Nevriye Yılmaz

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Nevriye Yılmaz
Nevriye Yılmaz.JPG
No. 11 – Galatasaray
Euroleague Women
Personal information
Born (1980-06-16) June 16, 1980 (age 39)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
Playing career1997–present
Career history
2001–02Apollon Ptolemaida
2002Academic Plovdiv
2002–03Termini Imerese
2003–04La Spezia Basket
2004–05Pool Comense Como
Career highlights and awards
All tournament team (EuroBasket Women 2011)

Nevriye Yılmaz (pronounced [ˈnevɾiːye jɯɫˈmaz]; born June 16, 1980) is a Turkish retired professional female basketball player of Galatasaray. Yılmaz, who grew up in Bulgaria in a Turkish family, moved to İstanbul, Turkey with her parents when she was nine years old.

In 1997, she won the World High School Basketball Championship with Boğaziçi Lisesi.

Career in Europe[edit]

She began her basketball career with I.U.S.B.K. (1997–99) and then she played Galatasaray (1999-01) where she won her first Turkish Championship in Turkey.

She moved first to the Greek team Apollon Ptolemaida (2001–02) then later to the Bulgarian team Academic Plovdiv (2002). Yılmaz moved then to Italy to play for Termini Imerese (2002–03), La Spezia Basket (2003–04) and Pool Comense Como (2004–05).


Yılmaz is the first Turkish woman to play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). In 1999, she participated in the Charlotte Sting's training camp, but was released before the season started. In 2000, she attended the training camp for the now-defunct Miami Sol, but was also released prior to the start of the regular season. Then in 2003, Yılmaz signed a free agent contract with the Phoenix Mercury and played five games for them; the following year, 2004, she played seven games for the San Antonio Silver Stars.


In 2005, she returned home to play in Fenerbahçe Istanbul. Yılmaz is the pinnacle of Turkish women's basketball who has all the mental tools to become one of the great figures in her sport after transferred to Fenerbahçe Istanbul. Despite her star status, she is a player who is always thriving to become better and is never satisfied with what she has accomplished. After years, she is deadly in all aspects of her game, she is an adept passer from the post, a shooter and a banger inside. In addition, she is a voracious competitor and never backs away, but that passion comes with humility. She does not see herself as better than other players on the team and her main driving force is to not only get better personally but to improve as a team. All of her goods make her both club and international team's captain.[according to whom?]

She won 2005 Europe Cup Ribaund Quenn and 2007 EuroLeague Women All-Star player honor.


On 6 July 2012, she signed a two-year contract with Galatasaray Women’s Basketball Team.[1]

Yılmaz officially announced her retirement from active sport on October 24, 2016,[2] she won Euro league cup 2014 with Galatasaray.

National team[edit]

She participated at the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Almería, Spain and won a gold medal with Turkey national women's basketball team.

With more than 180 games (188 games until 7 December 2007) played Yılmaz the most capped national player or Turkey, she was a student in the Sports Academy at the Istanbul University.

She participated London Olympic games 2012 and Rio olympic games 2014


She won Euro league cup 2014 with Galatasaray.(

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nevriye Yılmaz Become Gala Woman". Galatasaray SK. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  2. ^ Hürriyet (in Turkish) Retrieved 2016-10-24. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Danilochkina Heads All-Tournament Team". Eurobasket Women 2011. 2011-07-03. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-07-04.

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