Bucharest, Romania — The United States advanced to the knockout stage at the 2022 FIBA 3×3 U23 Women’s World Cup in Bucharest, Romania after closing pool play with two wins on Friday. The U.S. topped Japan, 20-14, and beat Mongolia, 21-12, to advance to the quarterfinals with a perfect record through four games.
In the opening game versus Japan, Lexie Hull led the United States in scoring with 15 points. After a tight start to the game, the United States closed on a 7-1 run to seal the win.
Hull leads the tournament in scoring with 43 total points.
In its 21-12 win over Mongolia, Emily Engstler scored 15 points, including three 2-pointers. The United States opened the game on a 12-4 run and held a comfortable lead throughout. The game marked the fastest of the tournament so far, with the U.S. grabbing victory in just 7:04.
N’dea Jones left the United States’ game against Japan with a leg injury. She did not play versus Mongolia.
The United States will begin knockout round play with the quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 8:25 a.m. ET. Games are streaming live on www.youtube.com/FIBA3x3.