Svetlana Olegovna Abrosimova (born July 9, 1980) is a Russian basketball player who has played in college, the Olympics, and in professional leagues. She currently plays for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA. She is usually called by her nickname, "Svet" or "Sveta".
Abrosimova was born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (today St. Petersburg, Russia), to Oleg and Ludmilla Abrosimov. Her father Oleg works as a welder in a shipyard and her older sister, Tatiana, was a professional ballroom dancer.
While attending Petrogradskoi N86 high school, Abrosimova was trained for the then Soviet Union Olympic team. She was named the MVP of the 1996 European Basketball Championship (also known as Eurobasket), averaging 18 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. She was also a member of all-star teams that won the 1995 and 1996 Eurobasket Women Championship.
In her freshman season, Abrosimova's team went 28–2 in the regular season, losing only to Tennessee and Rutgers. The team went on to win the Big East Tournament, avenging the loss to Rutgers by beating Rutgers in the tournament championship. The team won their first three NCAA games, but Abrosimova was injured in the regional final against NC State, and the team lost, ending their season.
After a standout collegiate career at the University of Connecticut, which included an NCAA national collegiate title in 2000, Abrosimova was selected in the first round (seventh overall pick) by the Minnesota Lynx during the 2001 WNBA Draft despite a foot injury. She was a 3-time Kodak first team All-American while at UConn. Svetlana was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program.
Abrosimova played on the 2008 Russian Olympic team and earned a bronze medal.
Like many other WNBA players, Abrosimova has played in various professional teams and leagues during the offseason.
Following the Olympics she was signed by the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the remainder of the 2008 season.
She is currently playing for Ekaterinburg in her native Russia during the 2008-09 WNBA off-season.
|Svetlana Abrosimova Statistics at University of Connecticut|
- ↑ Goldberg p 6
- ↑ "Women's Basketball 1995 National Championship Team to be Recognized as "Huskies of Honor"". Archived from the original on 2010-02-07. http://www.webcitation.org/5nN04KQfN. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
- ↑ Goldberg p 20
- ↑ Offseason 2008-09: Overseas Roster Template:WebCite
- ↑ Voepel, Mechelle (16 September 2010). "Second title even sweeter for Storm". ESPN. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. http://www.webcitation.org/5wWgLeLWq. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
- ↑ "UConn Media Guide". p. 139. http://www.uconnhuskies.com/datadump/WBasketball/2009/Media%20Guide/129-160.pdf. Retrieved 03 September 2011.
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