Shenzhen, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars moved to 2-0 with a decisive win over Denmark, 90-59 before 1,801 fans. Four players scored in double figures and the USA defense held the Danes to 27 percent shooting from the floor.
The Americans were led in scoring by Amber Moore (Illinois) who poured in 17 points thanks in part to her 4-of-7 effort from behind the 3-point line and Joy Burke who also scored 17 points going 8-of-10 from inside the arc. Burke (Arizona State) also had 10 rebounds on the night second only to Camille Buckley (UC Irvine) who played on an injured foot and still grabbed 11 boards.
Team USA dominated the boards 53-34 and shot 51 percent on 34-of-67 from the floor due in part to their dominance in the paint. Molly Schlemer (Cal Poly) had eight points and grabbed four offensive rebounds.
After taking a 43-22 lead into the break, the American guards, Ariel Thomas (Oregon), Alisha Filmore (SMU), Arielle Wideman (Nevada), and Deja Mann (Arizona State) turned up the pressure and ignited the transition game to lead the Red, White, and Blue to 28 points in the 3rd quarter and a 71-41 lead.
Denmark was led in scoring by two players who’ve committed to NCAA Division I programs, Maria Jespersen (South Florida) had 13 points and Anna Seilund (San Francisco) had 11. The Danes take on New Zealand tomorrow night in their final match-up of the event while the Americans will take on host team China in the nightcap.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach, Chris Denker: “I’m really pleased with this group of young women. They have really bonded as a group, playing hard, together, and working on the defensive end. We got the transition game going tonight and did a better job of executing our sets tonight vs. the pressure that Denmark applies.”
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (24-19-28-19 = 90)
Ariel Thomas (Oregon) 4 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal
Deja Mann (Arizona State) 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals. 1 block
Arielle Wideman (Nevada) 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist
Amy Kame (San Diego) 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 block
Joy Burke (Arizona State) 17 points, 10 rebounds
Alisha Filmore (SMU) 3 points, 2 assists, 1 steal
Camille Buckley (UC-Irvine) 4 points, 11 rebounds
Amber Moore (Illinois) 17 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, 2 steals
Tabitha Gerardot (Indiana) 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal
Molly Schlemer (Cal Poly) 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Anemone Scheel (4 points, 3 rebounds), Maria Jespersen (12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists),
Enna Pehadzic (0 points, 3 rebounds), Anna Seilund (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists),
Emily White (0 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal), Sara Bersang (2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists),
Rikke Fabricius (4 points, 4 rebounds), Kia Fisker (8 points, 1 rebound), Louise Hansen (1 point, 4 rebounds), Safia Sheikh (6 points), Frederikke Mollerup (4 points, 3 rebounds), Julie Hoier (4 points, 3 rebounds).
China held of a pesky New Zealand group to win the early game tonight. The Ferns fought hard and played well defensively but just couldn’t find the basket and could never crack the 10 point barrier. Krystal Leger-Walker led NZ who also got positive contributions from Maia Wilson and Wuanyei Ah-Hing.
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