Number 6: Snytsina becomes newest member of the 1000-point club
MUNICH (Germany) - The EuroCup Women 1000-point club is an exclusive one that has welcomed a new member this season.
Just five players had broken the milestone in the competition's history before Katsiaryna Snytsina became the sixth to do so earlier this month, also surpassing Gunta Basko to move into fifth place in the all-time standings.
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"Position 4? Why not? We will see. I will just enjoy and do my best and give everything on the court," Snytsina said via London Lions. "Sometimes I can't believe that this is my season number 20, but at the same time I'm enjoying it. Everyday I love basketball."
Here's a closer look at the players to have achieved the feat:
6. Gunta BASKO - 1,002 points
Birth Date: April 27, 1980
Height: 1.81m (5ft 11in)
EuroCup Women Clubs: Ramat Hasharon (ISR); Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (FRA); BLMA (FRA); Dynamo Kursk (RUS); Nantes Reze (FRA); Basket Landes (FRA); TTT Riga (LAT)
Games Played: 87
Statistics: 11.5 PTS, 5.3 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.8 STL
A legend of Latvian basketball and one of Europe's premier performers for more than 15 years, Basko only retired in recent years. It brought the end to a stellar career at both club and international level, with the do-it-all star being crowned EuroCup Women champion in 2012 with Dynamo Kursk, while representing her nation at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as well as the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and a stunning seven editions of the FIBA Women's EuroBasket.
5. Katsiaryna SNYTSINA - 1,013 points
Birth Date: September 2, 1982
Height: 1.88m (6ft 2in)
EuroCup Women Clubs: London Lions (GBR); Nesibe Aytin (TUR); Hatay (TUR); DVTK (HUN); Tarsus (TUR); BC Chevakata (RUS); Nadezhda (RUS)
Games Played: 83
Statistics: 12.2 PTS, 3.7 REB, 2.5 AST
The 37-year-old veteran not only passed 1000 points in the competition this season, but also climbed into the top five of the all-time leading scorers. Snytsina is now part of the London Lions in giving the British side some valuable experience on the European stage. The Belarusian has also won a medal at international level in 2007 and played across Europe for clubs in Turkey, Russia and Hungary with the sharpshooter a consistent performer with solid career numbers in EuroCup Women with a chance to climb higher up the leaderboard.
4. Marina BAS - 1,097 points
Birth Date: July 19, 1985
Height: 1.94m (6ft 4in)
EuroCup Women Clubs: Nadezhda (RUS); WBC Dynamo (RUS); Hatay (TUR); Lointek Gernika Bizkaia (ESP); Umea Udominate (SWE); Botas (TUR)
Games Played: 73
Statistics: 15.1 PTS, 6.8 REB, 1.6 BLK
A veteran of the competition, Bas has no fewer than nine seasons in the competition under her belt. Highly competitive and and able to put points on the board thanks to her extended shooting range, the forward is perhaps one of the most underrated and under-recognized stars of the modern era. After all, she is a double Olympian, winning a bronze medal in 2008. She also played at five different FIBA Women's EuroBasket Final Round tournaments with Russia - including a memorable gold in 2011, plus silver medals in both 2005 and 2009.
3. Courtney PARIS - 1,108 points
Birth Date: September 21, 1987
Height: 1.90m (6ft 2in)
EuroCup Women Clubs: Botas (TUR); Mersin (TUR); Istanbul Universitesi BGD (TUR); Hatay (TUR); Orman Genclik (TUR)
Games Played: 71
Statistics: 15.6 PTS, 13.7 REB, 1.5 AST
The powerhouse center has been dominant in this competition from the moment she took to the floor and debuted with Botas. She has been unstoppable in the paint and it has not only been the sheer number of points she has scored to make the all-time top three, but also the fact that she has done it with a brilliant points per game average - as part of a spectacular career double-double in the tournament.
2. Michelle SNOW - 1,218 points
Birth Date: March 20, 1980
Height: 1.96m (6ft 5in)
EuroCup Women Clubs: Ramat Hasharon (ISR); WBC Dynamo (RUS); Lavezzini Parma (ITA); Dynamo Kursk (RUS); Adana Botas (TUR); Mersin (TUR)
Games Played: 83
Statistics: 14.7 PTS, 9.8 REB, 1.9 AST
Strong and commanding in the paint, Snow was a relentless machine at times, with her quality demonstrated not only by this second spot in the chart, but also by the fact she only just missed out on averaging a double-double during her storied EuroCup Women career. A particular high point for Snow came when she picked up a winners' medal with Dynamo Kursk in 2012.
1. Shay DORON - 1,256 points
Birth Date: April 1, 1985
Height: 1.75m (5ft 9in)
EuroCup Women Clubs: Elitzur Ramla (ISR); Besiktas (ISR); Municipal Targoviste (ROU); Dynamo Kursk (RUS); Maccabi Bnot (ISR)
Games Played: 80
Statistics: 15.7 PTS, 2.8 REB, 2.4 AST, 2.1 STL
A scoring machine whenever she was wearing an Israel national team vest or for one of five different EuroCup Women clubs, Doron was a constant threat whenever she was on the floor. A nightmare for the opposing defense, the guard was prolific and proudly takes top spot in the all-time list. She was proudly crowned champion of the competition while standing out for Elitzur Ramla in 2011 - the only time an Israeli club has ever won the title.
EuroCup Women All-Time Points Leaders