Germany win FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series 2021
BUCHAREST (Romania) - Germany won the second edition of the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series after defeating Canada in the final (18-14) inside the iconic Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania on September 18-19, 2021.
After six stops in Mies (Switzerland), Voiron and Poitiers (France), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Constanta (Romania) and Montreal (Canada), it all came down to this: Luana Rodefeld (Germany) on the free throw line for two shots with less than five seconds to go to ice the game in the title game of the Bucharest Final.
The 23-year-old calmly sank her two free throws to lead Germany to the title, just one week after the team already made headlines by finishing second at the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Her teammate Sonja Greinacher - who led all players in rebounds in Bucharest and ranked number one in player value on the entire season - was named MVP of the Final.
Svenja Brunckhorst and Jennifer Crowder completed the roster for Germany, a team whose players ended their basketball career to specialize in 3x3 a few months earlier.
For the second time in a row, Canada finished second at the Women’s Series (France won the first edition in 2019). Michelle Plouffe proved once again she was a hooper though by leading the field in points, key assists and player value in Bucharest.
"I was very proud to host the best female 3x3 players in the world, in partnership with Sport Arena Streetball, in the iconic location of the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest this weekend", Romanian Basketball Federation President, FIBA Europe Vice-President and FIBA Executive Committee Member Carmen Tocala said.
"Women in basketball is one of the three strategic priorities of FIBA, this is why the introduction of prize money (for teams and individual players) this season and the overall growth of the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series is of paramount importance to me."
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Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
On 9 June 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo Games.
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