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Stewart named TISSOT MVP, headlines All-Star Five line-up in Tenerife
TENERIFE (FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018) - Breanna Stewart was named the TISSOT MVP of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 in recognition of driving USA to being crowned world champions for the third time in a row.
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The USA forward was the centerpiece of the All-Star Five at the tournament, adding to her recent WNBA MVP and WNBA Finals MVP accolades with the Seattle Storm. Stewart was a constant factor for the Americans throughout the competition and played far more minutes than any of her team-mates, which told the story.
Stewart edged Liz Cambage who had been the most imposing figure for Australia, averaging a tournament-high 23.8 points per game and posting some jaw-dropping displays. However, she had an off-day in the title game as the Opals had to settle for second.
There was cause for double celebration for Diana Taurasi as she added another individual accolade to her never ending list of honors. That came on top of the winners' medal she collected with USA.
Belgium won the hearts of basketball fans around the globe for their exploits as they made a historic run to the Semi-Finals on their debut. The hugely popular Emma Meesseman was rewarded for leading the newcomers after posting 18.5 points per game and a competition best 10.7 rebounds per game.
Finally, Astou Ndour ended her participation on a high. Having fouled out early in the Semi-Final loss to Australia, the frontcourt ace picked up a third place finish with Spain and also rounded out the All-Star line-up - receiving a huge cheer from the Tenerife locals.