Horákova Is Women's Player Of The Year

16 February 2011
FIBA Europe 2010 Awards

2010 World Championship for Women: Hana Horakova with the tournaments MVP trophy
Hana Horákova with the 2010 World Championship for Women MVP trophy

FIBA Europe announced on Wednesday that Hana Horákova of the Czech Republic is the European Women's Player of the Year for 2010.

The award winner was decided by the public and an expert panel vote. Horákova was second in fan votes, behind Turkey's Nevriye Yilmaz, but won the experts' vote by a comfortable margin ahead of Sandrine Gruda of France.

The 1.82m tall guard was the MVP of the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women, averaging 12.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists to lead the Czech Republic to the Final.

In typical fashion for the go-to player of the Czech national team, her best performances in the tournament came when it really mattered. She had 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in the quarter-final upset of defending champions Australia and 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals in the dramatic defeat of Belarus in the semi-finals.

The 31-year-old had long been the leader of Czech EuroLeague Women side Frisco Sika Brno and finished the 2010 season with 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and three assists per game. She signed with Turkish club Fenerbahce in the summer and remains one of the top players in the competition.

"For me, Hana Horákova has been the face of the Czech national team over the last decade and a shining example of work ethic and winning mentality in European women's basketball," said FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson.

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin added: "Horákova is a born leader. Her never-say-die attitude and constant strive for improvement would make her a champion in any discipline. We're lucky she chose basketball."

On Friday, FIBA Europe will announce the winner of the Men's Player of the Year Award for 2010.

FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year voting results:

Player Fan Voting Expert Voting Ranking
Hana Horakova 8015 116 0.135
Sandrine Gruda 2170 73 0.081
Amaya Valdemoro 2713 72 0.080
Eva Vitecková 3488 69 0.078
Yelena Leuchanka 4995 61 0.072
Evina Maltsi 2237 60 0.067
Svetlana Abrosimova 5018 43 0.053
Celine Dumerc 3754 32 0.039
Liron Cohen 3822 28 0.035
Anete Jekabsone 4057 26 0.034
Nevriye Yilmaz 10127 12 0.028
Linkeviciene 3066 20 0.026
Ann Wauters 3437 19 0.025
Agnieszka Bibrzycka 4277 13 0.020
Anastasia Verameyenka 5017 7 0.015
Stella Kaltsidou 2114 9 0.013
TOTAL 68,307 660



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