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FIFTH FIBA WOMEN'S U19/JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2001

FIFTH FIBA WOMEN'S U19/JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2001

Brno, Czech Republic - July 14-22, 2001


Coached by University of Connecticut's Geno Auriemma, the 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team posted a 6-1 record and finished with the bronze medal. Alana Beard and Diana Taurasi led the team throughout the tournament and for their efforts both were selected by the coaches and media to the 2001 All-Junior World Championship Team.

2001 Junior World Championship Team

2001 Junior World Championship Team



2001 USA RESULTS (6-1)
USA 89 Lithuania 71
USA 84 China 52
USA 83 Brazil 71
USA 97 Mali 29
USA 99 Russia 80
Czech Rep. 92 USA 88
USA 77 Australia 72

2001 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMP. FINAL STANDINGS

1. Czech Republic (6-1) 7. Brazil (4-3)
2. Russia (5-2) 8. Lithuania (2-5)
3. USA (6-1) 9. China (3-4)
4. Australia (5-2) 10. Poland (2-5)
5. France (5-2) 11. Japan (1-6)
6. Cuba (3-4) 12.Mali (0-7)

Taurasi and Beard finished as the third and fifth leading scorers in the tournament, respectively, as Taurasi averaged 19.3 ppg. and Beard scored 18.0 ppg. Rutgers University freshman-to-be Cappie Pondexter's 11.0 ppg. listed at No. 24 among the 12 nations. Nicole Powell was the USA's top rebounder and finished ranked tied at No. 16 among all participants, averaging 6.3 rpg., while Stacy Stephens and Jessica Moore averaged 5.9 rpg. and 5.3 rpg., respectively.

The USA opened play on July 14 by downing Lithuania 89-71. Beard, Pondexter and Taurasi all scored 18 points each in the win.

Behind 13 points from Ann Strother, the U.S. defeated China 84-52 on July 15 and Beard paced the USA with 23 points as it earned an 83-71 victory over Brazil on July 16.

The United States trounced Mali 97-29 on July 18 in a record setting victory. Taurasi scored a team high 18 points as the USA's 68-point margin of victory went into the U.S. record books as the largest margin in Junior World Championship play.

Beard scored a U.S. Junior World record 28 points as the United States closed preliminary round play with a 99-80 win over Russia.

Despite receiving 25 points from Taurasi, the defending Junior World Champions were unseated by host Czech Republic as the U.S. dropped its semifinal match to the Czechs 92-88 on July 21. The Czechs held an 81-72 lead with 6:14 remaining in the game and with 30 seconds to go, the U.S. had closed the gap to 91-86. Pondexter scored the USA's final two points of the contest to cut the game to 91-88 with 12.9 seconds to go. The USA's defensive pressure prevented the Czech team from inbounding the ball and the U.S. regained possession. But, before the Americans could get the game started again, Pondexter was called for an offensive foul to give the ball back to the Czechs. Making one of the two free throws, the game was put out of reach 92-88.

The United States rebounded from its semifinal loss to claim the bronze medal with a 77-72 victory over Australia on July 22. Taurasi led the U.S. with 23 points. The game was evenly matched from the start and at halftime the score was knotted at 43-43. With the score standing 47-47 at 6:49 in the third, the USA went on 13-2 run to open up the contest 60-49. The Aussies converted on 2-of-4 attempts from the line to close the gap to 61-51, but the United States extended its lead to 12 points, 67-55, by the end of the third quarter. Australia battled back to 75-70 late in the fourth, but it was too late as the United States went on to claim the bronze.

Host Czech Republic edged Russia 82-80 to capture the gold medal.

 

2001 USA Women's Junior World Championship Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Alana Beard
G
5-11
156
19
Duke Shreveport, LA
Tera Bjorklund
C
6-5
180
19
Colorado St. Peter, MN
Shameka Christon
F
6-1
175
19
Arkansas Hot Springs, AR
Monique Currie
G/F
6-0
170
18
The Bullis School (Duke) Washington, DC
Jessica Moore
F
6-3
180
19
Connecticut Palmer, AK
Loree Moore
G
5-9
155
18
Narbonne H.S. (Tennessee) Harbor City, CA
Cappie Pondexter
G
5-8
152
18
John Marshall H.S. (Rutgers) Chicago, IL
Nicole Powell
F
6-2
170
19
Stanford Phoenix, AZ
Stacy Stephens
F
6-1
194
19
Texas Winnsboro, TX
Ann Strother
G
6-1
150
17
Highlands Ranch H.S. Highlands Ranch, CO
Diana Taurasi
G
6-0
170
19
Connecticut Chino, CA
Wynter Whitley
F
6-2
175
19
Holy Innocents' Episcopal (Duke) Atlanta, GA
Head Coach: Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
Assistant Coach: Sherri Coale, University of Oklahoma
Assistant Coach: Willette White, Northeastern University (Mass.)
Team Physician: Dave Walden, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, U.S. Olympic Committee
NOTE: High school seniors signed a national letter of intent to attend the school indicated

 

2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team
Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Taurasi 7/7
47-100
.470
22- 51
.431
19- 24
.792
31/ 4.4
135/ 19.3
19
4
7
Beard 7/7
50- 89
.562
9- 21
.429
17- 26
.654
24/ 3.4
126/ 18.0
20
4
23
Pondexter 7/0
27- 53
.509
4- 7
.571
19- 30
.633
18/ 2.6
77/ 11.0
13
0
11
Powell 7/7
20- 39
.513
8- 18
.444
1- 3
.333
44/ 6.3
49/ 7.0
6
2
7
Strother 7/7
19- 50
.380
4- 23
.174
3- 3
1.000
13/ 1.9
45/ 6.4
8
0
4
J. Moore 7/7
19- 34
.559
0- 0
.---
7- 9
.778
37/ 5.3
45/ 6.4
4
5
7
Christon 7/0
12- 48
.250
6- 27
.222
10- 13
.769
29/ 4.1
40/ 5.7
5
8
3
Stephens 7/0
14- 27
.519
0- 0
.---
8- 12
.667
41/ 5.9
36/ 5.1
1
1
6
L. Moore 7/0
10- 24
.417
1- 5
.200
1- 4
.250
21/ 3.0
22/ 3.1
8
0
19
Bjorklund 7/0
8- 14
.571
0- 0
.---
6- 7
.857
13/ 1.9
22/ 3.1
2
1
2
Currie 5/0
7- 16
.438
1- 2
.500
1- 4
.250
11/ 2.2
16/ 3.2
1
0
3
Whitley 2/0
1- 3
.333
0- 0
.---
2- 5
.400
9/ 4.5
4/ 2.0
0
1
1
USA 7
234-497
.471
55-154
.357
94-140
.671
291/41.6
617/ 88.1
87
26
93
OPP. 7
165-446
.370
32-117
.274
105-173
.607
207/29.6
467/ 66.7
63
10
72