Figure against Venezuela in the debut. Figure against Ecuador in the second game. And it appears against Paraguay in the closing of zone A for the Argentine women’s basketball team to win all three games at Arena La Pedrera, get first place and qualify for the semifinals of the tournament and the AmeriCup 2023. So it is, so far, the South American of Luciana Delabarba, the 25-year-old jewel who returned to wear the light blue and white jersey and shines in San Luis, venue of the competition.
It had been three years since Delabarba had played with the senior Argentine team. The last time he did it was in the AmeriCup and the 2019 Olympic Qualifiers, prior to the emergence of the competition due to the coronavirus pandemic that brought a severe headache to the women’s national team in the 2021 Americup when was disqualified for lack of players due to an outbreak of positive cases. The impossibility of playing took away from the squad the goal of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Australia.
The perimeter did not make up that team because it was disaffected during the previous training sessions due to a meniscus problem in the right knee. Who is one of the best exponents of the generational change did not represent the country for reasons of force majeure and not because the technical director did not take it into account.
In the Argentine senior team, including the current South American, considerably increased their numbers: He has played 11 games and is averaging 9.92 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.79 assists.
The young native of Glew played three tournaments with Argentine youth teams: He played thirteen games with averages of 5.6 units, 3.8 rebounds and one assist per duel.
Luciana Delabarba has played basketball since she was a childas he told in an interview he gave to LNB Contents, thanks to a family bond: “I started playing because my aunt and uncle played and they took us to my neighborhood club, Defensores de Glew, my sister and me, at the age of six. I remember that I was in the club all day, I left school, came home and immediately went to the club. She was training all day, already when she was little she practiced with girls from higher categories, cargo, for nothing else, because as she spent time at the club they made me train ”.
At the age of 14, following the path of two friends, she continued her career at Temperley: “Two of my friends with whom I played in Defensores had gone to try Temperley, I went to a club campus and I ended up staying”. There he played for the Metropolitan and met the Spanish coach John Ferreirawho was decisive in her takeoff as a player and to reach professionalism.
He played and won several titles in Berazategui until 2018, he went to Quimsa de Santiago del Estero and currently plays for Lanús, always with outstanding performances in national and international competitions. Of the Argentine team that competes in the South American, only she and Camila Suárez, from Obras Sanitarias, do not play abroad.
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Luciana Delabarba, the jewel who returned to the Argentine basketball team and shines in the South American: an explosion based on triples