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FOURTH WOMEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEAM -- 2000

FOURTH WOMEN'S JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING TEAM -- 2000

Mar del Plata, Argentina - July 26-30, 2000


Winning five games in five days by an average margin of 50.6 points per game, the 2000 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team stormed to the gold medal at the COPABA Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.

2000 USA Women
2000 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team


2000 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA
100
Mexico 28
USA
115
Puerto Rico 26
USA
98
Argentina 51
USA
79
Brazil 57
USA
69
Cuba 46

2000 COMPETITION FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (5-0) 5. Canada (3-2)

2. *Cuba (4-1)

6. Venezuela (1-4)
3. *Brazil (2-3) 7. Mexico (2-3)
4. Argentina (2-3) 8. Puerto Rico (0-5)
* Qualified for the 2001 FIBA Junior World Championship

In winning the gold medal, the U.S. earned a berth in the FIBA 2001 Women's Junior World Championship. Also earning automatic berths were silver medalist Cuba and Brazil, which downed Argentina 69-39 to capture the bronze medal. The U.S. overwhelmed its opposition offensively, defensively and on the boards. The USA Junior National Team averaged 92.2 points per game while holding its opponents to a paltry 41.6 ppg. As a team, the North Americans shot 50.5 percent from the floor, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 74.3 percent from the line. Additionally, the U.S. cleaned the glass for 42.4 rebounds per game while limiting its opponents to 30.2 rebounds per game.

Leading the way offensively for the U.S. was Alana Beard, who averaged a team high 15.4 points per game and also chipped in 4.4 rebounds per game and a team leading 3.8 steals per game. Also scoring in double figures for the U.S. were Diana Taurasi with
12.6 ppg. and Laurie Koehn with 12.4 ppg. Taurasi also added to the U.S. cause with a team leading 4.6 assists per game and a team second best 2.6 steals per game, while Koehn led the Americans in 3-point shooting, connecting for 2.8 (14-36) threes per game. The U.S. dominated on the boards behind the efforts of Nicole Powell, who pulled down a team leading 6.5 rebounds per game and Ebony Hoffman, who hit the boards for 5.6 rebounds per game.

The U.S. set the tone early in the tournament as it dismantled Mexico 100-28 in the first round of preliminary play on July 26. Every member of the squad contributed in the scoring column, five of whom were in double-digits, as Ashley Robinson checked in for a team high 15 points.

Beard and Aminita Yanni each tossed in 23 points and all 12 players again scored as the U.S. followed up its opener with a 115-26 blowout of Puerto Rico on July 27.

Closing out preliminary round play with a pulverizing 98-51 victory over host Argentina, the United States contingent again saw everybody score for the third time in as many games and leading the attack were Beard and Koehn with 24 and 22 points, respectively.

The USA continued to dominate its opponents in the semifinals as it handed Brazil a 79-57 loss to advance to the gold medal game and qualify for the 2001 FIBA Women's Junior World Championship. In their closest game of the tournament, Taurasi stepped up to bury 7-of-11 3-pointers and finished with a team high 26 points.

In their fifth and final game of the qualifying tournament, the Americans manhandled previously unbeaten Cuba, 69-46, to capture the gold medal and complete their five game sweep. The USA, led by a game high 15 points and seven rebounds from Beard, never trailed in the championship game.

 

2000 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team Roster

 

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Ashley Battle
F
6-0
165
18
Linsly H.S. (*Connecticut) Wheeling, WV
Alana Beard
G
5-11
147
18
Southwood H.S. (*Duke) Shreveport, LA
Ebony Hoffman
F
6-2
190
17
Narbonne H.S. (*Southern California) Harbor City, CA
Chandi Jones
G/F
5-11
145
18
Bay City H.S. (*Houston) Bay City, TX
Laurie Koehn
G
5-8
145
18
Moundridge H.S. (*Kansas State) Moundridge, KS
Loree Moore
G
5-10
150
17
Narbonne H.S. Harbor City, CA
Cappie Pondexter
G
5-7
153
17
Marshall H.S. Chicago, IL
Nicole Powell
F
6-2
170
18
Mountain Pointe H.S. (*Stanford ) Phoenix, AZ
Ashley Robinson
C
6-5
180
17
South Grand Prairie H.S. (*Tennessee) Grand Prairie, TX
Diana Taurasi
F
6-0
175
18
Don Lugo H.S. (*Connecticut) Chino, CA
Aminata Yanni
F
6-1
165
17
Harlem H.S. (*Illinois ) Machesney Park, IL
Head Coach: Geno Auriemma, Univ. of Connecticut
Assistant Coach: Ed Baldwin, UNC-Charlotte
Assistant Coach: Deb Patterson, Kansas State University
Team Physician: David Smith, Leawood, Kansas
Athletic Trainer: Teresa Lynch, Bingen, Washington
* Indicates where the player signed a national letter of intent


2000 USA Women's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Beard 5/5
27- 59
.458
6-14
.429
17- 24
.708
22/ 4.4
77/ 15.4
14
0
19
Taurasi 5/5
21- 40
.525
11-26
.423
10- 13
.769
21/ 4.2
63/ 12.6
23
2
13
Koehn 5/5
21- 51
.412
14-36
.389
6- 6
1.000
15/ 3.0
62/ 12.4
9
0
5
Yanni 5/0
20- 27
.741
0- 1
.000
4- 11
.364
9/ 1.8
44/ 8.8
5
0
2
Robinson 5/0
11- 24
.458
1- 2
.500
19- 22
.864
26/ 5.2
42/ 8.4
4
10
1
Powell 5/5
18- 32
.563
0- 1
.000
5- 7
.714
32/ 6.4
41/ 8.2
12
0
12
Hoffman 5/5
10- 26
.385
0- 0
.---
14- 21
.667
28/ 5.6
34/ 6.8
10
1
5
Pondexter 5/0
8- 22
.364
1- 3
.333
16- 19
.842
5/ 1.0
33/ 6.6
13
1
8
Battle 5/0
7- 13
.538
0- 0
.---
13- 19
.684
13/ 2.6
27/ 5.4
5
1
7
Jones 5/0
10- 11
.909
0- 0
.---
0- 0
.---
9/ 1.8
20/ 4.0
5
1
11
Moore 3/0
6- 10
.600
0- 2
.000
6- 6
1.000
7/ 2.3
18/ 6.0
5
0
9
USA 5
159-315
.505
33-85
.388
110-148
.743
212/ 42.4
461/ 92.2
105
16
92
OPP. 5
71-218
.326
3-45
.067
63- 98
.643
151/ 30.2
208/ 41.6
25
4
32