USA Wins FIBA 3x3 Women's Series Quebec Stop Title
The USA Basketball 3x3 Women’s Series team won its first title of the season Saturday with an 18-7 victory over Lithuania in the Quebec Stop final.
As they did all weekend, Lauren Cox and Cierra Burdick led their team to its fifth straight victory in the finale. Cox nearly had a double-double with eight points and seven rebounds. Burdick added five points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Burdick, who averaged a tournament-best 10.4 rebounds, came away with eight defensive boards as the U.S. held Lithuania to just 26.0% shooting from the field. While the opposition hit 7-of-15 one-pointers, they missed all 12 two-point attempts over the 10-minute game. For their part, the victors went 45.0% from the field, with 13 of their scores coming from one-point range.
The Americans put on a pair of strong performances in their quarter and semifinal matchups against France and Germany, respectively, to help earn a spot in the final.
Cox almost single-handedly outscored the opposition as the U.S. overtook Germany 15-9 in the semis. Cox’s seven points came on a trio of one-pointers highlighted by a Hail Mary two-pointer as the shot clock expired at the 4:06 mark, which gave USA a 9-3 edge. The U.S. ultimately built a 14-5 cushion with 1:44 to play before the Germans finished the game with a 4-1 run.
In the first action of the day, the U.S. and France appeared to be evenly matched through the opening minutes of game play before the Americans went on a tear to secure a 21-11 win with 1:22 left in regulation. The red, white and blue led 5-4 at the 7:37 mark before outscoring France 11-4 over the next three minutes. Drawing 10 fouls and getting into the bonus early, the USA capitalized at the free throw line and converted 9-of-11 shots from the stripe. Burdick and Cox combined for 10 total attempts with four makes each. Burdick led all scorers with seven points, and added seven rebounds, while Cox contributed six points and four key assists.
On Friday, the USA went 2-1 to earn a quarterfinal berth while competing for the top spot in a loaded Pool B.
After winning their first two games of the day, the Americans fell to Canada 13-12. The neighbors to the north jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead through the 4:01 mark of the game before the U.S. went on a 5-1 run over the next two minutes of game time. Joanne Allen-Taylor went on to tie the game at 12 with 1:38 to play. The last score of the game came to Canada’s Mael Gilles for the final score of 12-11.
In the opening matchup of the day, Spain jumped out on the Americans early. The Spaniards owned an 11-6 lead with less than four minutes remaining, but a 10-0 run by the U.S. put the team up five (16-11) with just over a minute to play. From there, Spain forced overtime with five-straight scores in the final minute of regulation, but the U.S. would win in extra time, 18-16, on two Cox layups. Cox ended with a team-high seven points with Breanna Richardson following close behind with six. Burdick came away a team-high 11 rebounds.
The second game saw a 20-8 U.S. victory over Czech Republic in a physical matchup. The Americans were held in check early, but after Burdick forced the Czech Republic’s sixth foul with six minutes left to play, the U.S. would tie the game, 3-3, and take their first and final lead shortly thereafter. The team went 7-of-9 from the charity stripe and were once again led by Cox (eight points) and Burdick’s presence on the glass (16 rebounds).