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Friday, August 24, 2012

Linnae Harper has double-double in U-17 quarterfinals

UConn recruiting target Linnae Harper had 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals to lead the United States to an 89-68 win over Australia in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U-17 World Championships on Friday.

Diamond DeShields had 19 points and Mercedes Russell finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds as the U.S. advanced to Saturday's semifinals to play Canada.

Here are quotes from Harper courtesy of USA Basketball


On the game:
We played them a few weeks ago, and we blew them out. I didn't think the game would be as challenging as it was, but we do know that from now on, every team is going to give us their best. We need to stay focused throughout the whole game-- every possession counts. We just can't do the things we have done in the past, because now its win or you don't get a gold medal. We need to stay focused and do what we have to do.
On her rebounding:
I was just trying to help my team, to do what ever we had to do to win. I did whatever I could.

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