From rising stars to raised voices, there was plenty to savour at EuroBasket Women 2011 and not least the passing of the baton to 2013 hosts France.
Euphoria, excellence and excitement. Is there a better way to describe Turkish women's basketball now, after Ceyhun Yildizoglu's team went on an unexpected and remarkable run to the EuroBasket Women Final?
EuroBasket Women 2011 had a motto of 'expect the unexpected' and was so packed with surprises, it was almost predictably unpredictable.
It's been 15 days of fun. Of agonies and ecstasies. Of wins and losses preceded by extreme drama. And most of all, of terrific basketball produced by competitors leaving it all on the court.
If historical precedent were all that mattered, Russia would be preparing for their coronation as EuroBasket Women champions in Lodz on Sunday night for the third time in ten years.
It wasn't the smoothest of rides but a rampant Russia finally reached their destination to top the podium and be crowned EuroBasket Women 2011 champions.
Two years after claiming gold, France secured the consolation of bronze at EuroBasket Women with a 63-56 victory over the Czech Republic in Lodz.
Russia guard Elena Danilochkina was named as the Most Valuable Player of EuroBasket Women 2011 after sparking her country to a third championship in eight years.
The EuroBasket Women torch was handed over in Lodz, Poland today ahead of the 2011 Final, when exciting plans were outlined by France who will host the tournament in 2013.
Brisel Vardarli rarely gets the attention she deserves but, for now at least, the Turkish playmaker is more than happy for her skills to do all the talking.
The intensity, the disappointment, the joy, the fun! A collection of some of the best photographs of EuroBasket Women 2011
EuroBasket Women Special Edition