GRAZ, Austria – Duke’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kara lawson and her US 3×3 National Women’s Team are ready for the 2021 FIBA ââ3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which kicks off on May 27 in the United States’ final attempt to qualify for the inaugural 3×3 Tokyo Olympic Games competition in Graz , in Austria.
The American women, who are in the preliminary round of Pool A, will take the court on May 27 against Indonesia at 5:00 am and France at 7:05 am Both times are indicated as Eastern Daylight Time. The Americans will close the group match on May 29 against Germany at 7:05 am and Uruguay at 9:10 am.
Before heading to Austria, Lawson and the US team won the Big Twelve international tournament last Sunday in Voiron, France.
For the women’s tournament, the top two final teams from each preliminary round pool will advance to the quarter-finals on May 30, and the winners of the quarter-finals will advance to the semi-finals. The three Olympic places will be allocated to the two winning teams in the semi-finals and the third.
The US women’s team includes 6-foot-5 Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky / Connecticut / Port Jervis, NY); 6 foot Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings / South Carolina / Sandersville, GA); 5ft 8in Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces / Washington / Poway, CA) and 6ft 3in Katie Lou Samuelson (Seattle Storm / Connecticut / Huntington Beach, CA).
Australia, Iran, Japan, Ukraine and Thailand will play in Pool B of the women’s tournament; Group C includes Belarus, Estonia, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka; and Group D includes Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.
3×3 basketball matches are played with a 12-second shot clock on a half court. Baskets inside the arc and free throws are worth one point, and baskets made outside the arc are worth two points. The winner is the first team to score 21 points or the lead team at the end of the 10 minute game clock.