France extend FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series 2021 winning streak in Poitiers
POITIERS (France) - France had another undefeated run to win their second consecutive Stop in the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series 2021 in Poitiers on June 29-30, 2021.
In what was the latest Women’s Series event before 3x3’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games on July 24-28, France went 5-0 and beat Russia 21-15 in the final.
The number one 3x3 player in the world Laetitia Guapo was the final top scorer (9 points), had the event-winning layup and was named MVP of the second edition of the Poitiers Stop, which took place in front of a large crowd on the iconic place du Maréchal-Leclerc. Her teammate Migna Touré topped all scorers in Poitiers and had a triple-five (5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 highlights) in the final.
After this win, France take first place in the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series season standings with 200 points, following their success in Poitiers and in Voiron (also in France) five weeks earlier. They’re now 10-0 on the season in the competition.
Russia were a perfect 4-0 before the final and had their best performance on the Women’s Series this year (they were 3rd in Mies and 5th in Voiron). Their star player Mariia Cherepanova finished number one in player value, an aggregator of the most relevant 3x3 individual stats.
With Romania taking third place after an impressive buzzer beater courtesy of Sonia Ursu in the quarter-finals against Germany, the top three teams in the final standings were the top three seeds. All three of them will be among the eight women’s teams who will chase an Olympic medal in Tokyo in four weeks.
Poitiers Stop Final Standings
4. France U25
5. Russia U25
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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