Karima Christmas Named EuroBasket.com Player of Week
Fever Basketball.com Staff | December 9, 2013
Indiana Fever guard/forward Karima Christmas was named EuroBasket.com Player of the Week in the Israeli league for her monster performance last week against a team featuring her Fever teammate.
Christmas had a rare 20-20 double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 21 rebounds to lead Maccabi Ramat Hen to a 74-52 victory over Elitzur Netanya on Dec. 2. The Duke University graduate converted 8-of-10 two-point shots on the night and went 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Five of her rebounds came on the offensive glass and she also blocked three shots.
Christmas' big night came against a familiar face. Elitzur Netanya features Jasmine Hassell, who recently finished her rookie season with the Fever. Hassell played 28 minutes against Maccabi Ramat Hen, scoring 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting and collecting six rebounds.
Both Christmas and Hassell rank among the Israeli league's statistical leaders. Christmas is seventh in points per game, averaging 17.3 points in seven contests. Hassell is 10th in the league, averaging 16.2 points per game. Christmas leads the entire league in rebounding, averaging 13.4 boards per game, over 1.5 rebounds more than the next-best average.