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Sunday, September 21, 2014

U.S. falls to France in World Championship tune-up

Former Connecticut Sun forward Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds as France rallied to beat the United States 76-72 in one of the final international friendlies before the start of the FIBA World Championships.

Other than Tina Charles, who had 12 points on 5 of 10 shooting, the other UConn products struggled mightily on offense in the game as Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi and Breanna Stewart combined to go 8 of 35 from the field.

Moore missed her first eight field-goal attempts before draining a late 3-pointer. She was 8 of 8 from the free throw line to finish with 11 points and  join Charles, Taurasi (10 points, 4 steals) and Angel McCoughtry (10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals) as the only double-digit scorers for the U.S.

Stewart played just six minutes and finished with two points and one rebound. Former UConn star Stefanie Dolson did not play.

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