The USA Basketball women’s 3×3 team went 2-0 again to improve to 4-0 in preliminary round play at the inaugural FIBA 3×3 World Championships for Men and Women in Athens, Greece.
The USA Women’s earned both victories before the 10-minute game clock expired as the first team to 21 points; 21-14 win over previously undefeated Bulgaria (2-1) and 21-12 decision against Argentina (2-2).
Of course, the USA women’s team includes UConn junior Bria Hartley, Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins, Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike and former UConn star Ann Strother.
“I think we’re just a group of talented players. You have three players that play NCAA basketball and you have Ann (Strother) who was a professional player. We can all score in a variety of ways and so that’s hard for teams to stop. They have to come out and make sure they guard each player so we try to make sure we get to the basket every time,” said Hartley.
“I think we compliment each other. You have me and Sky who are like playmakers, then you have Ann who is a shooter, then Chiney who can bang inside. So you have a bunch of people with different types of games but we all compliment each other. We can shoot it and we can bang it inside as well, so it’s good to have a variety of options when you’re playing these teams.”
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