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Friday, August 08, 2014

Monster game for UConn commit at U18 tournament

UConn commit Napheesa Collier saved her best performance in the pool play portion of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for last.

Collier had a game-high 22 points (on 10 of 13 shooting) and 10 rebounds in a 107-76 win over previously undefeated Canada. Collier, who recorded her second double-double in three preliminary round games, added three assists, four steals and a blocked shot as the U.S. finished 3-0 in Group A. Collier exploded for 20 points in the first half.

After the pool play portion of the tournament Collier leads all players with 16 offensive rebounds, is second in blocked shots (3 in 3 games) and rebounding (10.0 per game), third in scoring (14.7), fifth in field-goal percentage (61.8), sixth in steals (2.0) and eighth in assists (2.3)

The U.S. will play Argentina in the semifinals on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with the gold-medal game set for Sunday.

Here are some quotes from Collier courtesy of USA Basketball

What did you think of tonight’s game?
I thought that we played really well despite being down in the first half. I think we played really hard to get back into it, and then gained the lead.

On closing out the half with a 19-4 run:
They were shooting really well from outside, and so we made some adjustments for that and found a way to stifle them.

On what clicked for her in the first half after scoring 20 of a game-high 22 points in the game:
I was just in the zone because we were down and everything was in overdrive trying to get us back in the game.

On playing Argentina tomorrow in the semifinals:
I’m so excited. Hopefully we go undefeated the whole tournament and win the gold medal.


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