Maryland Women Win Silver at 3X Nationals Basketball Tournament
Four players from Maryland teamed up to win silver at the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals on Sunday at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Katie Benzan, Mimi Collins, Faith Masonius and Angel Reese (St. Frances) made up the Maryland team. The Terps lost three games with a total of five points in Saturday’s prelims, then beat Legacy, 10-9, in the quarterfinals on Sunday morning and two-time defending Oregon, 19-14 in the semifinals. final.
Maryland led 10-9 in the championship game against Force 10 before losing 16-10.
“Maryland played really hard and they’re a physical team,” said Force 10 forward Cierra Burdick, a WNBA player with the Phoenix Mercury who scored seven points in the title game and was named tournament MVP. “They’re amplified and excited, and I think that got us excited.”
Asked about the key to winning the title, Burdick said, “We could have easily folded when they started talking about trash and when they started to let their emotions take over. We could have played the same game and lost our temper, but I think we stayed calm throughout the descents. “
Omaha won the men’s title when lane guard Trey Bardsley’s float bounced around the edge several times before falling to a 21-20 victory over Harlem (5-1).
The games were played on the museum’s Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams.
3×3 basketball will be part of the Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo. The format was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. The game is played on a half court with a 10-minute stopwatch and a 12-second stopwatch, with the first team at 21 points, or the team leading at the end of regulation time, winner.
Participating teams earned their spots in the 3X Nationals through regional qualifying tournaments or via an official invitation from USA Basketball.