Five players to watch at FIBA 3x3 Women's Series Constanta
CONSTANTA (Romania) – After a memorable debut at the Olympic Games, the saga of 3x3 basketball continues and the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series comes for the second time in Romania, this time in Constanta, the popular touristic summer destination on August 14-15, 2021.
Here are five players that might shine brighter than the seaside sun next weekend.
Sandra Ygueravide (Spain)
She was absolutely a beast this season, leading the stat charts in four out of five main categories so far (Player Value, Points scored, Key Assists and Highlights). She led Spain to their first ever FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series success in Mies, collecting a rare triple-five in the tournament and grabbing the MVP trophy, while also being the second-best scorer. Spain is leading the overall tour standings with 260 points. They will definitely want to come back strong in Constanta, after coming up just short in Klaipeda, at the last stop, 19-17 against USA, in the final.
Noortje Driessen (Netherlands)
One of the rising stars of Dutch 3x3 basketball program, Driessen impressed with her powerful drives and the elite defending in the U23 category. But since this year, she's doing damage at the highest level. She led the Netherlands in scoring both at the Women's Series Mies Stop and at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Anna Pawłowska (Poland)
Leading her team in scoring at the Women's Series, the flashy Polish player is fun to watch and a deadly weapon from beyond the arc. She led her team to the final in the Mies stop, only to finish second behind Spain, being the top scorer of the tournament. She found her pace again in Klaipeda, where she led her team in scoring again, with an impressive 44% from beyond the arc. Poland are fifth for the moment in the overall tour standings, with 180 points, just five points behind the hosts of the next stop, Romania.
Anca Sipos (Romania)
One of the legends of Romanian 3x3 basketball, playing since the first ever FIBA 3x3 World Cup, Athens 2012 and grabbing a silver medal in FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2016, Sipos is set to lead the Romanian hosts in Constanta. After finishing 6th in Mies and 3rd in Voiron and being part of the Olympic roster of six in Tokyo, the Romanian star known for her inside game and strong defense will be the leader of a team that is still looking for their first win on the Women’s Series.
Michelle Plouffe (Canada)
The former Olympian (London 2012 and Rio 2016), Michelle Plouffe made a dominating tandem with her sister Katherine, to lead Canada to the second place in the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series in 2019. She ranked number one in the entire series in player value that year, while leading Canada to four event titles. Her memories from Romania include an MVP trophy at the Bucharest stop. The Canadians had a disappointing start this season in Voiron (9th) but are now on a mission in Constanta and Montreal to stamp their ticket to the Bucharest Final.