From U of L SID
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 18, 2018) – It was announced today by USA Basketball that University of Louisville junior guard Asia Durr will participate in the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Championships, which will be held April 21-22 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Featuring 12 women’s teams from across the country and including defending USA 3×3 champions Washington Huskies, the teams and rosters have been finalized for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Championships. The weekend’s games, which also feature a men’s tournament, are free and open to the public.
A total of 18 of the women competing at the USA 3×3 Nationals have prior USA Basketball experience, including eight with international experience, highlighted by Durr (Louisville/Douglasville, Ga.) and Napheesa Collier (Connecticut/O’Fallon, Mo.), who are members of the 2018-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool, as well as 2018 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame/Milwaukee, Wis.), who has represented USA Basketball in four 3×3 international events.
Also returning are 2015 USA 3×3 U18 World Cup Team members Kristine Anigwe (California/Phoenix, Ariz.), Erin Boley (Oregon/Hodgenville, Ky.) and Ogunbowale, who teamed up to bring home the silver medal. Collier and Ogunbowale earned gold at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games; and Ogunbowale earned gold medals at the 2013 3×3 U18 World Cup and 2013 FIBA Americas 3×3 U18 Championship.
In five-on-five action, Anigwe, Boley, Durr, Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon/Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Ogunbowale claimed a first-place finish in the 2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament; Ruthy Hebard (Oregon/Fairbanks, Alaska) and Reili Richardson (Arizona State/Brea, Calif.) finished with the silver medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup; Hebard won gold at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship; Anigwe and Collier brought home gold from the 2015 U19 World Cup; claiming gold at the 2014 U17 World Cup were Anigwe, Durr, Ionescu and Ogunbowale; Collier won gold with the 2014 USA U18 National Team; Durr, Ionescu and Ogunbowale helped the USA take home from the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship; and Candice Agee (Penn State/Victorville, Calif.) earned gold medals at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and 2013 U19 World Cup.
Games, which are played under FIBA 3×3 rules and feature a 10-minute clock and 12-second shot clock, are exciting and fast-paced. Other rules of note: free throws and buckets inside the arc are worth one point and shots from beyond the arc are worth two points; the first team to 21 points or whichever team is ahead at the end of regulation play is the winner; and if the game ends in a tie, the first team to score two points in overtime wins.
The teams for each tournament have been drawn into two pools for the April 21 preliminary round games. Held in Sports Center II at the USOTC, round-robin competition for women begins at 9 a.m. (all times listed are local, MDT), with the preliminary round final games set to start at 4:20 p.m. The men’s games begin at 9:40 a.m., and the final session is scheduled to tip-off at 5 p.m.
Following Saturday’s games, teams will be seeded for medal-round play, which will be held in Sports Center I and begins at 9 a.m. for the men and 9:40 a.m. for the women. Winning teams will continue to advance to play in the national championship games, both of which will be streamed live on usab.com beginning at 12:50 p.m.
The winning team at the USA Basketball 3×3 Women’s National Championship may have an opportunity to represent the U.S. at the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.
The 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup, which will feature a men’s and women’s tournament as well as skills contests, will be held June 8-12 in Manila, Philippines.
The fifth FIBA 3×3 World Cup, an event launched in 2012 and held in 2014 and 2016 before becoming an annual event in 2017, is expected to feature 20 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams in 2018.
In addition to the men’s and women’s 3×3 tournaments, included in the 2018 3×3 World Cup program will be skills contests, giving athletes chances to win additional medals.
USA women’s 3×3 teams qualified for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 3×3 World Cups, but missed out on the 2017 event due to FIBA 3×3 rankings. However, in those three events the USA compiled a 23-2 record and captured gold medals in 2012 and 2014 and a bronze medal in 2016.
In the women’s tournament, 18 states are represented. California leads the way with 15 athletes; followed by Texas and Washington with five; Arizona boasts three; Kentucky and Minnesota have two apiece; and Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Tennessee and Wisconsin each have one athlete in the women’s 3×3 tournament.
Anigwe, Collier, Durr and Ogunwobale make up the N.A.A.K. team.
Competing for Ariel are Megan Bowen (Princeton/Chicago, Ill.); Lakin Roland (Dartmouth/ Jeffersonville, Ind.); Annie Tarakchian (Princeton/Orlando, Fla.); and Nicola Zimmer (Dartmouth/Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Bye Felicia includes Danika Dale (Liberty/Fort Hood, Texas); Kristen McCarthy (Temple/San Dimas, Texas); Shaqwedia Wallace (Temple/Wilmington, Del.); and Veshaundra Young (Martin Methodist/Pulaski Tenn.).
Representing the Colorado Buffaloes are Quinessa Caylao-Do (Colorado/Tacoma, Wash.); Annika Jank (Colorado/Edina, Minn.); Kennedy Leonard (Colorado/Southlake, Texas); and Alexis Robinson (Colorado/Ashland, Ky.).
The Devs squad includes Courtney Ekmark (Arizona State/Phoenix, Ariz.); Kianna Ibis (Arizona State/Omaha, Neb.); Richardson and Jamie Ruden (Arizona State/Rochester, Minn.).
DU WBB features Jasmine Jeffcoat (Denver/Superior, Colo.); Briana Johnson (Denver/Carson, Calif.); Lauren Loven (Denver/Scottsdale, Ariz.); and Samantha Romanowski (Denver/Mountlake Terrace, Wash.).
Issa Bucket is comprised of Agee; Brianna Barrett (Southern California/Winnetka, Calif.); Teara Laudermill (Nebraska/Riverside, Calif.); and DeAjanae Scurry (San Diego State/Inglewood, Calif.).
The Oregon Ducks roster includes Boley; Otiona Gildon (Oregon/Spokane, Wash.); Hebard and Ionescu.
The Pacific Broncos are Jenn Bresler (Bellvue College/Duvall, Wash.); Gillian d’Hondt (Santa Clara/Seattle, Wash.); Kim Faust (Santa Clara/Kirkland, Wash.); and Ashley Graham (Pacific/Redmond, Wash.).
Triple C’s and a K include Katie Batlin (Saint Mary’s College/Pleasant Hill, Calif.); Casey Morris (Texas Tech/Vallejo, Calif.); Chazny Nunes (Missouri-Kansas City/Vallejo, Calif.); and Charlee Underwood (California State, Fullerton/Emeryville, Calif.).
The team of UNM is comprised of Antonia Anderson (New Mexico/San Antonio, Texas); Jaisa Nunn (New Mexico/Kirkland, Wash.); Aisia Robertson (New Mexico/San Francisco, Calif.); and Madison Washington (New Mexico/Red Oak, Texas).
Representing the Washington Huskies are Mai-Loni Henson (Washington/San Diego, Calif.); Hannah Johnson (Washington/Santa Clarita, Calif.); Amber Melgoza (Washington/Santa Barbara, Calif.); and Jenna Moser (Washington/Colton, Wash.).
Bowen (2016, 2017), Caylao-Do (2017), Collier (2013), Gildon (2017), Ibis (2017), Leonard (2017), Melgoza (2017), Roland (2016), Scurry (2017) and Young (2015, 2016) each have participated in at least one prior USA 3×3 National Championship.
About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3×3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball.
The USA Basketball Youth Development division is tasked with the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety, while promoting, growing, and elevating the game. USA Basketball is committed to providing youth throughout the country safe, fun and developmentally appropriate environments in which they can enjoy the game. Current USA Basketball youth initiatives include coach licensing and education; organization accreditation; coach academies; regional camps; youth clinics; open court programs; Women in the Game conferences; and the U.S. Open Basketball Championships.
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