Oregon’s Ariel Thomas helped the Americans get off to a quick start and ended the first half with 11 points including three 3-pointers while Molly Schlemer contributed the inside attack with seven first half points. The American pressure defense was at it again forcing 13 China turnovers in the first half and 20 for the game. The USA also dominated the rebounding battle by a 38-17 margin.
The American team was playing their 9th game in just 12 days while the other three teams had only played 5 prior to this night and fatigue seemed to effect the USA shooting once again. They only shot 41 percent from the floor for the game and just 61 percent at the foul line. Once again, everyone scored and balance was key to the American success.
Thomas finished with a game high 16 points and three steals and her backcourt mate Alisha Filmore added 4 assists. Arielle Wideman snared seven rebounds from the guard position and Amy Kame chipped in with another six rebound night.
USA Head Coach Chris Denker: “I’m thrilled for these young women, they played extremely well as a TEAM all nine games. They were a cohesive unit in everything they did for the entire duration of the tour and I’m very proud to have been associated with all of them in representing our country. I can’t say enough about each and every one of them, they are a great group of people, cheers to them!”
Jiujiang Tournament Records: USA (3-0), Australia (2-1), China (1-2), Slovenia (0-3).
Overall Records: USA (6-0) (9-0), Australia (3-3), China (3-3), Slovenia (0-6).
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (66)
Ariel Thomas (Oregon) 16 points, 1 assist, 3 steals
Arielle Wideman (Nevada) 5 points, 7 rebounds
Amy Kame (San Diego) 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Joy Burke (Arizona State) 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist
Alisha Filmore (SMU) 2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Camille Buckley (UC-Irvine) 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Amber Moore (Illinois) 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Tabitha Gerardot (Indiana) 7 points, 4 rebounds
Molly Schlemer (Cal Poly) 10 points, 5 rebounds
In game one, Australia hung on to beat a game Slovenia group 52-49 in what proved to be a closely contested battle throughout. The Aussies tried to run away with it building a 10-point margin in the second half but Slovenia wouldn’t go away. They switched to a zone defense that proved challenging for the Aussies to attack and when Slovenia scored a layup with 35 seconds to go it was a 1 point game. However Australia scored making it a 3 point affair and Slovenia missed their shot to tie giving Australia the win.
(#4) Maddison Rocci: DNP
(#5) Jasmine Forcadilla: 4 points, 9 rebounds
(#6) Morgan Yaeger: 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
(#7) Taylor Ortlepp: 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
(#8) Madeline Dennis: 3 points, 2 rebounds
(#9) Bridget O’Brien: 4 points , 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
(#10) Anneli Maley: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
(#11) Georgia Pineau: 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist
(#12) Alexandra Sharp: 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
(#13) Bride Kennedy-Hopoate: 0 points, 1 steal
(#14) Danijela Milisic: 4 points, 1 rebound
(#15) Tahlia Tupaea: 2 points, 3 steals
Jacobic (3 points, 3 rebounds), Senicar (14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals), Vujacic (13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals), Cadez (2 points, 1 rebound), Stergar (2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist), Prezelj (9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Hatunsek (0 points), Lesek (DNP), Ocvirk (DNP), Dimec (2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist), Gwashhavanhu (4 points, 3 rebounds).
We’ll have the All-Tournament teams posted tomorrow.
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