Gruda grabs Top Performer award
MUNICH (Germany) - French standout Sandrine Gruda has been rewarded with the Week 11 Top Performer accolade after posting a typically influential display for Famila Schio.
The center was responsible for the Italian club collecting an eye-catching 73-60 triumph on the road at BLMA as Gruda returned to her homeland to rack up a stylish display. She finished the contest with 28 points from a clinical 70 percent shooting show, also adding 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
Now Gruda must try and win favor with the supporters in the vote below as she bids to also collect the Fans' MVP honor and she will face competition from the other four contenders who are also in our Team of the Week.
Natalie Achonwa might be forgiven for having one eye on the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament next month with Canada, but she is clearly locked in solidly on impressing with Bourges Basket. She propelled them to a place in the Quarter-Finals via an imposing 80-59 victory against Castors Braine. Achonwa enjoyed her best ever game in the competition after amassing 19 points from 73 percent shooting, plus 7 rebounds.
Nadezhda also snapped up a ticket to the last eight as they managed to edge out Reyer Venezia 63-61 on their travels off the back of Erica Wheeler delivering a season best display. The guard brought it in a big way and finished with a productive 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Fenerbahce Oznur Kablo also marched into the Quarter-Finals and you've guessed it - thanks to the work of Alina Iagupova. The most prominent member of our Team of the Week line-ups all season long, she is back again after helping to torch Dynamo Kursk 76-55 with 24 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
The most thrilling game of the week came in Girona where there was drama even before tip-off as the home court suffered from a flood, which resulted in a late venue change. The fans who made the switch to watch their team enjoyed a majestic performance from Naignouma Coulibaly, who fittingly dropped the winning basket in the last second to complete a 70-68 win against Arka Gdynia.
She had been the standout performer all night and walked off to the adulation of the crowd having came up with 19 points after shooting a staggering 82 percent, as well as completing a double-double with 12 rebounds and swatting 3 shots.