Canada chasing third FIBA 3x3 Women's Series win in Montreal
MONTREAL (Canada) - Canada make their return to the Women's Series after titles in Prague and Bucharest at home in Montreal on September 6-7.
Ten in a row. That’s the winning streak the Canadian team brings to Montreal. The squad has not lost since the Prague Stop opener against Russia. After a slow start in the Women’s Series, Canada have been red-hot like the maple leaf on their jersey. They will bring their biggest lineup this week with former Olympians Katherine and Michelle Plouffe. The twin sisters have been unstoppable on the Women’s Series. You might argue the only thing that stopped Michelle was the hand injury she suffered early in the season. Former Canadian basketball internationals Paige Crozon and Catherine Traer will complete the roster. No player on the team is shorter than 6ft 1in (1.85m).
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Fifth stop: Bucharest, RO 📍 We came, we saw...some roaches, old town city, lots of Ubers with no seatbelts, my bffs mama, yeg connections, a cool indoor venue, top teams in the world...and we conquered. 💪🏽💪🏽 . . A last minute change of plans led us to Bucharest for the week and it was a greaaat turnout. One of the toughest events we’ve played in so far which made the win oh so sweet!! Thanks everyone for the encouragement and following our journey 🇨🇦✊🏽 #trusttheprocess #roadtotokyo2020 #teamcanada #teamedmonton #fiba3x3WS
Looking at the standings, the next teams in line are Poland and Romania, who rank 8th and 9th overall respectively. The White and Red will miss Aldona Morawiec aka ‘Kobe’, who suffered a minor knee injury in practice but will feature the rest of the team, which finished 2nd in Prague and 3rd in Bucharest. Romania lost a pair of close games at the Europe Cup but are a dangerous team especially when Alexandra Uiuiu heats up.
Also don’t sleep on Team USA, who came with 3 college stars, including UCLA’s finest Michaela Onyenwere. The Netherlands’ chemistry will be unquestionable as they bring 2 pairs of sisters (the Bettonvils and the Kuijts). Keep an eye on Japan, who finished 2nd in Chengdu in the 1st stop of the season and Switzerland, who will see the return of sharpshooter Sarah Kershaw.
Last but not least, Mexico will make their much-anticipated debut at the Women’s Series in Montreal.
Watch the games live on the official FIBA 3x3 YouTube channel.