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France return to winning ways at FIBA 3x3 Women's Series Ekaterinburg Stop
EKATERINBURG (Russia) - France won their 2nd title in 4 events at the FIBA 3x3 Women's Series in Ekaterinburg on July 9-10, 2019.
Les Bleues continued to dominate the Women's Series in Russia but that title wasn't a walk in the park. France dropped 1 game in the pool phase vs. USA .
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They also needed not 1, but 2 buzzer beaters from their star player Migna Touré in the final against Russia to win the tournament.
Down 2 with the clock running down, Touré took a deeeeeeeeeeeeep 2 over the towering Anastasia Logunova t send the game to overtime. After France and Russia had traded baskets in OT, the number 1 player in the world put her defender to sleep with her crossovers, drove left and scored the running lay-up for the win, the 2nd Women's Series stop for France after their win in Turin, Italy a month ago.
Touré led France in scoring and was 4th overall in the scoring charts. She was the first player this season to score 2 buzzer beaters in the same game. As a matter of fact, she scored the only 2 buzzer beaters of the entire event. For Russia, Anna Leshkovtseva was the top scorer and passer. Her teammate Logunova topped all players in rebounds.
6. Czech Republic
With this win, France took a big lead in the Women's Series standings. With their 320 points, they top Czech Republic (180 pts) and USA (175 pts).
The 5th Stop of the Women's Series will be held in Lignano, Italy on July 13-14. It'll be the first event this season that France will miss, an opportunity for other teams to shine. The tournament will feature several top-level teams, including the winners of the last 2 World Cups: Italy (2018) and China (2019).