While most WSU students are working summer jobs (or writing blog posts) a quartet of student athletes just wrapped up competition at an international basketball tournament. Pinelopi Pavlopoulou, Borislava Hristova, Maria Kostourkova and Jovana Subasic finished up play Sunday, in Portugal and Montenegro.
While Greece only finished 14th out of 16 teams in Division A, Pavlopoulou had an impressive individual performance. The WSU junior averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.3 steals a game for Greece over seven games. Perhaps this was a glimpse of things to come in Pavlopoulou's collegiate career. She averaged 4.3 points a game for WSU last season while playing in 30 games.
Kostourkova and Subasic both saw their team's fare better than Pavlopoulou's, but didn't stand out as much in the box score. Kostourkova, playing for host country Portugal, averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds throughout the tournament. The WSU sophomore started the tournament with a huge performance, scoring 30 and grabbing 14 rebounds against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Subasic will play her first season in Pullman this winter, contributed to a Serbia team that finished fourth by averaging 5.3 points and 5.9 rebounds.
WSU's leading scorer from last season, Hristova aka "Bobi Buckets," scored 12.5 points and collected 5.2 rebounds per game, but her Bulgaria team was relegated to Division B of the Championships.
After this off-season tune-up the players will now get to enjoy the few waning moments of summer that remain, before returning to the Palouse.
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