Jiahe, China – The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars (7-2) got revenge for two prior losses by beating China (7-2) decisively 84-68 before a record SRO crowd of 3,122 at the Jiahe Municipal Auditorium in the final game of their China tour. The win gave the USA All-Stars the championship of the tournament here in Jiahe and a tie with China for the overall Four Nations Tournament. Brittany Crain scored 23 points to lead the winners while Nicole Kornet added 16 points, hitting four three-pointers.
China came out of the gates strongly hitting five three-pointers in the first four minutes of the game and seven in the first quarter. China led the USA 25-18 at the end of the quarter. The Americans came back quickly, scoring 15 straight points to turn a 28-20 deficit into a 35-28 lead and they never looked back. Ashley Clark made a lay-up at the end of the half to put the USA up 46-32. In the second quarter the Americans outscored the Chinese 28-7. After the third quarter the lead extended to 63-42 and the game was basically over.
In addition to Crain and Kornet the other Americans in double-figures were Alicia Jenkins (14 points, 11 rebounds), Simone DeCoud (13 points) and Clark (11 points). Rachel Mitchell didn’t score but grabbed seven rebounds in 12 minutes. Kari Korver only scored three points but hustled in grabbing seven rebounds from her guard spot. Crain also pulled down seven rebounds.
The USA All-Stars continued their solid offensive play in the latter stage of the tour shooting 41 percent on two-point attempts and had their second straight game hitting 41 percent (11-of-27) on 3s. In addition to Kornet, Crain hit 3-of-5 threes and DeCoud was 2-of-2. The USA played a smaller lineup through a good part of the game and still battled China on the boards with a +1 advantage.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars Head Coach Perry Huang “This team continued to improve throughout the tour and gave a solid team effort tonight. I think the trip was a great experience for the team and hopefully will help, as many players on the team will start their professional career.”
Canada (3-6) topped Lithuania (1-8) 56-54 in a thrilling opening game. Brittany Crain was named the MVP of the Jiahe tournament and Alisia Jenkins was named to the All-Tournament team. The team leaves China Tuesday night local time, heading to LAX.
NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars
Simone DeCoud (UC Riverside) 13 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Leslie Lopez-Wood (LMU) 0 points, 1 rebound
Alisia Jenkins (South Florida/Spain) 14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block
Kari Korver (UCLA) 3 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Ashley Clark (Tulsa/Finland) 11 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals
Nicole Kornet (UCLA) 16 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal
Kiara Kudron (Gonzaga) 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Brittany Crain (UC Riverside/Luxembourg) 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal
Shereen Sutherland (UC Irvine) 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block
Rachel Mitchell (Texas A&M/Romania) 0 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block
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