U.S. Youth Olympic Women's Team Downs Indonesia 21-2 And Egypt 21-6 On Day Two
On its second day of preliminary action, the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team improved to 3-0 and remained on top of Group B standings after recording convincing wins of 21-2 versus Indonesia (0-3) and 21-6 over Egypt (1-2) on Aug. 19 at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Napheesa Collier (Incarnate Word Academy/O’Fallon, Mo.) once again led all scorers, finishing with 12 points against Indonesia and 11 points against Egypt. Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.) netted six against Indonesia and seven versus Egypt, while De’Janae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers H.S./Springdale, Md.) added three points in each game.
With the USA up 19-2 against Indonesia, Collier’s two-point basket allowed the USA to close out its first game after only five minutes and 49 seconds; the team’s shortest game of the Youth Olympic Games thus far.
Against Egypt, seven of the USA’s points came from the charity stripe, as the North Americans were sent to the free throw line 11 times.
“They were both (Indonesia and Egypt) very tough teams, so we can’t come out slacking; we played pretty hard,” said Boykin. “Our second game was physical. We just have to come out and do our best.”
Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.) was sidelined for the second consecutive day, as she is still recovering from a slight sprained ankle she suffered during a team scrimmage three days ago.
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.
“I thought we played really well in the first game; we played strong, we played together,” said Oldaker of the team’s performance. “It was nice to see our team play so well. I thought the second game we didn’t play as strong, maybe a little bit tired. But we’ll take the wins and work on things at practice, and we’ll be ready to play tomorrow evening.”
The USA team will continue Group B play on Aug. 20, when it faces Thailand (2-1) at 6:40 a.m. EDT.
In other Group B action today, Belgium (3-0) was the only other team that remained undefeated after almost shutting out Andorra (0-3) 22-1, and winning a close one against Taiwan (1-2) 13-11. Guam (1-2) got its first victory with an 18-8 victory over Andorra, however it fell to Romania (2-1) 16-3. Czech Republic (2-1) split the night with a 19-10 win over Egypt (1-2) and a 15-12 loss to Thailand (2-1). Taiwan was also able to notch its first victory over Thailand with a 14-10 win, but dropped a close one versus undefeated Belgium 13-11.
Playing in Group A are Brazil (1-2), China (2-1), Estonia (2-1), Germany (2-1), Hungary (3-0), Netherlands (2-1), Slovenia (0-3), Spain (2-1), Syria (0-3) and Venezuela (1-2).
In addition to competing, the U.S. Women’s Basketball Team is hoping to attend other events and support its fellow Team USA athletes in order to reciprocate the support they have been receiving.
“We are actually heading over to watch some of the swimming events tomorrow,” said Oldaker. “The USA divers came to watch our game tonight, and we’ve had some other teams come to see us. It’s really great.”
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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