Two Australian Teams On International Stage
The Australian women’s 3×3 team will hit the court in two different 3×3 tournaments this weekend, with a spot in the World Cup on the line.
Miela Goodchild, Alex Wilson, Keely Froling and Marena Whittle will compete in the 3×3 World Cup Qualifier in Israel.
Twelve teams – six in each gender – will compete for the last three men’s and women’s tickets to the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2023, which will take place in Vienna, Austria, on May 30-June 6.
Pool A looms as a titanic battle between Asia Cup 2022 silver medallist Australia, former World Cup champs Czech Republic and Africa Cup 2022 silver medallist Madagascar.
The FIBA 3×3 website has identified Wilson and Whittle as two players to watch at the event, writing the below about the dynamic pairing:
“With strength and determination, Whittle dominates the paint – especially the boards – but don’t think she’s just a one-trick pony. The 5ft. 11in (1.8m) Whittle also has the shooter’s touch and plays mean D.
“She will cause opponents nightmares alongside super athletic Wilson, who was a standout at the Asia Cup.
“Still relatively new to 3×3, she seems born for the half-court and – much like Whittle – she can do it all whether it’s playing lockdown D, nailing a dagger from the logo – which she did to win the Asia Cup title – or making a hustle play.”
Meanwhile in Wuhan, the squad of Chloe Bibby, Emma Clarke, Amy Atwell and Lauren Mansfield will compete in the 3×3 Women’s World Series.
Mansfield looms as a key contributor for the Aussies, with the FIBA 3×3 website highlighting her as a player to watch:
“Talking about strings, no one has got it down on lock like Lauren Mansfield.
“The 5ft. 7in. (1.70m) guard, while new to the 3×3 scene, is no stranger to controlling the show. The Gangurrus won the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2023 and are coming into the Women’s Series riding the wave.
“Winning is an art form, and Mansfield knows just how to move the brush.”