AUSTRALIA SET TO COMPETE IN FIBA 3X3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

AUSTRALIA SET TO COMPETE IN FIBA 3X3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Basketball Australia is thrilled to announce a women’s national team will compete in the FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Guangzhou, China from October 11-15.

WNBL athletes Isabella Brancatisano (West Coast Waves, SEQ Stars) and Kelly Bowen (Townsville Fire, Melbourne Boomers, Adelaide Lightning) will be joined by Maddison Rocci (Geelong Supercats, Centre of Excellence) and two-time Olympian Jenni Screen in the third edition of the World Champs.

“This teams reflects the dynamics of our basketball pathway for athletes here in Australia but also offers acknowledgement that even when athletes explore international opportunities, representing their nation is a privilege they all want to embrace,” said Basketball Australia General Manager of High Performance, Jan Stirling.

“Each of these athletes have benefited from fundamental grounding through stints at their respective junior clubs which has been further enhanced through their involvement in our premier leagues, WNBL and SEABL.

“Whilst it was unfortunate that our men did not qualify for this event, our women’s team has a wonderful mix of elite athletes who will represent our nation with great pride and passion that wearing the Green and Gold commands.”

Developing her game in the WNBL, Brancatisano has also become a key piece of the Geelong Supercats’ team in SEABL, averaging a career-high 9.1 points this season.

She is an ex-team mate of Rocci who moved to the Centre of Excellence for the 2016 SEABL season from Geelong, averaging 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.

Rocci was also recently named in the Under-19 Australian Gems national team for the Oceania qualifiers ahead of next year’s World Championships.

Bowen enjoyed a successful career in the US college system, playing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs from 2008-2012 where she led the team to three consecutive West Coast Conference titles while also being named in the All-WCC Freshman team in 2009.

Returning home to Australia, Bowen was named co-captain of the Lightning last season in the WNBL and has starred at SEABL level with the Frankston Lady Blues, finishing Runner-Up in the MVP last year while being named to the All-SEABL team the past three seasons.

Providing veteran leadership to the team, Screen is no stranger to international competition as she won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics with the Opals before backing up with a bronze medal in 2012.

Prior to that, she helped Australia to gold medals at the 2006 World Championships and Commonwealth Games and in the past year, she has been lending her expertise to the Indonesian Olympic program.

“Representing your country is a privilege and honour that should never be taken for granted, it will always be a special time in your life,” said Screen.

“These are all women with exceptional personal qualities and they will be fantastic ambassadors for our nation. We wish them well and look forward to seeing them in action,” added Stirling.

Information for the FIBA 2016 3x3 World Championships can be found here.