Anna Cruz Lebrato (born 27 October 1986) is a Spanish professional basketball player with the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. She plays for Dynamo Kursk, Minnesota Lynx and Spain's national basketball team. She won the 2015 WNBA, the 2017 EuroLeague and the 2017 EuroBasket.
|No. 15 – Dinamo Kursk|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|Born||27 October 1986|
|Listed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Listed weight||136 lb (62 kg)|
|2002–2005||Universitat de Barcelona|
|2014||New York Liberty|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Cruz started playing basketball in clubs in her hometown Barcelona, making the debut in the Spanish top tier league with UB-Barça at 16, still a junior. Despite winning two leagues in 2003 and 2005, the lack of playtime prompted her to move to CB Ciudad de Burgos, but in her third season there the team was relegated and she went back to Barcelona to play at CB Olesa – Espanyol. She played the following four seasons at Rivas Ecópolis in Madrid, winning two Spanish Cups in 2011 and 2013 and playing the four seasons in the EuroLeague.
She moved abroad in 2013 to play for Russian team Nadezhda Orenburg, where she remained for three seasons. Since the summer of 2014 she has combined the European season with the WNBA, first at New York Liberty and with the Minnesota Lynx since 2015, winning the WNBA championship once. She chose to rest for the summer of 2017 and not to play the WNBA season with the Lynx.
|2014||New York Liberty||34||27.1||7.7||3.5||3.6|
Cruz started playing with Spain's youth teams at 17, winning a total of three medals from 2004 to 2007. She made her debut with the senior team in 2009at 22. Up to 2017, she had 130 caps with 7 PPG, participating in the Rio 2016 Olympics, two World Championships and five European Championships:
- 2004 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship (youth)
- 5th 2005 FIBA Under-19 World Championship (youth)
- 4th 2006 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship (youth)
- 9th 2007 FIBA Under-21 World Championship (youth)
- 2009 Eurobasket
- 2010 World Championship
- 9th 2011 Eurobasket
- 2014 World Championship
- 2015 Eurobasket
- 2016 Summer Olympics
- 2017 Eurobasket
- 2018 World Championship
- 2019 Eurobasket
- FIBA Europe profile
- "Federación Española de Baloncesto – Competiciones FEB". competiciones.feb.es. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
- "Anna Cruz: Cuando estoy de bajón me alegra ver la canasta de los Juegos. Noticias de Baloncesto". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 October 2017.
- "Anna Cruz profile, EuroLeague Women 2017 | FIBA.COM". FIBA.COM. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
- "archive.fiba.com: Players". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
- "Watch Spain's one-legged buzzer beater to beat Turkey". SBNation.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
- "Basketball: Cruz buzzer beater takes Spain to semis". Reuters. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
- "Spain beats Turkey 64–62 on buzzer beater in women's hoops". USA TODAY. Retrieved 3 October 2017.