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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Stewart, DeShields deliver for U.S. again

UConn commit Breanna Stewart had 12 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot while UConn recruiting target Diamond DeShields added 11 points and five rebounds as the United States defeated Argentina 83-49 on Saturday to finish with a 3-0 record in Pool B at the FIBA U-19 World Championships.

UConn rising sophomores Bria Hartley (nine points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals) and Stefanie Dolson (seven points), UConn incoming freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had eight points and five rebounds and Connecticut commit Morgan Tuck (five points, seven rebounds) also played key roles in the win.

The U.S. advances to the second round of pool play and take a 2-0 record into the next stage courtesy of its wins over Russia and Japan (who also will advance out of pool B). The United States will play the winner of Saturday's China/Egypt game in its next game on Monday.

After the first three games, the top four scorers for the U.S. are players either enrolled at UConn, committed to the Huskies or being heavily recruited by them.

Stewart leads the U.S. in both scoring (13 points per game) and rebounding (7.3), Hartley leads the team with nine assists and 12 steals while averaging 12.3 points per game. She also has seven of the team's 11 3-pointers. DeShields is averaging 10.3 points per game while Dolson averages 8.7 points while shooting a team-best 73.3 percent from the field. Tuck is averaging 5.3 points and 6 rebounds per game while Mosqueda-Lewis is averaging 3.7 points and 5 rebounds.

Here are some quotes from Dolson, Stewart and Tuck courtesy of USA Basketball

Stefanie Dolson
Was there something you were working on after the game was in hand?
The main focus after we had the big lead was to execute on offense and run our plays through. Argentina had a really good defense. They were pressuring us. So I think it was just executing, buckling down on defense and still getting stops. We lost a little focus at the end of the game. In the games to come, we can’t do that. We need to learn to keep focused and have our minds set for the entire 40-minte game.

On Bria Hartley’s 9-0 run:
That’s Bria being Bria. Bria’s a great player like that. She’s going to push the ball on the offense. She’s going to finish shots, knock down shots and at the same time, find people to pass the ball to. She does a great job. She knows when she’s hot and I know when she’s hot. So, I know when I’m getting the ball, I pass it to her and she’ll knock them down.

On the USA’s depth:
That’s extremely important. There are 12 of us on this team and every one of us can go in there and play great basketball. So everyone needs to be ready to go in, come off the bench and have the energy, the determination that the previous group had. You have to be ready to come off the bench like that. That starts with the energy on the bench. You can’t just be sitting there and not be into the game. As long as you’re sitting on the bench and you’re into the game, you’re going to come in and bring that energy.

Breanna Stewart
On the USA’s 16-0 run in the first quarter:
I think it was because Argentina, they were running us early on and they were trying to get us tired. But then when once we put our next line of subs in, we had fresh legs and they didn’t. Then we were able to go on the run.

What do you need to work on before the next round to continue getting better as a team?
We need to keep working on running through our sets and making sure we know exactly what we’re doing. We also need to work on our defensive rotations and making sure we’re always in the gaps on defense.

Morgan Tuck
On today’s game:
We started off a little slow on the defensive end, but I think we picked it up. When we get stops, we’re a lot better on offense. When you just focus on defense, the game goes our way.

What is it like a one-two punch with your starters wearing down the opponent and the next group knocking them out?
I definitely think that when we make our subs, energy stays in the game and that definitely helps. There’s not a drop off when our starters come out.

What have you learned about the team over the first round and what do you need to work on?
We got to know each other better on the court. We’ve all learned that when we are focused and playing defense like we know we should play, we’ll be fine.

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Anonymous UConn Steve said...

USA U-19 Statistics

To me, the 2 most surprising performances have been KML and Alexis Jones.

KML in a 4-19 shooting slump in the 1st 3 games.

Jones is scoreless on only 4 shots and is tied for the team high in PF (7) and TO (9).

It is only 3 games, so there is time for both to turn it around.

9:23 AM 

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