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Saturday, June 27, 2015

U.S. stunned in FIBA Americas U16 semifinals

For just the second time since 2000 a United States women's team playing in the FIBA Americas U16 or U18 or FIBA U17 or U19 World Championships will not be playing for the gold medal.

The U.S. rolled to three wins in pool play at the FIBA Americas 16 Championships by a combined score of 251-133 and it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the U.S. would beat Brazil to advance to Sunday's gold-medal game.

However, with Izabela Leite had 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Obalunanma Ugwu had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Brazil posted a stunning 72-63 victory.

Alexis Morris had 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists to lead the U.S. UConn commit Andra Espinoza-Hunter had nine points, seven rebounds and two assists as well as five turnovers.

The U.S. will play host Mexico in the bronze-medal game while Canada and Brazil will play for the gold medal.

This is the 20th U16, U17, U18 or U19 event the U.S. has played since 2000 and 18 times they came away with the gold medal including 16 undefeated runs to the title.

The U.S. had an 18-0 record in the FIBA Americas U16 event before the loss to Brazil, is 23-0 in the U17 World Championships and since 2000 is 34-0 in the FIBA Americas U18 championship. The U.S. did lose three games since 2000 in the FIBA U19 World Championships but two of them came in pool play. The lone exception came in the 2001 semifinals when UConn's Geno Auriemma was the head coach and Diana Taurasi the team's leading scorer when the U.S. lost to the Czech Republic and finished with a gold medal.


Blogger Neal Ward said...

Can't win 'em all. Brazil has good basketball programs. Sport is growing there.

7:54 PM 
Blogger Neal Ward said...

Can't win 'em all! Brazil has good basketball.

7:55 PM 

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