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2012 USA Women's 3x3 U18 World Championship Team

SECOND FIBA 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN – 2012

  • Date:
    Mar 29, 2013

Alcobendas, Spain • September 28-30, 2012


Following the first 3x3 Youth World Championship in 2011, FIBA changed the name of the event to reflect the age limit and announced that the 3x3 U18 World Championship would be held on an annual basis.

2012 USA RESULTS (7-1)
USA 21 Hong Kong 1
USA 17 Lithuania 10
USA 15 Poland 10
USA 21 Taiwan 11
China% 13 USA 12
USA 21 Estonia 15
USA 21 Australia 13
USA 21 Spain 13

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2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL STANDINGS

1.
USA (7-1) 13. Turkey (3-2)
2.
Spain (7-1) 14. Canada (2-3)
3.
Australia (7-1) 15. Brazil (2-3)
4.
Italy (6-2) 16. Poland (2-3)
5.
Lithuania (5-2) 17. Sri Lanka (1-4)
6.
France (4-3) 18. Switzerland (1-4)
7.
England (4-3) 19. Andorra (1-4)
8.
Estonia (4-3) 20. Hong Kong (1-4)
9.
China (4-2) 21. Taiwan (0-5)
10.
Czech Rep. (4-2) 22. Guam (0-5)
11.
Romania (4-2) 23. Jordan (0-5)
12.
Netherlands (3-3) 24. Tunisia (0-5)

(Final standings for 5th-24th places were determined by the FIBA classification criteria)

In addition to the name change, the 3x3 U18 World Championship events also include medals awarded for individual skills challenges and a mixed tournament. The skills competitions are a 3-point shootout, a dunk contest and a “2 Ball” contest in which a team of two athletes shoots from five different positions in a 60-second span.

The 2012 USA U18 3x3 World Championship Team was comprised of four members of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that claimed gold earlier in the summer: Kaela Davis, Diamond DeShields, Erica McCall and Brianna Turner.

Davis was the only member with previous international 3x3 experience after having been on the 2011 USA 3x3 Youth World Championship Team that earned an honorary bronze medal after the team was forced to forfeit the final game due to injuries.

While 3x3 basketball is normally played outdoors, rain caused the first two days to be moved inside at the José Caballero Sports Centre’s AmayaValdemoro Pavilion in Alcobendas, Spain.

However, the skies broke in time for the final day’s medal round and skills contests.

Day 1 - September 28
The USA closed the first day of compeition with an unblemished 3-0 slate. Opening with a 21-1 rout of Hong Kong, the U.S. downed Lithuania 17-10 and capped the day by
polishing off Poland 15-10.

Finishing atop its preliminary round group was an important goal for the American women as the top team from each group would a berth into the quarterfinals, while the No. 2 and No. 3 finishing teams would play one game to advance four teams to the quarterfinals. From there, the tournament continued in a standard knockout format.

“Our strategy was to come out first, score first and play hard the whole game,” said Turner. “I think we did that pretty well. We also wanted to win all our games today and tomorrow, so we can be first in our pool and play fewer games.”

Day 2 - September 29
Despite splitting its two games, the U.S. achieved its first goal and secured a No. 1 seed into the medal round quarterfinals.

After claiming a 21-11 victory over Taiwan, the U.S. fell to China, 13-12, in overtime. Davis and DeShields fouled out late in regulation, leaving McCall and Turner to fight through the extra period against a full compliment from China.

“I think we can take a lot away from today,” said Davis. “No game is wasted. We will watch film and see what we can do better on, and come back ready to play tomorrow.”

Day 3 - September 30
Opening medal round action with a 21-20 quarterfinals win over Estonia, the U.S. knocked off Australia 21-13 in the semifinals to set up a gold medal contest against host Spain.

In the gold medal game Spain struck first, but the U.S. went up 4-3 early and never again trailed. The USA pulled away 10-5 before going up 14-8 and cruising through to the eventual victory.

“It feels great,” said DeShields, who now has FIBA U17, 3x3 U18 and U19 World Championship gold medals. “The feeling never gets old. You’re a world champion of multiple competitions. It never feels the same. It’s a different feeling because you work differently in each tournament, so I’m just really excited. I’m so happy that we got another gold medal.”

Australia defeated Italy 16-14 for the bronze medal.

 

2012 USA WOMEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Kaela Davis
G/F
6-2
160
17
Buford High School
Suwanee, GA
Diamond DeShields
G
6-1
155
17
Norcross High School Norcross, GA
Erica McCall
F
6-3
170
17
Ridgeview High School
Bakersfield, CA
Brianna Turner
G/F
6-3
150
16
Manvel High School
Pearland TX

 

 

 

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