Antonija Sandrić

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Antonija Sandrić
Angola v Croatia crop Antonija Misura.jpg
Sandrić at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Lointek Gernika Bizkaia
Position Point guard
League Liga Femenina
Personal information
Born (1988-05-19) May 19, 1988 (age 29)
Šibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Listed weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Career information
WNBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2007 Vidici Dalmostan[1]
2007–2013 Jolly JBS[1]
2013–2016 Toulouse Métropole Basket
2016 Canik Belediye Samsun[1]
2017–present Lointek Gernika Bizkaia

Antonija Sandrić, born Mišura, (born 19 May 1988) is a Croatian professional basketball player. She plays for Spanish team Lointek Gernika Bizkaia and the Croatia women's national basketball team. Mišura has represented the national team in the 2009 Mediterranean Games, EuroBasket Women 2011, 2012 Olympics and EuroBasket Women 2013. She plays as a point guard and shooting guard, and is noted for her quick, aggressive style of play.[1][2] Mišura has also been featured in several polls for the most beautiful sportswoman, and her looks have attracted significant media attention.

Biography[edit]

As a girl, Mišura played a variety of sports in her native city of Šibenik, including volleyball. She was ultimately attracted to basketball, following the example of her older sister, as well as her sports idol Dražen Petrović, also a native of Šibenik.[3][4][5] She started her professional career with Vidici Dalmostan in 2005, moving to Jolly JBS in 2007, and winning both the national championship and the Croatian Cup in 2008, in her first season with her new club. In the 2010–11 season, Mišura averaged 30.0 minutes and 9.0 points per game in the Adriatic League, and 26.0 minutes and 7.3 points per game in the EuroCup, leading her team in assists and steals per game in the Adriatic League with 3.5 and 2.0, respectively.[6]

Sandrić in 2014

With the national team, Mišura won the bronze medal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games, placed 5th in the EuroBasket Women 2011 and 10th in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Due to competition from more experienced players,[7] Mišura saw limited playing time with the national team in 2011 and 2012, scoring 4.8 points per game in the Eurobasket[1] and 3.3 points per game in the Olympics.

Mišura is often described as the most beautiful sportswoman of Croatia.[8][9][10] She was named Miss Mediterranean Games in 2009 by a poll of 80 accredited photographers from 23 countries.[5] The American sports website Bleacher Report named her the most beautiful female competitor at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[11] The American Entertainment and Lifestyle Magazine Muze featured her as one of the 2012 Olympics most amazing athletes,[12] and her appearance in London attracted coverage in a similar vein from Russia Today,[13] the New England Sports Network[14] and Serbian newspaper Blic.[15] Croatian media also noted a tweet by the NBA player Nate Robinson, who, after watching Mišura in the Croatia vs. Czech Republic game, commented that she "might be the most beautiful woman basketball player ever to lace up some sneakers".[16][17]

Mišura has stated that the attention is both flattering and annoying.[10] She has declined most modelling offers, focusing chiefly on her sports career and education.[5] As of 2012, she is studying tourism management in Šibenik.[3]

In August 2015 she married a longtime boyfriend, otherwise Croatian basketball player, Marko Sandrić.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Antonija Misura". eurobasketwomen2011.com. FIBA. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Mihalić Đurica, Danijela (17 November 2013). "‘U Toulouse sam došla jer je blizu svetišta Lourdes, a svi kažu da sam najgrublja košarkašica u Francuskoj’". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "'Komplimenti mi gode, ali od ljepote žive manekenke'". tportal.hr (in Croatian). Hrvatski Telekom. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lijepa Antonija Mišura sprema se na odmor s dečkom". tportal.hr (in Croatian). Hrvatski Telekom. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Banić, Nevena (31 July 2011). "Antonija Mišura: Na terenu psujem kao kočijaš". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "ZKK SIBENIK basketball team". basketball.eurobasket.com. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Antonija Mišura: 'Prvo pa muško, ha, ha!'". sportski.net.hr (in Croatian). 4 July 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Najljepša hrvatska sportašica Antonija Mišura otkrila je sve svoje čari". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Najljepša hrvatska sportašica Antonija Mišura šakama se obračunala sa suparnicom". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). 26 April 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "'Mogu mi nuditi brda i doline ali ne bih se slikala za Playboy'". Večernji list (in Croatian). 23 July 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Zaldivar, Gabe (20 July 2012). "Croatian Basketball Player Antonija Mišura Is Most Beautiful Woman at Olympics". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Dykstra, Michael (13 August 2012). "Antonija Misura – Croatian Basketball – Hottest Olympian? – Muze Magazine Amazing Olympic Women Collection – (Video)". Muze Magazine. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Olympic beauty queen: Antonija Misura". rt.com. Russia Today. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Antonija Misura, Beautiful Croatian Basketball Star, Turning Heads at London Olympics". nesn.com. New England Sports Network. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Vi ste izabrali: Najlepša sportistkinja Igara je Hrvatica Antonija Mišura". sport.blic.rs (in Serbian). Blic. 11 August 2012. Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "NBA zvijezda: Mišura je najljepša žena koja je ikad zavezala tenisice!". Večernji list (in Croatian). 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Twitter / nate_robinson". twitter.com. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Udala se Antonija Mišura: Lijepa sportašica zablistala u vjenčanici". Večernji list (in Croatian). 9 August 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 

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