very interesting game.
This game has no meaning other than pride and good feeling, but don't underestimate that.
What do Sandrine Gruda, Edwige Lawson-Wade and Audrey Sauret-Gillespie have to do with Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Ronny Turiaf?
One answer is obvious: they are all French national team players.
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