April 19, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS - There has been no stop in Notre Dame junior guard Arike Ogunbowale's schedule since hitting the two game-winning shots to help deliver the second national championship for the Irish. This weekend bodes no different as Ogunbowale heads to Colorado Springs to compete in the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 Championships.
All-in-all 12 teams will converge upon the United States Training Center for the 3x3 tournament spanning April 21-22. Ogunbowale will be representing Team N.A.A.K., joining Napheesa Collier, Asia Durr and Kristine Anigwe. The weekend's games are free and open to the public.
Games are played under FIBA 3x3 rules and feature a 10-minute clock and 12-second shot clock. Other rules of note: free throws and buckets inside the arc are worth one point and shots from beyond the arc are worth two points; the first team to 21 points or whichever team is ahead at the end of regulation play is the winner; and if the game ends in a tie, the first team to score two points in overtime wins.
The teams for each tournament have been drawn into two pools for the April 21 preliminary round-robin competition. Ogunbowale will see some familiar faces in the opening bout vs Team Oregon Ducks, consisting of Erin Boley, Otiona Gildon, Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu. That matchup will take place at 9:20 MT/11:20 ET.
Following Saturday's games, teams will be seeded for medal-round play, which will begin at 9:40 a.m. MT on Sunday. Winning teams will continue to advance to play in the national championship games, both of which will be streamed live on usab.com beginning at 12:50 p.m. MT.
The winning team at the USA Basketball 3x3 Women's National Championship may have an opportunity to represent the U.S. at the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
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