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Ivana Raca

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Ivana Raca
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Personal information
Born (1999-09-10) September 10, 1999 (age 19)
Larnaca, Cyprus
Nationality Serbia Cyprus
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
CollegeUniversity of Wyoming
Number11

Ivana Raca (Larnaca, Cyprus, September 10, 1999) is a Serbian basketball player and representative of the young Serbian national team (U-20)[1], who currently participates in the university basketball team of the Wake Forest School[2] in North Carolina. She is 190cm high (6'03 '') and she plays at the wing and wing center position.

Ivana is one of the most talented and most promising younger players in Europe. She proved this at the previous European Basketball Championship for up to 20 years in Sopron, Hungary, 2018, where she was declared a member of the All-Star Five[3], and was selected by the audience as the best player (MVP) of the European championships. With the national team of Serbia (junior national team until the 18th and junior national teams under 20), she won two silver medals.

Career[edit | edit source]

Born in Cyprus, Ivana started playing basketball in 2009 at the AEL club from Limassol (junior team). From 2010 to 2012 she played in clubs: AEL from Limassol (junior team) and Proteas (Proteas da Noi AEL Limassol). As a very young player she played for the youngest basketball team in Cyprus. She continued her career in the junior team of PAOK from Thessaloniki (AS PAOK Thesalonikis) in which she played from 2012 to 2015. As a member of the younger team and senior team PAOK (PAOK Thesalonikis - Greece A1), play in the season 2013-14. and 2014-15. At Proteas Vulas from Athens (Proteas Vulas), she played from 2015 to 2017. In the jersey of this team, she achieved an unbelievable success of quadriple-dabl - 22 points, 21 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 stolen balls and brought the trophy to her team in the (ESKANA) cup of Greece. In Greece she won all state championships in the junior category. She was twice in the Top 5. She participated twice at the school world championships in Limoges, France (2015) and Porec, Croatia (2017) as captain of the team, where she won the silver medal and was in the top five of the championship.

Since 2017 she has been playing for the University basketball team of the Wake Forest School, North Carolina, USA. In 2017, in the jersey of the junior national team of Serbia, she played at the European Basketball Championships up to 18 years (2017 FIBA ​​U18 Women's European Championship - Division A). The next 2018 with the junior national team of Serbia (up to 20 years) in Sopron, Hungary, won a silver medal (2018 FIBA ​​U20 Women's European Championship). Score (17.6ppg), 6.7rpg, FGP: 55%, 3PT 42.9% and FT 83.8%.

According to the results, Ivana is expected to play for the senior national team of Serbia and WNBA.

National team[edit | edit source]

She performed for all younger selections of the national team of Serbia[4]. With a national team up to 18 years, she won a silver medal at the World Cup in Sopron, Hungary, in 2017. (2017 FIBA ​​U18 Women's European Championship - Division A). At the European Championship in Sopron for players up to 20 years with the national team of Serbia (2018 FIBA ​​U20 Women's European Championship) they again won a silver medal in 2018. Ivana hit one of the most important shots, perhaps the key in winning the medal - the triple in the extra time against Italy. At the match against Slovakia, in the eighth finals, she scored 36 points[5], four trophies, without a miss, had ten rebounds - index 43. She was declared a member of the All-Star Five and was selected by the audience as the best player (MVP) of the European Championship..

Accomplishments[edit | edit source]

  • Cyprus Cadet Championship (2009, 2010 and 2012).
  • The best young player of the Cyprus League (2012).
  • Played for the Cyprus National Team (U16).
  • She won the Cyprus School Championship (2012 and 2013).
  • With team she won the Greek Junior Championship (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017).
  • She played in the national team of Greece up to 15 years (U15) (2013).
  • With the representation of Greece - up to 15 years won the tournament in Kavala (2013).
  • With the representation of Greece - up to 15 years won the tournament in Athens (2014 and 2015) where it was the first shooter of the tournament. Score-1 (25.2 ppg, Rebs-1 (13.4rpg), Assists-1 (8.7apg).
  • Declared for the best player (MVP) up to 15 years in the tournament (New Year Kapagerovf) (2014).
  • Declared for the best shooter up to 15 years in the tournament (New Year Kapagerovf) (2014).
  • At the World School Basketball Championships they won a gold medal. (2015) fair play.
  • Twice she participated in the world championships in Limoges, France (2015) and Poreč, Croatia (2017) as captain of the team, where she won a silver medal and was in the top five.
  • She was named the best young player in Greece (2016).
  • At the Junior Championship of Greece she won the gold medal - the best shooter of the championship (2017).
  • Selected for the best player (All-Bosmans Team) (2017). A1 - senior team.
  • With a national team of 18 years, she won a silver medal at the World Cup in Saporo, Hungary, in 2017. (2017 FIBA ​​U18 Women's European Championship - Division A).
  • At the European Championship in Sopron for players up to 20 years with the national team of Serbia (2018 FIBA ​​U20 Women's European Championship) won a silver medal in 2018.
  • She was named member of the All-Star Five (2018) at the European Championship.
  • She was selected by the audience as the best player (MVP) of the European Championship (2018).

Family[edit | edit source]

Ivana comes from a basketball family. Dragan Raca, father is a former Serbian basketball player and well-known basketball coach who built his career (in Cyprus, Greece and China). He was the coach of the basketball teams of Lebanon, Cyprus and Macedonia. He has also noticed the achievements of her coach in China since 2010. Today he heads the basketball club Beikong Fly Dragons[6], a member of the Chinese CBA league, as a coach, head of the profession and general supervisor. For his many years of work in the field of basketball, he was promoted to the Honorary Doctor of Sciences at the "Alpha BK University"[7].

Mother Branka Raca is a former basketball player and coach who built her career in Serbia and Cyprus. She was her first coach. Ivana's sister, Tijana Raca[8] (October 28, 1997) is also a well-known basketball player and representative of the Cyprus selection, currently playing for the Wyoming University (Wayoming, USA).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Ivana RACA at the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship 2018". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. "Ivana Raca - Women's Basketball". Wake Forest University Athletics. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  3. "HUNGARY , U20 Women's European Championship: Ivana Raca and Ivana Katanic in All-Star Five". Basketball federation Serbia. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  4. "Ivana RACA at the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship Division A 2017". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  5. Scout, Ivana Raca - 36 points - Round of 16 - FIBA U20 2018, retrieved 2019-01-13
  6. "Beijing Beikong Fly Dragons CBA 2018/2019 – Dragan Raca". Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  7. O, A. Đ-P. "Draganu Raci titula počasnog doktora BK univerziteta". Blic.rs (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  8. "Tijana RACA at the FIBA Women's European Championship For Small Countries 2018". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 2019-01-13.


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