Canadian Women’s 3×3 National Team Announced Ahead of FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2022
TORONTO, Ont. (June 20, 2022) – Canada Basketball announced Monday the Women’s 3×3 National Team roster for the upcoming FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2022 this week in Antwerp, Belgium from June 21-26 2022.
Paige Crozon, Michelle Plouffe, Katherine Plouffe and Kacie Bosch have been selected to represent Canada.
The top-ranked 3×3 player in Canada, and 11th overall in the FIBA Women’s Individual Rankings, Paige Crozon appeared in three FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series stops in 2021, including leading Canada to a second place finish at the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series Bucharest Final 2021. Last fall, along with teammates M. Plouffe and Bosch, she represented Canada at the inaugural FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup 2021. Crozon first represented Canada in 3×3 at the 2011 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships.
One of the founding members of Canada’s 3×3 women’s team, alongside her twin sister, Michelle Plouffe transitioned into 3×3 after appearing in 110 games over nine seasons with Canada. A two-time Olympian, she was also a key member of Canada’s teams that captured gold medals at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, the 2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship and the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017.
Katherine Plouffe returns to FIBA 3×3 for the first time since the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series Bucharest Final 2021 where Canada finished second. Her international career spanned 85 games for the national team, including appearing in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women and 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, before turning her focus to 3×3 in 2019.
Kacie Bosch made her 3×3 debut for Canada last fall at the FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup 2021. She spent two seasons with the Gonzaga University Bulldogs before returning to finish her collegiate career with her hometown University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The four players recently went undefeated to capture the 2022 ABA 3X3 Championship as “KLEVR” and qualify for the 3X3 Canada Quest Finals being played at the GLOBL JAM Festival from July 8-9 at Yonge-Dundas Square.
The seventh edition of the World Cup boasts 40 teams – 20 from each gender – with each qualifying thanks to being host (Belgium), the winner of the previous edition (USA’s men and China’s women), the position of the national federation in the 3×3 Federation Ranking at the cut-off date (1 November 2021 in this case) or winning the FIBA 3×3 World Cup Qualifier Asia.
There are four pools of five teams each with 14th ranked Canada being drawn into Pool D and will face 20th ranked Chile (June 21, 12:05 PM ET), 9th ranked Israel (June 21, 2:10 PM ET), 8th ranked Spain (June 23, 12:00 PM ET), and 4th ranked Netherlands (June 23, 3:10 PM ET). Fans will be able to catch all the action streaming live on FIBA 3×3 YouTube.
The top teams from each pool qualify directly for the quarter-finals while the 2nd and 3rd of each pool compete in play-in eighth-finals.
Right in the middle of Belgium’s famous port city of Antwerp, the main area will be located on the Groenplaats, one of the most iconic squares in the city’s historic district, with a grandstand for 1800 spectators.
3×3 was successfully introduced as an official discipline for the first time in 2010, at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3×3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3×3 World & Continental Cups. On 9th June 2017, 3×3 was added to the Olympic Program and Tokyo, Japan will forever be remembered as the first-ever 3×3 game in Olympic history on July 24th, 2021.
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