U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Team Opens Up Preliminary Play With 21-3 Rout Of Romania
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Behind an 11-for-12 shooting effort from the field by Napheesa Collier (Incarnate Word Academy/O’Fallon, Mo.), the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team (1-0) opened up preliminary play with a 21-3 victory over Romania (0-1) on Aug. 18 at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Collier shot 91.6 percent from the field for 11 points, while helping the USA to more than half of its total score. De’Janae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers H.S./Springdale, Md.) and Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.) contributed five points apiece, as the USA was able to close out the game in seven minutes and 51 seconds.
Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.), despite being taped up and ready to go, did not play, as she is day-to-day after suffering a slight sprained ankle during a team scrimmage.
“I think we played really well, especially with Katie Lou being out,” Collier said. “We had to play really smart, and I think we did. I think we adjusted pretty well. We rebounded really well, which is what we’ve been working on and trying to do.”
“We just have to keep going now,” said Ogunbowale. “I think we played well, and we just have to communicate more and don’t let down at any point.”
The USA team will continue Group B play on Aug. 19, facing Indonesia (1-0) at 5:20 a.m. EDT, followed by Egypt (0-1) at 8:20 am EDT.
In other Group B preliminary action today, Thailand (1-0) defeated Andorra (0-1) 13-10; Belgium (1-0) secured a comfortable 22-7 victory over Guam (1-0); Czech Republic (1-0) took down Indonesia (1-0) 16-9; and Egypt (1-0) beat Taiwan (0-1) 16-14.
Playing in Group A are Brazil (0-1), China (1-0), Estonia (1-0), Germany (1-0), Hungary (1-0), Netherlands (0-1), Slovenia (0-1), Spain (1-0), Syria (0-1) and Venezuela (0-1).
The U.S. team is led by head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.), who conducts practices, but as per 3x3 rules, is not allowed to coach during games.
The basketball competition at the Youth Olympic Games is a 3x3 format organized by the International Olympic Committee and FIBA. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games includes 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams, as well as a Shootout for women and a Dunk Contest for men. Each team is comprised of four players, and athletes eligible for this competition must have been born between Jan. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 1997.
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