FOURTH FIBA 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN – 2015
June 4-7, 2015 • Debrecen, Hungary
After winning gold at the 2012 and 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships, the USA women finished the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship in Debrecen, Hungary, in second place after coming up one basket short against France in a hard-fought gold medal game. The silver medalist USA was 8-1 throughout its run in the 24-team tournament.USA women's 3x3 U18 teams have compiled a 49-6 all-time record (including Youth Olympic Games teams).
2015 USA RESULTS (8-1)
2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
(Final standings for fifth-24th places were determined by the FIBA classification criteria)
The 2015 USA U18 3x3 team included University of California-bound Kristine Anigwe (Desert Vista H.S./Phoenix, Ariz.), Baylor University signee Natalie Chou (Plano West Senior H.S./Plano, Texas) and Notre Dame bound Erin Boley (Elizabethtown H.S./Hodgenville, Ky.) and Arike Ogubowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.).
The U.S. women's team averaged a tournament-best 18.1 points per game (163 total points), and with 60 points in her nine games, Ogunbowale, who already had won two international 3x3 gold medals and two national team golds (2013 U16 and 2014 U17) golds, was the women's tournament leading scorer and was named to the all-tournament team.
In addition to the tournament, the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship included a women’s skills contest and a men’s and women’s shoot-out. France's Lisa Berkani won the skills contest followed by Michaela Matušková (Czech Republic) with silver, Luana Rodefeld (Germany) with bronze and Sofia Ouahabi (Belgium) in fourth place. In the shoot-out, Bathiste Tchouaffé (France) won gold, Lucía Alonso (Spain) took home silver, Giulia Ciavarella (Italy) won bronze and Dawid Gruszczynski (Poland) placed fourth.
Day 1 - June 4
On the first day of competition, the USA needed scores from Ogunbowale and then Anigwe to secure a 16-14 overtime win against Switzerland. Anigwe led the team with six points, Ogunbowale had five, Chou had three and Boley fnished with two points.
The USA's second preliminary round game saw the team beat Romania 21-6. The USA jumped ahead 8-1 and then cruised in for the victory. The USA was paced by seven points, Anigwe and Chou added six points and Boley contributed two points.
Day 2 - June 5
The USA improved to 4-0 on day two of the competition after handing previously undefeated Italy an 18-5 loss and then topping Egypt 21-6.
Leading 4-2 early on against Italy, the USA reeled off five straight points to go ahead 9-2. Italy cut the deficit down to 9-5, but the USA scored nine straight points while holding their opponent scoreless. Boley led the squad with nine points, and Ogunbowale scored seven points.
Against Egypt, the USA made six two-pointers, including four from Ogunbowale, to pave the way to a 21-6 win. Ogunbowale led the USA with nine pints, Boley had six and Chou added five points.
Day 3 - June 6
The USA started day three of the tournament by wrapping up its preliminary round as Group C's No.1 seed after a 21-3 rout of Andorra that saw the USA earn the win with 4:04 remaining on the play clock. Anigwe had eight points, and Boley and Ogunbowale scored five points apiece.
In the round of 16, the USA faced Group B's No. 4 seed, Poland. Quickly taking control with a 7-2 lead, the Americans jumped ahead 11-5. Poland, however, scored four straight points to tighten the score at 11-9. The USA led 13-11 when Chou was fouled with just 11 seconds remaining in the game, and she swished her two free throws to put the game out of reach and seal a 15-12 win. Chou was the USA's leading scorer with five points, and Anigwe and Ogunbowale added four points each.
Day 4 - June 7
The USA began the final day with a quarterfinal match up against Belgium. After three tied scores to start the game, the USA slowly began to pull away. Following a 5-5 tie, the USA allowed Belgium just two more points while it scored six to win 11-7. Ogunbowale had five points in the contest.
Facing Israel in the semifinals, the USA reached 21 points before the 10 minutes had expired to earn a 21-8 win and advance to the gold medal game. The USA led 6-3 two minutes into the game and 9-6 at the midway point, and then put together a 9-0 run to take control of the game. All four U.S. players scored. Ogunbowale had 10, and Anigwe added five.
Against France in the championship game, the USA had built a 12-9 lead at the halfway point before France made its run. Spurred on by three, 2-pointers from Lisa Berkani, France went ahead 18-15 with 2:18 to go. The USA tied the game at 18-18 and 19-19, but Berkani scored the game's final point on a free throw with 17 seconds left to give France the 20-19 victory.
2015 USA WOMEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER
|15||Kristine Anigwe||C||6-4||185||18||Desert Vista High School/*California||Phoenix, AZ|
|4||Erin Boley||G/F||6-2||160||17||Elizabethtown High School/*Notre Dame||Heodgenville, KY|
|11||Natalie Chou||F||6-1||160||17||Plano West Senior High School/*Baylor||Plano, TX|
|10||Arike Ogunbowale||G||5-9||165||18||Divine Savior Holy Angels High School/*Notre Dame||Milwaukee, WI|
|2015 USA WOMEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STATISTICS|
2015 FIBA MEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SKILLS CONTESTS MEDALISTS
Gold Medal: Lisa Berkani (France)
Silver Medal: Michaela Matušková (Czech Republic)
Bronze Medal: Luana Rodefeld (Germany)
Gold Medal: Bathiste Tchouaffé (France)
Silver Medal: Lucia Alonso (Spain)
Bronze Medal: Giulia Ciavarella (Italy)