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Who posted the best individual FIBA Women's EuroBasket performance of 2021?
MUNICH (Germany) - There have been some amazing individual FIBA Women's EuroBasket displays during 2021, with six standout performances in the running to be voted as the best of the calendar year.
Vote for your favorite after we have a closer look at the most dazzling showings that we witnessed in the last FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021 Qualifying bubbles, back in February, the FIBA Women's EuroBasket in Strasbourg and Valencia during the summer, and the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers in November:
JONQUEL JONES (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - June 26, 2021
Game: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Sweden in FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021
Statistics: 51 EFF, 34 PTS, 71% FG, 19 REB, 4 AST.
Having already made people sit up and take notice on their long awaited return to the FIBA Women's EuroBasket, Jones left her best work at the event in a Bosnia and Herzegovina vest to deliver more history for her adopted nation. Playing for a possible spot in the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournaments, the center had an amazing game against Sweden to seal the deal and cap what was a phenomenal tournament for player and team.
JONQUEL JONES (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - November 11, 2021
Game: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Belgium in the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers
Statistics: 51 EFF, 44 PTS, 53.8% FG, 22 REB, 4 AST.
Jones is the only baller with two entries on the list, as when she stepped out in the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers she picked up where she left off in Valencia, to rack up yet another awesome efficiency valuation of 51. The fact it came against 2021 bronze medalists Belgium was all the more impressive as she torched the Cats with a stunning double-double showing, one of the biggest seen during the modern era.
SONJA VASIC (Serbia) - June 17, 2021
Game: Serbia v Italy in FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021
Statistics: 35 EFF, 27 PTS, 53% FG, 13 REB, 7 AST.
Deservedly crowned MVP in Valencia after guiding Serbia to their second FIBA Women's EuroBasket title, it could have been so different had Vasic not put her team on her back and inspired a pivotal and epic overtime win against Italy in the group stage. While so much of the spotlight followed and more influential displays served up, this performance against Italy truly epitomized everything positive about the Serbian legend and leader.
JELENA DUBLJEVIC (Montenegro) - February 4, 2021
Game: Montenegro v Sweden in the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers
Statistics: 42 EFF, 34 PTS, 65% FG, 14 REB, 5 AST.
Having had a hiatus from national team duties for some time, the experienced Dubljevic was persuaded to come back into the mix for the penultimate game of Montenegro's qualifying campaign. Their prospects of making it to the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021 hung in the balance and their dreams would be more or less shattered if they did not win against Sweden. Cue an absolutely classic display from the forward who did it all for Montenegro to get a two-point win and effectively book her country's place at the flagship event.
EMMA MEESSEMAN (Belgium) - June 23, 2021
Game: Belgium v Russia in FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021
Statistics: 40 EFF, 33 PTS, 64% FG, 11 REB, 4 AST.
It was one of the classic games of the year as Belgium faced a rejuvenated Russia in the Quarter-Finals in Valencia and the Cats needed their leader to come up with a monstrous display to get them through 85-83 in a thriller. With her UMMC teammate Maria Vadeeva exceptional for the Russians, Meesseman had to turn up the dial and carry her team to a pulsating victory that paved the way for them to eventually claim a podium finish.
ALINA IAGUPOVA (Ukraine) - November 11, 2021
Game: Ukraine v France in the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers
Statistics: 29 EFF, 33 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL.
No doubt stung by missing out on the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021, Ukraine reacted and put their foot forward with a statement win in the opening game of the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers. Iagupova led a truly devastating and surprise blowout of five-time Finalists France with a typical offensive deluge that set up a memorable 90-71 triumph in Kiev.