TTT Riga

TTT Rīga is a professional women's basketball club based in Riga, Latvia. "TTT" means Tram and Trolley Trust. The team held its first official game on 5 November 1958. The next 25 years are known as the First Golden age of the club. Internationally, the club was also known as Daugava Riga, due to the fact that Daugava was the predecessor of TTT Riga in the 1950s.

TTT Riga
TTT Riga logo
LeaguesLSBL
EuroLeague Women
Founded1958
ArenaArena Riga
(capacity: 12,500)
LocationRiga, Latvia
Team colorsWhite and Orange
   
Head coachMārtiņš Zībarts
Championships14 Latvian Championship:
1992, 1993, 1995, 2001-2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
18 EuroLeague Women:
1960–1962, 1964–75, 1977, 1981, 1982
1 Ronchetti Cup:
1987
Websitetttriga.lv

HistoryEdit

Led by famous Latvian basketball player and coach Olgerts "Bohums" Altbergs, TTT Riga conquered its first European title in 1960, winning the European Cup for Women's Champion Clubs (since 1992 known as Euroleague Women). Dzidra Uztupe-Karamiseva, Vita Silina-Luka (Karpova), Dzintra Kiepe-Baka and other outstanding players of the time bring women basketball to new levels. Seventeen more European titles were added during next 22 years – achievement unequalled until this day.

The rise of Uljana Semjonova, who joined TTT Riga in 1965, at the age of 13, confirmed golden status of „TTT". From 1964 to 1975 TTT earned 12 consecutive European titles. In 18 seasons of international competition Uljana Semjonova never lost a game in national team competition, a record that will almost certainly never be repeated.

The late 1980s and 1990s marked a decline of the once famous club. The best Latvian players, with Semojonova being the first one, continued their professional careers in France, Spain and Italy. It took ten years after Latvia regained independence, while TTT re-entered the Liliana Ronchetti cup in 2001. Their entry followed only five years later.

The autumn of 2006 was a turning point in history of the club. New leadership and new management launched a long term project to unite the best Latvian players under the famous club name, first foreign internationals – like Brazilian and WNBA star Iziane Castro Marques – came to Latvia. In the spring of 2007 TTT Riga after one year silence regained the Latvian title and applied for the participation in FIBA Euroleague Women. Season of 2007–2008 will be the 50th for the club.

Players of noteEdit

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FamersEdit

Current rosterEdit

TTT Riga roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1   Elizabete Bulāne 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 18 – (2003-01-01)1 January 2003
G 3   Binta Drammeh 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 28 – (1992-05-21)21 May 1992
F 4   Paula Strautmane 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 24 – (1997-03-23)23 March 1997
F 5   Megan Huff 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 25 – (1996-04-17)17 April 1996
F 10   Karlīne Pilābere 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 30 – (1990-11-16)16 November 1990
F 11   Paula Mauriņa 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 19 – (2002-01-18)18 January 2002
G 12   Vanesa Jasa 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 17 – (2003-07-09)9 July 2003
C 13   Aija Klakocka 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 34 – (1986-10-17)17 October 1986
F 14   Eva Indriķe 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 19 – (2001-07-05)5 July 2001
F 17   Anita Miķelsone 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 19 – (2001-12-13)13 December 2001
C 22   Zenta Meļņika 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 29 – (1991-09-06)6 September 1991
G 23   Linnae Harper 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 26 – (1995-01-31)31 January 1995
F 33   Kitija Laksa 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 24 – (1996-05-21)21 May 1996
F 35   Kate Krēsliņa 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 25 – (1996-04-14)14 April 1996
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: October 21, 2018

Notable past playersEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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