Who was the Most Valuable Player of each 2023 FIBA Women's AmeriCup nation?
LEON (Mexico) – The 2023 FIBA Women's AmeriCup is already in the books with Brazil crowned as champions. We saw 8 days of great excitement in the city of Leon, Mexico, and during that time we were able to witness players who gave it their all to lead their countries to the top.
Let's take a look at the Most Valuable from each country during the most important continental event on the women's side:
Andrea Boquete | Forward | 1.80m | 1990
Stats: PTS: 14.2 – 3P: 40.7% – REB: 3.4 – AST: 1.0
On a team where offense wasn't the main feature, Boquete was the most consistent at finding the bottom of the net. She scored at least 14 points and 2 three-pointers in 4 of the 5 games, finishing as the 6th highest leading scorer of the event.
Kamilla Soares | Center | 2.04m | 2001
Stats: PTS: 10.9 – FG: 58.5% – REB: 8.3 – BLK: 1.1
The towering paint player was the tournament's Most Valuable Player after a colossal performance in the final against the United States. The 22-year-old player went off for 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in the deciding game, putting the exclamation point on what was an excellent week individually.
Kayla Alexander | Center | 1.93m | 1991
Stats: PTS: 11.0 – REB: 12.3 – AST: 1.6
In the game of basketball, the team that dominates the boards usually has the upper hand and Alexander was excellent at generating opportunities for her squad on both ends of the floor, leading the tournament in rebounding. She was also effective attacking the basket and finished the event with 3 double-doubles.
Jenifer Muñoz | Shooting Guard | 1.71m | 1991
Stats: PTS: 14.0 – REB: 5.8 – STL: 1.8
After missing the 2021 edition, the shooting guard returned and was a major factor in Colombia finishing in 5thplace for the third consecutive time. Muñoz had the biggest role in the offense and also helped out defensively, finishing 7th in steals per game.
Yamara Amargo | Forward | 1.80m | 1985
Stats: PTS: 15.3 – 3P: 44.0% – REB: 4.0
Year after year, tournament after tournament, the 38-year-old is still a force. Cuba returned to the event after missing it in 2021 and for Amargo, individually, it was like she never left. The veteran scored at all 3 levels, but the outside shot was her biggest weapon.
Cesarina Capellán | Forward | 1.78m | 2003
Stats: PTS: 11.3 – REB: 4.8 – STL: 1.3
The Dominicans didn't have an amazing show and were eliminated in the Group Stages but have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future because, at just 20-year-old, Capellán helmed the team and showed she'll be their leader for a long time.
Claudia Ramos | Forward | 1.80m | 1997
Stats: PTS: 10.4 – REB: 6.2 – BLK: 1.0
The hosts, despite not being to advance past the quarterfinals, showed they have the potential to keep growing. Ramos, who had big contributions on both offense and defense, is undoubtedly one of the most important pieces of the new squad.
Arella Guirantes | Shooting Guard | 1.80m | 1997
Stats: PTS: 20.4 – 3P: 43.8% – REB: 6.7 – AST: 3.6
At the individual level, Guirantes' performance was possibly the best of the competition. The shooting guard was stellar on offense and a cut above the rest, showing why her presence in the WNBA is not a fluke. At the 2022 World Cup, she was the leading scorer (18.2 points per game) and this time she scored the most points (143) and was second in scoring average.
Rickea Jackson | Forward | 1.88m | 2001
Stats: PTS: 14.6 – 3P: 42.9% – REB: 4.9
The North American, thanks to their wealth of talent, usually run deep rotations and this time wasn't the exception. Jackson averaged the most minutes during AmeriCup at 24.3 and earned every one of them while being their offensive leader. She scored in double digits in all 7 games.
Daniela Wallen | Forward | 1.79m | 1995
Stats: PTS: 21.0 – REB: 7.4 – STL: 3.6
Venezuela was the surprise of the tournament, finishing 6th and earned a spot in the Olympic Pre-Qualifying Americas Tournament, a feat that seemed improbable. Wallen had a lot to do with that, finishing as the AmeriCup's leading scorer at 21.0 points per game across her 5 games. She also led the event in steals.