Sunday, June 8, 2014
Sunday Cardinal Couple -- Hammond. USA Women's 3x3 team win title
SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Sara and squad sail to Finals win
- Baseball going to World Series
********* UPDATE: USA defeats Russia 15-8 in final *********
Sara Hammond scored the first two baskets and USA used a 5-0 run to break a 2-2 tie and win going away 15-8 over Russia in the finals of the 3X3 World Championship in Moscow.
Jewel Loyd and Cierra Burdick took over the scoring for USA...who was up 14-5 with three minutes to go. Loyd had two three-pointers (worth two points in the 3X3 format) in the 12-3 run.
Hammond's first two scores were her only points...but the USA defense, led by Hammond, shut down the taller Russian squad inside and created double-digit turnovers by the Russians...who couldn't hit free throws, layups or putbacks.
In the ten-minute game, USA did not commit a foul during the first 7:12 of play.
USA! Congratulations Sara!!!
In semifinal action early Sunday morning, The USA Women's 3X3 World Championship team has made it to the finals of the Championships by defeating Belgium 18-14. They'll play the winner of the Czech Republic vs. Russia semifinal game.
The finals will be played at 11 a.m. today EDT. You can watch live (and free) on You Tube. The link leis below.
Sara, Jewel Loyd, Cierra Burdick and Tiffany Mitchell looked good in the semifinal game. Hammond was faced with containing the 6'6" Belgian post and held her own...spending a lot of time on the floor. Loyd's drives to the hoop and Burdick's strong inside shots helped the USA pull away from a 13-13 tie to take the game. The USA team also hit their final four free throws to secure the win.