Head held high, the Colombian women’s basketball team withdrew from Villa MercedesArgentina, after winning bronze in the South American Championship organized by FIBA and qualifying for the Women’s AmeriCup 2023, the equivalent of the Copa América in this discipline.
On the afternoon of Saturday, August 6, the coffee basketball players, led by coach louis basin, were superior in over-time (extra time) to his similar from Venezuela and with a score of 67-63 they won one more victory in the tournament and occupied the podium of the continental competition.
The performance of the coffee makers went from less to more and with five points obtained in a defeat and two victories, ranked second in group B in the continental tournament, only below Brazil.
In the semifinal the national team was surpassed 71-60 by Argentina, thanks to the brilliant intervention of the forward, Luciana Beardwho scored 23 points against the 12 scored by the Colombian Manuela Rios In this instance.
Against Venezuela, Colombia won the first and third quarters of the match with scores of 21-12 and 15-12, but the brilliant resistance put up by the neighboring country that wore blue took the game to extra timea phase in which the coffee growers sealed their victory 10-6 with two free throw points and 8 vital seconds to seal the final 67-63 scoreline.
Manuela Ríos was once again a figure for the yellow team with 21 points scored against Venezuela, as well as 6 rebounds and 2 registered assists.
Relive the replay of the match published by Fiba’s YouTube channel below:
Regardless of this podium, Colombia won a ticket to the Women’s AmeriCup (Copa América) to be played in 2023 and which also grants direct vacancies to 2024 Paris Olympics.
After the final whistle at the Arena La Pedrera Stadium, the Colombian Basketball Federation (FCB) was quick to congratulate the Colombian representatives from its Twitter account and sent the following congratulatory message to the national team:
#SudamericanoFemenino 🏀⛹🏻♀️ 🤩 In a close game, our #ChicasDoradas achieved the 🥉: 🇨🇴 (67) 🆚 🇻🇪 (63) MVP 💥 M. Ríos 21 pts | 6 reb | 2 ace 🏟 Phoenix Ave Coliseum 📍 San Luis, Argentina 🇦🇷 #VamosColombia #BaloncestoColombiano
The last day on Saturday with the definition for the title and the rest of the competition matches will be available and will be broadcast live through FIBA’s official YouTube channel and on the Basquetpass.tv platform. Around 7:00 pm Colombian time they will face each other in the match for the title Argentina and Brazil, which until now do not know the defeat in the championship and that is how it went in group A and B, respectively, last week:
In other results to date, Uruguay beat Ecuador 61-52, while Paraguay he did the same against Chile with a result of 62-54, in the duels for seventh and fifth place in the table, respectively.
Colombia has only been able to win this tournament once in the women’s branch and it was in 1984 when he won the final against Brazil in Cúcuta, Norte de Santander. In 1991 and 2005, the coffee team was runner-up in Bogotá against Brazil and the bronze medal has been won seven times from 1946 to date..