Four Cowgirls Compete in International Basketball Competition
Four Wyoming Cowgirl basketball players recently competed on the international stage representing their respective countries. Senior Tijana Raca participated in the FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries, while junior Selale Kepenc and incoming freshmen Karla Erjavec and Tereza Vitulova played in the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championships.
Raca averaged 5.6 points and 4.8 rebounds over a stretch of five games played at Mardyke Arena in Cork, Ireland. She had a breakout game with 22 points and 11 boards in the victory over Gibraltar. Cyprus finished fifth in the tournament.
Kepenc, a native of Istanbul, Turkey, helped her team to a 4-3 record overall and a fifth place finish in Division B of the U20 Women’s European Championships. She averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 over the tournament. She finished with 13 points and six boards in the win over Ukraine.
Vitilova helped her U20 Czech Republic National Team to a perfect 7-0 record during the tournament on its way to the gold medal in Division B. With the win, the team will now move up to Division A next year. She averaging 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds, which included 18 points and eight rebounds in the championship game over Belarus.
Erjavec played in all seven games for the U20 Croatian National Team in the Division A group that took place in Sopron, Hungary. She finished her tournament averaging 5.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. She had a solid showing against Russia finishing with 13 points and four rebound.
In Division A, there are two groups of six teams each. Croatia was in Group C with Hungary, Latvia and Poland. There are four groups in Division B with five teams in each in group. In Group B with Turkey and the Czech Republic were with Belarus, Bulgaria and Denmark.
FIBA Europe is one of five Regions of FIBA (along with Africa, Americas, Oceania and Asia) and is responsible for controlling and developing the sport of basketball in Europe.
Among the responsibilities of FIBA Europe are promoting, supervising and directing international competition at the club and national team levels, as well as governing and appointing European international referees.
FIBA Europe is an international federation whose membership consists of the national basketball federations of Europe, of which there are currently 50 members. The highest decision making body is the Board of FIBA Europe which consists of 25 persons elected by the National Federations.
Results and video at the following link http://www.fiba.basketball/europe/u20women/2018.