Svetlana Abrosimova

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Svetlana Abrosimova
Svetlana Abrosimova 2012.jpg
Abrosimova in 2012
Personal information
Born (1980-07-09) 9 July 1980 (age 43)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight169 lb (77 kg)
Career information
College UConn (1997–2001)
WNBA draft 2001: 1st round, 7th overall pick
Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Position Small forward
Career history
2001–2007 Minnesota Lynx
2008 Connecticut Sun
2010, 2012 Seattle Storm
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at
Representing Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Women's Basketball
Olympic Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2008 Beijing Team Competition
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1998 Germany Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2006 Brazil Team
European Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1999 Poland Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2005 Turkey Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2007 Italy Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2009 Latvia Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2011 Poland Team

Svetlana Olegovna Abrosimova (Russian : Светлана Олеговна Абросимова, born 9 July 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 Women's National Basketball Association (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 school she 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 placed sixth at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the 1998 Basketball World Championship. [1] [2]


In her freshman season (1997-1998) at the University of Connecticut, 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. [3]

After a standout collegiate career, 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. [4] 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 29 December 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. [5]


While still a junior in college, Abrosimova played for her native Russian Olympic team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where her team finished sixth. She won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics. [1] [2]


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 played for Ekaterinburg in her native Russia during the 2008–09 WNBA off-season. [6]

Abrosimova helped the Seattle Storm win their second championship in 2010. [7]

WNBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game FG%  Field-goal percentage 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold Career best°League leader
Denotes seasons in which Abrosimova won a WNBA championship

Regular season

2001 Minnesota 262332.5.391.260.7276.
2002 Minnesota 272729.8.377.333.4835.
2003 Minnesota 302526.4.393.305.7044.
2004 Minnesota 221121.0.353.377.6093.
2005 Minnesota 313125.1.395.402.7263.
2006 Minnesota 34221.2.411.369.6613.
2007 Minnesota 342924.8.443.446.8374.
2008 Connecticut 6017.8.306.167.8333.
2010 Seattle 34120.2.415.376.5683.
2012 Seattle 19417.3.347.222.4582.
Career10 years, 3 teams26315324.2.396.351.6544.


2003 Minnesota 3323.0.273.4291.0001.
2004 Minnesota 2233.5.348.250.5004.
2008 Connecticut 3221.0.458.000.5003.
2010 Seattle 7015.1.387.375.5561.
2012 Seattle 203.5.500.000.0001.
Career5 years, 3 teams17718.4.373.306.6802.

UConn statistics

Svetlana Abrosimova Statistics [8] at University of Connecticut

Off the court

Personal life

In 2017, Svetlana gave birth to twin girls, Maria Vladimirovna and Margarita Vladimirovna, fathered by Russian journalist and propagandist Vladimir Solovyov. [9] [10]

See also

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