Freshman Fran Belibi won gold at U19 women’s basketball World Cup game

Fran Belibi
Belibi averaged 7.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in Bangkok. (Courtesy: Stanford Athletics)

Incoming student-athlete FRAN BELIBI won her third international gold medal on Sunday when the United States beat Australia in overtime at the FIBA Under-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup game in Bangkok, Thailand.

The team won 74-70, making it the Cardinal’s eighth FIBA U19 World Cup title and seventh in the past eight tournaments.

Belibi averaged 7.7 points on 68.8 percent shooting (22-of-32) and 7.3 rebounds in seven games at the event in Bangkok. In the group stage against South Korea, the 6-foot-1 forward made every one of her eight attempts from the floor and scored a team-high 18 points in an 89-67 win. In a 95-50 victory over Hungary in the very next game, Belibi went 5-of-6 from the field and had an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Belibi, who had a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double in April’s Jordan Brand Classic, is part of the Cardinal’s heralded recruiting class, which is ranked second in the country. The first woman since Candace Parker in 2004 to win the Powerade Jam Fest dunk title at the McDonald’s All-American Game, Belibi scored 21.8 points per game as a high school senior and added 12.3 rebounds while earning Gatorade Player of the Year honors in Colorado.

She is one of a number of Cardinal suiting up for national teams this summer. Alumna KARLIE SAMUELSON ’17 led Great Britain to a fourth-place finish at 2019 FIBA Women’s EuroBasket in early July and a berth in next year’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. Both KIANA WILLIAMS (United States) and ALYSSA JEROME (Canada) will play for their countries at the Pan American Games from Aug. 6-10 in Lima, Peru.

Belibi is the 11th Cardinal to appear in a FIBA U19 World Cup and the eighth to win a gold medal.

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