3x3 - US Women perpetuate 3x3 hegemony at Youth Olympic Games

26 Aug 2014

NANJING (3x3) - The US Women’s 3x3 National Team defeated Netherlands (19-10) in the final of the 3x3 event at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, China on 26 August 2014. This marked the fifth consecutive 3x3 World title for a US women’s team (youth and open) since 2012.

The team starring Dejanae Boykin, Napheesa Collier, Arike Ogunbowale and Katie-Lou Samuelson dominated the event from start to end, winning all 13 games, never conceding more than 14 points.

For the first time in the final though, the US did not end the game before the 10-minute limit and the score was tied at 10 with three minutes to go. The American team then started a 9-0 run against a Dutch team fighting fatigue and foul trouble.

Samuelson – who also collected a bronze medal at the Shoot-Out Contest on 21 August - scored 8 and Ogunbowale added 7 in the final. Both celebrated their second 3x3 gold medal in two years after winning the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia on 26-29 September 2013.

Esther Fokke scored 6 points in the losing effort for Netherlands, who won silver.

In the bronze medal game, Spain narrowly edged out Hungary 12-11 thanks to Helena Orts (7pts).

Go to www.olympic.tv and search '3x3' to rewatch the final and all USA games.