Reigning champs Russia out of Europe Cup 2018

1 Jul 2018

CONSTANTA (FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup Romania Qualifier 2018) - FIBA 3x3 World Cup and Europe Cup 2017 champs Russia's women failed to qualify to the Europe Cup 2018 at the Romania Qualifier on June 31.-July 1.

Just a couple of weeks after winning silver at the World Cup 2018, Russia did not make it past the pool stage in Constanta.

The team was missing last year's Europe Cup MVP Anastasia Logunova but still featured their 2 stars World Cup 2017 MVP Anna Leshkovtseva and World Cup 2018 shoot-out contest silver medalist Alexandra Stolyar.

Russia had an abysmal start in Pool B, losing back-to-back games against Romania and Belgium... without even reaching 10 points! (9-12 and 9-13 respectively). Russia did finish on a high note with a 14-8 win against Austria but finished last in the pool and were eliminated.

This will mark the first time Russia's women don't qualify for the Europe Cup. The team had won a medal in every single edition (gold in 2014 and 2017 and bronze in 2016).