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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hartley leads U.S. into U-19 gold medal game


UConn rising sophomore Bria Hartley had 20 points, all in the first half, as the United States team defeated Brazil 82-66 in the semifinals of the FIBA U-19 World Championships.

Stefanie Dolson, Hartley's teammate at UConn, had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks while Tennessee incoming freshmen Cierra Burdick (11 points, nine rebounds) and Ariel Massengale (10 points and nine assists) also scored in double figures.

UConn commit Breanna Stewart added six points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots while UConn incoming freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had eight points and five rebounds.

The U.S. did a nice job in holding Damaris Dantas, the tournament's top scorer, to 13 points on 4 of 13 shooting snapping a run of four straight 20-point efforts for the talented 6-foot-4 18-year-old.

The U.S. goes after its fourth straight U-19 gold medal on Sunday at 6:45 p.m. against a surprising Spanish squad which followed up a stunning upset of Canada in the quarterfinals by surprising Australia in the semifinals. Spain was the fourth and final qualifier out of Group F and headed into the quarterfinals with a 3-3 record.

Through eight games, the top three and four of the top five scorers are either current UConn players or UConn commits.

Stewart leads the U.S. in scoring (12.3 points per game), rebounding (7.5) and blocked shots (1.5). Hartley, one of the team's two co-captains, is averaging 12.1 points, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals while Dolson is averaging 8.5 points (on 60.8 percent shooting) and 4.5 rebounds.

Duke incoming freshman Elizabeth Williams is the fourth-leading scorer for the U.S. with an average of 8.1 points per game followed by Mosqueda-Lewis' 7 points per game average.

Hartley, Dolson, Mosqueda-Lewis as well as future Huskies Stewart and Morgan Tuck are combining for 56 percent of the points scored for the U.S., 47 percent of the rebounds and have 34 of the team's 44 3-pointers.

Spain is led by the trio of Astou Ndour (12.4 points per game), Queralt Casas (11.3) and Mariona Ortiz (10.4 points).

The gold-medal game will be streamed live at www.fibatv.com

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