Katie Lou Samuelson Wins Youth Olympic Bronze Medal In Individual Shootout Contest
The fourth day of competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, saw the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team (4-0) compete individually in the women’s shootout contest.
All four members of the U.S. team, comprised of De’Janae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers H.S./Springdale, Md.), Napheesa Collier (Incarnate Word Academy/O’Fallon, Mo.), Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.) and Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.), participated in the qualifying round, but only Samuelson advanced to the finals.
After sitting out from all four USA games to rest a slightly sprained ankle, Samuelson returned to the competition floor for the women’s shootout and was lights out in the qualifiers to advance to the final round.
In the finals, Samuelson made four 3-point baskets, each worth one point, in 32.0 seconds to tie for second place with Slovenia’s Ela Micunovic. However, Micunovic made the four shots in 31.6 seconds, barely edging Samuelson for the silver medal.
Lucia Togores Carpintero from Spain took first place and the gold medal after sinking four 3-pointers and a last-second money ball worth three points.
The USA will resume Group B play on Aug. 22, facing undefeated Belgium (4-0) at 5:40 a.m. EDT, followed by Andorra (0-4) at 9:20 a.m. EDT.
The U.S. team is led by head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.), who conducts practices, but as per 3x3 rules, is not allowed to coach during games.
The basketball competition at the Youth Olympic Games is a 3x3 format organized by the International Olympic Committee and FIBA. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games includes 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams, as well as the Shootout for women and a Dunk Contest for men. Each team is comprised of four players, and athletes eligible for this competition must have been born between Jan. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 1997.
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