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Game Preview: USA vs. Angola

  • Date:
    Sep 30, 2014

Istanbul, Turkey

Tonight’s contest features the USA, defending FIBA World Championship gold medalist, and Angola, which earned its trip to Turkey by virtue of claiming gold at the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship. To follow the action, watch the game live (2:30 p.m. EDT) on ESPN3/WatchESPN or NBA TV and follow the USA Basketball Twitter account for in-game updates.

The USA will play Angola, which is competing in its first FIBA World Championship. Angola has dropped both of its games, falling to Serbia 102-42 and China 65-39, and no matter the outcome, will bow out of the competition after tonight’s game.

The USA has played Angola just once in official competitions and that came at the 2012 Olympic Games where the U.S. claimed a 90-38 preliminary-round victory behind a team-high 14 points from Candace Parker.

The Americans, however, have already clinched the top spot in the group with an 87-56 win over China and a 94-74 victory over Serbia.

In its two games thus far, the United States is averaging an even 50 more points a game than Angola, scoring at a clip of 90.5 points to Angola’s 40.5 points a game. The rebounding margin also is lopsided, with the U.S. grabbing 60.5 boards to Angola’s 33.0 rebounds a contest.

The USA in its first two games has been paced by Maya Moore (16.0 ppg., 10.0 rpg., 4.5 apg.), Diana Taurasi (14.0 ppg., 3.0 apg.) and Brittney Griner (12.5 ppg., 8.5 rpg., 3.0 bpg.).

Despite the probable win, the USA isn’t taking this game lightly. The team will use the opportunity to work on its execution, continue to gel and get prepared for the medal round.

 

Angola

FIBA world ranking: 20.

How Angola qualified: 2013 FIBA Africa Championship gold medalist (8-0).

World Championship appearances: 0.

Key players in 2013 FIBA Africa Championship: Nadir Manuel (11.8 ppg., 6.9 rpg.), Nacissela Mauricio (12.1 ppg., 6.1 rpg., 2.8 apg.).

2012 Olympic finish: 12th place (0-5).

 

Next Up: The USA already has secured the top spot in Group D and will play the winner of the play-in game between the third seed (Brazil-Japan winner) from Group A and second seed out of Group B (Canada-France winner).

 

Today’s Probable Starters

USA (2-0):

No. 

Name

PPG

RPG

AST

FG%

3P%

FT%

06

Bird, Sue

5.5

2.0

5

22.0

.400

.250

07

Moore, Maya

16.0

10.0

9

26.0

.438

.364

12

Taurasi, Diana

14.0

3.0

6

24.0

.500

.600

14

Charles, Tina

7.0

11.0

3

23.5

.350

.000

15

Griner, Brittney

12.5

8.5

2

20.0

.714

.000

 

Angola (0-2):

No. 

Name

PPG

RPG

AST

FG%

3P%

FT%

04

Eusebio, Fineza

6.0

1.5

3

32.0

.364

.333

10

Guadalupe, Sonia

6.0

5.5

3

31.0

.222

.286

11

Tomas, Luisa

5.5

5.5

0

24.5

.300

.000

13

Mauricio, Nacissela

12.5

5.5

1

31.0

.350

.200

15

Filipe, Ngiendula

3.5

2.0

2

25.0

.231

.000

 

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