RMU's Artemis Spanou Named European Championship MVP
Klatovy, Czech Republic -- The FIBA European Championships have become a showcase for Robert Morris University junior forward Artemis Spanou (Rhodes, Greece / Greek National U20). For the second time in three tournaments, Spanou was named the most valuable player, this time after leading her Greek National Team to the title of the 2012 U20 European Championship "B" Division and a promotion to "A" Division for 2013.
Last summer, Spanou was named the MVP of the U20 European Championship as well and was named to the all-tournament team during the U18 competition.
Over the last two weeks, the 6'1" forward was dismantling her opponents in the B Division while leading the Greeks to a 7-1 record. She finished second in the event in scoring at 20.4 points per game and led all players in rebounding (12.6 per game) and double-double, collecting six in eight games. Spanou led her Greek squad in every major statistical category including assists (2.5), blocks (0.6) and steals (1.9).
A member of the Greek national program since the age of 14, Spanou capped her most recent tournament by dropping a career 33 points in the championship game victory against host nation Czech Republic. She played all 40 minutes in each of the team's final three contests, ripping down a career-best 17 rebounds in the team's final pool-play game against Israel.
This marks the second time in Spanou's career that she has led Greece to an international title. In 2008, she helped win the B Division of the Under 16 event. She also earned a team silver medal in last summer's U18 championship.
As a sophomore at Robert Morris, Spanou was named to the 2011-12 Northeast Conference All-Conference First Team after finishing fourth in the nation with 20 double-doubles. She was named the league's Rookie of the Year, an All-Rookie Team pick and a second-team All-NEC selection as a freshman.