The most outstanding players of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup Group Phase
SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico) – The FIBA Women's AmeriCup group phase closed Thursday and the United States and Canada national teams closed with a perfect four-game record. Brazil and Puerto Rico also qualified to the semi-finals with a 3-1 record each. Let's see who some of the most outstanding players are at the group phase taking place at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan.
1. Yamara Amargo - CUBA
The Cuban was the absolute leader in points in the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup with 84 points in four games, averaging 21 points per day. Amargo was a sharpshooter from the three-point line, scoring 50% that included six in the match against the Dominican Republic, where she totaled 30 points – the highest number among all active athletes in the tournament. Amargo also ranked in the greatest number of minutes, with 148.
2. Jenifer Muñoz - COLOMBIA
The 28-year old player faced her first four games for the Colombian squad (2-2) and sustained a 17-point per game average, as well as three rebounds and two assists. Muñoz was unstoppable against the United States, scoring 20 of the 46 points that Colombia achieved. The agile Muñoz was also extremely active in the defense, cutting 12 passes and co-leading this department with three steals per game.
3. Kayla Alexander - CANADA
Alexander has been the most consistent figure near the paint for Canada. The 6’4” center contributed 17.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per encounter and had her best moment against Cuba, when she scored 23 points and caught 15 rebounds. As if this weren’t enough, Alexander throws 71.4% in field goals and led in average efficiency, with 28.
4. Paola Ferrari - PARAGUAY
Although her team didn't manage to get any victories in their four chances, the 34-year old veteran was as offensively effective as ever. Ferrari was the second-best scorer in the group phase, with 19.5 points per encounter. The greatest scorer of the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 achieved more than 20 points in three of the team's four games and added five rebounds per game.
5. Damiris Dantas - BRAZIL
The WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx forward was essential to the good performance and 3-1 record of the Brazilian team. Dantas opened the FIBA Women's AmeriCup with a 12-point and 9-rebound game against Colombia and averaged 15 points and five rebounds per match.
6. Jamie Scott - CANADA
The sniper from the North has been a tough pill to swallow for her rivals. Scoring 52.2% of her three-point shots in the first round, Scott averaged 15.3 points and 6 rebounds in Canada's four victories. Five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game help the 25-year old Canadian in the Top 5 efficient players of the tournament, with 16.8.
7. Sylvia Fowles - UNITED STATES
The stellar American player is second in the efficiency leads of the tournament, with an average of 18.3. In just 16 minutes of play per encounter, Fowles contributed 12.5 points and seven rebounds. In her first game against Paraguay she achieved 12.5 points and 7 rebounds – all of this while averaging 80% in field goals.