Aug. 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State rising senior guard Leonor Rodriguez has been selected for Spain's Senior Women's National Team competing at the FIBA 3X3 Championships in Athens, Greece from Aug. 23-26.
The tournament features 24 teams from around the world that are divided into four groups of six teams. The tournament kicks off on Aug. 23 with each team playing the other five teams in its group in a round-robin format over the first three days. The top four teams in each group advance to a single-elimination bracket that will wrap up on Aug. 26.
Spain will face Slovenia, England, Turkey, Russia and Jordan in its round-robin group.
"It's always exciting to represent the colors of my country, and its extra special to play for Spain in a World Championship," Rodriguez said. "I am really happy for this opportunity."
A native of the Canary Islands, Spain, Rodriguez started 26 games a year ago and averaged 4.8 ppg while leading the Seminoles in assists per game (2.7) and three-point shooting (38.1 percent).
Rodriguez has been a member of a number of Spanish national teams over the years, including the 2011 U20 squad that won the European Championships and the 2010 U20 team that grabbed a silver medal at the FIBA Championships.
Team rosters at the 3x3 World Championships consist of four players (three on the court and one substitute). Games are played on a half court and last for 10 minutes or until a team scores 21 points. Baskets are worth one and two points (behind the arc) and there is a 12-second shot clock.
Rodriguez, whose strengths include three-point shooting and playmaking in the half court, should be especially lethal in this 3x3 format.
"I believe my style of play will translate well playing 3x3 because my game is based on teamwork," Rodriguez said. "Playing 3x3 you need your teammates more than ever. You can only count on two players instead of four. The tournament should be a lot of fun. I can't wait for it to start."