Notre Dame Women's Basketball | June 8, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - For the ninth time in the past six years, a Notre Dame women's basketball player will return to campus with a gold medal, as Fighting Irish junior All-America guard Jewell Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) helped the USA Basketball 3x3 National Team to the title at the FIBA 3x3 World Championship on Sunday afternoon in Moscow, Russia.
Playing with three other collegians -- Cierra Burdick (Tennessee), Sara Hammond (Louisville) and Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) -- Loyd finished among as the second-leading scorer among all players in the 24-team tournament at a team-high 7.3 points per game, narrowly edged out by Tunisia's Houda Hamrouni (7.6 ppg.) and nosing past Belgium's Ann Wauters (6.9 ppg.), the latter a 6-foot-5 center who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft.
Loyd was particularly sharp during Sunday's medal round games, scoring 10 points in the USA's 18-14 semifinal victory over Belgium, as well as singlehandedly outscoring host Russia in the gold medal game with nine points in a 15-8 win for the Americans.