Galeron Opens Play At FIBA 3x3 World Cup
June 28, 2017

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's basketball incoming freshman and Spain national Sofia Galeron begins play Thursday at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.

    The event runs from June 28-July 2. Pool play runs over the opening four days, with the quarterfinals, semifinals, third-place game and championship final all scheduled to be contested July 2.

    Spain, the top seed in Pool D and ranked fourth overall in the competition, opens play with a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 2:50 p.m. local time (12:50 a.m. MT) against fifth-seeded France and continuing at 4 p.m. local time (2 a.m. MT) against Kazakhstan. The Spaniards will close pool play with another doubleheader Saturday, beginning with Egypt at 1 p.m. local time (11 p.m. MT Friday) and concluding against Singapore at 4 p.m. local time (2 a.m. MT Saturday).

    A live feed of each day of competition in Chengdu can be viewed at the FIBA website here.

    The top two teams in each of the four pools advance to Saturday's knockout round.

    In FIBA 3x3 play, games are contested between teams of three players each with one available substitute. The winner of each game is decided one of two ways: when one team reaches 21 points, or the team that is ahead after the 10-minute game clock expires. A 12-second shot clock is in effect for each contest. Field goals are scored as one point, with two-pointers available from behind the arc, similar to the three-point shot in traditional 5-on-5 basketball.

    Galerón, a native of Burgos, Spain, has previous international 3x3 experience, having helped Spain to a 7-0 mark at the FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championship Qualifiers last July 16-17 in Riga, Latvia. At 18, she will be the oldest player on the Spanish team this week, joined by a pair of 17-year olds in Oregon signee Aina Ayuso and Carla Flores Garcia as well as 16-year-old Aixa Wone.

    She has been an impact player and starter for both Spain's 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2015 FIBA U16 European Championship teams, helping the team to finishes of sixth and fourth, respectively.

    In seven contests at the 2016 FIBA World Championship, Galerón led the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg), good for seventh and 12th, respectively, among all players in the tournament. She shot a team-high 52.2 percent (35-for-67) from the floor, good for second overall at the tournament. Galerón also shot 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from 3-point range and 62.5 percent (15-for-24) from the free-throw line. She added four assists, four blocks and six steals over 26.4 minutes per game.

    In nine games at the 2015 Euros, Galerón led the team in rebounding and ranked 17th overall at the tournament with 6.0 per game, and ranked second in scoring with 8.8 points per game. She shot 51.5 percent (35-for-68) from the floor and 69.2 percent (9-for-13) from the free-throw line. She also dished out nine assists with three blocks and 11 steals over 26 minutes per game.

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