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01/05/2014

Tamara Tatham extends her contract with Piestanske Cajky for 1 more season

Our player Tamara Tatham, starting power forward in Canada National Team, has just signed her extension with slovakian team Piestanske Cajky, club that reached for the first time the Final of Slovakian Cup and which also reached the League Semifinals.

Tamara, who will compete in the World Championship in Turkey this summer, has averaged 13.7 points 6.9 rebounds and +17.3 efficiency per game.

In the following lines [@Tamara Tatham@] reviews this past season and her future:


After playing the qualifiers for the World Championship and winning the silver medal, you signed last November with Piestanske Cajky.  What were your expectations before arriving to the team and to Slovakia and how has your season been?

My expectations when arriving to the team was to come in and find any way that I can help them be successful.  It was my first experience playing in three leagues at the same time so I also expected it to be very busy.  My season started off overwhelming but ended off great!  We finished 3 place in the slovak league and it was a huge accomplishment for the club.


With Piestanske you reached the Cup Final and also the Semifinals in the League. How do you rate the season for your team and your performance?

I think our team played at a very high level in the cup as well as the playoffs.  We came close to making the finals in the slovak league but fell short.  I was playing some of my best basketball but like always, I think I can do even better!


After 6 months in Piestanske, both the team and you have decided to extend the contract for one more season.  Was it easy to decide for you to stay in the team and what were the main reasons for your deicision?

It was a pretty easy decision.  I liked playing with this group of girls and I also loved playing for the coaches!  The club really takes care of their players and its something that is not always seen in professional clubs around Europe.  I think sometimes when you find a good thing you also should find a way to hang onto it.


Next September you will be playing the World Championship in Turkey with Canadian National Team.  What are your feelings towards that championship and what are the chances for your NT?  What is NT for you?

I am really happy to be playing World Championships this fall! It will be my second time attending this tournament and I find that here you see the level of women's basketball and how great it is! For sure the World's is one of, if not the best tournaments to be a part of! 

I think our national team has a huge chance to show people what Canada has to offer in the basketball world.  People don't really look at Canada as a basketball nation, now we are slowly but surely surprising people every single year! Hopefully we can turn heads at this tournament.

It is an absolute honour to be able to play for and represent my national team.  There is no feeling in the world like wearing that jersey with the word CANADA written across my chest, playing the sport I love.


You can watch a game of Tamara Tatham of this season in the following video:  (Piestanske vs Sopron, 17 points, 10 rebounds, +29 efficiency):



Tamara Tatham is the starting power forward in Canadian National Team, with more than 100 games including World Championship and Olympic Games.

Tamara´s career begans in the University of Massachussets, where she improved year after year and averaged 12.8 points and 9 rebounds per game in the 2006-07 season.

In the 2007-08 season, in her first year as a pro, Tamara signed with Catz in Finland, being Finnish Cup Champion, League Finalist and averaging 14.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

In the 2008-09 season, Tamara signed in Germany with Halle Lions, averaging 20 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and reaching the semifinals, being named as the best post in the league, defensive player of the year and in the first team.

Tamara signed with Wasserburg in the 2009-10 season, averaging 13 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, reaching the German League Final.

Tamara Tatham returns to Halle Lions in the 2010-11 season, averaging 16.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

In the 2011-12 season and also with Halle, Tamara keeps improving and averages 21 points 10.5 rebounds and 23.3 efficiency per game.

Tamara reaches again the German League Final and is named as Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Best Import and best forward.
Finally in the 2012-13 season and also with Halle, Tamara averages 18.4 points 10.9 rebounds and 19.3 efficiency per game, being named as the best forward in the League.

Tamara Tatham is a player who has improved season after season, who plays hard and can score both playing one on one or shooting from outside.

She has played with Canadian National Team since 2007, playing all the competitions with a good performance.

In the 2013-14 season, Tamara Tatham played for Piestanske Cajky, averaging 13.7 points 6.9 rebounds and 17.3 efficiency in MEL with 55% from the field and 50% in three pointers.

CAREER

2005-2006: Massachusetts (NCAA):  10.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, FG: 45.7%

2006-2007: Massachusetts (NCAA, starting five): 12.8ppg 9.0rpg

2007-2008: Catz Lappeenranta (Finland-D1): 14.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 27.6%, FT: 76.2%

2008-2009: SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL):  20.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2.9spg, 2FGP: 60.0%, FT: 67.0%

2009-2010: TSV 1880 Wasserburg (Germany-DBBL):  13.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP-1(59.1%), FT: 73.2%

2010: Toronto Lady Elite 1s (WBCBL)

2010-2011: In Dec.'10 signed at SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL): Score-5(16.5ppg), Reb-2(8.2rpg), 2.5apg, Steals-4(2.4spg), FGP: 55.2%, FT: 70.5%

2011-2012: SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL): 21.0ppg,10.5rpg, 2.8apg, Steals-1(3.2spg), FGP-1(60.2%), FT: 74.4%

2012-2013: SV Halle Lions (Germany-DBBL:  Score-3(18.4ppg), Reb-2(10.9rpg), 2.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 51.0%, FT: 74.4%

2013-2014:  Piestanske Cajky (Slovakia-MEL): 13.7ppg 6.9rpg 17.3eff  T2: 55%  T3: 50%

AWARDS

Canadian National Team -07, 09-10-13
Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07 (Semifinals)
Finnish Cup Winner -07, 08
Finnish League Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Finnish League Finalist -08
Tournament of the Americas -07: 5 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 54.2%, FT: 69.2%
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Center of the Year -09
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Import Player of the Year -09
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Defensive Player of the Year -09
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL 1st Team -09, 12, 13
Eurobasket.com German DBBL All-Imports Team -09, 12, 13
Eurobasket.com German DBBL All-Defensive Team -09
German DBBL Cup Semifinals -09
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Honorable Mention -10, 11
German DBBL Finalist -10, 12
German DBBL Regular Season Runner-Up -10, 13
World Championships in Czech Republic -10: 8 games: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg
FIBA Americas in Neiva Huila (Colombia) -11 (Bronze): 6 games: 4.0ppg, 4.8rpg
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Player of the Year -12
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Forward of the Year -12, 13
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Import Player of the Year -12
Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Defensive Player of the Year -12
Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Ankara (Turkey) -12: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 41.7%, FT: 66.7%
Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) -12: 6 games: 5.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 37.0%, FT: 83.3%









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