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2012 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team

SECOND FIBA U17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2012

  • Date:
    Jun 2, 2014

Amsterdam, the Netherlands • Aug. 17-26, 2012


Headed by 2011 USA Basketball Co-Developmental Coach of the Year Jill Rankin Schneider (Monterey H.S., Texas), the USA successfully defended its gold medal with eight straight wins by an average of 35.0 points per game at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship from Aug. 17-26 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2012 USA RESULTS (8-0) 
USA 131 South Korea 89
USA 86 Canada 47
USA 83 Italy 43
USA 80 Belgium 50
USA 98 Mali 28
USA 89 Australia 68
USA 84 Canada 59
USA 75 Spain 62

2012 FIBA U17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 7. Belgium (3-5)
2. Spain (5-3) 8. Netherlands (4-4)
3. Canada (5-3) 9. South Korea (3-4)
4. Japan (5-3) 10. Mali (1-6)
5. Australia (5-3) 11. Brazil (2-5)
6. Italy (5-3) 12. Turkey (0-7)

Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S./Norcross, Ga.), who led the USA with 14.8 points per game earned tournament MVP, while Linnae Harper (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.), who averaged 7.9 points per game, listed on the five-member all-tournament team.

The USA proved too fast for South Korea in its opening game, busting ahead of a full-court pressure for 72 points in the paint and 40 off of the fast break on its way to a 131-89 win. Rebecca Greenwell (Owensboro Catholic H.S./Owesnboro, Ky.) led the USA with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists; and two players recorded double-doubles – Brianna Turner (Manvel H.S./Pearland, Texas) with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Taya Reimer (Hamilton Southeastern H.S./Fishers, Ind.) with 15 points and 10 boards. Four U.S. individual highs were recorded along with the a team-record 65.1 percent (54-83 FGs) from the field. Mercedes Russell (Springfield H.S./Springfield, Ore.) was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field to finish with 17 points and a record for field goal percentage; Kaela Davis (Buford H.S./Suwanee, Ga.) shot 8-of-10 from the free throw line to establish highs for free throws made and attempted on her way to 12 points; and Linnae Harper (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.) grabbed a USA U17 record five steals. Two other players reached double digits, including DeShields with 12 points and six assists and Oderah Chidom (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./Oakland, Calif.) with 11 points. Helped by seven assists from Lindsay Allen (St. John’s College H.S., D.C./Bowie, Md.), the USA dished out 31 assists on its 54 scores.

Behind 29 points from DeShields and a defensive effort that limited Canada to an icy 20.8 percent from the field (15-72 FGs), the USA tallied an 86-47 win on Aug. 18. Leading by just seven points at the end of the first quarter, 37-30, the USA got 11 of DeShields’ 20 first-half points in the second period to help outscore Canada 23-12 and take control of the game. DeShields finished with a USA U17 record 21 field goal attempts, and with five steals, she tied the record set by Harper in the team's win over South Korea. Davis added 14 points and nine rebounds, and Reimer contributed 10 points.

Improving its lead throughout, the USA compiled a convincing 83-43 win over Italy on Aug. 19. The balanced attack featured five players in double figures, including 16 points and nine rebounds from Greenwell, who shot 4-of-10 from 3-point to establish a U.S. record for 3-point attempts. Additionally, the USA established a team high for free throw percentage at 80.0 percent (21-26 FTs), after having averaged a dismal 59.0 percent (36-61 FTs) in its first two games. Harper, who finished with 11 points, was 7-of-7 from the line to tie the record for free throw percentage. Reimer added 12 points, DeShields scored 11 and dished out seven assists, Turner contributed 10 points and Russell grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points.

After Belgium fought back to within eight points in the third quarter against the USA on Aug. 21, the USA responded with an 11-4 run to close the period with a 15-point lead and the game’s momentum on its way to an 80-50 win. Greenwell compiled 17 points, while DeShields finished with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Davis was a U.S. record 2-of-2 from 3-point on her way to 12 points, while Harper grabbed a U.S. high of seven steals to go with seven points and four assists. Additionally, the USA was 7-of-11 from 3-point to set the team record for 3-point percentage at 63.6 percent.

Leading from start to finish, the USA wrapped up its preliminary round with a 98-28 blowout against overmatched Mali on Aug. 22. The 70-point win tied for the largest margin of victory in FIBA U17 World Championship history. DeShields, Greenwell and Turner each scored 13 points, while all 12 U.S. players recorded at least one score and one rebound. Reimer rounded out the USA’s double-digit scorers with 10 points. Additionally, Jessica Washington (Jenks H.S./Tulsa, Okla.) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, while Allen dished out seven assists and Chidom blocked four shots.

After a first-half fight, the USA pulled away from Australia in the third quarter to record an 89-68 win and advance to the semifinals on Aug. 24. Leading by just four points at halftime, the U.S. defense buckled down to force 13 Aussie turnovers in the second half while limited Australia to just 25.0 percent (10-40 FGs) from the field after the midway point. DeShields led the USA with 19 points and four blocked shots, Russell tallied 18 points and a U.S. record-tying 14 rebounds and Harper scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, including seven offensive, to go with her USA U17 record eight steals – a high she previously set with seven steals on Aug. 21. Further, the USA blocked a U.S. record 16 shots, while it attempted a record 93 field goals.

