Here is the report from USA Basketball on the day’s activities at the inaugural FIBA 3×3 World Championships for Men and Women in Athens, Greece.
Both teams went 2-0 in preliminary games. The USA Women earned their victories before the 10-minute game clock expired as the first team to 21 points wins. The women opened with a 22-9 victory over Germany (1-1) and followed that up by defeating Angola (0-2) 21-4.
The USA 3×3 women’s team is comprised of Skylar Diggins (University of Notre Dame/South Bend, Ind.), Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut/North Babylon, N.Y.), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford University/Cypress, Texas) and Ann Strother (Castle Rock, Colo.).
“The first game was a little more of ‘catch your wind’ and also we were trying to get used to the rims, because we’re playing outside and the depth perception is different,” said Ogwumike. “But, in the second game we were jelling better. We knew what to run (and) when. We were looking for each other, being aggressive and using our conditioning to our advantage.”
The USA women will take on Bulgaria (2-0), which replaced Sri Lanka on the original schedule, and Argentina (1-1) on Aug. 24, and will conclude preliminary play versus Netherlands (0-2) on Aug. 25. The top four finishing teams from each group advance to the Eight Finals to be played on Aug. 25, with winners advancing to the quarterfinals that will also be played Aug. 24. The semifinals, and the bronze and gold medal games, will be played Aug. 26.
All the games on Court 1 will be streamed live online daily at www.ert.gr/webtv/web-tv-live/ert-websport1-live, and will include the USA men’s game versus England on Aug. 24 (11:20 a.m. EDT), the USA women’s contest against Argentina on Aug. 24 (1:30 p.m. EDT) and the USA men against Romania on Aug. 25 (11:00 a.m. EDT).
In addition to the men and women’s tournaments, 14 nations will participate in the mixed tournament, in which each team will be comprised of two men and two women from 14 countries in a knockout format with the first two rounds played on Aug. 24 and the finals on Aug. 26. The U.S. will not compete in the mixed competition.
Also featured during the weekend will be a skills contest for women, a dunk contest for men and a shootout contest for both men and women. The skills qualifying round will be held Aug. 24, while the qualifying dunk and shootout contest rounds will be held on Aug. 25. All finals will take place Aug. 26. Diggins will represent the U.S. in the skills contest; Brown will be the USA’s representative for the dunk contest; Diggins, Hartley and Strother will participate in the women’s shootout; and Adesanya, Hardge and Williams will compete in the men’s shootout.
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