menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset Share




Shop Now USA Basketball

USA Women Claim Second Straight Youth Olympic Games Gold

  • Date:
    Oct 17, 2018

USA Box Scores & Cumulative Statistics
• Schedule & Results

With its defense leading the way in a dominating 18-4 championship win over France (5-2), the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Games Women’s Basketball Team (7-0) captured the 2018 Youth Olympic Games gold medal on Wednesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The USA team of Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy/St. Thomas, USVI), Samantha Brunelle (William Monroe H.S./Ruckersville, Va.), Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere High School/Wenatchee, Wash.) now have won two gold medals together in the summer of 2018, as all four also helped the USA to a 7-0 record and gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup this past July in Belarus. 

“It is so exciting, especially to win two times in the same year and with the same girls. It’s just so exciting,” Boston said. “We just needed to make sure that we communicated, because France is a very good team offensively, and they run very good plays. So, we just needed to communicate and know where we had to be.”

The gold medal was a second-straight such finish for the USA women, who now own a 26-1 overall record in Youth Olympic Games action, including a gold medal in 2014 and a bronze medal in 2010.

In the finals against France, the score was 2-2 with two minutes gone from the 10-minute game clock, but from there it was all USA. While the USA raced to eight unanswered points and led 10-2 at 4:49, it allowed France only two more points for the entire game. France last scored with 3:37 on the clock to make it 11-4, and the USA put up seven more points to earn the 18-4 win. Van Lith dribbled out the USA’s final possession.

“I think our intensity really just helped our offense,” Boston explained. “We ran our plays and good things came out of it.”

Boston tallied six points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in the gold medal game; Bueckers added six points, three blocks, two steals and two assists; Van Lith finished with five points and two rebounds; and Brunelle recorded one point, two rebounds and two steals.

“It is amazing,” Bueckers said. “I’m so happy right now. We’ve been together for the past six months, working, just working and playing against older men, scrimmaging, just getting better, and our chemistry is unreal. I think you saw that in the championship game, and it’s really an unexplainable feeling.”

In its semifinal contest against China (4-3), which the USA won 21-9 with 35.1 seconds remaining on the clock, the USA again was in control throughout. Jumping ahead 5-1, the USA did not give up a score from the field by China for the first 3:02 as its first point was from the free throw line. 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 game-winning 21stpoint with a jump shot, finished with 10 points; Boston added five points, 10 rebounds and three assists; Brunelle tallied three points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists; and Van Lith contributed three points and two rebounds.

“It’s all about being aggressive, attacking them first before they could attack us,” Bueckers said of her performances on Wednesday. “I didn’t play well yesterday in the quarterfinal, so I came out with an attack mentality today.”

Australia (5-2) defeated China 16-13 to win the women’s bronze medal.

On the men’s side, host Argentina (6-1) topped Belgium (6-1) 20-15 to win the bronze medal, and Slovenia (6-1) defeated Ukraine (5-2) to finish with the bronze medal.

A multi-sport event, the Summer Youth Olympic Games are being held Oct. 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The basketball competition, which began with 20 men’s teams and 20 women’s team, was played under FIBA 3x3 rules and was organized by the IOC and FIBA.


Related Videos

Carol Callan steps away from USA Basketball after helping steer the program to a seventh-straight Olympic gold medal, five of the past six FIBA World Cup golds and countless gold medals at junior events.

Members of the 2021 USA Basketball Women's National Team gathered in San Antonio for a training camp March 30-April 2 ahead of the NCAA Final Four. These are some highlights from each day's post-practice media calls.

Arike Ogunbowale remembers her experience at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games 3x3 tournament.

Dawn Staley, playing in her third Olympic Games, was elected by her peers - all U.S. team captains - to carry the flag and lead the U.S. delegation into the 2004 Opening Ceremony. She reflects back on her selection and what it meant to her.

The search to identify USA Basketball’s 3x3 National Team players continued at Red Bull 3X qualifying tournaments in Detroit, Atlanta and Brooklyn.

Related Content

Following its historic gold medal performance at the Tokyo Games, USA Basketball named the U.S. Olympic 3x3 Women’s Basketball Team as the 2021 USA Basketball 3x3 Team of the Year.


  • Author:
    Steve Drumwright, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Nov 30, 2021

Youth sports took a hit during the pandemic, something the USA Basketball Foundation hopes to help rectify this year.

Shaq Harrison

Action photos from the USA's World Cup Qualifying game against Mexico.

The USA could not overcome a 31-12 third-quarter surge from Mexico, and the USA lost to the host country 97-88 in FIBA World Cup Qualifying play on Monday night in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Isaiah Thomas


Behind Isaiah Thomas' 21 points the USA fought off an upset minded Cuba 95-90 for a World Cup Qualifying victory.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login

Forgot Password?