Elena Danilochkina Completes Impressive Run with MVP Plum

Elena Danilochkina has been great since day one and the 25-year-old guard completed her impressive run in the EuroBasket Women 2011 with a title and the Most Valuable Player trophy as well.

Danilochkina has been sizzling all-tournament as shown by her impressive 50 percent clip from the field and her stellar performances in the quarterfinals and semifinals, where she both erupted for 18 points to push the Russian squad to the finals and eventually defeating Turkey for their third title in eight years.

“Elena's young but she's a great player,” said Russian veteran Maria Stepanova. “Sometimes when we need it, she tells us to get going. At other times, she gets us to slow down and be patient and play smart. She's become the new leader of our team.”

Stepanova, who won her third European title with Russia, was also named to the All-Tournament Team along with Danilochkina, Turkey star Nevriye Yilmaz, Czech Republic’s Eva Viteckova, and Croatia’s Sandra Mandir, who led her team to a fifth-place finish that gave them an automatic spot for EuroBasket 2013 and next year’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

EuroBasket Women 2011 Awards

Most Valuable Player

  • Elena Danilochkina (Russia)

All-Tournament Team

  • Elena Danilochkina (Russia)
  • Maria Stepanova (Russia)
  • Nevriye Yilmaz (Turkey)
  • Eva Viteckova (Czech Republic)
  • Sandra Mandir (Croatia)


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