Night two of the USA NetScouts Basketball All-Stars 2015 China tour versus the Czech Republic was a night for the Americans to grab the elusive momentum that escaped them the night before. They were able to come out to a fast start and maintain the lead for the wire to wire 64-53 victory.
The American squad utilized a balanced attack of inside out offense and solid team defense to gain the lead and played solid throughout. The USA team is still getting their travel legs under them and thus struggled to shoot the ball for the second game but did a nice job of sharing the ball and utilizing a size advantage inside.
The USA front court avoided foul trouble & dominated the interior with Nikki Greene (Penn State) going for 16 points while pulling down 10 rebounds for a double double while also blocking 4 shots. Cierra Warren (San Diego State) was effective in the paint both running floor & getting the ball on post ups scoring 13 points & drawing many fouls going 7 for 8 from the free throw line. She also had 7 rebounds & a blocked shot.
Former Zag guard Haiden Palmer continued her blistering offensive efficiency going 5 for 7 from the field hitting double figures for the second night in a row with 10 points 5 rebounds 2 assists & 3 steals. D’Shara Strange’s swarming defense lead to fast break opportunities & pressure on the Czechs to foul her on her high percentage looks, she finished with 6 points going 100% from the free throw stripe 6 for 6 to compliment her 6 rebounds & 3 steals. Michigan point guard Shannon Smith’s speed off the dribble lead to her scoring 5 points, hitting a 3-pointer & dishing out 2 assists & getting 1 steal.
Another matchup problem for the Czechs on the American front line was the speed & offensive rebounding of Kendall Kenyon (Pacific) who scored 5 points & grabbed 5 rebounds, 3 offensive, as well as coming up with 2 steals. Her activity is proving to be very positive for the US team.
Nebraska guard Tear’A Laudermill swished a deep 3 pointer & came up with 3 steals in a disruptive defensive effort against the Czech backcourt. Jenn Reese (Colorado) contributed 8 rebounds to a the dominate USA performance on the boards where they out rebounding the Czech’s by 12, she also had 2 points & 2 steals.
Angela Rodriguez (UW Milwaukee) had 2 excellent feeds to
Nikki Green on screen & roll plays for 2 assists to go along with her 2 points & 2 steals. Emily Burns (Nevada) pulled down 5 rebounds & had 2 points in a strong all-around performance.
Every player on the roster scored & the team had dominating rebounding performance as a whole. They will look to continue to gel & carry momentum into their third game versus a highly talented & last remaining undefeated team in the event, Team Canada, on Wednesday night at 7:00pm.
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