USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team Rolls To 112-53 Opening Victory Over Brazil
Aug. 14, 2011
SHENZHEN, China - Duquesne head women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio and the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team began play with a 112-53 victory over Brazil in the WUG opener Saturday night.
The USA struck first quarter and never trailed. With the score knotted at 6-6 early in the opening quarter, the USA defense held Brazil scoreless for a 9:26 span, while its offense rattled off 21 unanswered points.
By the midway break the USA's lead was 57-17.
The U.S. outscored Brazil 28-23 in the third quarter and 27-13 in the fourth for the final.
The USA outrebounding Brazil 65-47 and scored 18 points off of 28 Brazil turnovers, 10 points on the fast break and 54 in the paint; whereas Brazil only had one point off of 14 U.S. miscues, one from the fast break and 30 in the paint. With its offense shooting 47.7 percent (42-88 FGs) from the field, including 33.3 percent (9-27 3pt FGs) from beyond the arc, the USA's defense held Brazil to a frigid 24.1 percent (20-83 FGs) from the field and just 18.8 percent (3-16 3pt FGs) from 3-point.
"This was a great way to start," said McConnell-Serio. "We had some time to go shopping and it was quite an experience. We had so much fun...we can't wait to go back!"
Next up for the USA is a game against Slovakia (0-1) on Aug. 14 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (Aug. 15, 10:00 a.m. China Standard time) and the team closes preliminary play against Great Britain (1-0) on Aug. 16 at 6:00 a.m. EDT (6:00 p.m. in China). Medal quarterfinals are slated for Aug. 18, semifinals will be played Aug. 19 and the finals will be held on Aug. 21.