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Additional Quotes: USA Women's U16 National Team 81, Mexico 24 (Bronze Medal Game)

  • Date:
    Jun 29, 2015

USA head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.)

On the game:

I felt really good about our kids and how they responded. I thought we played well. I thought they played very, very unselfish, and that was nice to see. It’s nice to finish on a really good note.

What have you seen from this team over the course of the tournament?

There definitely has been some growth. I thought we did play much better tonight. I think they have really come together. You can tell that they get along so well off the floor, and that is very important to have that chemistry on and off the floor.

What has this experience meant for you personally?

This is one of the most exciting, wonderful experiences I have had in my career. I’ve enjoyed it immensely. We have great kids and a great staff. I can’t say enough about our coaching staff.


Jayda Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.)

On the game:

We came back from that loss last night and came out with a chip on our shoulders and wanted to play a lot better than we did last night, and I think we did that.

We did everything that we possibly could. We finally played that game we all knew we could play. We played as a team, and it was a great game.

On winning a bronze medal:

I wanted the gold medal, but we didn’t get that, we didn’t get silver, but bronze is better than nothing. I’m excited just to be going home with something at least.

What has this experience meant for you personally?

It was awesome. I know I have a lot to work on as a player. I learned a lot also, and I’m just going to make myself a better player and the people around me better.

 

Desireé Caldwell (Johnson H.S./San Antonio, Texas)

On the game:

I thought we did really well. We came out with chips on our shoulders, and we had something to prove. We came out, we did our best and we played strong.

On winning a bronze medal:

I am happy that I’m going home with a bronze. I wish it was a gold, but we will take what we can get and thank God for this opportunity.

What has this experience meant for you personally?

It has been so awesome. So much preparation, so much time, so much, blood, sweat and tears went into this, and it’s just awesome being able to come here.

 

Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Blair Academy, N.J./Ossining, N.Y.)

On the game:

We played a lot better than we played when we played Mexico the first time, and also how we played last night. I’m really happy with how the team played. We finished on a great note.

On winning a bronze medal:

It is an amazing feeling. We came here striving to win a gold medal, but I’m happy that we are able to go home winning something.

 

Jade Williams (Prestonwood Christian Academy/The Colony, Texas)

On the game:

I think that we played as a team. We played very well, in my opinion. We ran our offenses really well. We rebounded really well, so I’m really proud of how we played against Mexico.

On winning a bronze medal:

I am happy to have a bronze medal. We played hard.

What has this experience meant for you personally?

It has meant a lot. I had never been to another country for basketball. This is a special moment for me. We didn’t win first, but luckily we placed third. There is always next year, and I’m going to try really, really hard to make the team next year and go for a gold.

 

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