June 8, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville women’s basketball’s Sara Hammond and the U.S. Women’s 3x3 World Championship Team proved to be head and shoulders above the field. The group capped an impressive run in Moscow, beating Russia for the FIBA World Championship on Sunday.
The women’s team opened the day with an 18-14 decision over Belgium in the semifinals, handing the country its lone loss in the tournament. Hammond and company then posted a 15-8 victory over Russia, boosting their record to 9-0 in the event and capturing the gold. It also was Russia’s lone loss in the championship.
On Saturday, the U.S. defeated France 12-9 in the quarterfinals.
Prior to the meeting with France, the U.S. rattled off six-consecutive victories by a double-digit margin.
In the single-elimination championship, the U.S. beat Hungary (21-5) and Brazil (21-8) on the first day of competition on Thursday. The team then played three games on Friday, marching to wins over Ukraine (21-10), Spain (16-6), and Argentina (21-11).
In the quarterfinals, Hammond and company led the U.S. to a 19-6 victory over Uruguay.
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2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship for Women
Thursday, June 5
U.S. 21, Hungary 5
U.S. 21, Brazil 8
Friday, June 6
U.S. 21, Ukraine 10
U.S. 16, Spain 6
U.S. 21, Argentina, 11
Round of 16
U.S. 19, Uruguay 6
Saturday, June 7
U.S. 12, France 9
Sunday, June 8
U.S. 18, Belgium 14
Finals (Gold Medal Game)
U.S. 15, Russia 8