Seven reach double-digits in latest win
TUNIS, TUNISIA -- The USA Women's U-19 World Championship team capped preliminary play with a 129-74 victory Wednesday.
The 12-member American squad, which remained unbeaten, earned the No. 1 seed for Group A. The U.S. women next face Hungary (3-2), Group B's No. 4 seed, in Friday's quarterfinals.
The two teams met earlier this month. The Americans rolled to an 82-42 win on July 9, but was upset 75-67 by Hungary the following night.
"We're really excited to have the opportunity to play Hungary again after having come away from there with a loss," U.S. head coach Gail Goestenkors said. "I think it really humbled us and made us a much better team in the long run. I think it's really good because we have the opportunity to show how much we've learned and how much we've grown since that game."
Seven Americans finished in double-digits Wednesday as, for the second time in the tournament, the U.S. women's 129 points set a team record for most points scored in a game, bettering the mark the team set three games ago against Congo (124).
Every U.S. player scored in Wednesday's victory, marking the third time in five games they have done so. Maryland's Crystal Langhorne led the way with 21 points on 9-for-9 shooting, which set a USA record for single-game field goal shooting percentage. North Carolina's Erlana Larkins added 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Marissa Coleman (St. John's College H.S./Cheltenham, Md.) accounted for 17 points, Courtney Paris (Piedmont H.S./Piedmont, Calif.) tossed in 16 points, Nicky Anosike (Tennessee/Staten Island, N.Y.) finished with 15 points, Abby Waner (ThunderRidge H.S./Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was credited with 14 points and seven assists, and Candice Wiggins (Stanford/Poway, Calif.) posted 10 points.
"I'm very pleased with how we played tonight," Goestenkors added. "South Korea puts tremendous pressure on the ball and they are very risky with their presses. They constantly go for steals and we did an excellent job of taking care of the basketball, moving the ball, and advancing the ball down the court and putting the pressure on their post players."
Waner's seven assists led the U.S. women's passing effort which resulted in a USA single-game record 34 assists.
In Wednesday's other preliminary round play, in Group A, Serbia & Montenegro (2-3) rolled past Congo (0-5) 88- 74, while Russia (4-1) strolled to an 87-43 win over Puerto Rico (1-4). In Group B play, Australia (4-1) earned its Group's No. 1 seed after knocking off previously undefeated China (4-1) 77-66. Hungary (3-2) took care of Tunisia (0-5) 82-61, and Spain (3-2) won a defensive battle against Canada (1-4) 57-37.
Formerly known as the FIBA Women's Junior World Championship and held every four years since 1985, the U.S. boasts a 24-10 overall record and has captured one gold and one bronze medal. In 2001, at the most recent tournament, a USA Basketball team piloted by Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and featuring players such as Alana Beard and Diana Taurasi collected the bronze medal with a 6-1 record.