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The 2009 USA Women's U16 National Team wasted no time taking full advantage of its size and quickness in its opening game of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, capturing a 128-17 win over the Dominican Republic on Monday night at Juan de la Barrera

USA Women Open FIBA Americas U16 Championship With 128-17 Blowout Over Dominican Republic

Mexico City, Mexico - Aug. 10, 2009
 

The 2009 USA Women's U16 National Team (1-0) wasted no time taking advantage of its size and quickness  in its opening game of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, capturing a 128-17 win over the Dominican Republic (0-1) on Monday night at Juan de la Barrera Gym in Mexico City, Mexico.

The USA jumped to a 30-0 lead at the 3:16 mark of the first period and never looked back, holding Dominican Republic to a total of six made baskets and two made free throws for the game.

'I loved their attitude. I loved their effort,' said Barbara Nelson, USA and Wingate University head coach. 'They were very focused on the way we asked them to play, and it was very exciting to watch.'

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei H.S. / Anaheim, Calif.) led seven U.S. players in double figures with 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Justine Hartman (Brea Olinda H.S. / Brea, Calif.) contributed 14 points; Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse H.S. / North Syracuse, N.Y.) and Cierra Burdick (Butler H.S. / Mathews, N.C.) added 13 points apiece; Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S. / Virginia Beach, Va.) contributed 12 points; and Bashaara Graves (Clarksville H.S. / Clarksville, Tenn.) and Betnijah Laney (Smyrna H.S. / Clayton, Del.) scored 10 points each.

'It is a big relief to have the first game under our belt,' Mosqueda-Lewis said. 'We came out hard, and we all played team ball and it paid off.'

Eight U.S. players had recorded points by the time the Dominican Republic put is first points on the board at 2:25 in the first quarter to bring the score to 30-2 in the USA's favor, and by the period's end, the U.S. lead had grown to 39-2.

The USA went on to outscore the Dominican Republic 39-5 in the second period, and all 12 Americans had scored as the teams headed to the halftime locker room with the USA up 78-7.

'It was a lot of fun because we played together as a team,' Laney said. 'We just tried to play good defense and let the offense happen as it should and exhibit good sportsmanship.'

The USA's biggest run of the game was a 31-0 spurt that began at the 8:00 minute mark of the third period when Williams scored on the inside to push the U.S. lead to 84-12 and ended at 5:35 in the fourth period when Dominican Republic sank a 3-pointer and the scoreboard read 113-12. Dominican sank one more bucket as the USA raced to 15 more points to bring the game to its 128-17 final.

'I definitely think we got better,' Burdick said. 'We ran a zone defense that we had never run before, so obviously that shows mental strength. And we got a lot better at help-side rotation and the backside help.'

'Coach is always emphasizing staying focused, and she gave us some things to focus on other than the score, like free throws and rotating on defense,' Williams said. 'We worked on a lot of things we need to work on that will help us in the future.'

In today's other games, Group A saw Canada (1-0) beat Brazil (0-1) 68-56, while Mexico will play Guatemala in the day's 8:30 p.m. game. In Group B, Argentina (1-0) downed Puerto Rico (0-1) 78-53.

The USA next plays Puerto Rico at 2:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. EDT) on Aug. 11 and wraps up group play on Aug. 12 against Argentina at 6:00 p.m. (7:00 pm. EDT). The top two finishing teams from each preliminary group will advance to the medal semifinals on Aug. 13, while the bottom two teams will play for 5th through 8th places. The gold medal game will be played on Aug. 14.

Nelson is assisted by Mike Armstrong of Perry Meridian High School (Ind.) and Dorena Bingham of Team Alaska AAU.