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Fran Belibi

American basketball player

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Fran Belibi
No. 5 – Stanford
PositionForward
LeaguePac-12
Personal information
Born (2001-07-20) July 20, 2001 (age 19)
Kansas City, Kansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Career information
High schoolRegis Jesuit
(Denver, Colorado)
CollegeStanford (2019–present)
Career highlights and awards

Francesca Belibi (born July 20, 2001) is an American basketball player who currently plays college basketball for the Stanford Cardinals. At 6'1" playing the forward position, she became a known dunker during her high school career[1][2][3][4] and in 2020, she became the eighth woman to dunk in a women's college basketball game.[5] In 2021, she won the NCAA championship with Stanford.

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Early life

Born in Kansas City, Kansas to Franck and Suzanne Belibi, who were born in Cameroon and moved to Belgium before coming to the United States. The family later moved to Centennial, Colorado.[6]

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High school career

Belibi started playing competitive basketball for the first time during her freshman year at Regis Jesuit High School.[7] In 2017, she became the first girl to dunk in a game in Colorado high school history.[8] In February 2019, she pulled off the first alley-oop dunk by a female in a game.[9][10] As a senior she averaged 21.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.4 steals, 2.7 blocks and 2.3 assists per game. She was named a McDonald's All-American in 2019 and went on to become the second woman to win the dunk contest at the McDonald's All American Game, after Candace Parker who won in 2004.[11][12]

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College career

During her freshman season she averaged 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 32 games, making six starts.[13] In December 2020, she became the eight woman to dunk in a college basketball game when she dunked with under a minute left in the first half of Stanford's victory against California.[14][15] Eight days later, she had another dunk in a victory against UCLA.[16]

On April 4, 2021, Belibi won the NCAA championship after Stanford beat the Arizona Wildcats, 54–53, in the national title game.[17]

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National team career

Belibi has won three gold medals playing for the United States junior national teams, 2019 FIBA Under-19 Women's Basketball World Cup, 2018 FIBA Under-17 Women's Basketball World Cup and the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Women's Americas Championship.[13]

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Personal life

Belibi is listed 6'1" in shoes but 5'11" without them. She has a 6-foot-5 wingspan and a 31-inch vertical leap.[4]

References

  1. ^ Sean Keeler (February 28, 2019). "The girl who dunks? Fran Belibi is that, but the Colorado high school basketball star is so much more". Denver Post. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  2. ^ Jenna West (December 13, 2018). "Watch: Stanford Commit Fran Belibi Stuns Crowd With Insane Dunk". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  3. ^ Joe Grobeck (January 13, 2021). "Meet Fran Belibi: The Latest (And Maybe Best) Female Dunker". Fan Buzz. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Katie Barnes (March 25, 2020). "A higher calling". ESPN. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  5. ^ Sydney Umeri (December 30, 2020). "Fran Belibi is changing how women's college ball does dunking". SB Nation. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "Fran Belibi". usab.com. Team USA. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  7. ^ Liz Finny (February 5, 2020). "Women's Wednesday: Fran Belibi, the Stanford freshman that can fly". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  8. ^ Rivea Ruff (January 7, 2017). "15-Year-Old Fran Belibi Slams 1st Dunk Ever in CO HS Girls B-Ball History". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  9. ^ Kendra Andrews (July 2, 2019). "Fran Belibi could change women's basketball, but her focus remains on becoming a doctor". The Athletic. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  10. ^ Tom FitzGerald (March 3, 2019). "Stanford-bound dunking sensation Belibi didn't play basketball until high school". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  11. ^ Michelle R. Martinelli (March 26, 2019). "Meet Fran Belibi, the second woman to win the McDonald's All American dunk contest". USA Today. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  12. ^ Charlotte Carroll (March 25, 2019). "Watch: Fran Belibi Becomes Second Woman to Win Dunk Contest at McDonald's All-American Game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Francesca Belibi - Women's Basketball". gostanford.com. Stanford University. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  14. ^ Joe Nguyen (December 13, 2020). "WATCH: Former Regis star Fran Belibi breaks away for slam dunk in Stanford-Cal game". Denver Post. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  15. ^ Daniel Martinez-Krams (December 13, 2020). "Fran Belibi makes first career slam dunk". Stanford Daily. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  16. ^ "Regis Jesuit grad Fran Belibi dunks, top-ranked Stanford outlasts UCLA 61-49". Denver Post. December 21, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  17. ^ "Arizona vs. Stanford - Game Summary - April 4, 2021 - ESPN". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved April 5, 2021.

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