The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars have won both the Dong Xiang leg and the overall “Four Nations” tournament championship with an overall record of 7-2.
The USA defeated China 66-61 in a great game in front of a sellout crowd of 6,500 partisan Chinese fans in Dong Xiang Arena. The Americans led early and held the lead by one at halftime. The Chinese banked in a deep three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the margin to one, one of three banked in shots from distance on the night for the home team.
China, who was led in scoring by 6’5 post player Hengyu Yang with 18 points and point guard Li Wei with 12, had a good second quarter and closed the margin to just one at the half using their low post size advantage when Yang was able to score 14 of her points.
The American team won the third quarter and held the lead in the fourth to secure the victory with stingy defense and great team rebounding. The USA rebounded well despite playing this night without post player Stephanie Sension who suffered a mild concussion in Sunday’s win over Australia.
The visitors, who shot 40% on the night, got a good lift from Kate Thompson who hit 4-of-5 three-pointers and scored 14 points for the Americans who had good balance again offensively. Jacqui Kalin scored 11 and Jamie Russell added10 for the Americans. The USA’s guards played good defense, initiated by Meagan Fulps, and really contributed to the rebounding effort against the bigger Chinese team. Kalin and Russell both ended with five boards.
The Americans also had stellar inside effort from Morgan Johnson, Sam Heck and Sam Ostarello who scored consecutive layups on assists by Adrian Ritchie late in the game to help seal the win. Lauren Oosdyke moved from the perimeter to play post against China with the loss of Sension and played a great game despite giving up as many as six inches at times.
The Americans take the overall title with a 7-2 record while Australia and China tie for second at 5-4, Brazil finishes fourth at 1-8.
Meghan Fulps (#4) 5’7 PG (Santa Clara) 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Adrian Ritchie (#5) 5’11 G (Green Bay) 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists
Jamie Russell (#6) 5’8 G (Illinois State) 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Jacqui Kalin (#7) 5’8 PG (Northern Iowa) 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Kate Thompson (#9) 6’4 F (Michigan) 14 points, 1 rebound
Sam Ostarello (#11) 6’2 F (Purdue) 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Lauren Oosdyke (#12) 5’11 F (Northern Colorado) 3 points, 3 rebounds
Samantha Heck (#14) 6’2 F/C (Evansville) 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Stephanie Sension (#15) 6’3 F/C (Green Bay) DNP-Injured
Morgan Johnson (#16) 6’5 C (Iowa) 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal
Earlier, Australia defeated Brazil by a score of 87-70 in a fast paced and high scoring game to close out the tournament for both squads. Australia finished at 5-4. The Gems were led by Casey Samuels who followed her outstanding performance versus the Americans with an even better game against Brazil, she scored 27 points connecting on 5-of-7 three’s in the process.
The crowd of 5,000 saw a high scoring affair as the Brazilians’ Romona kept them in the game scoring 26 of her own. Vanessa chipped in 17 for the blue and white who were again playing short handed due to ankle injuries to their post players.
Stephanie Talbot had 13 points and 5 rebounds for the Aussies and point guard Vanessa Panousis had 12.
4 Vanessa Panousis – 12 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
5 Tiana Mangakahia – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
6 Alex Wilson- 4 points, 1 rebound
7 Louise Brown – 4 points, 4 rebounds
8 Stephanie Talbot – 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
9 Jessica Good – No stats
10 Darcee Garbin – 0 points, 1 rebound
11 Carley Mijovic – 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block
12 Tahlia Tupaea – 7 points, 1 rebound
13 Lauren Schert – 2 points, 3 rebounds
14 Casey Samuels – 27 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
15 Alicia Froling – 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
4 Izabella Sangalli – 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
5 Alana DaSilva – 0 points, 1 rebound
6 Carla Patricia – 8 points, 1 rebound
7 Vanessa Goncalves – 17 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
8 Carolina Ribeiro – No Stats
9 Monique Perei – 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals
10 Bruna Nathiely – No Stats
11 Maria De Oliveira – DNP (Injured)
12 Maria Claudia – 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
13 Isabela Ramona – 26 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals
14 Lorraine Silva – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
15 Leticia Viviane – DNP (Injured)
We will post the All-Tournament teams in a day or so along with additional pictures. The team is on their way home!
All-Tourney Team from Anyuan + Photos
China Hands USA 2nd Loss
USA Comes Back to Edge Aussies in Game 2
China Tour Overview with roster, schedule and itinerary
5 Replies to NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Win “Four Nations” Title With Victory Over China
Congratulations, Team USA. It has been an exciting trip from the USA shores. Thanks for keeping us posted from China.
Congratulations team USA. We are so proud of you! Thank you to NetScouts for all of the great reports and pictures.
Congratulations team USA!! What an amazing experience for our girls Thank you NetScout and Coach Carl for taking great care of our girls. Thank you for keeping us updated and taking great pictures!
Thanks for keeping us up to date. We know Steff wanted to play in the last game, but re sure it was bet that she sit out. The experience is one they all will remember. This happened to be the area of China my parents were in 90 years ago o it’s one i’d like to visit.
Thanks again! Don Sension
don & priscilla Sension
Carl and Chris,
Thanks for everything and appreciate the hospitality while I was there.
Great time, great team, great kids and great coaching.
Thanks for giving Lauren the opportunity!
Bob & Chris Oosdyke