menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset Share




Shop Now USA Basketball
Desiree Caldwell

USA U16 Women Run Away With 86-41 Victory Over Honduras

  • Date:
    Jun 25, 2015

Box Score
Additional Quotes
Photo Gallery

Desireé Caldwell (Johnson H.S./San Antonio, Texas) dished out a USA Women’s U16 record 10 assists to help the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team (2-0) earn a 86-41 win over Honduras (0-2) in the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship on Thursday afternoon in Puebla, Mexico.

The USA wraps up preliminary round play against host Mexico (1-0) at 9 p.m. (EDT) on June 26. All of the USA’s games are being streamed live online at

Though the USA won by an impressive 45 points and shot 44.3 percent from the field (39-88 FGs) overall, it started the game down 7-0, trailed 13-12 at the end of the first quarter and shot just 21.7 percent in the first 10 minutes.

“Again, we started off slow, and we don’t want to make that become our ordinary pattern,” said USA head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.). “But to be down seven points and come back – I believe we had an 18-point lead at halftime – I think that is kind of good for us to fight through that adversity. Nobody panicked on our team.”

The USA opened the second quarter with an 11-2 run and heated up to 50.0 percent from the field in the period to shift the game’s momentum.

“The team just moved the ball very well,” Caldwell said. “We pushed the ball up the floor, and my teammates did a great job of getting open.”

Honesty Scott-Grayson (Blair Academy/Brick, N.J.) led the USA with 18 points, and she tied the USA Women’s U16 record with nine made field goals. With 10 points apiece, Jayda Adams (Mater Dei H.S./Santa Ana, Calif.) and Sedona Prince (Faith Academy/Liberty Hill, Texas) rounded out the USA’s double-digit scorers; and with eight rebounds each, Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.) and Valencia Myers (Solon H.S./Solon, Ohio) were the USA’s leading rebounders.

“I just think as a team we really picked it up and we did what we had to do,” Adams said.

After beginning the game just 2-of-13 from the field in the first 5:45, a new five U.S. players took the court at 4:15, and the USA put together a 7-0 run to take its first lead, 12-11, at 41.8 seconds. Honduras put the last points of the quarter on the board, however, to lead 13-12 at the first break.

“What helped us overcome the slow start was just our intensity,” Scott-Grayson said. “We didn’t come out with enough intensity. But after that time out (at 4:15 in the first quarter), we got up and we played to the best of our ability.”

The USA held Honduras to just seven points in the second period, while it raced to a combined 26 points from six different players to lead 38-20 at halftime.

The USA outscored Honduras by only two points in the third period, 14-12, to lead 52-32 headed into the final 10 minutes, but the fourth quarter was all USA. The North Americans compiled their highest-scoring period thus far with 34 points, while allowing Honduras just nine.

“It was really fun in the fourth quarter,” said Bexley Wallace (Pickerington Central H.S./Pickerington, Ohio). “We really started playing as a team and moving the ball fast.”

The USA recorded 60 points in the paint, 30 points off of fast-break opportunities and 55 points off of the bench. The USA also scored 28 points off of Honduras’ 23 turnovers and won the rebounding battle 63-37.

Nelly Rapalo led Honduras with 21 points, while her teammate, Danna Grenald collected 14 rebounds.

Also today, in the USA’s Group A, Argentina (0-1) will play Mexico (1-0) at 9 p.m. (EDT); while in Group B, Brazil (2-0) topped Cuba (0-2) 82-50, while Canada (1-0) will play Venezuela (0-1) at 7 p.m. (EDT).

The top two finishing teams from each preliminary round group will advance to the semifinals, and the third and fourth-placed teams will compete for fifth-through-eighth places. The semifinals will be played on June 27, and the finals will be on June 28.

The USA’s assistant coaches are Dianne Lewis of Thomas Edison High School in Virginia and Samantha Quigley, who is the head coach at the University of St. Francis (NAIA) in Illinois.

The USA is 17-0 all-time in U16 play and is looking to capture a fourth-straight gold medal at the event.

Related Videos

Dawn Staley, playing in her third Olympic Games, was elected by her peers - all U.S. team captains - to carry the flag and lead the U.S. delegation into the 2004 Opening Ceremony. She reflects back on her selection and what it meant to her.

After each led USA U16 teams to gold medals, Mark Campbell and Mike Jones share the award.

USA Women's U16: Medal Round Highlights


Catch some of the best action from the USA U16 women's quarterfinal, semifinal and gold medal game.

Highlights: 2019 USA Women's U16 National Team Preliminary Round


Highlights from the 2019 USA Basketball Women's National Team's three preliminary round victories.

Related Content

It’s an Olympic year – again! The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to take place July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. With 2020 in the rearview, USA Basketball looks onward and upward in what it hopes to be a healthy, golden year for basketball. Here are marquee events on the USA Basketball 2021 calendar and notables to keep your eyes on: 

Behind a MVP performance by JBM (19.5 ppg., 7.0 apg.) in the finals, the USA earned a pair of hard-fought games in the best-of-three grand finals to claim a 2-0 lead over Dominican Republic and earn the FIBA Esports Open II North and Central America Conference championship

The inaugural USA E-Team was selected on Nov. 9, has been practicing and scrimmaging at least five days a week since then and is ready for the competition to begin.

The USA Basketball E-National Team, which averaged 85.0 points to its opponents’ 48.0 points per game and finished the first day of competition in the 2020 FIBA Esports Open II North and Central American Conference with a 4-1 record and in a good position to advance to the finals.

When playing a little word association with John ‘JBM’ Mascone, he said the athlete he considers to be his GOAT was tennis legend Roger Federer.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login

Forgot Password?