Shenzhen, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars got off to a great start in Shenzhen, China with a convincing 98-45 win over New Zealand. Balanced scoring, team defense and a 46-25 advantage on the boards helped the American cause before a crowd of 2,082 in the southern region know as Canton.
The USA jumped out to a 27-13 lead after one quarter thanks to Ariel Thomas (Oregon) and Deja Mann (Arizona St.) pushing tempo and pressuring defensively and Camille Buckley (UC Irvine) pounding the glass for offensive put backs and drawing 4 fouls in the paint. Buckley ended the night with a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds. The margin increased at half when the Americans scored 33 points in the second quarter and led 60-22. By intermission, Tabitha Gerardot (Indiana) had tallied 12 of her game-tying high of 14 points. Amy Kame (San Diego) and 6’5 Joy Burke (Arizona State) both had 10.
Team USA shot 38-of-76 (50%) from the floor including 9-of-20 from 3-point territory meanwhile the Ferns shot just 31 percent for the game on 18-of-58. The USA assisted on 25 of their 38 FG’s, came up with 15 steals while only being charged with 11 turnovers.
Want an interesting fact about Canton? This region is famous for some of the best food in China, specifically “Dim Sum.” Groups sit around a “Lazy Susan” style of table and enjoy baskets of steamed buns, dumplings, and other small bites while enjoying the company of their friends and family.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (27-33-21-17 = 98)
Ariel Thomas (Oregon) 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Deja Mann (Arizona State) 8 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Arielle Wideman (Nevada) 6 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Amy Kame (San Diego) 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
Joy Burke (Arizona State) 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
Alisha Filmore (SMU) 9 points (4-of-5 FG), 1 assist
Camille Buckley (UC-Irvine) 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals
Amber Moore (Illinois) 9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Tabitha Gerardot (Indiana) 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Molly Schlemer (Cal Poly) 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block
New Zealand (13-9-9-14 = 45)
Savannah Au (2 points), Jessica Renata (3 points, 4 steals), Zara Jillings (3 points, 2 assists), Gracie Roberts (3 points), Krystal Leger-Walker (9 points, 2 rebounds), Whitnee Wehi (4 points, 4 rebounds), Tessa Boagni (4 points), Katelin Noyer (4 points), Ella Fotu (2 points, 5 rebounds), Laken Waieau (0 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal), Wuanyei Ah-Hing (6 points, 1 rebound), Maia Wilson (5 points , 5 rebounds).
Denmark knocked off host China in game 1, 67-60. Team USA will face the Danes tomorrow and China will play New Zealand.
The team arrived at 6am yesterday (China time) and then did not get to practice as there was a badminton tournament in the arena and there wasn’t another facility available. There was at least a weight room.
The food here is excellent – even had pancakes, cereal, eggs…, hotel is top notch, big city Shenzhen…12 Million + and very modern. We went shopping and there was a NIKE. Also Gap, Gucci, Zara, Starbucks, Burger King, DQ, Cold Stone, McDonalds, etc. We are literally 30 minutes to the port/bridge where you cross into Hong Kong. We are going to try to go on our day off.
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