Russian Female Basketball Players: In honor of the women that rarely get the level of appreciation they deserve, here is a list of Top 10 Stunning Russian women’s basketball players. Enjoy!
10. Svetlana Abrosimova
Svetlana Olegovna Abrosimova is at tenth position on the list of Top 10 Russian Female Basketball Players. She won 8 medals in international competitions for Russia. She was a member of the Russian national basketball team that participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Svetlana won a silver medal in the 1998 Basketball World Championship.
Her most recent appearance was for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA. She is usually called by her nickname, “Svet” or “Sveta”.
9. Natalya Zhedik
At no. 9 on the list of top “10 Russian Female Basketball Players” – Natalya Zhedik, serving for the basketball club ” Hope” from Orenburg and Russian national team.
She made her debut in the Russian championship for the team ” Spartak (St. Petersburg).
She made her debut in the national team in 2009. She participated in the 2010 World Cup . In the national team She took part in the national team in Summer 2012 Olympics in London.
8. Becky Hammon
Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Hammon is a former American- Russian professional basketball player. Becky spot eight on the list of top Russian Female Basketball Players. She played eight years for New York Liberty and the San Antonio Silver Stars in the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Since Hammon played during the WNBA season break for CSKA Moscow, she has the US and a Russian citizenship alongside since 2008.
She took part in the Olympics and finished with Russia in fourth place.
7. Marina Kuzina
Marina Kuzina is Russian professional basketball player and the player of the national team of Russia. She plays at the position of centerline. She hold the 7th position amongst Top 10 Russian Female Basketball Players.
She was European champion in the junior national team of Russia (2002) and also the winner of the “Golden basket” as the best young basketball player of Russia (2005).
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6. Uljana Semjonova
Uljana Semjonova is a famous Soviet basketball player, Olympic Champion, three-time world champion and 10-time European champion. Semjonova spot 6th in our list “Top 10 Russian Female Basketball Players”.
With the Height – 210 cm and Shoe size – 58 , she is one of the tallest women of the former Soviet Union.
In 1993, she was included in the Hall of Fame in Springfield and in 1999. She was also The best basketball player Latvia XX century. Uljana graduated from the Latvian GIFCA (1973).
5. Lidia Alexeyeva
Lidia Alexeeva is Soviet basketball player and professional coach. She is also a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. She ranked No. 5 in the list “Top 10 Russian Female Basketball Players”.
As a player, she has won in the women’s league of the USSR championship – in 1947, 1951, 1954, 1955 and 1956, USSR Cup in 1952 and European Championship in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1956. (Playing for the national team of the USSR).
She was coach of the women’s national team of the USSR for 22 years (from 1962 to 1984), during which time the team won every competition. In particular, the team under her leadership won gold at the Olympic Games in 1976 and 1980, World Championships in 1964, 1967, 1971, 1975 and 1983. (USSR boycotted the tournament in 1979) and European championships in 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1983.
4. Elena Danilochkina
Elena (Alena) Igorevna Kirillov (Danilochkina) is a Russian professional basketball player serving the Russian basketball championship for BC Nadezhda (Orenburg) and the player of the national team of Russia. She plays at the position of defender. She hold the 4th position in our list of Top 10 Russian Female Basketball Players.
Elena Danilochkina was also a candidate for the Russian national team on a trip to the European Championships in 2007 , 2008 Olympics and the 2009 European Championship , but at the last moment it was not included in the application for the tournament.
Elena Danilochkina debuted for the national team of Russia at the world championships in 2010.
3. Natalia Vieru
Natalya Vieru is at No. 3 in the list of Top 10 Russian Female Basketball Players. She has performed for the junior national team of Russia at the European Championship 2006 U18. In 2007,a bronze medal U18 Championship and became part of the symbolic five of the tournament. In 2008 she won the championship in the U20 European Championship and was recognized as MVP of the tournament. In 2009, she represented Russia at the European Championship U20.
She made her debut in the national team in 2008. Represented Russia at the 2010 World Cup . In the national team took part in the Summer 2012 Olympics in London.
She was Best player JBL 2006 2007, the best young basketball player Russian: 2007/2008/2009, MVP Euro 2008 U20 and the best player of the Championship of Slovakia Women’s Basketball Championship : 2011/12.
2. Irina Osipova
Irina Osipova is at 2nd position in the list of Top 10 Russian Female Basketball Players. She is the player of the national team of Russia and plays at the position centerline .
Irina Osipova started practicing basketball in Moscow. Her first coach was A. Smith. Irina Osipova first club was “Gloria” (Moscow).
She won Bronze medalist of the 2004 Olympic Games and 2008, Silver medalist of the world championships : 2002 , 2006, European Champion : 2003 , 2007 , 2011, Silver medalist of the European championships : 2001 , 2009, Euroleague champion : 2003, 2007, 2008 , 2009 , 2010, FIBA Europe Cup winner: 2006, The winner of the FIBA World League : 2004, Bronze medalist at the World League FIBA : 2003, Russian Champion : 2003 , 2007 , 2008, Silver medalist Russia : 2004 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , Bronze medalist Russia : 2002 and Winner of the European Super Cup : 2010.
Irina Osipova is married and has a daughter Alena.
1. Natalia Vodopyanova
The Russian national team’s striker, Natalia Vodopyanova top the list of 10 Russian Female Basketball Players.
She is in the Russian national team since 2001. The two-time bronze medalist in 2004 and 2008. Silver medalist of the 2006 World Cup. European champion in 2007.
She was honored Honored Master of Sports of Russia. She also won Medal of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland” II degree ( 3 October 2006 ) – for outstanding contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high achievements in sport.
She was the Bronze medalist of the Russian Championship : 2014.
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