USA Basketball Announces 2021 USA 3x3 Women’s AmeriCup Team
USA Basketball today announced its roster for the 2021 USA 3x3 Women’s AmeriCup Team and representing the USA at the inaugural FIBA 3x3 AmeriCup that will be played Nov. 12-14 in Miami will be: Cierra Burdick (Force 10 3x3/Tennessee/Charlotte, N.C.), Brionna Jones (Connecticut Sun/Maryland/Havre de Grace, Md.), Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever/Ohio State/Cincinnati, OH) and Alexis Peterson (Force 10 3x3/Syracuse/Columbus, Ohio).
The USA women’s and men’s teams will begin training camp on Nov. 7 in Miami. Joe Lewandowski (Point Park University), who has been coaching/advising USA Basketball 3x3 national teams since 2014, will serve as head coach.
Burdick and Peterson were members of the Force 10 3x3 team that won the title at the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in June, where Burdick was tournament MVP. They also played together on the 2021 FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Klaipeida Stop in July in Lithuania, where the USA went 5-0 and won the tournament.
Burdick won gold medals as a member of the USA team at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, 2010 FIBA U17 World Cup and 2011 FIBA U19 World Cup, and a tournament title at the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship.
Jones was a 2021 WNBA All-Star, and she owns a gold medal with USA Basketball from the 2015 World University Games.
Mitchell, who first was named to the USA Women’s National Team on March 14, 2018, was a finalist for the 2018 USA World Cup Team, and she played in three exhibition games with the USA National Team in 2018. In 2017, she helped the USA to a 3-0 record and a tournament title at the U24 Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo.
The 2021 FIBA 3x3 AmeriCup will feature a qualifying round that includes four teams, and the top finishing team will advance from that field.
The USA will play in Group B, opening against Venezuela at 1:50 p.m. (all times listed are EST) on Nov. 13, followed by Argentina at 5:40 p.m.
Playing in Group A are Canada, Puerto Rico and Uruguay; Group C consists of Barbados, Chile and Mexico; and Pool D includes Brazil, Dominican Republic and the nation that advances out of the qualifying games between Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
The medal round will be contested on Nov. 14, with the top two teams from each of the four preliminary round groups competing in quarterfinal action with games tipping at 10 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 12 p.m. and 12:25 p.m.
Semifinal games are scheduled for 1:50 and 2:15 p.m., the bronze medal game will begin at 3:50 p.m. and the gold medal contest tips at 4:50 p.m.
The gold medalist women’s and men’s teams will earn a qualifying berth into the 2022 FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
The USA 3x3 AmeriCup Men’s Team was announced on Oct. 21 and includes Trey Bardsley (Nebraska Wesleyan/Beatrice, Neb.), Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Florida/Colorado Springs, Colo.), Charlie Brown Jr. (Iowa Wolves/Saint Joseph’s/Philadelphia, Pa.) and Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif.).