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Force 10 Announces Roster for Professional Women's 3x3 Team

July 11, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Seattle Storm News Release

SEATTLE - Force 10 Sports Management today announced the signings of Cierra Burdick, Alexis Peterson, Linnae Harper and Megan Huff to Force 10 3x3, the first independently owned professional women's 3x3 team in the United States. The team will gather for training camp in Seattle this week prior to making its debut on the Red Bull 3x circuit at a date to be announced.

Force 10 3x3 will work to develop elite 3x3 talent and aid efforts to qualify the United States for the inaugural 3x3 Olympic event at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Players will accumulate points through participation in FIBA sanctioned events that will impact their individual world rankings and make them eligible to participate in future international federation events.

"This is an exciting pilot program that aims to support the national efforts to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, while also creating new opportunities for women in the game," said Alisha Valavanis, CEO of Force 10 Sports Management. "This is a platform for our organization and these athletes to help shape the direction of a new sport, and engage new women's basketball fans worldwide."

Played on a half court with a 12-second shot clock, the game is decided by the first team to 21 points or the team with the most points at the end of 10 minutes. Shots inside the arc are one point and those outside the arc are two points.

After thrice reaching the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight as a member of the Tennessee Lady Vols, Burdick was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft. After making her WNBA debut with the Atlanta Dream, Burdick also appeared with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars. Burdick most recently played for Sleza Wroclaw in Poland where she averaged 12.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She also represented the United States at the FIBA 3x3 World Championships in 2013, where she won a Gold medal alongside current Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd.

Syracuse standout and 2017 ACC Player of the Year, Peterson was drafted No. 15 overall by the Seattle Storm in 2017, appearing in 17 games. Peterson was invited to training camp each of the last two seasons with the Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury, respectively. The 5-foot-7 guard also played for Petah Tikva in Israel's top women's division in 2018-19.

After beginning her collegiate career at the University of Kentucky, Harper graduated from Ohio State in 2018, the same season she was selected to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team and named to the Second Team All-Conference. The undrafted rookie was signed by the Chicago Sky and appeared in 24 games last year. Harper has twice represented the U.S. National Team in international competition. In 2011, she competed as a U18 3x3 player, and again in 2016 when she won a Bronze medal at the FIBA 3x3 World Championships.

First-year professional Huff rounds out the inaugural Force 10 3x3 roster. The versatile forward from the University of Utah was selected by the Liberty in the third round of the 2019 WNBA Draft but was waived in training camp. A two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection, Huff averaged 19.6 points and 9.9 rebounds in her final collegiate season, which was punctuated by a career high 38-point performance against Oregon.

"In keeping with the tradition of Force 10 Sports Management, we are exploring channels to grow women's basketball and provide new and unique ways to extend our business," said Lisa Brummel, co-owner of Force 10 Enterprises.

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