USA Women’s 3x3 Team’s Gold Medal Hopes Dashed in Overtime at World Beach Games
The USA 3x3 women’s team (3-1) had its gold medal hopes dashed after falling in overtime to Brazil (2-2) 14-12 in quarterfinal play at the 2019 World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar, ending its gold medal hopes at the event.
Jackie Young (Las Vegas Aces/Notre Dame), who was perfect in her first six attempts, finished with a game-high nine points on 7-of-11 (.636) from the field.
The team was rounded out by Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.), Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx/Connecticut) and Ruthy Hebard (Oregon), who each chipped in one point.
“They just came out and were very physical,” said Young. “They played a lot more physical than us. We should have matched their energy and intensity; I think we came in a little bit too relaxed.”
The U.S. opened with a 7-1 run and expanded that to 10-3 behind six points from Young. From there, however, the USA’s shooting went cold and Brazil caught fire with eight straight points to move ahead 11-10.
“They were just being a lot more physical than we were,” said Collier. “We were up 10-3 at one point and we couldn’t hit a basket after that.”
“They were stopping us from scoring, and they were able to score,” added Young. “They went on a run and we just couldn’t match it.”
Young knotted the score 11-11 and moved the USA ahead 12-11 with a free throw. But Brazil tied it up before time expired to send the game into overtime.
After two missed baskets by the U.S. and one from the South Americans, Brazil connected on a 2-pointer to end the game and advance to the semifinals.
After hitting 56.8 percent of their shots in their first three games, the Americans went cold against Brazil and shot just 34.5 percent (10-29 FGs) from the field.
The team was taking part in the inaugural World Beach Games 3x3 women’s basketball competition at Katara Beach from Oct. 13-16.
The inaugural World Beach Games, which feature beach, water and action sports, are a six-day competition that will include 13 sports and 14 disciplines, with more than 1,200 athletes from 97 nations expected to participate.
“I thought it was a great tournament. Brazil was the best team we played up to this point and obviously I wish we could do it over again, but I’m proud of the way we played up until this game.”