Three members of the Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team; Antonia Peresson, Katarina Vuckovic, and Simina Avram, all competed in the U20 European Basketball Championships representing their respective countries. They all had nice showings and represented themselves, their countries, and Georgia Tech very well. In the end only one of them medaled in the event.
Incoming freshman Antonia Peresson averaged 3.0 points and 0.5 rebounds in helping her Italian National Team win the Bronze Medal in Udine, Italy. Her team finished the U20 European Championship with a 6-3 record including finishing 2-1 in in Group D during group play.
Peresson actually faced off twice against her future teammate Katarina Vuckovic who played with the Serbian National Team in the U20. The first matchup between Italy and Serbia happened after group play with Italy winning 77-67 over Serbia. The second matchup happened during the Medal Round with Italy winning again 68-63. .
Katarina Vukovic had a solid showing in the U20 as well. The Georgia Tech sophomore averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 boards in helping her Serbian National Team finish with a 5-4 record and fourth place overall in the Championships. She also led her team in three-point shooting knocking down 57.9% of her treys. Team Serbia started off with two straight wins and finished 2-1 in group play. Vuckovic’s best game in the U20 Championships was in the first meeting between Serbia and Italy when she finished with 16 points in 21 minutes while shooting a tremendous 5 of 7 from the floor and also going 5 of 5 from the line.
As for Simina Avram, who played in Division B of the U20 European Championships for Romania, her team had a pretty rough go of things. Avram averaged 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds for Romania but her country could not get in the win column going 0-9 in tournament competition. Avram opened up her tournament with a five point and five rebound effort against Lithuania and against Israel dropped five points and three boards on the stat sheet. In the end though it was still not enough to get her Romanian National Team in the win column.
These experiences are only going to help these ladies in the end as they get ready to take the floor for Georgia Tech this fall. Coach MaChelle Joseph truly has some nice talent with these three young ladies and they are surely going to enhance the Women’s Basketball program in 2014 and beyond.
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