In a thrilling finale, Colombia secured the second position in the South American FIBA U17 Women's Basketball Championship, falling short against Brazil with a score of 65-55. The tournament unfolded at the Bicentennial Coliseum in Bucaramanga, where Brazil successfully defended the title they had previously won in 2022, adding their thirteenth gold medal in the competition.
Brazil and Colombia Secure Participation in the FIBA U18 Americas Championship
Prior to the final showdown, both Colombia and Brazil had already ensured their participation in the 2024 FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship, joining Argentina who secured the third spot. Displaying an unbeaten streak, Brazil overcame the pressure of the local crowd and Colombia's stringent defense.
Colombian Offensive Falters in Final Minutes
Colombia, aiming for its fourth crown and second championship in the last three editions, saw its offensive prowess decay in the last ten minutes of the match. Brazil's Alexia Araújo was named the Most Valuable Player, while Colombia's María Pérez and Meredith Venner were highlighted in the ideal team, with Venner being the top scorer and rebounder of the tournament.
Top Performers of the Tournament
Alma Bourgarel of Argentina and Manuella Alves of Brazil were also selected as the best players of the tournament, joining the ranks of the exceptional performers. Despite the loss, the Colombian team showcased a strong performance, laying a solid foundation for future matches.