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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Double-double for UConn commit Collier in U18 tournament

UConn commit Napheesa Collier's impressive offensive rebounding talent continues to show itself at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Collier hauled down a team-high five offensive rebounds for the second time in as many preliminary round games. The 6-foot-1 Collier, the only member of the U.S. starting lineup with remaining high school eligibility, had 12 points, a team-best 12 rebounds to go with three assists, one steal and two blocked shots despite not playing in the fourth quarter in the 118-50 win over El Salvador.

The U.S. wraps up pool play tomorrow against Canada in what has turned into a showdown for the Group A title.

Here are quotes from Collier courtesy of USA Basketball

Overall thoughts on the USA’s victory tonight:
I think we played really well together, and it was a good opportunity for us to work on the things maybe we’re not doing so well.

On maintaining focus once the team had built a big advantage:
I think you have to focus more, because if you make the little mistakes then you get in more trouble.

What did the team try to work on after building a big lead?
We focused on defense and running our offense all the way through, because we need to always do that.

On getting ready to play Canada next:
We need to bring our A-game because they’re really physical. We have to get the rebounds, get the defensive rebounds and just play as a team.



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