USA Basketball Represented at First FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Stop
Four athletes who took part in the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals have been selected to represent USA Basketball at the inaugural FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series stop from May 31-June 1 in Chengdu, China. The FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series is a new 3x3 competition series dedicated to women athletes from around the globe and representing the USA in the first competition are Bella Alarie (Princeton/Bethesda, Md.), Charli Collier (Texas/Baytown, Texas), Aleah Goodman (Oregon State/Oregon City, Ore.) and Christyn Williams (Connecticut/Little Rock, Ark.).
Up to 12 events in the series are expected to take place this year from May to September and will be announced throughout the season on the official website https://ws.fiba3x3.com.
Also competing in the Chengdu event are 3x3 national teams from Australia, host China, France, Japan, Mongolia, Netherlands and Ukraine.
The eight teams have been split into two groups of four for preliminary round play, and the USA on May 31 will open against France, before facing Australia and Mongolia. The medal round will take place June 1, and teams will be seeded based on preliminary round standings. The No. 1 team from each pool will earn a bye to the semifinals. The semifinal play-in games will feature A2 versus B3 and B2 will take on A3. The gold medal game will cap off the day’s games.
Williams boasts the most USA Basketball experience, including playing 3x3 basketball. She was a member of the 2017 USA 3x3 U18 World Cup Team that captured the gold medal. She also took home bronze from the 2016 U17 World Cup, silver from the 2017 U19 World Cup and gold from the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
In addition to their 3x3 experience at the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals, Alarie captured a silver medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup and will compete on the U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team later this summer; and Collier collected the bronze medal at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.
The team was selected by the USA Basketball 3x3 National Team Selection Committee, which is comprised of USA Basketball Women’s National Team director Carol Callan, USA Basketball Youth & Sport Development director Jay Demings, USA Basketball Men’s National Team assistant director Samson Kayode, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and USA 3x3 team consultant Kara Lawson and 1997 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Mo McHone, who has served on numerous USA Basketball coaching staffs from 1998-2018 and has coached in the NBA, NBA G League, Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and internationally in South Korea.
Olympic fans will see the launch of a new basketball discipline with the inclusion of 3x3 in 2020. The exciting and fast-paced game officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and has since become a fan favorite at FIBA 3x3 World Cup events. Played on a half court with a 10-minute clock, and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner. The non-stop action of 3x3 will ensure it is one of the hottest tickets in Tokyo, and fans in Las Vegas will get an early taste of that excitement during the USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals.