FIFTH FIBA 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN – 2016
June 1-5, 2016 • Astana, Kazakhstan
The USA (5-2) finished the 2016 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, with a silver medal after falling to France in the gold medal game for a second straight year.
2016 USA RESULTS (5-2)
2016 FIBA 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
(Final standings for fifth-20th places were determined by the FIBA classification criteria)
The U.S. team included University of California-bound Jaelyn Brown, 2017 graduates Sidney Cooks and Megan Walker and Texas Christian University incoming freshman Amber Ramirez.
The team earned the right to represent the USA at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship after winning the USA Basketball Women’s 3x3 U18 National Tournament on May 1.
Walker was named to the three-player All-Tournament Team and finished tied for second in scoring (44 points). Ramirez was seventh in scoring (34), Cooks was eighth (32) and Brown was 47th (13). As a team, the USA scored a second best 123 points (17.6 ppg.), trailing only France (125 points / 17.9 ppg.).
In the Shoot-Out, Weronika Nowakowska (Poland women) won gold, Hamish McDonald (New Zealand men) won silver and Robert Füzi (Hungary men) won bronze. The women’s Skills Contest saw Veronika Kanyasi (Hungary) win gold, Julia Niemojewska (Poland) win silver and Nathaly Pinelo (Guatemala) take bronze.
Day 2 - June 2
The USA made its debut on day two and split its two games.
Against the Netherlands, the U.S. got out to a 6-5 lead, and back-to-back baskets by Cooks and Brown propelled the U.S. to an 8-5 lead four minutes in. Netherlands, however, and outscored the USA 8-1 to take control 13-9 with 3:40 remaining and cruised on to the 21-13 victory. Netherlands made five 2-point shots while the U.S. connected on just one. Walker scored five points for the U.S., Cooks added four and Brown and Ramirez each tallied two.
Facing Poland in its second game, five 2-point field goals by Ramirez led the USA to a 21-15 win. Tied 3-3, the U.S. outscored Poland 8-1 in just two minutes of action to grab an 11-4 lead. After a Cooks’ basket that helped push the USA advantage to 17-10 with 4:18 left, Poland rallied and cut the deficit to 18-15 with 3:15 left. A Ramirez basket off a drive was followed by a Ramirez game clinching 2-pointer with 2:44 on the clock. Ramirez led the USA with 12 points and Cooks added seven points.
Day 5 - June 5
Weather postponed the USA’s final two preliminary round games on June 4 and forced them to play five games on June 5.
In its first game of the day, host Kazakhstan led 4-3 after a 2-pointer at 9:00. The USA reeled off five-straight points and moved ahead 8-4. From that point on, Kazakhstan got no closer than three points. Helped by five second-chance points, the USA earned a 19-14 victory. Walker scored seven points, and Cooks had six.
Italy put the first points on the board in the USA’s final preliminary game, but the U.S. countered to lead 6-1 when Cooks made a free throw. The USA was in control 11-5 with 5:58 left when Italy outscored the USA 6-1 and the USA found itself holding on to a 12-11 lead. Ramirez made it 14-11 at 3:06 with her first of three 2-pointers in the final 2:05. Along with Ramirez’s hot shooting, Brown and Cooks each scored twice, and the USA closed with six unanswered points to win 21-12 with 1:01 remaining on the clock. Ramirez led the USA offense with eight points.
Facing China in the quarterfinals, Ramirez scored the first two baskets and after Cooks added back-to-back baskets, the USA led 5-2. China outscored the U.S. 5-1 to take a 7-6 lead, but the USA, behind impressive defensive and seven points from Walker, went on a 9-1 tear to regain control 15-7 with 1:21 to play and sailed on to an 18-10 win. Walker had 10 points, and Cooks added six more.
With only Czech Republic in the way of the gold medal game, the USA sprinted to a 9-1 lead with 7:30 left thanks to seven points by Walker. Czech outscored the USA 10-2 to tie at 11-11 with 2:51 left. Tied at 12 with 2:27 to play, Brown scored at 2:20, then Walker scored six points en route to the 19-15 win. Walker finished with 14 points, while Cooks and Brown each added two points.
In a rematch of the 2015 gold medal game, France jumped out 2-0, but the USA tied the game 2-2 on a Ramirez 2-pointer and led 5-4 with 8:25 after another Ramirez 2 and a basket from Cooks. France countered with five points to move out to a 9-5 lead. Although the U.S. cut it to 10-8 at 6:08, France put together an 8-1 run to grab control 18-9. The U.S. pulled to within six, 18-12, but France scored the final three points to win 21-12. Ramirez led the USA with five points and Cooks added three points.
2016 USA WOMEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER
||F||6-1||160||17||Vista Murrieta High School
||F||6-4||170||17||Saint Joseph Catholic Academy
||G||5-8||136||18||Karen Wagner High School
||San Antonio, TX
||G||6-1||165||17||Monacan High School
|2016 USA WOMEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STATISTICS|
|Megan Walker||7||44/ 6.3
2016 FIBA MEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SKILLS CONTESTS MEDALISTS
Gold Medal: Veronika Kanyasi (Hungary)
Silver Medal: Julia Niemojewska (Poland)
Bronze Medal: Nathaly Pinelo (Guatemala)
Gold Medal: Weronika Nowakowska (Poland women)
Silver Medal: Hamish McDonald (New Zealand men)
Bronze Medal: Robert Fuzi (Hungary men)