Poland-based Zimbabwe-born basketball star Stephanie Mavunga has been recognised by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) after her superb individual display during Week 5 of the EuroLeague Women on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old US-bred power forward continued her impressive campaign in the EuroLeague Women after inspiring her Polish side BC Polkowice to a 76-73 win against Spanish outfit Valencia Basket Club in a dramatic encounter at home on Wednesday.
In recognition of her efforts, FIBA has named Mavunga amongst the five nominees for the MVP award while also showering her with praises in their round-up of this week’s EuroLeague Women matches.
“It has been a brilliant start to the season for BC Polkowice as they won a fourth outing in the first five games with a nail-biting 76-73 success at home to Valencia Basket Club. It was the familiar sight of Steph Mavunga leading the charge and she ended the game with 18 points, 13 boards and 2 blocks,” FIBA wrote on their official website.
Though other players notably the return of Erica Wheeler who made some big shots, Klaudia Gertchen and also Artemis Spanou, who put up big numbers, it was a massive 18 points, two assists, two blocks, one steal and 13 boards from Mavunga that led Polkowice to a much-needed victory over the visiting Valencia Basketball Club.
The result leaves Polkowice at the top of Group A in the EuroLeague Women with an impressive 4-1 record.
Mavunga has been key to their success as she averages 18.4 points and 14.8 rebounds per game for Polkowice and will look to keep helping her team win more EuroLeague Women as they face off against Bourges Basketball away in France.
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