Sunday, October 05, 2014
USA World Gold
The 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team (6-0) rolled through the 2014 FIBA World Championship undefeated and claimed a second-straight gold medal at the event with a 77-64 win over Spain (5-1) on Sunday night at Fenerbahce Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The championship, which was the ninth World Championship gold, earned the USA its place in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, and the USA is now 103-21 all-time in FIBA World Championship play. Former UConn Stars Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) led five U.S. players in double-digit scoring with game-high 18 points on her way to earning MVP honors, Tina Charles (New York Liberty) had 10 points and team-high 8 rebounds, and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) had a team-high 8 assists. Additionally, Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) is now FIBA’s only four-time women’s World Championship medalist. Current UConn Star Breanna Stewart was also a member of the team as the only college player on the USA roster. Incoming UConn Freshman Kia Nurse helped lead the Canadian National Team to a 5th place finish as the starting PG in all their games including their final win against China with 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.