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Saturday, July 05, 2014

UConn commit Samuelson shoots U.S. into U17 final

UConn commit Katie Lou Samuelson hit a U.S. tournament single-game record six 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 25 points along with four steals to lead the U.S. to a 91-63 win over Hungary and into Sunday's gold-medal game in the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women.

UConn commit De'Janae Boykin added nine points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal as the U.S. will play Spain in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU beginning at 2:15 p.m. (EDT).

 UConn recruiting target Asia Durr had 17 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals while Kristine Anigwe added 14 points and 13 rebounds and Joyner Holmes chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.

Here are quotes from Durr and Samuelson courtesy of USA Basketball.

Asia Durr
On tonight's game:
In the first half, we didn't play as well on defense. In the second half, we came out with some fire and played well as a team, got some stops and scored a whole bunch of points.

On the first half:
It was a great game overall. Hungary came out and made some big shots. Coach told us to D up and get a hand up, so that's what we did.

On the second half:
We got some stops with our full-court press, we some steals and we got some fast-break points.

How does it feel to reach the gold-medal game?
It feels great. Hopefully, we can get a win. We are pumped. We are ready to go.

What are your thoughts on meeting Spain in the gold-medal game?
It's going to be a great game. Spain is a great team. They are fast and athletic, and they have some great post players, so it's going to be fun.

Katie Lou Samuelson
On her first quarter:
I think I shot pretty well in warm ups, and then my teammates did a great job of finding me. They knew I was hitting, and they got me open looks. It was a great team effort, and I have to give the credit to my teammates getting me the ball. Then they stepped up their defense, and I tried to contribute in different ways.

On the USA's depth:
They tried to focus on my for a little while, and they realized that was not going to help, because we have 11 other great players that are going to contribute no matter what.

What was the team thinking at halftime, up by seven points:
We knew Hungary came to play and came to take this game from us, and they did well, but we knew we had to focus on ourselves, on our defense and lock them down.

On the second-half adjustments:
We needed to play lot better defense. We had given them too many open looks, and I think we stepped up our defense, especially in the third quarter.

On Spain:
We are excited to get out there. We are going to keep working hard and see how it goes.


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