Wenshan, China – The NetScouts Basketball Women’s USA All-Stars won their second straight game before a capacity crowd of 4,123 in Wenshan, topping Denmark 63-53. Defense was once again the key for the USA squad as they held Denmark to 18 points in the first half and 53 for the game.
The USA put on decisive runs in the second and fourth quarters that helped them pull away for the final margin. The USA All-Stars were once again led by Cierra Warren (San Diego State) who finished with 16 points and Deanna Weaver (Boise State) found her stroke from long range going 4-of-5 from long-distance as she scored 14 points. Alexys Vaioletama (USC) found her touch around the basket and nearly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
The guard duo of Keena Mays (SMU) and Ariel Thomas (Oregon) finished with nine points and eight points respectively. Both guards rebounded well, Thomas pulled down seven boards and Mays six, and Thomas also dished out five assists.
Stephanie Lee (Northern Colorado) again racked up solid minutes chipping in five points and six rebounds. Once again the USA was limited to playing only six players in the contest.
Defensively the USA team was led by Mays and Vaioletama who finished with three steals each. Vaioletama and Warren both swatted away two shots helping to clog up the middle.
The Americans gained some of their shooting touch as they shot 52 percent from the floor and 43 percent (6-of-14) from behind the arc. Holding them back from taking an even bigger lead was their 26 turnovers which they will look to rectify tomorrow against an aggressively defending China squad in the Wenshan City finale.
For the Danes, Kiki Lund and Camilla Blands lead the charge with 11 points each and Ida Tryggedsson chipped in 10 points. The American’s defense held the Danes to 35 percent shooting and 25 percent from 3. The Danes were also forced into 22 turnovers and the Americans led the rebounding battle 39-31.
In the earlier game, in a distinctive move to rest most of their starters, China’s reserves played the majority of the minutes in besting Poland 73-50. China and the USA, both 2-0, will battle for the Wenshan City title tomorrow night.
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