Six teams from four countries in the tournament in Palanga
Photo: Tomas Gaubys
Third international Jūratė Daktaraitė and Angelė Rupšienė women‘s basketball tournament will be held on September 10th-13th, 2018 in Palanga (LTU), a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Six teams from Belarus, Latvia, Russia and Lithuania will fight for the trophy.
Belarusian champions Tsmoki-Minsk, Liepaja/LSSS (LAT), and two time BWBL champions Inventa, Kursk (RUS) will play in Group A. Third-place winners of the EuroLeague Women Dynamo, Kursk (RUS), third-place winners of Belarus Championship Olimpia, Grodno and Vilkmergė, Ukmergė (LTU) will be in Group B.
Group winners will advance to the final. Second-placed teams will fight for the third place and third-places teams will have match for the fifth place.
At the last moment Lithuanian team from Šiauliai refused to take part in the tournament.
Tournament organisers – Baltic Women‘s Basketball League (BWBL) – are seeking to promote women‘s basketball, to help young players to develop their skills and also to honour the famous women‘s basketball players – Jūratė Daktaraitė and Angelė Rupšienė (nee Jankūnaitė).
J. Daktaraitė became the first Lithuanian to win World Champion title in 1959. She won gold medals of the European Championships in 1960 and 1962. A. Rupšienė is two-time Olympic Champion (1976 and 1980), two-time World Champion (1971 and 1975) and three-time European Champion (1972,1976 and 1978).
First international J. Daktaraitė and A. Rupšienė women‘s basketball tournament was held in 2016 in Druskininkai. Eight teams from Belarus, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania had participated in this tournament. Dynamo-1, Moscow (RUS) became the winners. One year later four teams from Belarus, Poland and Lithuania had competed in the second tournament in Druskininkai. Tsmoki-Minsk (BLR) took the first place.