@DuqWBB Overseas Update: Diana Voynova
June 1, 2017
Former Duquesne forward Diana Voynova (Class of 2011/Pernik, Bulgaria) recently completed her first season with BC Pharmaserv Marburg Blue Dolphins of the Damen-Basketball-Bundesligen League Division 1 League in Germany. The team is located in Marburg which is about 55 miles north from Frankfurt.
Voynova led the team to a 19-11 record, including a 14-1 mark at home. The Blue Dolphins won a bronze medal in the league's playoffs.
She averaged 11.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and was seventh in the league in blocked shots with 0.9 per contest.
Voynova will be returning to action next season to play in the Central Europe Women's League tournament.
In 2016, Voynova led Team Northumbria to the Women's British Basketball League title. In the championship game, played at London's O2 Arena, Voynova scored 14 points in Northumbria's 75-68 victory over the Nottingham Wildcats . For the season, the starting power forward averaged 11.9 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game
Before returning to England, Voynova played one season for Castellammare di Stabia in Italy. Voynova averaged a double-double of 16.8 points per game (fifth best in the league) and a league-best 13.4 rebounds per game. She also averaged 3.3 steals per game.
During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, Voynova played for Northumbria in the English Basketball League. In 2014, she led Northumbria to its first-ever National Cup Championship, finishing the season with 14.5 points and 11.4 rebounds. She was named All-EBL1 Honorable Mention by Eurobasket.
Prior to that, she played one season for Dunav Ruse 8806 of the Bulgarian National League.
Voynova played in 62 games in her two seasons with Duquesne leading them to a 44-23 record and two appearances in the WNIT. In 2011, the Dukes advanced to the WNIT's Sweet 16 after victories over Kent State and at Kansas. She scored 105 career points and hauled in 156 career rebounds for the Dukes. Her best individual game was on Dec. 29, 2009 when she recorded double-double in a 72-63 win at #19 Pittsburgh with career-best 10 points and 10 rebounds.