EILAT, Israel – Mariella Fasoula, one of the newest additions to Stephanie White’s Vanderbilt basketball squad, has been among the most dominant players at the ongoing FIBA Under 20 European Championships.
Fasoula, a 6-5 center-forward, helped the Greece U20 team to a 3-2 record in the European U20 tournament. In Greece’s last outing – against the Czech Republic Thursday – Fasoula produced a double-double in a 75-73 loss, scoring 18 points and pulling in 13 rebounds.
Through Thursday’s games, Fasoula was the second-leading overall scorer in the prestigious U20 tournament, which featured teams from 12 countries. Fasoula has averaged 20.2 points, and she also leads the Greece squad in rebounding and blocked shots.
White, entering her second year ats Vanderbilt’s head coach, said the experience Fasoula is getting this summer as a member of both the Greece U20 and national team will pay big dividends when she arrives on campus this fall.
“We are so proud that Mariella is doing so well and excited about the experience she is getting,” White said. “It’s special to be able to represent your country and playing against the best international competition is a great opportunity for growth as a player and a person.”
Fasoula has been remarkably consistent at the U20 tourney. Shee scored at least 17 points in all five appearances and paced the competition in field goal shooting, making 54.8 percent of her shots.
Fasoula also was a force on the boards for Greece, averaging 8.2 rebounds in the tourney. She also contributed four blocked shots and 10 assists playing center and forward.
The FIBA U20 tournament ends a remarkable summer of international competition for Fasoula, who will enroll at Vanderbilt this fall after transferring from Boston College. In June, Fasoula was the youngest member of the Greece national women’s team that advanced to the semifinals of the FIBA European Championships.
After working with Fasoula last month, Greek national team head coach Kostas Keramidas came away impressed.
“Mariella had an essential affect to the success of the national team. She worked hard to improve her skills, was disciplined in all the rules and devoted to the team,” Keramidas said. “Additionally, she achieved all the characteristics of a good teammate, reliable to the tasks, responsible to what she said and did, cooperative, adaptable to all the circumstances, she shares and ready to assist anybody in the team.”
The Athens native will be eligible to play for the Commodores in November 2018.