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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nurse, Canada fall in FIBA Americas title game

UConn recruiting target Kia Nurse finished with nine points, two rebounds and three assists but Canada lost to Cuba in the gold-medal game in the FIBA Americas World Championship for Women.

Nurse finished the tournament averaging 10 points, 2 rebound and 2.5 assists per game. She was one of only two teenagers to average at least 10 points per game in the event.

Canada still qualified for next year's FIBA World Cup by virtue of reaching the championship game..

Brazil also earned a spot in the 2014 World Cup by defeating Puerto Rico in the third-place game.

Ansonia's Ashley Prim had 11 points, one rebound and one steal for Puerto Rico.

UConn Class of 2015 recruiting target Katie Lou Samuelson helped the U.S. reach the quarterfinals in the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships.

The U.S. rebounded from its first loss in the tournament, losing 11-9 to Lithuania in pool play, to beat Spain in wrap up round-robin play and then defeated Thailand 21-14 in the Round of 16. The U.S. will face undefeated France in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

"We definitely struggled (versus Lithuania)," Samielson said. "I think we just came out feeling too comfortable from the day before and we just couldn't hit any shots. Lithuania came out playing really hard, we're lucky it came in pool play so that we have another chance because it really helped us get better and realize what we have to do.

"We were really pumped to come out for that game (against Spain) because we had just lost and we were ready to play.  We knew that once we got halfway through we could do this if we kept playing the same way we were. Our defense was really good and we played overall really well."



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