NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Half a world away from the raucous sellout crowds at Purcell Pavilion, Notre Dame junior All-America guard Jewell Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) still feels right at home on the asphalt outdoor courts of Moscow, Russia.
Suiting up with the USA Basketball 3x3 National Team at this week's FIBA World Championship, Loyd and her American teammates got off to a flying start on Thursday, beginning pool play with dominating victories over Hungary (21-5) and Brazil (21-8). Loyd scored six points against Hungary and seven points against Brazil (scoring is by ones and twos, instead of the conventional two and three points), as Team USA ended both games by reaching the 21-point mark before the 10-minute time limit.
"We were just being tough and physical, going back to our plays and not doing too much one-on-one. We were going back to our plays and getting to the free-throw line," Loyd said about the USA's victory over Brazil. "They got into foul trouble, so basically we were going to the free-throw line almost the whole game. So, that helped us a lot."