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Additional Quotes: USA 80, Italy 68

  • Date:
    Jul 5, 2015

Box Score

Game Recap 

• Schedule & Results

USA head coach Joe McKeown (Northwestern)
On the first game:
“I felt like we did a lot of good things and showed some things we can build on. We have to clean up our turnovers. I thought defensively in the second, third and most of the fourth quarter, we did a much better job of defending the 3 and not letting them get to the rim. We talked better. We’re still learning how to space the floor, but our quickness took over and our offensive rebounding looked phenomenal. We saw a lot of positive things right there.”

On the second-quarter run:
“We play in spurts and that’s dangerous. When we have those spurts, we can control the defensive rebounds and get out in transition. When you get up like that, you have to be able to put teams away.” 

On the USA’s offensive rebounding:
“Erica McCall was incredible. She just went after absolutely everything. We need that from everyone, our perimeter people too. Aerial [Powers] did a great job on the glass and Brionna [Jones] was able to keep a lot of balls alive. When you can get another possession, a second shot, that’s something that just wears teams down. 

On preparing for the next game against China:
“We’ll look at where some of our mistakes were, but mostly we want to focus on all of the good things that we did. The great thing about having a game where you really turn it over, you have a chance to redeem yourself tomorrow. There’s not a lot of down time, but I think that’s a positive for us. Everybody is going to play a similar style, so we have to get ready to defend it more than anything else.”

Jordan Canada (UCLA/Los Angeles, Calif.)
On winning the first game of the tournament:
“It feels great. We had been waiting for about two and half weeks for this moment, practicing hard. We came out a little bit slow, but we picked the pace as the game went on. We were all glad to be out there.”

On the team overcoming a slow start:
“Coach [McKeown] emphasized that we needed to push the ball in transition because that’s where we’re better. That’s where most of our points come from. We just had to get stops on defense so we could get out in transition, push the ball up the floor and get to the basket.”

On her strong fourth quarter:
“It was very important for us to finish strong. As a point guard, you set the tone for your team and try to make sure that everyone is always on the same page. That’s what I tried to do today.”

Erica McCall (Stanford/Bakersfield, Calif.)
On winning the first game of the tournament:
“It feels really great. We’ve been practicing for a while and going really hard, so it was great to finally get to play and to get this win. They were a really tough team and this was a great win for us.

On the offensive rebounds:
“Those were really important because they kept us motivated to keep pushing even though we weren’t making shots. Those offensive rebounds really boosted our energy.”

Aerial Powers (Michigan State/Detroit, Mich.)
On her first USA Basketball game:
“It felt great. At the start we all came out so excited. This was my first USA Basketball game ever, so it was a great experience coming out. We had the big crowd behind us which was a lot fun.”

On her strong second-quarter effort:
“The game had been going back and forth, back and forth and sometimes when it’s like that, you need someone to step up and give the team that spurt. This time I was that player, but we have great players all over. Everybody has to step up and do their part and that’s pretty much what happened.”

On closing out the fourth quarter:
“It’s extremely important to leave the game with a lot of confidence and feeling good about the win. The last couple of minutes, bad or good, always defines your team if they’re going to be able to play through the adversity. It was great to finish that way today.” 

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