LVFL Cierra Burdick Named To USA 3×3 Olympic Team
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LVFL Cierra Burdick Named To USA 3×3 Olympic Team

USA Basketball announced on Wednesday the 2024 USA Basketball 3×3 Women’s National Team that will compete at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

LVFL Cierra Burdick, who played at Tennessee from 2011-15, is one of four players named to the squad. She’ll join Cameron Brink, Rhyne Howard and Hailey Van Lith on the four-player team. The roster was selected by the USA Basketball 3×3 Women’s National Team Committee.

“It is an honor to announce the USA Basketball 3×3 Women’s National Team,” said Jay Demings, USA Basketball 3×3 national team director and member of the USA Basketball 3×3 women’s selection committee. “It is an exciting process to put a roster together that will represent the country on a global stage. We are thankful for all the athletes who attended training camps or participated in 3×3 competitions on the journey to Paris 2024.”

Each member of the team has both USA Basketball 5-on-5 and 3×3 experience. The four athletes attended the recent 2024 USA Basketball 3×3 Women’s National Team training camp in Springfield, Massachusetts, and played in the subsequent FIBA 3×3 Women’s Series Springfield Stop.

Additionally, the team features three members of the 2023 USA 3×3 Women’s National Team – Brink, Burdick and Van Lith – who won the gold medal at the 2023 FIBA 3×3 World Cup. Additionally, Burdick was on the U.S. squad that won gold in 2014.

As previously announced, Jennifer Rizzotti, president of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, will serve as the head coach, and she will be assisted by Tammi Reiss (University of Rhode Island).

“I say this all the time but there is no greater privilege than to represent the USA at the Olympics,” said Rizzotti. “We understand that challenge in front of us as we face tremendous talent and experienced 3×3 teams. I am confident this roster gives us what we need to compete for another gold medal with experience, versatility and a commitment to USA Basketball excellence. I cannot wait to get started.”

FIBA previously announced that USA Basketball automatically qualified the men’s and women’s 3×3 teams for the 2024 Olympics. In each category, the United States was one of three countries that qualified based on FIBA 3×3 world rankings as of Oct. 31, 2023, and bypassed the 2024 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. For more information about Olympic qualification, click here.

In total, USA Basketball will be represented by four teams at the 2024 Olympic Games, including 5-on-5 men and women and 3×3 men and women. The Paris 2024 Olympics are set for July 26-Aug. 11, with the 3×3 basketball competition set for July 30-Aug. 5 at Place de la Concorde.

Different than 5-on-5, 3×3 is played on a half-court with a 10-minute game clock and 12-second shot clock. Play is continuous, as teams “clear” the ball behind the 2-point line following a made basket, defensive rebound or steal. The first team to score 21 points via 1-point field goals or 2-pointers behind the arc is victorious; or if time expires then the team leading wins.

Burdick becomes the 15th Lady Vol basketball player to earn a spot on a USA team at the Olympic Games and will make the 21st overall appearance by a UT woman. She is the second LVFL to be affiliated with a USA 3×3 Olympic unit, as Kara Lawson (1999-2003) coached the 2020 team to gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

During her time on Rocky Top, Burdick was a 2015 All-SEC performer, earning first-team accolades from the coaches and second-team honors from Associated Press. She also was a two-time member of the SEC All-Tournament Team in 2014 and 2015, helping the Lady Vols to two SEC Championships (2013, 2015), two SEC Tournament Championships (2012, 2014) and four NCAA Tournament berths. UT advanced to three NCAA Elite Eights during her time in Knoxville (2012, 2013, 2015).

Off the court, Burdick was named to the SEC Community Service Team in 2014 and 2015, earned CoSIDA/CSC Academic All-America second-team acclaim in 2015 and was selected as a UT Torchbearer in 2015. The Torchbearer distinction is the highest honor a student can receive at the University of Tennessee.

Burdick was a 2015 second-round selection in the WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. The Charotte, N.C., native (Butler H.S.) played for eight different franchises during a stint that ran until 2021.