Xiaotao, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (3-1) led all the way in an easy 67-38 win over Lithuania in the first action in Xiaotao. Alisia Jenkins led the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Point guards Ashley Clark and Simone DeCoud each added 11 points. The USA took an early 19-9 lead and never looked back, eventually extending the lead the 35 points (65-30) before the Lithuanians hit two late three-pointers.
Clark was moved to point guard for this game and the experiment was a success. She pushed the ball up-court well and the move helped DeCoud, who was playing a team-high 30 minutes per game, become more effective as well. Clark added five rebounds, seven assists and three steals while DeCoud had four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Every American player scored and the team played excellent defense ending the contest with 17 steals, The team only committed eight turnovers and shot a tour-high 47 percent for the game including 5-of-13 from long-distance.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach Perry Huang “This was, by far, our best team effort. We moved the ball well throughout the game, played great team defense and hit the boards extremely well. It was also our best shooting game. The team has great chemistry and it showed tonight.”
In the first game China (4-0) romped over Canada (1-3) 84-44. China out-scored Canada 73-28 after the first quarter.
We are now in the city of Xiantao which is part of the Wuhan district in Hubei province, located in the central part of the country. The original itinerary had us headed to Tongren but there was a last minute change of plans. It took 11 hours to get here from Weng’an, including a 1.5 hour bus ride, a five-hour high speed train and another 1.5 hour bus ride. It was a good change for us as this is a city of over 1 million people and has a shopping mall with a McDonald’s located within walking distance of the hotel. The USA plays Canada tonight while China plays Lithuania.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars
Simone DeCoud (UC Riverside) 11 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block
Leslie Lopez-Wood (LMU) 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Kari Korver (UCLA) 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
Ashley Clark (Tulsa/Finland) 11 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals
Nicole Kornet (UCLA) 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist
Kiara Kudron (Gonzaga) 8 points, 4 rebounds
Brittany Crain (UC Riverside/Luxembourg) 2 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block
Shereen Sutherland (UC Irvine) 4 points, 4 rebounds
Rachel Mitchell (Texas A&M/Romania) 2 points, 3 rebounds, 4 blocks
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