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July 2019
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Who produced the best individual performance of the #FIBAU18Europe Group Phase? Vote now!

SARAJEVO (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - With the Group Phase of the FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship concluding on Monday, we want you to let us know who you think produced the best performance.

There were some impressive individual displays over the course of the three days of action, so cast your vote on who did it best during the opening round.

Check out the official player stats and see a more detailed summary of each performer below the vote:

Laura Meldere (LAT) - An early front-runner for MVP in Sarajevo after leading her side through the Group Phase unbeaten with two incredible performances. Meldere guided Latvia through an overtime battle with Poland with a mammoth 28 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists before putting up 30 points the next day in a win over Lithuania.

Emily Bessoir (GER) - A champion in Udine 12 months ago and Bessoir showed off her development with some classy displays in a tough group. The star forward opened the campaign with a Day 1 high of 22 points against Croatia and also led her side past Belgium with 18 points and 11 rebounds on Monday.

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Giulia Natali (ITA) - Natali has set the tournament benchmark for steals with 5.3 per game so far including an impressive 8 to go along with 15 points to help Italy to their third win as they saw off Croatia in Group A.

Simona Visockaite (LTU) - Lithuania are back in Division A and Visockaite is proving they are ready to compete at this level. The towering centre produced a double-double of 21 points and 10 boards as well as 3 steals and 3 blocks to get her side over the line against Poland in their opener.

Magdalena Szymkiewicz (POL) - Szymkiewicz hauled Poland back into their contest against Latvia with a red-hot shooting display down the stretch. She finished with 27 points as they came up just short in overtime in a devastating defeat, though they would bounce back the next day.

Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka (BEL) - No win in 3 games for Belgium, but Lisowa-Mbaka has enjoyed a strong start to the competition having already featured in EuroLeague Women. The 18-year-old shot 9 of 11 from the field in a 21-point haul against Germany along with 9 rebounds as they just missed out on victory.

Eden Zipel (ISR) - Another 2002-born starlet producing the goods for her country after Zipel showed no fear of the prospect of facing Spain by dropping 26 points. That included a buzzer-beating three at the end of the third, whilst adding 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.


Dragana Zubac (BIH) - Inspired by home support, Zubac was monumental for Bosnia through the Group Phase even if they only came away with a sole victory. She backed up a 22-point outing in the win over Lithuania with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals against Poland in overtime.

Aminata Gueye (FRA) - Gueye has stepped up to the plate with her side without two players through injury and enjoyed her best outing in the 64-63 success against Spain after finishing with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals - currently shooting at 71% for the tournament.