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Evanthia "Evina" Maltsi (Greek: Εβίνα Μάλτση, born 20 December 1978) is a Greek professional basketball guard, last playing for Olympiacos in the Greek Basket League.[7] In 2007, she played for Connecticut Sun in the WNBA, appearing in 29 games, 26 in the regular season (7 as a starter) and 3 in the playoffs.[8] A three time Euroleague All-Star (2007–2009), Maltsi has a long career in European club basketball, having played in Spain, France, Czech Republic, Poland and Turkey besides her native Greece and she has won numerous titles as a player of CJM Bourges, Ros Casares Valencia, USK Praha and Olympiacos.

Evina Maltsi
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Personal information
Born (1978-12-20) 20 December 1978 (age 40)
Goumenissa, Greece
NationalityGreek
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
Playing career1997–present
PositionGuard
Career history
1997–1998Megas Alexandros
1998–2000MENT Thessaloniki
2000–2004Panathinaikos
2004–2005Celta de Vigo Baloncesto
2005–2006CDB Zaragoza
2006–2007CJM Bourges Basket
2007Connecticut Sun
2007–2008Ros Casares
2008–2011USK Praha
2011–2012Polkowice
2012–2013Kayseri Kaski
2013–2014Homend Antakya
2014–2016Botaş
2016–2018Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Maltsi is the captain of Greece women's national basketball team, having represented her country in several Eurobasket Women, the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.[9] She led the Greek national team to the fifth place in 2009 FIBA Eurobasket earning the EuroBasket MVP award, a remarkable feat considering that Maltsi was voted MVP despite the fact that Greece didn't enter the semi-finals. She was also the FIBA EuroBasket 2009 Top Scorer and steals leader, averaging 22.6 points and 3.1 steals per game. She has been elected to the All-EuroBasket Team two times, the first in 2009 and the second in Eurobasket 2017 in Czech Republic where, at the age of 38, she led Greece to the semi-finals and the fourth place in the tournament, their best ever Eurobasket performance.

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WNBA careerEdit

Maltsi played for the Connecticut Sun in the 2007 WNBA season. She appeared in 29 games for Connecticut, 26 in the regular season (7 as a starter) averaging 5.7 points (41.6% 3-point percentage), 1.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.[10] She scored a WNBA career high 23 points with 5/5 3-point shots against the Los Angeles Sparks at Staples Center on 7 July 2007, leading Connecticut in a 110–87 away win.[11] She also played in 3 games in the 2007 WNBA Playoffs where Connecticut lost 2–1 to Indiana Fever in the first round. Sun wanted Maltsi to return for next year, but she had difficulties with her job in Greece.

Olympic GamesEdit

Evina Maltsi participated for the first time in Olympic Games in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Greece reached the quarter-finals but lost to the eventual champions United States 102–72. Greece finished 7th after winning New Zealand with score 87–83.

Evina scored 20.9 points per game and she was third in the list, holding the tournament's record for most points in a game, with 33 against Japan. She had also 8.0 rebounds per game and she finished fifth at the tournament in this category.

World ChampionshipsEdit

She finished third in scoring at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women.

EuroBasketEdit

2005 FIBA EuroBasket TurkeyEdit

Greece finished tenth at the FIBA EuroBasket 2005, with Maltsi being the ninth highest scorer of the tournament with 92 total points and 13.1 points per game. She was also one of the best players of the tournament.

2007 FIBA EuroBasket ItalyEdit

Greece finished thirteenth at the FIBA EuroBasket 2007.

2009 FIBA EuroBasket LatviaEdit

Evina Maltsi led Greece into the 5th place for the first time. They lost their quarter-final to France by two points, 51–49. But Greece won two consecutive matches and took the fifth place. First they won the classification round against Slovakia with score 64–59, and then they became Europe's fifth best national team, beating Italy for the fifth place game with score 60–56.

Maltsi was the FIBA EuroBasket Top Scorer and the FIBA EuroBasket steals leader.

She was also selected in the FIBA EuroBasket All-Star Team and was EuroBasket's best player winning the FIBA EuroBasket MVP of the tournament award.

2011 FIBA EuroBasket PolandEdit

Greece finished 13th at the FIBA EuroBasket 2011.

2017 FIBA EuroBasket Czech RepublicEdit

At the age of 39 Evina Maltsi was the captain of Greece which finished 4th at the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 after losing the Bronze medal match to Belgium. This was the first time in the history that Greece women's national basketball team played for a medal.

Maltsi finished second in scoring at the tournament with 113 points and sixth in the PPG list with 16.1 points per game. She had also 4.1 assists per game finishing eighth at the tournament and 6.6 rebounds per game being the tenth best player in this category at the tournament.

Evina Maltsi was Greece's best player and one of the best in the whole tournament and as a result she was selected for the FIBA EuroBasket All-Star Team for the second time after 2009.

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