Published on : 05/06/2021 – 20:50Modified : 05/06/2021 – 20:48
Inside Sandrine Gruda became the top scorer in the history of the French women’s basketball team on Saturday with 2,578 points, improving Isabelle Fijalkowski’s mark (2,567) in the match won against Sweden 71-51 in preparation for Euro-2021, in Mulhouse.
For his 197th selection in the blue jersey, Gruda (33 years old, 1.93 m) had to register three points to get ahead of Fijalkowski, who made the heyday of the French team as a pivot between 1990 and 2001 (champion of ‘Europe in 2001, quarter-final at the Sydney Games in 2000).
Saturday in Mulhouse, for the last of the six preparatory matches for the French team, Gruda, who will blow his 34 candles on June 25, scored his first two-point basket to equal Fijalkowski, then a new two-point basket. of a free throw to take the lead.
Best scorer as in the first meeting against the Swedes the day before, Gruda scored 13 points in total.
“I want to thank my teammates because without them I could not have been the best scorer of all time. It touches me and it makes me very happy. I want to serve as an example to the young generation who are arriving. pushed a door. It’s up to them to do even better, “said the interior in front of the audience after the match.
The French, vice-champions of Europe during the last four editions of the continental tournament, will go in search of a third European title, after the coronations of 2001 and 2009. They will play the first round and the quarter-finals in Strasbourg before take the direction of Spain and Valencia, for the semi-finals and the final.
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