FIBA Women's EuroBasket Top 100 Scorers: 60-41
MUNICH (Germany) - With just under 60 days remaining until the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 tips off, it's time for the third part in our rundown of the top 100 scorers in competition history.
Divided into segments of 20 players each, this five-part series has already revealed those ranked from 100-61 with the remaining to be published until we reach the coveted number one spot and leading all-time scorer.
=60. Niza BORISOVA
Birth date: 04/02/1940
Games played: 38
Participations: 5 (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1968)
Medals: 🥇(1958)🥈(1960,1964) 🥉(1962)
One of the best ever Bulgarian players, she's remembered for powering Bulgaria to some of their finest moments, including the title in 1958. Many also said she was ahead of her time with the ability to outjump everyone else on the court and her willingness to put the ball on the floor against opposing 'bigs' and take her defenders off the dribble. Four medals in five participations speaks volumes.
=60. Sonja VASIC
Birth date: 18/02/1989
Games played: 34
Participations: 4 (2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
Medals: 🥇(2015,2021) 🥉(2019)
Born for the clutch, the return of Vasic from a lengthy national team sabbatical in time for the 2015 edition was the spark and inspiration needed for Serbia to win a historical and surprise first title. After winning bronze on home soil in 2019, she then put the team on her back like usual at the last edition and was crowned MVP as she propelled her country to the top of the podium again.
=58. Jasmina PERAZIC
Birth date: 06/12/1960
Games played: 23
Participations: 4 (1981,1983, 1985, 1987)
A fantastic player who could put points on the board in a hurry and score from anywhere on the court, she could seriously do it all. Just 23 games played and yet over 400 points scored summarizes her talent. She amassed a staggering 25.7 points per game in 1983 and was crowned MVP, while taking Yugoslavia to the 1987 Final where she picked up her silver medal.
57. Birsel VARDARLI DEMIRMEN
Birth date: 12/07/1984
Games played: 54
Participations: 7 (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Medals: 🥈(2011) 🥉(2013)
The rise and rise of Turkish women's basketball was in large part to them having such a brilliant playmaker as Vardarli. Perpetual motion on the court, Vardarli-Demirmen regularly came up with clutch plays - whether passing to a teammate or scoring herself. She inspired that historic first ever Final appearance in 2011 with some stunning plays in the Semi-Final and departed in 2017 a legend.
56. Sandra LINKIVICIENE
Birth date: 01/02/1982
Games played: 41
Participations: 5 (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Always upping her game when playing in a Lithuanian national team jersey, Linkeviciene would punish any opposing defenses if they slept on her. The guard often averaged double-digits at Final Round and was a major member of the team that made a dazzling run all the way to the Semi-Finals in 2005 which included a famous win on the way against Russia when she poured in 18 points.
55. Jelica KALENIC
Birth date: 28/08/1942
Games played: 35
Participations: 5 (1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1972)
One of the main pillars of the history-making Yugoslavia team when they won their maiden medal in 1968 and played in the Final for the first time, Kalenic was a super smart and impactful player. The podium step was hard earned after three editions previously and her 12 points per game in 1968 were vital. Post basketball, Kalenic became a professor and world renowned cardiologist.
54. Celine DUMERC
Birth date: 09/07/1982
Games played: 66
Participations: 8 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
Medals: 🥇(2009) 🥈(2013, 2015, 2017) 🥉(2011)
The playmaker had to be patient as her nation had won the title at the edition before her debut and then went empty-handed at her first three. But in 2009 they were winners once again and another four medals followed for Dumerc. Not a scorer by any means, her defensive capabilities and creative hand was always most prominent, but she did make some hugely important shots down the years.
=53. Catherine MELAIN
Birth date: 19/05/1974
Games played: 47
Participations: 6 (1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009)
Medals: 🥇(2001, 2009) 🥈(1999)
There have been few French ballers as successful as Melain, who stepped out at six editions and was a two-time champion, finishing her career at Final Round with that second gold in 2009. Also winning in 2001 and contesting the Final two years before that, she eventually won 227 caps and has since moved into coaching and is the assistant coach of the French national team.
=53. Jana VESELA
Birth date: 31/12/1983
Games played: 55
Participations: 8 (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Medals: 🥇(2005) 🥈(2003)
The forward was never about buckets and her points per game output would testify to that. However, she did make some vital baskets in the hugely impressive eight editions she played, famously winning the title in 2005. Vesela was the glue that held so much together. Relentless in her defensive assignments, she did the dirty work on the glass and all over the court as a valued warrior at all times.
51. Ann WAUTERS
Birth date: 12/10/1980
Games played: 29
Participations: 4 (2003, 2007, 2017, 2019)
The Belgian basketball legend was a dominant figure at club level in EuroLeague Women and while her country only managed sporadic Final Round forays, she brought the noise at each edition. Fittingly, in 2017 she helped Belgium make history with their maiden medal. Strong, smart and relentless under the basket, it's little wonder Wauters racked up all those points despite playing under 30 games.
