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GoFrogs: Van Lith Selected to 2024 USA Basketball 3x3 Women’s National Team


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GoFrogs: Van Lith Selected to 2024 USA Basketball 3x3 Women’s National Team

FORT WORTH – TCU women's basketball has an Olympian on its roster, as Hailey Van Lith was named to the 2024 USA Basketball 3x3 Women's National Team and will represent Team USA at the Olympic Games Paris.

Van Lith is the only active collegian who was selected to a USA Basketball Men's or Women's National Team in 5-on-5 or 3x3 competition.

"Getting to compete for my country in the Olympics and represent my family, my home, and TCU is a dream come true," Van Lith said. "I am extremely humbled and grateful for this opportunity. I cannot wait to compete in Paris and be able to showcase my skills on the biggest global stage of them all. Go Horned Frogs!"

Van Lith was one of four players chosen to the USA Basketball 3x3 Women's National Team roster, joining Cameron Brink, Cierra Burdick and Rhyne Howard. The roster was formed by the USA Basketball 3x3 Women's National Team Committee.

"I could not be more excited and happy for Hailey," said TCU head coach Mark Campbell. "She has worked her whole life for this opportunity. To be the only college basketball player selected to compete in the Olympics is an incredible honor, and an opportunity Hailey has earned. She has been training in Fort Worth and invested considerable hours with our staff to prepare for this moment. Hailey representing Team USA and TCU in Paris on a global stage as she chases a gold medal will be an incredible experience to share with the Horned Frog and Fort Worth communities. I cannot wait to head to Paris and cheer on Hailey as well as all our TCU Olympians."

A five-time FIBA gold medalist, Van Lith boasts extensive experience in both 5-on-5 and 3x3 with Team USA.

She was a member of the 2023 USA 3x3 Women's National Team and brought home a gold medal at the 2023 FIBA 3x3 World Cup.

In April, Van Lith took part in the 2024 USA Basketball 3x3 Women's National Team training camp in Springfield, Mass., and played in the FIBA 3x3 Women's Series Springfield Stop. She was one of eight finalists and the only collegian in consideration for the 3x3 Women's National Team roster.

The 5-7 guard was also a member of the U19 USA squad that won a gold medal in the 2019 FIBA World Cup and brought home gold at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup, 2018 Youth Olympic Games and 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.

Van Lith transferred to TCU in April ahead of the 2024-25 season. She averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds and 2.8 assists per game over three seasons at Louisville (2020-23) and one season at LSU (2023-24), advancing to the Elite Eight or farther all for years. Originally from Wenatchee, Washington, Van Lith is the only active college player who has tallied at least 1,900 career points, 500 rebounds and 350 assists.

3x3 competition at the Summer Olympics runs for July 30-Aug. 5 at Place de la Concorde.

Van Lith is the third member of TCU women's basketball to qualify for the Summer Olympics, as alumnae Amy Okonkwo (2019) and Tomi Taiwo (2023) will compete for Team Nigeria in 5-on-5.

About 3x3 Basketball

3x3 basketball was commissioned by the International Olympics Committee as an official Olympic Sport in 2020. Team USA claimed the inaugural gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games behind an all-WNBA roster featuring Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young.

Different than 5-on-5, 3x3 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.

FIBA previously announced that USA Basketball automatically qualified the men's and women's 3x3 teams for the 2024 Olympics. In each category, the United States was one of three countries that qualified based on FIBA 3x3 world rankings as of Oct. 31, 2023, and bypassed the 2024 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.