Six teams from Belarus, Latvia, Russia and Lithuania have participated in the 3rd International Jūratė Daktaraitė and Angelė Rupšienė women‘s basketball tournament in Palanga, a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Tournament was organised by Baltic Women’s Basketball League (BWBL) on 10-13th of September, 2018. Belarus champions Tsmoki-Minsk defended the title. They defeated third-place winners of the EuroLeague Women and Russian vice-champions Dynamo, Kursk 81-77 (19-21, 22-20, 14-22, 26-14) in the final on Thursday.
Two time BWBL champions Inventa, Kursk (RUS) beat third-place winners of Belarus Championship Olimpia, Grodno 80-51 (21-16, 23-3, 16-16, 20-16) in the match for the third place.
In the fifth place match Vilkmergė, Ukmergė (LTU) won against Liepaja/LSSS (LAT) 73-61 (18-17, 10-11, 29-14, 16-19).
Tsmoki-Minsk center Viktoryia Hasper was elected the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. She scored 69 points, grabbed 26 rebounds and collected 79 efficiency points. Victorya made a game-winning buzzer-beater in the overtime of the match against Inventa.
Jūratė Daktaraitė became the first Lithuanian to win World Champion title in 1959. She won gold medals of the European Championships in 1960 and 1962. Angelė Rupšienė(nee Jankūnaitė) 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.