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2013 USA Women's 3x3 U18 World Championship Team


  • Date:
    Oct 10, 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia • September 26-29, 2013

For the second consecutive year, the USA Women’s 3x3 U18 World Championship Team claimed gold at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship. The USA handled Estonia 21-12 to stake their claim on the gold medal in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 26-29.

2013 USA RESULTS (8-1)
USA 21 Guam 2
USA 21 Puerto Rico 2
USA 19 China 16
Lithuania 11 USA 9
USA 14 Spain 11
USA 21 Thailand 14
USA 17 France 15
USA 15 Spain 10
USA 21 Estonia 12


USA (8-1) 13. Taiwan (3-3)
Estonia (7-2) 14. Thailand (3-3)
Spain (6-3) 15. Brazil (2-4)
Italy (6-3) 16. Puerto Rico (2-4)
France (6-1) 17. China (1-4)
Ukraine (5-2) 18. Romania (1-4)
England (4-3) 19. Andorra (1-4)
Czech Rep. (3-4) 20. Netherlands (1-4)
Canada (5-1) 21. Indonesia (0-5)
Lithuania (5-1) 22. New Zealand (0-5)
Belgium (4-2) 23. Tunisia (0-5)
Bulgaria (3-3) 24. Guam (0-5)

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

The victorious 2013 USA U18 3x3 team included University of California commit Gabby Green (St. Mary’s College H.S./Oakland, Calif.), Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.), Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.), and University of Notre Dame commit Brianna Turner (Manvel H.S./Pearland, Texas).

“I feel like if we wouldn’t have won the gold we would have been really disappointed that we spent all this time and wasted everybody’s time basically, but I’m really happy that we won and our time wasn’t put to waste,” said Green.

“It feels great, it’s really cool. It took a lot of work,” added Ogunbowale about the team’s capturing of the gold medal.

When asked about the characteristics of this gold medal team, Ogunbowale responded, “Probably just the drive, motivation, determination, all those three. We wanted to win; we didn’t want anything less than a gold medal.”

Day 1 - September 27
It was smooth sailing for both the USA women in their first day of competition as they started preliminary round play with three strong victories. The USA women opened the competition with a 21-2 pasting of Guam, then ran over Puerto Rico 21-2 and fought off China 19-16 to finish the day tied with Lithuania for top position in the preliminary round Group B standings with a 3-0 record.

The first two games for the women were not suspenseful as the Americans quickly took control and cruised on to lopsided victories. The game against China offered the USA women a test. Thanks to China’s hitting four shots from beyond the arc, it was a tight game to the end. Tied 15 all, Ogunbowale took over. With 32.2 seconds left in the game she drove to the hoop, scored, was fouled, and after making her free throw, the U.S. had pushed ahead 17-15. China scored to cut the gap to 17-16, but on the following possession the 5’9” Ogunbowale posted up her defender and scored to up the advantage to 18-16. Ogunbowale made a steal on China’s next possession, and sealed the game when she quickly found Turner inside for a basket to put the game away 19-16.

“In the first two games we blew them out, we knew China was going to be physical but I don’t think we knew they would play that good and I don’t think we knew they were going to shoot that well either,” said Ogunbowale. “My defender was my height but she was way weaker than me and all she did was try and hold me down low so it was either a foul or I made the shot. So I just took advantage of that just because she wasn’t as strong as me and it was pretty easy to post her up.”

Day 2 - September 28
The USA women suffered a setback to Lithuania in preliminary round play that made the team’s road to gold more difficult. The USA women, carrying a 3-0 record into the continuation of preliminary round play on Day Two, fell to Lithuania 11-9, but rebounded to defeat Spain 14-11 to cap preliminary play with a 4-1 record and earn a second place finish in Group B.

“We definitely struggled (versus Lithuania). I think we just came out feeling too comfortable from the day before and we just couldn’t hit any shots. Lithuania came out playing really hard, we’re lucky it came in pool play so that we have another chance because it really helped us get better and realize what we have to do,” said Samuelson.

The team regained its form in the win over defending 3x3 U18 silver medalist Spain.

“We were really pumped to come out for that game because we had just lost and we were ready to play. We knew that once we got halfway through we could do this if we kept playing the same way we were. Our defense was really good and we played overall really well,” stated Samuelson.

Moving into the knock out round of 16, the U.S. took out Thailand 21-14 to earn a spot in Sunday’s quarterfinals.

“It was definitely better and we’re getting back to how we played in D.C. (at the FIBA Americas Championship) and I think we’re going to do pretty well tomorrow if we keep playing that way,” added Samuelson.

Day 3 - September 29
Carrying a 6-1 record into the medal round quarterfinals, the USA women nipped then undefeated France 17-15 in a tight contest.

“We knew we had to come out hard and if we played the way we did against Spain the day before we knew we could win it. So we just came out and played as hard as we could and we just wanted this and we played really well,” said Samuelson.

2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 silver medalist Spain was next for the USA, and for the second time in the competition, the U.S. women came out on top earning a 15-10 win.

“It was of course a harder game because we had already beat them so they were coming out for revenge and to get to the gold medal game too. But once again we just really stuck to our game plan and we were able to pull out the win,” said Turner, who also won gold at the 2012 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship.

Facing 7-1 Estonia in the gold medal game, the USA powered its way to a decisive 21-12 win and the gold medal.

“We started off really well. Estonia played hard but we really kept a face paced game and I think we tired them out and we kept going with our intensity and it really helped,” said Samuelson.

In the bronze medal game, Spain defeated Italy 14-7.


Gabby Green
St. Mary’s College H.S. / Oakland, CA
Arike Ogunbowale
Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S. / Milwaukee, WI
Katie Lou Samuelson
Mater Dei H.S. / Huntington Beach, CA
Brianna Turner
Manvel H.S. / Pearland TX

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