Sunday, July 28, 2013

USA U19 Gold

Behind a stifling defensive effort, as well as 16 pts., 9 rebs. 3 blks from UConn So. F Breanna Stewart (U19 Tournament MVP), the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team (9-0) held France (7-2) to just 8 total points in the second half en route to a 61-28 victory and the USA's fifth-straight FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal on Sunday night in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The U.S. has claimed six of the last seven U19 gold medals and boasts a 54-4 record over that span, while owning an all-time 66-12 record in U19 play. Stewart's 152 points lists as the all-time USA U19 scoring record, surpassing the 147 points scored by Maya Moore in 2007. She also has the highest 3-point percentage of any USA U19 team member in history after shooting a sizzling 58.3 percent (14-24 3ptFGs), eclipsing the 57.1 percent shot beyond the arc by Cappie Pondexter in 2001. Fellow UConn So. F Morgan Tuck who averaged a USA second-best 13.1 points a game during the tournament, scored all of her six points in an 8-4 spurt to open the second half and with 14:45 remaining in the contest the USA led 37-24 while UConn So. G Moriah Jefferson was credited with game-highs of five assists and four steals. Stewart now has 6 gold medals for USA to her name while Tuck now has 4 and Jefferson has 2.

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