RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman Kseniya Malashka (Minsk, Belarus) hasn't played a game for VCU yet, but she's already making a name for herself.
Malashka, a 6-foot forward, was named Most Valuable Player of the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship, Division B. Starring for her native Belarus, Malashka poured in 20.5 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.8 blocks and 2.3 over and eight-game stretch.
In the final against Lithuania, Malashka provided 17 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block. Despite her heroics, Lithuania held on for an 86-71 win.
Malashka recorded seven double-doubles in eight games and shot .525 (64-of-122) from the field, including .423 (11-of-26) from 3-point range. She poured in 34 points and hauled in 14 rebounds in a quarterfinal victory over The Netherlands and also recorded games of 27 and 24 points. Malashka also supplied 19 points, 21 rebounds, six assists and four steals in a semifinal win over Israel.
Malashka wasn't the only Ram soaking up international experience this summer. Rising sophomore Tera Reed (Auckland, New Zealand) helped lift New Zealand to the William Jones Cup Championship in Taiwan Sunday. Reed, an Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie selection last season for VCU, appeared in three of New Zealand's five victories and averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds.
"I am very excited for Tera and Kseniya to be representing their countries in the FIBA Championships this summer," said VCU Head Coach Beth O'Boyle. "It's a great experience for them to play with their national teams and compete against top international programs from all across the world."