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Pan American Games: Team USA 3x3 open 3-0, play continues Sunday and Monday

The team consisting of players from Oregon and UConn knocked off Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil on the first day of Pan American Games competition.

From left to right, UConn’s Christyn Williams, Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard, UConn’s Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu make up the United States 3x3 basketball team competing at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Courtesy of UConn Women’s Basketball via Twitter

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With three straight offensive outbursts, the United States’ 3x3 basketball team took down Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil on Saturday, the first day of Pan American Games competition in Lima, Peru.

The FIBA No. 21 United States were not just the only team to finish each of their games by hitting 21 points, but the only team to finish a single game by hitting the 21-point mark. In 3x3, games end either when a team hits 21 points or when the 10-minute clock expires.

Team USA, which consists of Oregon rising seniors Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard and UConn rising sophomores Christyn Williams and Olivia Nelson-Ododa, play two more preliminary round games today before taking part in at least one more placement game on Monday.

Barring a winless day today, Team USA should be guaranteed two games to close out the six-team tournament on Monday: the semifinal and a medal game.

Against No. 39 Argentina, a 21-15 victory, Ionescu and Hebard led all scorers with 9 points apiece, with Hebard shooting 100 percent from the floor and from the free throw line. The 21-5 win over No. 13 Uruguay saw Hebard take the scoring lead with 7 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Finally, in the 21-7 win over No. 23 Brazil, Hebard scored 10 points on another 100 percent shooting effort.

Tonight, the United States faces No. 80 Venezuela and No. 25 Dominican Republic. While Venezuela won just one game yesterday, averaging 15.67 points per game, the Dominican Republic won two of its games, averaging 15.3 points per game. In their head-to-head meeting, the Dominican Republic beat Venezuela 18-13.

Find complete game results and stats here.

Here’s how to follow Team USA’s Sunday games and the rest of the tournament (matchups will be updated as they are set):


Game schedule

United States vs. Venezuela

When: Sunday, July 28, at 6 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN3 (in Spanish)

United States vs. Dominican Republic

When: Sunday, July 28, at 8 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN3 (in Spanish)

Medal Semifinal: United States vs. Brazil

When: Monday, July 29, at 10 a.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN3 (in Spanish)

Medal Semifinal: Argentina vs. Dominican Republic

When: Monday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN3 (in Spanish)

5th/6th Place Game: Venezuela vs. Uruguay

When: Monday, July 29, at 12 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN3 (in Spanish)

Bronze Medal Game: Brazil vs. Dominican Republic

When: Monday, July 29, at 1 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN3 (in Spanish)

Gold Medal Game: United States vs. Argentina

When: Monday, July 29, at 2 p.m. ET

How to watch: ESPN3 (in Spanish)