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2018 USA Women's Youth Olympic Games Team

THIRD YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES -- 2018

  • Date:
    Jan 14, 2019

Buenos Aires, Argentina • Oct. 8-17


2018 USA RESULTS (7-0)
USA 21 Venezuela 9
USA 21 Sri Lanka 8
USA 21 Egypt 4
USA 21 Ukraine 9
USA 18 Netherlands 14
USA 21 China 9
USA 18 France 4

2018 WOMEN'S YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
 FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (7-0) 11. Germany (2-2)
2. France (5-2) 12. Romania (1-3)
3. Australia (5-2) 13. Venezuela (1-3)
4. China (4-3) 14. Estonia (1-3)
5. Argentina (4-1) 15. Indonesia (1-3)
6. Hungary (4-1) 16. Czech Rebpulic (1-3)
7. Ukraine (3-2) 17. Sri Lanka (1-3)
8. Netherlands (3-2) 18. Egypt (1-3)
9. Mexico (2-2) 19. Iran (0-4)
10. Spain (2-2) 20. Andorra (0-4)

At the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a 3x3 basketball competition organized by the IOC and FIBA, the USA captured a 7-0 record and gold medal. The games included 20 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams, as well as a dunk contest for men and a shoot-out contest for women.

The U.S. team members, who had Kara Lawson as their team leader, entered the event after having won gold together at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup earlier in the summer. 

Against Venezuela on Oct. 8, the USA was tied 5-5 early in the game. But, the USA went on a 9-1 run to take a 14-6 lead and then closed strong to cruise to a 21-9 win with 3:23 left on the clock. Aliyah Boston finished with seven points and six rebounds, and Paige Bueckers recorded five assists. 

Much like the USA’s first game, Sri Lanka came out hot, and led 6-5 on Oct. 8. Samantha Brunelle tied the score at 6-6, and that was the start of 14 straight points by the U.S. Boston scored the USA’s final two points, and the U.S. posted a 21-8 victory with 4:45 remaining. Brunelle paced the USA with nine points, and Boston accounted for six points and six assists.

Against Egypt, the USA put up three points before allowing Egypt its first field goal. Bueckers responded with a 2-pointer, which launched a 15-0 run that put the game out of reach, 18-2 at 4:13. Egypt scored another 2, but the USA ended the game at 21-4 with 3:01 on the clock. Boston led with eight points, nine boards and five assists, and Bueckers notched four points and dished out seven assists. 

Versus Ukraine, the USA led 5-0 before Ukraine sank its first of four 2-pointers of the game. Two more points by the USA were countered by another 2 from Ukraine, and the USA’s lead was 7-4. Another 5-0 run, however, gave the Americans some breathing room, 12-4. Ukraine halted the run with a 2-pointer, but the USA countered with a 7-1 spurt to take a 19-7 lead. A score from Boston ended the game 21-9 with 19 seconds left. Boston, who was 8-of-10 from the field, finished with eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

The USA remained undefeated with an 18-14 quarterfinal win over Netherlands on Oct. 16. The USA jumped ahead 3-0 to start, but Netherlands tied the score at 5-5. The USA launched a 7-1 run, however, and led 12-6. Netherlands fought back to within three points, 16-13, with 38 second left in the game, but the USA did not allow it any closer. Boston, who added five points and grabbed nine rebounds, scored the final point to make it 18-14 at the end of play.

In its semifinal against China on Oct. 17, which the USA won 21-9 with 35.1 seconds left, the USA did not give up a score from the field by China for the first 3:02. A 5-0 run pushed the USA ahead 12-4, and the USA maintained at least a seven-point margin for the remainder of the contest. Bueckers, who sank the 21st point, finished with 10 points, and Boston added five points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

In the finals against France on Oct. 17, the score was 2-2 with two minutes gone, but from there it was all USA. While the USA raced to eight unanswered points to lead 10-2, it allowed France only two more points for the entire game. France last scored at 3:37 to make it 11-4, while the USA put up seven more points to earn the 18-4 win as Hailey Van Lith dribbled out the game clock. Boston tallied six points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Australia defeated China 16-13 to win the bronze medal.

Brunelle and Bueckers took part in the Shoot-Out Contest, and Bueckers advanced to the final round, where she finished fourth place.

 

2018 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Aliyah Boston
 F
6-4 185 16 Worcester Academy, MA St. Thomas, USVI
Samantha Brunelle F 6-2 165 17 William Monroe High School
Ruckersville, VA
Paige Bueckers
G
5-11
140
17
Hopkins High School
St. Louis Park, MN
Hailey Van Lith
G
5-9
155
17
Cashmere High School
Wenatchee, WA
TEAM LEADER: Kara Lawson

2018 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
 MIN/AVG
FGM-FGA
PCT
2PM-2PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
 AST TO BLK STL
Boston 7/4 47/6.7 44-64 .688 0-0 .--- 1-3 .333 56/8.0 45/6.4 17 7 15 11
Bueckers
7/5
43/6.1
28-48
.583
5-13
.385
3-5
.600
17/2.4
36/5.1
20 2 11 9
Brunelle
7/5
44/6.3
24-37
.649
4-11
.364
4-5
.800
23/3.3
32/4.6
12 9 3 8
Van Lith
7/7
41/5.9
21-44
.477
0-10
.000
7-7
1.000
13/1.9
28/4.0
14 9 1 7
Team                 12/3.0     6    
USA
7
 
117-193
.606
9-34
.265
15-20
.750
121/17.3
141/20.1
63 33 30 35
OPP.
7
 
37-144
.257
12-65
.185
8-19
.421
66/9.4
57/8.1
14 69 1 10

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