FACE OF THE WEEK: The all-rounder – Freiburg

One thing is certain: USC Freiburg has never had such a player in its 20 years of membership in the women’s basketball league: there may have been Sarah Hayes, who were pretty universal on and off the field – and Yvonne Turner, who later played made it through the women’s NBA. But even these basketball women did not attract as much attention as the all-rounder Shiori Yasuma, who has been a player in the kingfishers since the beginning of the season.

She is only 1.61 meters tall – and therefore too small for a world-class basketball player. Actually. But the 27-year-old has skills that more than make up for her small height. “Every player in our team can learn something from Shiori, no matter what position they play in,” said Uwe Stasch after the first training sessions. The vice-chairman of the kingfishers clicks his tongue when he sees the woman’s actions. And not just him. The soaring of the USC team, currently runner-up in the table, is primarily associated with Yasuma’s name. She is the top scorer in the league, most recently in the 87:64 victory in the last first round home game against fourth place TG Hannover, she contributed 29 points. That is only slightly above their average value. When it comes to assists, there is no one better in the league than Shiori Yasuma.

That she ended up at USC Freiburg may have happened out of spite. Although she won the championship title in Japan with her team Antelopes Tokyo and was named the best player (MVP) in the playoff series, her historical failed. In fact, she failed to take part in the Olympics in her home country. For a long time, Yasuma was part of the Japanese team that ended up winning silver – but the last time they were reduced to twelve, they dropped out. “I was very disappointed. So I was looking for a new challenge. I wanted to be the first Japanese female basketball player in Germany,” she said in an interview with the Badische Zeitung. After video conferences across three continents, the basketball player was guided to Breisgau by the kingfishers trainer Harald Janson. Side effect of the obligation: The number of kingfishers followers on Instagram has doubled due to the increased numbers from Japan – to 3,000.


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