Burdick Named To USA 3×3 AmeriCup Team – University Of Tennessee Athletics

USA Basketball has announced its roster for the 2021 USA 3×3 Women’s AmeriCup Team, and former Lady Vol Cierra Burdick is among the four players named to a squad that will represent the USA at the inaugural FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup that will be played Nov. 12-14 in Miami.

 

Joining Burdick (Force 10 3×3/Tennessee/Charlotte, N.C.) will be Brionna Jones (Connecticut Sun/Maryland/Havre de Grace, Md.), Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever/Ohio State/Cincinnati, OH) and Alexis Peterson (Force 10 3×3/Syracuse/Columbus, Ohio).

The USA women’s and men’s teams will begin training camp on Nov. 7 in Miami. Joe Lewandowski (Point Park University), who has been coaching/advising USA Basketball 3×3 national teams since 2014, will serve as head coach.  

Burdick and Peterson were members of the Force 10 3×3 team that won the title at the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in June, where Burdick was tournament MVP. They also played together on the 2021 FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series Klaipeida Stop in July in Lithuania, where the USA went 5-0 and won the tournament.

A standout at Tennessee from 2011-15, Burdick won gold medals as a member of the USA team at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, 2010 FIBA U17 World Cup and 2011 FIBA U19 World Cup, and a tournament title at the 2014 USA Basketball 3×3 National Championship.

The 2021 FIBA 3×3 AmeriCup will feature a qualifying round that includes four teams, and the top finishing team will advance from that field.

The USA will play in Group B, opening against Venezuela at 1:50 p.m. (all times listed are EST) on Nov. 13, followed by Argentina at 5:40 p.m. 

Playing in Group A are Canada, Puerto Rico and Uruguay; Group C consists of Barbados, Chile and Mexico; and Pool D includes Brazil, Dominican Republic and the nation that advances out of the qualifying games between Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. 

The medal round will be contested on Nov. 14, with the top two teams from each of the four preliminary round groups competing in quarterfinal action with games tipping at 10 a.m., 10:25 a.m., noon and 12:25 p.m.

Semifinal games are scheduled for 1:50 and 2:15 p.m., the bronze medal game will begin at 3:50 p.m. and the gold medal contest tips at 4:50 p.m.

The gold medalist women’s team will earn a qualifying berth into the 2022 FIBA 3×3 World Cup.