The FIBA 3×3 Under-18 World Cup will be hosted in Chengdu, China from June 28-July 2 with a women’s team set to represent Australia at the tournament.
Lana Hollingsworth from Victoria will join three Queensland players in Ula Motuga, Alexandra Fowler and Rashada Kaigey as they look to improve on Australia’s 2011 result when they finished third to claim the bronze medal.
All four players have proven themselves at Helloworld Travel Australian Junior Championships with Hollingsworth averaging 7.9 points and 1.1 steals at this year’s Under-18 Champs when Vic Metro secured the bronze.
Motuga has been a member of a successful Qld South team over the past few years, winning an Under-16’s gold medal in 2015 when she recorded a double-double in the Grand Final before winning silver at last year’s Under-18’s while averaging eight points and eight rebounds per game.
Another integral member under the rim will be Fowler, who recorded 9.4 points, 10.6 rebounds (third best in the tournament) and 2.3 assists per game at the 2017 Under-18’s.
A proven scorer, Kaigey rounds out the team following an Under-18’s campaign this year in which she tallied 1.9 steals as well as 12.6 points per contest at 39% from beyond the arc.
Competitors throughout their junior career, these four players will now come together in an Australian uniform for the first time.
Drawn into Pool A, the Aussies will play four group games with the two top teams from each pool advancing to the Quarter-Finals.
All the finals with then be played on the last day from the Quarter-Finals through to the gold medal game.
You can catch the entire 3×3 Under-18 World Cup via FIBA’s YouTube channel here.
The Australian Under-18 Women’s World Cup Schedule (all times AEST):
June 29: Australia (ranked 16th) vs. Switzerland (ranked 9th) at 6.20pm
June 29: Australia vs. Hungary (ranked 1st) at 9.05pm
July 1: Australia vs. Japan (ranked 17th) at 8.30pm
July 1: Australia vs. USA (ranked 8th) at 9.40pm
July 2: Quarter Finals (3.45pm)- Gold Medal Game (10.00pm)