Greece Wins Euro Title, RMU Star is MVP
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Klatovy, Czech Republic -- For the fourth time in her career, RMU Colonials junior forward Artemis Spanou has been named the most valuable player in a FIBA European women's basketball championship.
This time Spanou led her Greek national team to the Division B title in the U20 Championship in the Czech Republic, earning Greece a promotion to Division A for 2013. Last summer, Spanou was also named the MVP of the U20 European Championship as she led Greece to a bronze medal. She has previously been named MVP in the U18 and U16 championships.
Over the last two weeks, the 6'1" forward led the Greeks to a 7-1 record, finishing second overall in scoring with 20.4 points per game and leading all players in rebounding (12.6 per game) and double-double (6 of the 8 games). Spanou led her Greek squad in every major statistical category including assists, blocks, and steals.
A member of the Greek national program since the age of 14, Spanou capped her most recent tournament by dropping a career 33 points in the championship game victory against host nation Czech Republic. She played all 40 minutes in each of the team's final three contests, ripping down a career-best 17 rebounds in the team's final pool-play game against Israel.
This marks the second time in Spanou's career that she has led Greece to an international title. In 2008, she helped win the B Division of the U16 event.
As a sophomore at Robert Morris, Spanou was named to the 2011-12 Northeast Conference All-Conference First Team after finishing fourth in the nation with 20 double-doubles. She was named the league's Rookie of the Year and was an All-Rookie Team pick and a second-team All-NEC selection as a freshman.