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Svetlana Abrosimova

Svetlana Abrosimova
Small forward
Born (1980-07-09) July 9, 1980
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 169 lb (77 kg)
College Connecticut
Draft 7th overall, 2001
Minnesota Lynx
WNBA career 2001–present
WNBA teams
Minnesota Lynx (2001–2007)
Connecticut Sun (2008)
Seattle Storm (2010, 2012)
Svetlana Abrosimova
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Women's Basketball
Olympic Games
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team Competition

Svetlana Olegovna Abrosimova (Russian: Светлана Олеговна Абросимова) (born July 9, 1980) is a Russian basketball player who has played in college, the Olympics, and in professional leagues. She most recently played for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA. She is usually called by her nickname, "Svet" or "Sveta".

Abrosimova was born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (today St. Petersburg, Russia), to Oleg and Ludmilla Abrosimov. Her father Oleg works as a welder in a shipyard and her older sister, Tatiana, was a professional ballroom dancer.

While attending Petrogradskoi N86 (high school), Abrosimova was trained for the then Soviet Olympic team. She was named the MVP of the 1996 European Basketball Championship (also known as Eurobasket), averaging 18 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. She was also a member of all-star teams that won the 1995 and 1996 European Championship.

Abrosimova was a member of the Russian national basketball team that participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and won a silver medal in the 1998 Basketball World Championship.


In her freshman season, Abrosimova's team went 28–2 in the regular season, losing only to Tennessee and Rutgers. The team went on to win the Big East Tournament, avenging the loss to Rutgers by beating Rutgers in the tournament championship. The team won their first three NCAA games, but Abrosimova was injured in the regional final against NC State, and the team lost, ending their season.[1]

After a standout collegiate career at the University of Connecticut, which included an NCAA national collegiate title in 2000, Abrosimova was selected in the first round (seventh overall pick) by the Minnesota Lynx during the 2001 WNBA Draft despite a foot injury. She was a 3-time Kodak first team All-American while at UConn. Svetlana was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program.[2] She was unable to attend the ceremony in 2006 to honor her. However, UConn inducted the 2001–02 team into the Huskies of Honor on December 29, 2011. Abrosimova was a graduate assistant on that team so was invited to the ceremonies. She flew in from Russia to be part of the ceremony, and the school reprised her 2006 induction, covering up the plaque with her player number(25), then unveiling it as she was introduced.[3]


While still a junior in college, Abrosimova played for her native Russian Olympic team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where her team finished sixth.[4]

Abrosimova played on the 2008 Russian Olympic team and earned a bronze medal.


Like many other WNBA players, Abrosimova has played in various professional teams and leagues during the offseason.

Following the Olympics she was signed by the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for the remainder of the 2008 season.

She is currently playing for Ekaterinburg in her native Russia during the 2008-09 WNBA off-season.[5]

Abrosimova helped the Seattle Storm win their second championship in 2010.[6]

UConn statistics

Svetlana Abrosimova Statistics[7] at University of Connecticut
1997-98 37 191 372 0.513 34 80 0.425 122 184 0.663 235 5.4 114 158 7 90 972 538 14.5
1998-99 34 204 425 0.480 38 101 0.376 118 186 0.634 226 6.6 127 132 6 91 888 564 16.6
1999-00 37 181 369 0.491 43 108 0.398 91 122 0.746 229 6.2 154 105 8 64 1051 496 13.4
2000-01 19 100 186 0.538 26 58 0.448 41 58 0.707 124 6.5 78 33 0 54 466 267 14.1
Totals 127 676 1352 0.5 141 347 0.406 372 550 0.676 814 6.4 473 428 21 299 3377 1865 14.7

See also


  1. ^ Goldberg p 6
  2. ^ """Women's Basketball 1995 National Championship Team to be Recognized as "Huskies of Honor. Archived from the original on 2010-02-07. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  3. ^ Altavilla, John (December 29, 2011). "Geno Auriemma's Greatest Hits". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Goldberg p 20
  5. ^ Offseason 2008-09: Overseas Roster Archived 15 February 2011 at WebCite
  6. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (16 September 2010). "Second title even sweeter for Storm". ESPN. Archived from the original on 2011-02-15. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "UConn Media Guide". p. 139. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 


  • Goldberg, Jeff (2011). Bird at the Buzzer: UConn, Notre Dame, and a Women's Basketball Classic. Doris Burke. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.  

External links

  • Svetlana Abrosimova WNBA Player Profile
  • Svetlana Abrosimova WNBA stats
  • Svetlana Abrosimova Fan discussion group
  • Svetlana Abrosimova University of Connecticut player profile
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