For Guirantes, it’s all about confidence – FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022

SYDNEY (Australia) – Puerto Rico made history in their first game of the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, thanks in part to a superb performance from Arella Guirantes, author of a line of stats more seen for 28 year.

The 24-year-old Puerto Rican shone on her debut in the competition. Finishing as the top scorer for her team is already remarkable in itself, but Guirantes also came close to a triple-double, something only Slovak Erica Dobrovicova managed to do in the 1994 edition with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Guirantes narrowly failed with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists (not to mention 3 recovered balls). Although it wasn’t enough for a triple-double, she became the first player since 1994 to record at least 25 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists at the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup.

His performance is clearly among the most memorable in the history of the tournament and his evaluation of +36 only confirms this. In fact, the latter is the 3rd best in the last three editions of the world event, Liz Cambage being the only one to have done better during this period.

For Guirantes, it was confidence that made this performance possible.

“I believe in my daily workshe says. I know the effort I make every day and I just want to keep improving, and that my team is doing the same.

“I am grateful that Puerto Rico gives me this chance to show my qualities on the world stage and that translates on the field. I am happy to see that my tireless work is paying off. »

In addition to having confidence in his abilities, Guirantes believes in the team, which explains this great success.

“We trusted each other and we worked during training. It’s sometimes a bit laborious, but we have a real desire to practice a collective game. The team showed that on the pitch today.”comments the player.

However, in addition to her heroic performance, Guirantes is especially happy that Puerto Rico was finally able to win its first match in the world competition, especially since the country is currently experiencing a dramatic situation.

“This victory comes as a bit of a slowdown in the current context, following the passage of Hurricane Fiona, which devastated our island. We are very proud to have beaten this good team, with solid players like Jonquel [Jones].

“I am simply proud of our team performance”she finished.

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