2018 USA Basketball Women’s 3x3 World Cup Team Announced
All four members of the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s 3x3 National Champion Oregon Ducks team will represent the United States at the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. The four members of the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s 3x3 World Cup Team are: Erin Boley (Oregon/Hodgenville, Ky.); Otiona Gildon (Oregon/Spokane, Wash.); Ruthy Hebard (Oregon/Fairbanks, Alaska); and Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon/Walnut Creek, Calif.).
The 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, which will feature a men’s and women’s tournament as well as skills contests, will be held June 8-12 in Manila, Philippines.
In addition to their experience at the USA 3x3 Nationals, during which time the Ducks swept their competition for a perfect, 8-0 run to the title, all four athletes boast prior USA Basketball experience. Gildon and Hebard helped the Ducks finish in second place with a 5-2 mark at the 2017 USA 3x3 Nationals; Boley captured a silver medal at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup; Hebard earned a silver medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup and a gold medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship; and Ionescu helped the USA capture the title at the 2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament and claimed gold at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Cup and the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
The fifth FIBA 3x3 World Cup, an event launched in 2012 and held in 2014 and 2016 before becoming an annual event in 2017, is expected to feature 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams in 2018.
USA women’s 3x3 teams qualified for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Cups. In those three events the USA compiled a 23-2 record and captured gold medals in 2012 and 2014 and a bronze medal in 2016.
The 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship was held April 21-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
FIBA 3x3 games are played using a 10-minute clock and 12-second shot clock. Other rules of note: free throws and buckets inside the arc are worth one point and shots from beyond the arc are worth two points; the first team to 21 points or whichever team is ahead at the end of regulation play is the winner; and if the game ends in a tie, the first team to score two points in overtime wins.