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Sunday, June 01, 2014

UConn commits win 3x3 title

UConn commits Napheesa Collier and De'Janae Boykin teamed up with UConn recruiting target Arike Ogunbowale as well as Natalie Chou to win the U.S. 3x3 U18 national title.

Collier was named the tournament MVP as her team went 8-0 to clinch a spot in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China, after downing Southern Stars (5-3) 21-14 in the championship game and finishing the weekend undefeated.

"I feel so good, this is such a relief," Collier said. "I think we played really hard, and I tried to leave it all on the court. Something just clicked when we started making the baskets. Natalie (Chou) had a really sick spin move, and I think that really got us going. We can't wait to go to China and meet the other teams and just have fun and go through that cool experience."

The toughest game might have been the first one as Defend defeated the Southern Stars 21-20. Defend rolled to two wins each against the other two teams in preliminary play, giving up a total of 15 points in the four games. In the semifinals Defend defeated No. 4 seed Grind Repeat 21-4 before winning the title against the Southern Stars.

Boykin, Chou and Ogunbowale are members of the U.S. team which will play in the FIBA U-17 World Championships from June 28-July 6 in the Czech Republic while Collier is a part of the squad playing in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships, being held in Colorado Springs from Aug. 6-10.

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