Star Bigs Headline All-Tournament Team

11 August 2014

7. Maria Vadeeva (Russia)
Tournament MVP Maria Vadeeva (Russia) with Mr. Ferenc Szalay, President of the Hungarian Basketball Federation

Maria Vadeeva and Julia Reisingerová lead the U16 European Championship Women All-Tournament Team, with both players making the team for the second year in a row.

Tournament MVP Vadeeva was joined on the team by her Russian teammate Raisa Musina, and Reisingerová was accompanied by her playmaker on the Czech Republic, Adéla Neubauerová. Spain's Iris Junio rounded out the selection.

Vadeeva was a unanimous choice for MVP after an incredible tournament. She averaged 17.9 points and 16.2 rebounds per game, throwing in 33 blocks over the nine matches for good measure to lead the tournament in all three categories. She anchored the Russian defence superbly and ran the floor relentlessly.

Her fantastic hand-eye coordination helped her to snare numerous second-chance opportunities, as well as enabling her to help head coach Anna Arkhipova Von Kalmanovich's offence stay fluid with her smart passing. And she displayed great touch around the rim, keeping the ball high and consistently finding the right angles on her way to 56% shooting overall.

Vadeeva pulled down 23 rebounds in both the quarter-final and the semi-final, and she had eight blocks in the second-round win over Hungary. She had eight consecutive double-doubles to finish the tournament after missing out on one in the first match, only playing 16 minutes and grabbing six boards in a big win over Turkey.

Musina is a great complement to her best friend, able to bang inside and step outside too. She averaged 14.6 points and 7.4 boards per game, and forced 19 steals over the course of the tournament with her energetic style.

She topped 20 points three times, notably in both games against Spain. In the semi-final match against the defending champions, it was Musina's dead-eye from behind the arc which helped Russia to surge clear, nailing all three of her third-quarter three-point attempts on the way to 20 vital points.

Reisingerová looked even more impressive than in her strong tournament in 2013, averaging 16.8 points and 10 rebounds per game. Her activity stood out, as the sight of her charging upcourt leading the team in transition became a familiar one.

She notched five double-doubles during the tournament, battling well in the quarter-final against Turkey on her way to 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. She hauled in 18 defensive rebounds herself in the semi-final victory, and she saved the best for last with 23 points, 11 boards and six blocks in the final.

6. Adéla Neubauerová (Czech Republic)
Adéla Neubauerová brilliantly orchastrated the Czech offence

Neubauerová was an ideal point guard for the Czech team, conducting the offence superbly on their run to the final. The raw statistics didn't really show what was apparent to all spectators in Debrecen, as the point guard instigated the Czech offence, enabling her team to move the opposition around and often making the pass before the crucial pass.

She averaged nearly 30 minutes per game, showing her value to head coach Richard Fousek's team, and she made a host of big shots in the semi-final victory over France. Her three-pointers helped break the French team's back, and she displayed her high basketball IQ with clutch plays down the stretch.

Spanish wing Junio was the tournament's other stand-out performer, averaging 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and adding 23 assists and 21 steals over the nine matches. She took turns running the point and providing Spain's outside threat, nailing 14 shots from behind the arc with a happy knack for hitting open shots.

She had 15 points and 14 boards in the first-round loss to Hungary, and she saved her best for last with a display of 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to help Spain secure the bronze medal with victory over France.

The Fair Play Award was presented to Slovakia. 



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