Svetlana Abrosimova: Refreshed and Ready

by Nicole Ellis

Abrosimova ranks 10th in the WNBA in scoring (16.5 ppg), sixth in steals (2.5 spg) and eighth in assists (4.5 apg) after the first four games.
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This girl's a world traveler. She's a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. She played college hoops in Connecticut. She competed in the 1998 World Championship in Germany. As a member of the 2000 Russian Summer Olympic Team, she traveled to Sydney, Australia. Her time off from the WNBA has sent her to the Czech Republic and Italy, where she played in the EuroLeague. She recently vacationed with her family in Egypt. And now, for the third year, Svetlana Abrosimova can add another trip to Minnesota to her list of travels.

Coming off a season that saw her finish second on the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg), Abrosimova is trying to pick up where she left off, minus an injury to her back. An injury that, according to her, has healed and is no longer a thorn in her side.

"I started the season (in 2002) really good and then I got hurt, so I kind of struggled at the end," said Abrosimova. "This year, for me, just to stay healthy is going to help me a lot."

Her goals for the team include getting used to a new coach and teammates, as well as the basics she strives for every year.

"You have to play hard," Abrosimova explained. "You have to be really focused every game. You have to find a way to win games."

Abrosimova is a tough competitor, yet she realizes that in order to be focused for every game, she must take some time off from the basketball scene. That's why she could be found on the shores of the Red Sea this past offseason.

"We went to Sharm El Sheikh, which is one of the best places in Egypt," said Abrosimova. "I was just really relaxed and I had a chance to get away from basketball. I have an advanced open water certificate, so I did a lot of dives. It was just good, mentally, to relax."

With her mind clear and her body relaxed, Abrosimova is ready to focus on the Lynx season a focus that could help the Lynx travel on to the playoffs for the first time.