The NetScouts Basketball Women’s All-Stars romped over the Australian Rising Opals 82-49 in PingXiang, China late last night before a crowd of 3,429. It was the first game of an 11-game China tour for the team. The game was played in an extremely hot PingXiang Arena. The arena is not air conditioned and the temperature in the area was in the mid-90’s all day and night.
Taleya Mayberry led the USA with 17 points. Jessica Lawson and Talia Caldwell both added 10 points while point guard Chelsea Hopkins contributed eight points and six assists. The Americans played all 12 players fairly equal minutes in the hot conditions. Australia was led by eight points from Kate Gaze.
The USA rushed out to a 24-9 lead after the first quarter, expanded the lead to 44-20 at the half and never looked back. Mayberry impressed as she hit all three of her three-pointers and scored on drives and in transition. Point guards Hopkins and China Crosby ran the USA offense very effectively as after five early turnovers, the USA only were charged with three more the rest of the game. The American defense came up with nine steals and forced Australia into contested jumpers. The Aussies shot only 31% on two-pointers and 28% on three-pointers fo the game compared to 58% and 40%, respectively for the Americans. The USA had a +17 rebounding advantage in the contest, dominating the boards on both ends.
Chelsea Hopkins, PG (San Diego State) 8 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists
Alexis Gray-Lawson, G (California) 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Aishah Sutherland, F (Kansas) 2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Taleya Mayberry, PG (Tulsa) 17 points (3-of-3 3’s), 1 rebound, 2 steals
China Crosby, PG (Virginia) 8 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals
Tahnee Robinson, G (Nevada) 6 points, 4 rebounds
Aulani Sinclair, F (Indiana) 4 points, 2 rebounds
Nikki Greene, C (Penn State) 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Sarah Eichler, F (Green Bay) 2 points, 4 rebounds
Chelsea Poppens, F (Iowa State) 6 points, 5 rebounds
Jessica Lawson, C (South Florida) 10 points, 5 rebounds
Talia Caldwell, C (California) 10 points, 5 rebounds
In the first game, host China defeated a game squad from Hungary 85-71 led by 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds from 6’6 Hongpin Huang. 6’6 Tijana Krivacevic impressed for Hungary with 17 points and six rebounds, scoring on a variety of moves, inside and out. The USA faces Hungary tonight while China goes against Australia.