Collecting 55 points off the bench and 38 offensive rebounds, the USA used its depth and determination to wear down Canada for an 84-59 semfinal win. All 12 players scored for the USA, including 11 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and four assists from Harper, 10 points from Davis, 10 points and seven rebounds from Chidom and a game-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points from Greenwell. While the USA struggled with its shooting, making just 33.0 percent (32-97 FGs) from the field and 12.5 percent from 3-point (2-16 3pt FGs), it was helped by a 69-41 rebounding advantage and 31 Canadian turnovers, which it converted into 31 points. The USA’s 97 shot attempts were a USA U17 record, as were its 23 steals in the game.

The USA fought off a resilient Spain to remain undefeated and capture the gold medal on Aug. 26. Spain threatened to take control of the game with runs in the second and third quarters, but each time the USA responded to lead from start to finish in its closest final of the tournament.

“When we came out as well as we did, I was just so proud of them because I really felt like they were ready,” said Schneider. “They were focused and brought a lot of energy. It didn't hurt that Spain shot the ball pretty poorly early, because it helped us establish some momentum that carried us through the rest of the ball game.”

Allen scored 11 points and hit three 3-pointers in the first 4:22 of the fourth quarter to help put the game out of reach. Allen finished with 13 points, six assists and was a U.S. record 3-of-3 from 3-point. The red, white and blue's 14-of-14 performance from the free throw line also was a USA U17 record. DeShields, who grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists, and Greenwell, who collected 12 boards for a double-double, also scored 13 points apiece. Reimer added 12 points and seven rebounds. Overall, the USA outrebounded Spain 59-39, which it had previously beat in an unofficia, friendly scrimmage on Aug. 15.

Canada beat Japan 84-77 for the bronze medal.

Playing in an exhibition, round-robin tournament in Caorle, Italy, from Aug. 9-13, the USA beat Brazil 80-34 on Aug. 10, Australia 103-58 on Aug. 11 and Italy 86-60 on Aug. 12.

2012 USA WOMEN'S U17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

 
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL
HOMETOWN
  Lindsay Allen
G
5-8
135
17
St. John's College H.S. (DC) Bowie, MD
  Oderah Chidom
F
6-3
165
17
Bishop O'Dowd H.S. Oakland, CA
  Kaela Davis
G
6-2
160
17
Buford H.S. Suwanee, GA
  Diamond DeShields
G
6-1
155
17
Norcross H.S. Norcross, GA
  Rebecca Greenwell
G
6-1
170
17
Owensboro Catholic H.S. Owensboro, KY
  Linnae Harper
G
5-7
155
17
Whitney Young H.S. Chicago, IL
  Kai James
F
6-4
230
17
William T. Dwyer H.S. West Palm Beach, FL
  Erica McCall
F
6-3
170
17
Ridgeview H.S. Bakersfield, CA
  Taya Reimer
F
6-3
175
16
Hamilton Southeastern H.S. Fishers, IN
  Mercedes Russell
C
6-5
170
17
Springfield H.S. Springfield, OR
  Brianna Turner
G/F
6-3
150
16
Manvel H.S. Pearland, TX
  Jessica Washington
G
5-8
135
17
Jenks H.S. Tulsa, OK
HEAD COACH: Jill Rankin Schneider, Monterey H.S., TX
ASSISTANT COACH: Gail Hook, Monarch H.S., CO
ASSISTANT COACH: Letitia Hughley, Mott Community College, MI
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Bill Kuprevich, Bloomsburg, PA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Jeff Kawaguchi, Eastern Washington University

2012 USA WOMEN'S U17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
DeShields
8/8
43-108
.398
14-30
.467
18-23
.783
42/ 5.3
118/ 14.8
26
9
12
Greenwell
8/8
33-85
.388
12-42
.286
17-18
.944
58/ 7.3
95/ 11.9
17
1
16
Reimer
8/8
29-60
.483
0-1
.000
20-28
.714
43/ 5.4
78/ 9.8
6
10
6
Russell
8/8
32-50
.640
0-0
.---
7-12
.583
55/ 6.9
71/ 8.9
8
13
7
Davis
8/0
24-67
.358
3-13
.231
19-26
.731
31/ 3.9
70/ 8.8
5
1
5
Turner
8/0
29-51
.569
0-0
.---
10-19
.526
32/ 4.0
68/ 8.5
2
4
8
Harper
8/0
23-66
.348
0-3
.000
17-22
.773
48/ 6.0
63/ 7.9
19
1
34
Chidom
8/0
21-40
.525
0-0
.---
6-13
.462
49/ 6.1
48/ 6.0
4
12
5
Washington
6/0
10-25
.400
2-6
.333
5-8
.625
20/ 3.3
27/ 4.5
9
1
11
Allen
8/8
14-25
.560
3-6
.500
4-5
.800
6/ 3.3
35/ 4.4
33
3
11
McCall
8/0
13-30
.433
0-0
.---
4-14
.286
32// 4.0
30/ 3.8
4
3
6
James
8/0
8-19
.421
0-0
.---
7-13
.538
20/ 2.5
23/ 2.9
3
3
3
USA
8
279-626
.446
34-101
.337
134-201
.667
482/ 60.2
726/ 90.8
136
61
124
OPP.
8
148-582
.254
44-205
.215
106-143
.741
334/ 41.8
446/ 55.8
85
20
88

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