50. Nadejda CHOUVAEVA
Birth date: 09/09/1952
Games played: 43
Participations: 6 (1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983)
Medals: 🥇(1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983)
An energetic guard who was always doing great work at both ends of the floor, Chouvaeva is another baller who returned from the Final Round with a perfect golden stash. The dominance of the Soviet Union was famously founded on superior skill and size, but the ability of ballers like Chouvaeva to make shots and 'feed the bigs' was integral too. She averaged double-digits in points at four editions.
=49. Erika DOBROVICOVÁ
Birth date: 10/09/1967
Games played: 30
Participations: 5 (1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1999)
Medals: 🥈(1987) 🥉(1993)
The imposing center had two distinct chapters in her international career and participations. First she donned a Czechoslovakia vest, making the title game on her debut in 1987. In fact she played more than 200 games in total until then playing for her homeland and being part of the Slovakia team who won a first medal in 1993. It was a pity for her she missed Slovakia winning silver four years later.
=49. Audrey SAURET GILLESPIE
Birth date: 31/10/1976
Games played: 47
Participations: 6 (1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007)
Medals: 🥇(2001) 🥈(1999)
Strong and uncompromising, France had one of their most consistent players ever when it came to the forward. While not necessarily a prolific scorer, Sauret-Gillespie used her talent and application to great effect. She made the Final in her second appearance in 1999 and then took the title in 2001. After retiring, she broke new ground by becoming General Manager of clubs in men's basketball.
=49. Endene MIYEM
Birth date: 15/05/1988
Games played: 52
Participations: 7 (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
Medals: 🥇(2009) 🥈(2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021) 🥉(2011)
A brilliant hard-nosed warrior, Miyem has never come back from any of the seven editions she has featured empty handed. With seven medals, she got the joy of winning gold on her debut in 2009. The forward is a brilliant competitor and while not necessarily a dominant scorer, she is always so consistent. Her individual contribution was recognized in 2017 when she made the All-Star Five.
46. Dana KLIMESOVA
Birth date: 28/05/1952
Games played: 42
Participations: 6 (1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981)
Medals: 🥈(1974, 1976) 🥉(1972, 1978, 1981)
Klimesova played in successive title games for Czechoslovakia and picked up five medals in six participations at the Final Round. Always pushing hard for her team and being one of the leading offensive threats she was inducted into the Czech Basketball Hall of Fame. She eventually amassed 202 appearances for her nation, while her brother and husband both played basketball for the national team too.
45. Katsiaryna SNYTSINA
Birth date: 02/09/1985
Games played: 48
Participations: 7 (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
When younger she was often compared to the often acclaimed 'Women's Basketball GOAT' Diana Taurasi. This was measure of the talent at the fingertips of Snytsina. An essential part of the history-making team that won a first ever medal with bronze in 2007. Still playing this past season in EuroCup Women with London Lions, she's a brilliant guard/wing with great scoring power and a massive IQ.
44. Danira BILIC
Birth date: 22/07/1969
Games played: 26
Participations: 4 (1987, 1989, 1991, 1995)
Medals: 🥈(1987, 1991)
Playing at four editions, Bilic played in the title game for Yugoslavia both in 1987 and in 1991, but then went on to wear the Croatian jersey of her homeland at the 1995 event. Even in 1989 when Yugoslavia missed out on the podium, she put in some sensational displays and emerged as the leading scorer in the competition with a massive 24 points per game.
43. Helena JOSKOVA-MALOTOVA
Birth date: 08/01/1939
Games played: 46
Participations: 7 (1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972)
Medals: 🥈(1962, 1966) 🥉(1960, 1964, 1972)
Inducted into the Czech Basketball Hall of Fame, there's no doubt about the incredible talent and application that Joskova-Malotova produced at all seven editions. Reaching the Final in 1962 and 1966, adding to three bronze medals, she was regularly the leading or top scorer for her team. The forward played 270 games for the national team in all competitions during a successful 13 year period.
42. Jelena BROOKS
Birth date: 28/04/1989
Games played: 38
Participations: 6 (2009, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)
Medals: 🥇(2015, 2021) 🥉(2019)
Brooks was part of an amazing Serbian success story before it gained momentum with appearances in 2009 and 2013. then during their historical first title in 2015, followed by bronze in 2019 and another gold in 2021. A clutch baller in every sense, the forward has his so many huge shots at the event and more often than not, it was Brooks who was the difference-maker.
41. Dagmar HUBALKOVA
Birth date: 04/02/1932
Games played: 28
Participations: 4 (1952, 1956, 1960, 1962)
Medals: 🥈(1952, 1962) 🥉(1956, 1960)
Hubalkova participated in four editions, made two title games and was never off the podium. That is testament to her guard skills which were a massive part of Czechoslovakia's success during the period. She was a true offensive power and that was underlined by the fact that she was the tournament leading scorer in 1960 after she racked up almost 19 points per game.
Next time, we take a look at positions 40-21 in the FIBA Women's EuroBasket Top 100 scorers list.