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18/03/2013
RUS - Korstin lets her play do the talking

MOSCOW (EuroBasket Women/FIBA World Championship for Women) - Ilona Korstin has been a great contributor over the years for Russia, helping her country capture numerous medals.

She won silver at the 2002 and 2006 FIBA World Championships for Women, bronze at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

At European Championships, Korstin has three gold medals and three silvers.

At last summer's Olympics in London, at 32 years of age, Boris Sokolovsky didn't play Korstin much but when he did give her minutes, she did well for a side that came in fourth.

It remains to be seen if she will be in the Russia team at this summer's EuroBasket Women in France, with Sokolovsky recently telling FIBA.com that he believed her performances are too "up and down".

New Russia coach Alfredas Vainauskas will have some input as to whether Korstin continues with the squad, and he may be thinking her national team days aren't over yet after she helped Dynamo Moscow beat Kayseri Kaski spor to win the Eurocup Women.

In the second leg of the tie played in Turkey on Friday and in front of a sell-out crowd of 11,000 fans, Korstin played 33 minutes and had 11 points and four rebounds.

Her steal and fast break lay-up at the end of the contest reduced Kayseri's margin of victory to 74-70, thus allowing Dynamo to win 136-135 on aggregate after a 66-61 win in the first leg.

The veteran presence of Korstin was vital for Dynamo with the tie hanging in the balance.

"We played a bad third quarter, but made the important plays in the end," Korstin said.

"On the last possession, I was so focused on my defense, on the ball, as I knew we could lose up to four (and still win the title)."

Vainauskas won't have long to prepare the Russia squad for the EuroBasket Women, which tips off 15 June in France.

That may be all the more reason to have Korstin in the group because she is a link to Russia's successful past and can be a leader for a young side during the training camp, and the tournament itself.

The EuroBasket will serve as a qualifying event for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Nadezhda Grishaeva and Tatiana Vidmer were two other Russia internationals to play a big role in Dynamo Moscow's EuroCup Women triumph.

FIBA

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