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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

UConn commit Boykin shines at U17 tournament

With UConn commit Katie Lou Samuelson struggling to find the range for the first time in three games, her future fellow Husky De'Janae Boykin stepped to the forefront with a strong all around game.

Boykin only finished with six points as the U.S. wrapped up a perfect run through Group D with a 78-22 win over Mali on Tuesday but she did have a team-high totals of 13 rebounds and five assists to go with three steals.

Samuelson, who averaged 19.5 points in the first two games of pool play, had six points (despite missing all six of her 3-point attempts), six rebounds and four assists.

UConn recruiting target Asia Durr led the U.S. with 15 points, Joyner Holmes had 12 points and 11 rebounds and UConn recruiting target Lauren Cox had 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

The U.S., the Pool D winner, will play Mexico, the fourth-place finisher in Pool C, in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

Here are quotes from Boykin courtesy of USA Basketball.

On tonight's game:
We had spurts in the game when we played very well, and sometimes when we didn't play as well. We played some bad defense, and we didn't really play to our full potential.

What were some things the team was trying to work on in the second half?
Pretty much just our defense and our offense and working on our plays.

How does it feel to have taken care of business and advance as a No. 1 seed?
It feels great to know that we are advancing as a number one seed, and we've done our work so far.

Do you know anything about Mexico?
We played them last year (at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship), so I don't know what they have now. It could be a whole new team, but I remember playing them last year.

What is it like to play with this team?
On the floor, it is just so fun. We've only been with each other for less than three weeks, and for all of us to come together and have a bond is really good. Our team chemistry is getting stronger. We all get along well.

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