Hamby's heroics lift USA Basketball women's 3×3 team to AmeriCup gold medal


Tournament MVP Dearica Hamby made an off-balance, falling-down shot off a lob from Kelsey Mitchell as time expired, lifting the U.S. to a 21-20 win over Brazil in the women’s gold medal game at the FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup on Sunday

ByThe Associated Press

December 3, 2023, 10:06 PM

FILE - USA Women's National Team guard Katie Lou Samuelson (33) defends against Louisville guard Norika Konno (11) during an NCAA women's exhibition basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Samuelson watched her teammates win Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games without her. She's now back on the court with an eye on the Paris Olympics. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File

FILE – USA Women’s National Team guard Katie Lou Samuelson (33) defends against Louisville guard Norika Konno (11) during an NCAA women’s exhibition basketball game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Samuelson watched her teammates win Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games without her. She’s now back on the court with an eye on the Paris Olympics. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Tournament MVP Dearica Hamby made an off-balance, falling-down shot off a lob from Kelsey Mitchell as time expired, lifting the U.S. to a 21-20 win over Brazil in the women’s gold medal game at the FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup on Sunday.

Hamby’s shot — a 1-pointer, since baskets in 3×3 are worth one inside the arc and two outside the arc — capped a huge rally from the Americans. They trailed 19-13 with 2:02 left in the game, which is decided when someone reaches 21 points or when the 10-minute game clock expires.

The Americans needed only 64 seconds to tie the game. Mitchell scored, Katie Lou Samuelson — playing in her first competitive event since becoming a mother four months ago — hit back-to-back 2-pointers just eight seconds apart to get the U.S. within one, and Hamby connected to tie it.

Brazil went back up 20-19, Samuelson made a free throw to tie the game again and then Hamby delivered at the buzzer for gold.

Samuelson finished with nine points in the final for the U.S., which went 5-0 in the two-day tournament. Hamby scored six, Mitchell had five and Camille Zimmerman had one for the Americans in the title game.

In the men’s event, Puerto Rico beat Brazil 18-14 in the final to cap a 5-0 tournament run. The U.S. men finished sixth after a loss in the quarterfinals.



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