European Championship for Women 2003 - final 12 participants determined

28.11.2002

The Semi-Final Round of the 2003 European Championship for Women has come to an end with the following teams qualifying for the Final Round, which will take place 19th - 28th September, 2003 in Pyrgos, Amaliada and Patras, Greece.

The draw will be held on 18th January, 2003.

Qualified teams:

Greece
France
Russia
Spain
Israel
Hungary
Slovak Republic
Yugoslavia
Czech Republic
Belgium
Poland
Ukraine

Team Notes

Greece

European Championship appearances: 1
Best finish: 10th
Last appearance and final position: 2001 10th
Team's leading scorer: Maria Samoroukova 15.33ppg during the 2001 European Championship
Notes: Greece qualifies automatically for the 2003 European Championship as the host nation.

France

European Championship appearances: 24
Best finish: 1st place 2001
Last appearance and final position: 2001 1st place
Team's leading scorer: Edwige Lawson 11.8ppg during the 2002 World Championship for Women
Notes: qualifies automatically for the 2003 European Championship as the 2001 champion.

Belgium

European Championship appearances: 8
Best finish: 7th place 1968
Last appearance and final position: 1985 12th
Team's leading scorer: Ann Wauters 17ppg
Notes: one of the youngest teams in the competition with an average age of just 22 years old.

Hungary

European Championship appearances: 26
Best finish: 2nd place 1952, 1956
Last appearance and final position: 2001 7th place
Team's leading scorer: Eva Seres 19ppg
Notes: Has the most appearances of all the qualifiers at 26 and has won a total of 6 medals, the last of which was a bronze won in 1991.

Israel

European Championship appearances: 2
Best finish: 7th place 1991
Last appearance and final position: 1991 7th place
Team's leading scorer: Ornit Shwartz 16.8ppg
Notes: led all teams in free-throw shooting during the Semi-Final Round at 84%.

Poland

European Championship appearances: 24
Best finish: 1st place 1999
Last appearance and final position: 2001 6th place
Team's leading scorer: Margot Dydek 17.7ppg
Notes: Poland has been the most careless team with the ball in the Semi-Final Round, averaging 19 turnovers per game.

Spain

European Championship appearances: 11
Best finish: 1st place 1993
Last appearance and final position: 2001 3rd place
Team's leading scorer: Laia Palau Altes 23.3ppg
Notes: Altes also led all players in scoring during the Semi-Final Round.

Russia

European Championship appearances: 5
Best finish: 2nd place 2001
Last appearance and final position: 2001 2nd place
Team's leading scorer: Marina Khazova 14.33ppg
Notes: Khazova, a 21-year old centre leads a very balanced Russian attack. Although she tops the list of scorers, she has played only three games for the senior team and averages just 22 minutes per game.

Yugoslavia

European Championship appearances: 24
Best finish: 2nd place 1968, 1978, 1991
Last appearance and final position: 5th place 2001
Team's leading scorer: Lara Mandic 18.3ppg
Notes: shot 56.6% from the floor in all Semi-Final Round games to rank second in the category

Ukraine

European Championship appearances: 3
Best finish: 1st place 1997
Last appearance and final position: 11th place 2001
Team's leading scorer: Victoria Burenok 14ppg
Notes: has participated in 3 European Championships finishing 10th in 1995, 1st in 1997 and 11th in 2001

Slovak Republic

European Championship appearances: 5
Best finish: 2nd place 1997
Last appearance and final position: 8th place 2001
Team's leading scorer: Alena Kovacova 17ppg
Notes: Alena Kovacova led all players in offensive rebounding at 4.33rpg

Czech Republic

European Championship appearances: 4
Best finish: 5th place 1999
Last appearance and final position: 2001 9th place
Team's leading scorer: Kamila Vodickova 17ppg
Notes: Czech Republic was the highest scoring team in the Semi-Final Round notching up 500 points in 6 games (83.3ppg)


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