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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 women's national basketball team. She won the 2015 WNBA, the 2017 EuroLeague and the 2017 EuroBasket.[1]

Anna Cruz
Anna Cruz 20161011.jpg
No. 15 – Dinamo Kursk
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueRPL
Personal information
Born (1986-10-27) 27 October 1986 (age 32)
Barcelona, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Listed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight136 lb (62 kg)
Career information
Playing career2002–present
Career history
2002–2005Universitat de Barcelona
2005–2008Arranz-Jopisa Burgos
2008–2009CB Olesa
2009–2013Rivas Ecópolis
2013–2016Nadezhda Orenburg
2014New York Liberty
20152016Minnesota Lynx
2016–presentDynamo Kursk
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

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Club careerEdit

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.[2]

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.[3]

At Dynamo Kursk since 2016, she won her first Euroleague[4] title in 2017 under coach Lucas Mondelo.

Career statisticsEdit

WNBAEdit

WNBA champion
Season Team PJ MPP PPP RPP APP
2014 New York Liberty 34 27.1 7.7 3.5 3.6
2015 Minnesota Lynx 22 29.1 8.0 3.6 3.0
2016 Minnesota Lynx 6 10.0 2.8 1.0 2.0
Total 62 26.2 7.4 3.3 3.2

EuroLeagueEdit

EuroLeague winner
Season Team GP MPP PPP RPP APP
2009–10  Rivas Ecópolis 13 32.2 12.4 4.8 2.5
2010–11  Rivas Ecópolis 12 29.8 7.6 3.9 2.7
2011–12  Rivas Ecópolis 21 32.9 9.9 4.8 2.9
2012–13  Rivas Ecópolis 15 31.8 14.1 4.7 2.7
2013–14  Nadezhda Orenburg 17 32.1 8.8 3.7 4.6
2014–15  Nadezhda Orenburg 16 30.6 9.3 5.0 4.1
2015–16  Nadezhda Orenburg 16 29.8 9.1 4.7 3.9
2016–17  Dinamo Kursk 17 31.6 8.2 4.2 5.5
2017–18  Dinamo Kursk 10 27.9 6.0 5.4 5.0
2018–19  Dinamo Kursk 18 27.9 5.9 4.1 3.7
Total 155 30.6 9.1 4.5 3.4

National teamEdit

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 four European Championships:[5]

Her buzzer-beater shot against Turkey in the 2016 Rio Olympics quarter-finals is one of her key shots with the national team.[6][7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIBA Europe profile
  2. ^ "Federación Española de Baloncesto – Competiciones FEB". competiciones.feb.es. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Anna Cruz profile, EuroLeague Women 2017 | FIBA.COM". FIBA.COM. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "archive.fiba.com: Players". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Watch Spain's one-legged buzzer beater to beat Turkey". SBNation.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Basketball: Cruz buzzer beater takes Spain to semis". Reuters. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Spain beats Turkey 64–62 on buzzer beater in women's hoops". USA TODAY. Retrieved 3 October 2017.

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