UofL Women’s Basketball will participate in the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball Nationals. The tournament will be held at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame in Springfield Mass., on June 12th and 13th.
The Louisville team will consist of:
(seniors) Elizabeth Dixon, Mykasa Robinson, Kianna Smith
(incoming freshman) Payton Verhulst.
Most of the Louisville roster is made up of players with USA Basketball experience, most recently Payton Verhulst.
To read all about this tournament and UofL Women’s Basketball’s involvement, check out the press release below:
Louisville Women’s Basketball to Participate in 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3×3 Nationals
Elizabeth Dixon, Mykasa Robinson, Kianna Smith and Payton Verhulst will represent Louisville and the tournament will be held at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame June 12-13.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – University of Louisville women’s basketball’s Elizabeth Dixon, Mykasa Robinson, Kianna Smith and Payton Verhulst will participate in the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3×3 Nationals for men and women at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., from June 12-13.
The 3×3 tournament consists of eight women’s and 15 men’s teams and will include many of the nation’s top 3×3 players. Games are being played on the Hall of Fame’s Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams, which is located in the heart of the Museum. The event is open to the public with purchase of admission pass to the Hall of Fame. The entire tournament will stream live attwitch.tv/nba.
Louisville will participate in Pool B, alongside Force 10, Maryland and Oregon. All three preliminary round games will take place on Saturday. They will open against Force 10 at 11:05 a.m. ET, play Oregon at 4:55 p.m. ET and then wrap up the day against Maryland at 6:35 p.m. ET.
An eight-team tournament will take place on Sunday with the championship game at 2:15 p.m. ET.
“There isn’t a more fitting location to hold the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals than the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball chief executive officer. “The Hall is home to basketball’s amazing legacy, and USA Basketball is delighted that the Basketball Hall of Fame will host this year’s 3×3 National Championships. Partnering with organizations such as Red Bull and now the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has helped raise awareness of 3×3 basketball and the national championships, while also helping to increase the involvement and level of competition each year. Basketball fans are in for a real treat from what I’m sure will be another thrilling weekend of 3×3 competition.”
“The Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate all levels of the game, both domestically and internationally, and we couldn’t be more excited to host USA Basketball’s best 3-on-3 athletes,” said John Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We look forward to seeing this format of the game being played in the Birthplace of Basketball and at the Olympic level starting this summer.”
In addition to the lure of a 3×3 national championship, the event also will serve as the final evaluation of athletes for selection to the U.S. Women’s 3×3 Olympic Team and will serve to identify athletes for other 2021 USA men’s and women’s 3×3 National Teams.
Fans will see the inclusion of 3×3 in Tokyo this summer. The exciting and fast-paced game officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and since has become a fan favorite. Played on a half court with a 10-minute clock and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner.
Participating teams will have earned their spots in the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals either through Red Bull USA Basketball 3X regional qualifying tournaments or via an official invitation from USA Basketball.
Comprehensive health and safety protocols will be utilized during the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, including mandatory and regular COVID-19 PCR testing administered to athletes, officials and staff in accordance with FIBA and USA Basketball recommendations and CDC guidelines.
Held annually every year since 2012, with the exception of 2020 when the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 marks the ninth edition of the 3×3 national championships, the second edition of Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals and the second time the event has been held outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A team comprised of Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley, Chiney Ogwumike and Alyssa Thomas captured the inaugural USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Championship and earned the right to represent the USA at the 2012 FIBA 3×3 World Cup, where Thomas was replaced by Ann Strother due to injury. Since then, FST-Long Island (2013), Takeover (2014), Unknowns (2015, 2016), Huskies (2017) and Ducks (2018, 2019) have earned the championship trophy. In addition to the 2012 team, which claimed gold at the inaugural FIBA 3×3 World Cup, the USA 3×3 National Championship winners in 2014, 2016 and 2018 represented USA Basketball at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup, winning gold in 2014 and bronze in 2016.
After the 3X Nationals, the new season of Red Bull 3X will kick off July 10 in partnership with USA Basketball. Twenty men’s and women’s qualifier tournaments around the country, plus four regional championship events, will help identify a new pipeline of 3×3 talent who have a goal of competing in the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals. Interested players can head to www.redbull.com/3X for more information and to register.
About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five, 3×3 and esports international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.
Connect with USA Basketball at USAB.com and on Facebook (USABasketball and USABYouth), Twitter (@usabasketball, @USABYouth, @USAB3x3, @usabgaming), Instagram (@USABasketball, @USAB3x3, @USABYouth, @USABgaming) and YouTube (usabasketball).
About The Hall
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level. The Hall of Fame has more than 400 inductees and 40,000 sq. ft. of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.