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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

U.S. roll into quarters

The final round-robin game against Japan was supposed to be no problem for the United States squad at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women and that is exactly how it played out.

Six players hit double figures in scoring led by Tennessee's incoming freshman Taber Spani who had 15 points including three of the team's 10 3-pointers. Lasondra Barrett (14 points, six rebounds), Kelsey Bone (13 points, 5 rebounds), Samantha Prahalis (12 points, four assists), Shenice Johnson (12 points, 7 rebounds) and Skylar Diggins (11 points) powered the U.S. to its 109-68 win over Japan. UConn incoming freshman Kelly Faris had six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The U.S. has won five straight games since its loss to Spain and finished second in Group F. The squad will face France in the quarterfinals on Friday at 4:15 a.m. Eastern time. A likely semifinal showdown with undefeated Australia, led by the towering Elizabeth Cambage, would be played on Saturday if both the U.S. and Australia win tomorrow.

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