Nan’an, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars topped Australia 85-48 tonight to go to 5-0 on the tour. Seven players scored eight or more points including four in double figures for the American team.
Great defensive pressure led to some early Australia turnovers (20 on the game) and the American team took a commanding 21-3 lead after the first quarter of play.
After going in at the half up 43-21, Team USA came out strong in the third and put up another 25-point quarter thanks to good low post games from Molly Schlemer (10 points), Camille Buckley (10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 offensive), Joy Burke (10 points, 9 rebounds), and Tabitha Gerardot (9 points, 8 rebounds). Ariel Thomas continued her stellar play in Nan’an with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
The Australian team played better the last half of the game due in part to the play of point guard Maddison Rocci who posted 11 points and Bride Kennedy-Hopoate who also had 11 points and three rebounds with some strong play on the interior.
Head Coach Chris Denker: “I think our defensive pressure kind of shocked them in the first period and we were able to build a strong lead right off the bat. They (Australia) have some big kids who can really rebound the ball so we knew that would be an important aspect of the game. They got some, but we did end up winning the battle of the boards so we’re pleased by that. I thought a lot of people played well tonight but Alisha Filmore had her best game of the trip thus far with six points, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. All four of our posts were tough tonight and that was exemplified by Buck drawing seven fouls.”
“We really didn’t shoot the ball well, especially from the perimeter (2-of-12 from three) but were able to score the ball by attacking the basket via the drive and post-up. Hopefully we’ll get that shooting touch back soon.”
USA plays China tomorrow night in the nightcap, a match-up of the two undefeated teams. China beat Slovenia tonight 69-43. Slovenia started strong again, much as they did last night versus the U.S. but after leading 20-19 at the end of one quarter, China held Slovenia to eight points and four points the next two quarters. Australia and Slovenia hook up in the first game of the night on Sunday.
The USA out-rebounded Australia 42-35. The USA shot 44 percent from the field (32-of-73 including 2-of-12 from 3) but shot 49.2 percent inside the arc and got to the line 25 times, converting 19. The USA assisted on 14-of-32 FG’s and had 15 steals.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (85)
Ariel Thomas (Oregon) 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals
Deja Mann (Arizona State) 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists. 1 steal, 1 block
Arielle Wideman (Nevada) 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steals
Amy Kame (San Diego) 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists,2 steals
Joy Burke (Arizona State) 10 points, 9 rebounds
Alisha Filmore (SMU) 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Camille Buckley (UC-Irvine) 10 points, 7 rebounds
Amber Moore (Illinois) 9 points, 2 assists
Tabitha Gerardot (Indiana) 9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Molly Schlemer (Cal Poly) 10 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
(#4) Maddison Rocci: 11 points, 3 rebounds
(#5) Jasmine Forcadilla: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 steals
( #6) Morgan Yaeger: 2 points, 2 rebounds
(#7) Taylor Ortlepp: 6 points, 3 rebounds
(#8) Madeline Dennis: 0 points, 1 rebound
(#9) Bridget O’Brien: 0 points , 1 steal
(#10) Anneli Maley: 6 points, 4 rebounds
(#11) Georgia Pineau: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
(#12) Alexandra Sharp: 1 points, 4 rebounds
(#13) Bride Kennedy-Hopoate: 11 points, 3 rebounds
(#14) Danijela Milisic: 1 point, 6 rebounds
(#15) Tahlia Tupaea: 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
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