Throughout the first weekend of July, the summer of 2022 has been good for the Arizona Wildcats on the international basketball scene. Incoming Freshmen Kailyn Gilbert and Lemyah Hylton both won medals at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in early June. They were followed by seniors Helena Pueyowho stood on the podium for Spain in the 3×3 Mediterranean Games in Oran this weekend.
Pueyo and the Spain team won the gold medal by defeating France in the 3×3 championship match on July 3. Oran 2022 is a multi-country and multi-sport event to be held in Oran, Algeria from June 25 to July 6, 2022. It includes 26 European and African countries located around the Mediterranean Sea.
The much faster 3×3 game encourages quick ball movements and shots. Pueyo got to show off her shooting skills, a good sign for a player whose shot attempts have dwindled over the past few years in the 5×5 game.
Both Gilbert and Hylton arrived in Tucson after their trips to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gilbert was unable to play for Team USA during the tournament due to health and safety protocols, but Hylton started for Team Canada. The Americans came back with gold medals by beating the Canadians 82-77 in the championship game.
Hylton scored seven points in the championship game as his team won the silver medal. All of his points came from the free throw line. She also had four rebounds and five assists against just two turnovers.
During the tournament, Hylton averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals in 22.2 minutes per game. She has done a solid job of taking care of the ball, averaging 2.3 turnovers per game, but has struggled on the pitch in her last three games. Against El Salvador, Argentina and the United States, she went 4 for 35 from the floor.
Wildcats still waiting to see recent commitment Breya Cunningham in turn for USA Basketball. The 2023 post will go to Debrecen, Hungary to take part in the U17 World Cup team trials from July 9-17.