After it was announced earlier this week that the Storm’s Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart were named to the U.S. Women's Basketball Olympic Team, Wednesday it was made official that forward Katie Lou Samuelson will represent the Storm in this year’s summer games as well.
USA Basketball announced Wednesday that Samuelson will be part of the team that represents the U.S. in the 3-on-3 women’s basketball in Tokyo.
The roster is set for the debut of the women's 3x3 basketball team:
- Stefanie Dolson
- Allisha Gray
- Kelsey Plum
- Katie Lou Samuelson
And, Samuelson is no stranger to 3-on-3.
She won 3-on-3 gold medals at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the 2013 FIBA U18 World Cup.
The 24-year-old will be the first USA Basketball player to compete in a Youth Olympic Games and the Olympics.
The half-court game of 3-on-3 is played with a 12-second shot clock with one-point baskets within the arc and baskets from outside the arc are worth two points. A made free throw also counts as one point.
The first to 21 points or whichever team is leading after 10 minutes of play is crowned the winner.
This summer’s Olympic 3-on-3 competition will begin July 24 at Aomi Urban Sports Park, with the U.S. facing France and followed by a matchup against Mongolia.