Pszczółki Polski Cukier AZS UMCS Lublin basketball players, who won the country’s vice-championship, achieved the greatest success in the history of women’s basketball in the province of Lublin. “I told the girls that they could not be disappointed, because we did our best,” said coach Krzysztof Shevchik.
Six years ago, the leader of the University of Lublin, Shevchik, won the Polish Cup, albeit in a completely different composition.
In the decisive final for gold, Pszczółka BC had to admit the advantage of BC Polkowice, and although they lost three matches, they were close to winning in front of their spectators in the first trip and in the third, they fought equally. fight to the last second. As the Lublin coach said in these two matches, “Only the small details decided not to finish them as winners. However, there is one thing to note, because we are known as the + black horse + of this year’s tournament. In the final I told the girls not to be disappointed. we did.
In the semi-finals, the academics unexpectedly defeated the defending champions from Gdynia in three matches, confirming second place in the main stage (only three away defeats with BC Polkowice, VBW Arka Gdynia and CTL Zagłębie Sosnowiec). not accidental and not exaggerated, although the Lublin team, which had the fifth largest budget in the league before the season, was not among the main favorites.
Transfers made before the tournament should be considered successful, as the leading figures were Natasha Mack and Kamia Smalls from the United States, Alexandra Stanacev from Serbia, Martina Fassina from Italy and Ivan Yakubcova from Slovakia.
For 24-year-old Mack, playing for AZS UMCS is his first contact with European basketball, scoring an average of 17.1 points. He led the team with 10.7 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.3 productive passes.
The 24-year-old Smalls, who has made seven appearances in the WNBA, came to Ljubljana from the Italian league and has averaged 16.41 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 38.8% shooting efficiency for three points this season.
Stanacev, a 27-year-old Serbian playmaker, has played in the Spanish league for seven years, adding an average of 9.77 points to this year’s record. 7.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 36% “three”.
For the second year in a row, 23-year-old Fassina, who has been defending the colors of the university club, scored an average of 12.77 points at the Lublin club. (32.8% in shots for 3 points), he made 3.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds.
The 27-year-old model, Slovakia’s Yakubcova, averaged 8.63 points. and 4.6 rebounds.
Since the last edition of the basketball league, every team of at least one Polish woman under the age of 23 has been required to stay on the field. Therefore, with the exception of GTK Gdynia, all players, regardless of the dominance of foreign basketball players, had a chance to develop the sport, and they also had a certain impact on the level of their teams. Head coach Shevchik had no problem with that, as he was able to rotate between five girls in different positions in almost every game: Emilia Koślia, Olga Trzeciak, Natalia Kurach, Alexandra Kuczyńska and Viktoria Duchnowska.
Each of them made progress, but often played an average of 20.41 minutes, while Kośla scored 5.24 points. and completing 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. The 21-year-old, who is the country’s youth representative, feels more and more confident not only in the first league, but also in the European Cup games, where there is no obligation for young people. players to play.
The provision on the need for young players to play has undoubtedly reduced the chances of seniors presenting themselves, as felt by Zuzanna Sklepowicz and captain Claudia Niedźwiedzka, who represented the midfielder.
In addition to the league competition, the Lublin basketball team has been very successful in the continental arena, qualifying for the quarterfinals of the FIBA European Cup (similar to BC Polkowice).
“The leap in which the girls believed in themselves and their abilities was to disqualify Moscow’s Spartak from the European Cups,” said coach Szewczyk, adding that the team’s good atmosphere was crucial to this year’s success.
“There was no such good support and energy among the girls before, and good chemistry among them is the key to this year’s success,” said the coach.
AZS Lublin was promoted to the highest basketball league for the first time, but only for the 1965 season. He returned to seven consecutive editions in 1999 (as Meblotap AZS Chełm since 2002) and has been there continuously as AZS UMCS since the 2014/15 season.
It is already known that coach Shevchik will stay at the club with the training staff next season. Initially, it was agreed to continue the game with the three foreign players in the academic team in Ljubljana, which could mean that its core will not change significantly. Dreams are growing, but the specifications will be determined by at least the amount of budget to be retained during this season’s meeting, according to city and provincial authorities and Maria Curie Skłodowska University. level of the year (PAP)
Author: Andrzej Szwabe
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