THIRD FIBA 3x3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2016
Guangzhou, China • October 11-15, 2016
The USA women traveled to Guangzhou, China, in hopes of securing a third-straight FIBA 3x3 World Championship gold medal October 11-15, 2016. However, despite a strong team effort, the USA came up short in the semifinal contest, but came back strong in the bronze medal game. The USA women now own a 23-2 all-time record and have captured two gold and one bronze medal in 3x3 World Championship play.
2016 USA RESULTS (5-2)
2016 FIBA 3x3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
NOTE: Final standings for 5th-24th places were determined by the FIBA classification criteria.
Twenty teams took part in the women’s touranament, which was held in conjunction with the men’s 3x3 Worlds, and the weekend’s events also included a women’s skills contest, a mixed shootout and men’s dunk contest.
The 2016 USA 3x3 World Championship Team included collegiate players Linnae Harper, a three-time USA Basketball gold medalist from Ohio State, Florida State’s Chatrice White, who teamed with Harper to help the USA claim gold at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, and USA Basketball newcomers Alexis Jennings from South Carolina and Washington’s Natalie Romeo. The team earmed the right to represent the USA at the FIBA 3x3 World Championship after winning the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship that was played Aug. 27-28 at the United States Olympic training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Day 1 - October 11
In its opener against Italy, the USA earned a 21-12 victory behind nine points from Harper.
The U.S. took advantage of its size advantage against Japan, and White and Jennings led the way with nine and eight points, respectively, in a 21-14 win.
Day 2 - October 13
After a slow start, the USA topped Taiwan 17-8. trailing 4-3 with 5:13 remaining, the USA received three 2-pointers from Romeo on an 11-1 run to go ahead 14-5 and secure the outcome.
Against Spain, the USA women fell behind 10-3 after 2:41 of play and Spain continued to hold the USA at bay, eventually handing the Americans a 21-16 loss. Harper and Jennings each scored five points, while Romeo added four.
Spain’s victory over the USA set up a three-way tie in Group C, between the USA, Spain and Italy. The USA advanced as the No. 1 seed because FIBA’s tie-breaking format uses points to determine the higher seeds, and the USA led with 75 points. Spain advanced with 71 points over Italy's 67.
Day 3 - October 15
Running out to a 9-1 lead against Argentina in the quarterfinals, the USA earned a 17-5 victory behind a game-high nine points from Jennings.
The semifinal against the Czech Republic was hotly contested from the start and with 2:33 to play, the Europeans were up 16-13. The U.S. regained the lead, 18-16, but after a Czech put-back, the USA committed its seventh foul and the Czechs took the lead for good, 19-18, after swishing in both tries. Jennings was sent to the line for two attempts at :33, but was off the mark. Two seconds later, two-time Olympian and eventual tournament MVP Michaela Uhrová dashed the USA’s gold medal hopes with a 2-pointer to seal the win, 21-18.
The USA was not about to go home empty handed and exacted a bit of revenge against Spain in a 20-14 bronze medal victory. The USA jumped to a 3-0 lead, but with 3:02 on the clock, Spain held a narrow 12-11 advantage. Romeo scored six of her team-high nine points in an 8-0 run to give the USA a comfortable 19-13 lead with 1:21 on the clock, and the red, white and blue held on for the win.
Czech Republic claimed gold with a 21-11 win over Ukraine in the finals.
Harper was rewarded for her overall play by being named to the all-tournament team, along with Uhrová and Ukraine’s Ganna Zarytska.
2016 USA WOMEN'S 3x3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER
|6||Linnae Harper||G||5-8||150||21||Ohio State University||Chicago, IL|
|8||Alexis Jennings||F||6-2||175||20||University of South Carolina||Madison AL|
|7||Natalie Romeo||G||5-7||138||20||University of Washington||Martinez, CA|
|9||Chatrice White||C||6-3||220||20||Florida State University||Shelby, NE|
|Athletic trainer: Joe Fritz, Granbury, Texas|
2016 USA 3x3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|USA Totals||7||130/ 18.6|
|Opp. Totals||7||95/ 13.6|
2016 FIBA 3X3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SKILLS CONTESTS MEDALISTS
Skills Contest (women)
Gold Medal: Alexandra Theodorean (HUN)
Silver Medal: Marta Fodor (ROU)
Bronze Medal: Georgia Agnew (NZL)
Shoot-Out Final (mixed):
Gold Medal: Angel Santana (ROU)
Silver Medal: Paula Palomares (ESP)
Bronze Medal: Natalie Romeo (USA)
Dunk Contest (men):
Gold Medal: Dymitro Krivenko (UKR)
Silver Medal: Alfonzo McKinnie (USA)
Bronze Medal: Marco Favretto (ITA)