USA Women Improve to 4-0, Advance to Quarterfinals at FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup
In an impressive showing, the USA Women (4-0) topped Poland (0-4) 21-10 and Hungary (2-2) 21-3 to remain undefeated and secure Group B’s No. 1 seed and advance to the medal round quarterfinals at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup on June 6 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The USA will face the No. 2 seed out of Group D, Indonesia (3-1), at 4 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 7. All games are streamed live at YouTube.com/FIBA3X3.
“The weaknesses, like missed layups and easy baskets that we keep missing, I think we need to get better and put them in,” said Olivia Cochran (Carver H.S./Columbus, Ga.) of areas of improvement for the USA. “Our mindset needs to be to win the gold.”
Against Poland, the USA jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, and then went on to secure the 21-10 win with 12.8 seconds left on the game clock. Cochran and Rickea Jackson (Detroit Edison Public Academy/Detroit, Mich.) both scored seven points, and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.) added six.
The USA’s 21-3 win over Hungary featured eight points from Jackson, five from Cochran and four from Madison Hayes (East Hamilton H.S./Ooltewah, Tenn.) and Van Lith.
“At first, we weren’t playing together as a team, but I think we came together, and we realized that if we play together, that we can be the best team here,” Cochran said.
“3X3 basketball is always aggressive, because I am a post player,” Cochran said of her own experience on the court. “So, I have to get used to it, to be strong. I’ve been effective on the boards and blocking shots. I think on defense I have been really effective and getting putbacks.”
The women’s quarterfinal games begin at 1:50 a.m. EDT with China (4-0)–Philippines (3-1), followed by Japan (4-0)–New Zealand (3-1), and following the USA–Indonesia matchup, will be France (4-0)–Mexico (3-1).
The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals, and the bronze and gold medal games will be played at 7:20 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. EDT, respectively, on June 7.
The FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup has been held on an annual basis since 2011, except in the years of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (2010, 2014, 2018). Twenty men’s and 20 women’s teams are competing in the 2019 event. In addition to the men’s and women’s 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2019 3x3 program are skills contests, giving athletes chances to win additional medals.
Teams that qualified and are participating in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup for Women include: host Mongolia, the 2018 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist United States, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Ukraine.
The USA women’s 3x3 U18 teams, including the U18 squads in the Youth Olympic Games, have compiled a 72-8 overall record and captured gold at the 2014 and 2018 Youth Olympics and the 2012, 2013 and 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cups; silver at the 2015 and 2016 3x3 U18s; and a pair of bronze medals at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and 2011 3x3 U18 Worlds.
With the inclusion of 3X3 in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, fans will see the launch of a new basketball discipline in Olympic competition. The exciting and fast-paced game officially was unveiled at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
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.