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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Cardinal Couple -- USA wins gold in FIBA U 18 104-74 over Canada


Wilson's 25, Moore's seven assists lead USA to win

Five games in five days is a lot to ask of any athlete. For
the FIBA Americas USA squad, it looked like they could have gone another five straight and barely broke a sweat. 

Led by A'ja Wilson's 25 points and 11 a outstanding performance by Louisville's Mariya Moore...USA jumped out to a commanding lead and never looked back.

Mariya Moore (Salesian H.S./Richmond, Calif.) dished out seven assists, and Wilson with 11 attempted free throws tied the USA U18 single-game record – a mark that was set by Turner on Aug. 8 and also matched by Shepard on Aug. 9. 

“This game was special because it was the gold medal game,” Wilson said. “We took care of business and executed everything. Great things started to happen, and things fell into place. It was a great game."

In a rematch against the Canadians, the USA squad jumped out to a 26-12 first quarter lead and extended that to a 50-32 halftime advantage. The Americans kept it rolling after the break and held a 79-47 point differential after three...winning by over a Canadian squad they had defeated by 31 two nights earlier. 

For the five-game tournament, the USA outscored its opponents by a convincing 44.8 points per game margin, and four U.S. players averaged double-digit scoring, including a USA U18 Women’s competition record 19.0 points per game from Wilson, who also set a USA competition record for field goal percentage with 76.5 percent (39-51 FGs). Collier averaged 14.0 ppg., Turner averaged 13.6 ppg. and Shepard scored 12.6 pp


Ever wonder what overseas ball is like for ex-USA college stars and WNBA players? Check out the link from one of UConn's "three scribes" for GEno...the always, ever pleasant John Altavilla:


  1. Congrats to Team USA, Walz & Ms. Moore. I was just wondering if Walz is a giant or if the other coaches are hobbits? Hard to tell from the pic.

  2. Of course, the FIBA team was never pushed and were able to distribute play more evenly than would be true in most team play. I am gearing up for volleyball.


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