Thessaloniki hoops stars & Greek-Cypriot ballers
Ioanna Krimili continued her great performances in the month of February, receiving her 11th Freshman of the Week award in 14 weeks, leaving no doubt on who will be the West Coast Conference selection for the annual award later this year! Ioanna is a top scorer in the conference as well, where she has been helping the Dons win the last 3 games of the season. Ioanna contributed to her team’s important victory vs BYU on February 27th by having 27 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, shooting 6-12 from the field and making 3/5 3pt shots, while she did not miss a single free throw going a perfect 12/12 in 38 minutes of action. She is currently averaging 18.7 points per game going along with 3.3 rebounds while shooting 46% from the 3pt line. Ioanna still leads the nation in 3pt shots made, while having taken 41 fewer shots than the trailing senior from Virginia Tech, Aisha Sheppard, who is aiming to overtake her entering March games. Ioanna is also in the Top-10 for free-throw percentage, with over 90% efficiency.
Fellow Thessaloniki, Greece basketball standout Elena Tsineke, of the University of South Florida, had a night to remember on February 27th, scoring 24 points, 2/7 threes, 9/17 FGs, 4/6 FTs, adding 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 26 minutes of action on a team loss 49-67 vs Houston, which was a huge upset in the AAC and her first team’s conference loss this season (11-1 record). Elena is averaging 12.7 points per game so far this season.
Ivana Raca of Wake Forest University contributed significantly in her last two performances for her team while on February 26th vs Denver University on a tough 67-69 Loss on the road she scored 22 points going along with 6 rebounds and 1 steal while shooting 8/16 from the field, 12/2 from the 3 point line and 5/6 from the Free Throw line in 39 minutes of action. On February 28th, on another game on the road vs Florida State where Wake Forest lost 51-59, she scored 19 points going along with 3 rebounds and 1 block while shooting 8/14 from the field and 3/5 from the 3pt line in 38 minutes of action. So far this season, Ivana Raca is averaging 16.8 points per game going along with 9 rebounds per game.
Along the lines of Greek-Cypriots with huge performances, Elena Pilakouta of the University of Nebraska in Omaha recorded her career-high on February 26th against Denver by having 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists while shooting 10/11 from the field in 29 minutes of action on a 82-94 team loss. The next day, she beat her career-high by scoring 24 points while shooting 10/12 from the field in 28 minutes of action and helping her team beat Denver 80-75 on the road. So far this season, Elena Pilakouta is averaging 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.