international Ana Marija Begic is becoming a key player in Campus Promete and
good proof of that is that she is averaging 9.5 points, 4 rebounds and +9.8 efficiency in 17 minutes
per game, with a sensational 69% from the field (20/29), in the last five games.
Last Saturday, Ana Maria, was again
strong, with 10 points, 3 rebounds and +10 efficency that helped Campus Promete
to achieve victory at home against Mann-Filter Zaragoza (77-68).
The Rioja team, driven by Andreu Bou,
has three consecutive victories and is only one position away from a playoff
birth. With this streak, they have achieved the best ladder position in Campus
Promete's reign of 2 seasons in Spanish First Division League.
We speak with Ana Marija Begic after defeating Mann-Filter:
Marija's career developed in Medvescak, where she debuted at 16 in Adriatic League
and in FIBA Cup. Now, at 21 years of age, it's the first time that she has played
outside her home country.
Ana, how have you adapted to this new experience?
At the beginning of the season, it wasn't
easy for me, because in Medvescak (my previous club), I played as a 4, but here
Andreu decided to play me as a 3, so it took me awhile to adapt to this new
position. However, this hasn't been my only time in the 3, as I have already
played in that position in both junior and senior national sides. Playing in
both the 3 and 4 spots was a part of the discussions with the club before I
signed, and has greatly helped me improve my game and become a more complete
The playing style of my Croatian team
compared to the style here is so different, but after two months, I feel much
better and more comfortable on court. That is thanks to my coach and my
teammates who have helped me from day one. They made my adaptation to the team
so much faster.
Promete has new faces, as Maria Begic who contributes with her talent and work
and as the experienced post player Jazz Covington.
In the last
5 games, the Croatian guard has played extremely well, indicating her game is
developing strongly. What is your
impression of the team and your progress so far?
We have a great team and my teammates are
excellent with a lot of experience in this league.
All the players give 100% in all the
practices and games, motivating me to do the same and be a better player.
I think that my team should be towards the
top of the ladder because of the work we are doing, the good environment and
because of the great work of the club.
Promete is firmly positioned in the middle of the ladder, with a record of 4
wins and 4 loses, and is just one point away from the playoff zone. This can be
attributed to the recent momentum of the team, with three wins in a row against
Añares Rioja ISB, Spar Gran Canaria and the strong Mann-Filter Zaragoza.
How has the
start of the season been and how do you see it's future?
The beginning of the season was hard
because it was difficult to get a victory. We were getting to know each other
and trying to adapt. We were also playing against good teams. The important
aspect of that bad time is that we didn't give up, we kept working and kept
Right now, we already have three victories
in a row and we feel we are improving with each game. We know can have good
results and dream to play playoffs.
In the 2014
summer, Ana Marija was selected in her national team for the first time. This
summer she has played in the European championship in Hungary and Romania,
finishing tenth. Next week, she will travel to Croatia to play a qualifying
games for the next European championship against Holland and Estonia.
How do you
think this qualification round will go and how does it feel to play for your
We are in Group B with France, Netherlands
and Estonia, so It's not an easy group.
We will go to qualifications without three
essential players Ana Lelas Mirma Mazic and Iva Sliskovic. But still, our goal
is to win as many matches as we can and qualify for Eurobasket.
On the 26th
of August you arrived in Logroño and started to practice. How were your first
days in the city and how did the club and their supporters welcome you?
The truth is that everybody was so welcoming.
In preseason, I was living alone and the club really looked after me. My
teammates helped me a lot, and have made my first experience outside of my home
enjoyable and fun.
I am feeling happy here and the people of the
club and Logroño are great!