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Friday, October 01, 2010

U.S. rolls into semifinals

Angel McCoughtry had 17 points, Candice Dupree had 12 points and 16 rebounds and UConn senior Maya Moore had 15 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots as the United States blew past South Korea 106-44 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic on Friday.

Sylvia Fowles had 10 points while former UConn players Swin Cash and Tina Charles also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively and ex Husky Asjha Jones finished with nine points, four rebounds and two steals.

The U.S., the last undefeated team remaining in the tournament, will play the winner of the France/Spain game in the semifinals on Saturday. The game will be played either at 12:30 p.m. or 2:45 p.m. (Eastern time) with the championship game set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Former UConn star Diana Taurasi is the team's leading scorer with 81 points through seven games and has nine of the 27 3-pointers for the U.S. Dupree, Charles and McCoughtry are next with 75, 74, 73 points and there are four other players in the 56-66 point range.

Moore, the only active college player on the team, is averaging 8.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 17.7 minutes per game. She is third on the team with both 16 assists and eight blocks but also has a team high 15 turnovers which really is not a shock considering she is the youngest player on the U.S. squad.

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Anonymous UConn Steve said...

Candice Dupree has been the MVP for Team USA.

She leads Team USA with 48 Rebounds, 19 more than the second leading rebounder, Tina Charles.

She is second in scoring on Team USA with 75, behind Diana Taurasi's leading 81.

Sue Bird has been under performing statistically.

She leads Team USA in Minutes played with 151, but only has 35 Points and 18 Assists in the 7 Games.

She also has 12 Turnovers.

Team USA might need Sue Bird to step it up on Saturday and, assuming they win, on Sunday.

12:31 PM 
Blogger Jim Fuller said...

You mean the same Sue Bird who guided Seattle to the best record in the WNBA and a perfect run through the playoffs? I wouldn't be concerned. Points are irrelevant in tournaments like this for Bird, she is looking to get others involved. She only had six points in the Australia game but they are all at key moments.

I'd have to look at how the turnovers happened but she was late arriving because of the WNBA playoffs and has not played or barely players with a lot of the players on the U.S. team so some miscommunication is to be expected. I know there's not another point guard in the world I'd rather have with the ball in her hands down the stretch in a championship game.

3:08 PM 

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