Copper crowned MVP to headline EuroLeague Women Awards winners
MUNICH (EuroLeague Women) - Perfumerias Avenida standout Kahleah Copper was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2021-22 EuroLeague Women campaign, with the winner of the most prestigious category of the annual EuroLeague Women Awards announced on Friday.
Arriving in Salamanca with big expectations against her name, the versatile wing player delivered in a big way for the Spanish powerhouse from the outset. A series of huge individual scores early in the campaign got her off to a flying start and she has never looked back.
Copper led her team to an 11-3 record in the Regular Season and is about to step out at her first-ever EuroLeague Women Final Four tournament after getting past Spanish rivals Spar Girona in the Quarter-Finals.
Her team has benefited greatly from her scoring power which has harvested 22.5 points per game so far - the best mark in the competition. However, those who voted recognized that she's also a big team player too, contributing 6.1 boards and 2.0 assists per outing.
The American was first in the voting by the EuroLeague Women coaches and the media, as well as joint second in polling of team captains.
EuroLeague Women MVP Voting
|Player||Club||Coach Voting||Captain Voting||Media Voting||Fan Voting||Overall|
|Kahleah Copper||Perfumerias Avenida||=1st||=2nd||=1st||4th||1st|
|Maria Conde||ZVVZ USK Praha||=1st||=1st||=4th||3rd||2nd|
|Alina Iagupova||Fenerbahce Safiport||=3rd||=2nd||=4th||1st||3rd|
|Jonquel Jones||UMMC Ekaterinburg||=5th||=2nd||=4th||=11th||4th|
|Gabby Williams||Sopron Basket||=5th||=6th||=4th||2nd||5th|
The award to Copper completes the annual roll of honors, which also saw her named in the All-EuroLeague Women First Team. She was voted into the lineup along with Satou Sabally and Alina Iagupova of Fenerbahce Safiport, as well as ZVVZ USK Praha duo Alyssa Thomas and Maria Conde.
Meanwhile, the All-EuroLeague Women Second Team was made up of Kayla McBride and Elizabeth Williams of Fenerbahce Safiport, Gabby Williams of Sopron Basket, Brionna Jones of ZVVZ USK Praha and Sandrine Gruda of Beretta Famila Schio.
There was another big celebration for Perfumerias Avenida after Roberto Iniguez held on to his Coach of the Year award, the league's leading shot-blocker Elizabeth Williams of Fenerbahce Safiport landed the Defensive Player of the Year accolade while rising star Marine Fauthoux was named Young Player of the Year in recognition of an excellent campaign at Basket Landes.
Finally, TTT Riga have the distinction of being given the inaugural Proudly Woman Award, which was introduced this year to celebrate those who have excelled in the activation and promotion of the campaign that was launched last October.
The annual Euroleague Women Awards recognize the top players and coaches of the competition, with the league's coaches, captains, selected media and fans from all around the world deciding the winners.
EuroLeague Women Awards 2021-22
Most Valuable Player - Kahleah Copper (Perfumerias Avenida)
Alina Iagupova (Fenerbahce Safiport)
Maria Conde (ZVVZ USK Praha)
Kahleah Copper (Perfumerias Avenida)
Satou Sabally (Fenerbahce Safiport)
Alyssa Thomas (ZVVZ USK Praha)
Kayla McBride (Fenerbahce Safiport)
Gabby Williams (Sopron Basket)
Brionna Jones (ZVVZ USK Praha)
Sandrine Gruda (Beretta Famila Schio)
Elizabeth Williams (Fenerbahce Safiport)
Coach of the Year - Roberto Iniguez (Perfumerias Avenida)
Defensive Player of the Year - Elizabeth Williams (Fenerbahce Safiport)
Young Player of the Year - Marine Fauthoux (Basket Landes)
Proudly Woman Award - TTT Riga
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