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Additional Quotes: USA 83, Colombia 47

  • Date:
    Aug 6, 2018

Game Story
• Box Score

USA head coach Jeff Walz (Louisville)

On the game:
It was a great basketball game. We knew it was going to be competitive, and it was one that we needed, because we needed to understand when you have breakdowns, either physically or mentally, good teams take advantage of that. And that’s what Colombia did a fantastic job of – they really hurt us when we had breakdowns. 

And then we had different players step up, and that’s what is so exciting about this, everybody is capable of playing big for us. I thought that group that was out there for us at the end of the first half really gave us a big boost that we needed, and then we were able to continue. It something we have to learn from and continue to grow, and hopefully take another step forward tomorrow night.

What was the difference in the second quarter?
I thought we did a much better job defensively – we understood our principles, we weren’t gambling, we made them shoot over us, we didn’t help as much off of shooters. The players just did a great job.

Do you think the team is ready for the gold medal game?
This is what you work three weeks for, three-and-a-half weeks for, training camp and then down here. So, yeah, I have no doubt that they are going to be excited and be ready to play tomorrow night.

Jenna Brown (Stanford/Smyrna, Ga.)
On the game:
We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but as we picked on up on our execution and got more disciplined, we picked things up offensively and defensively. 

Did the team ever hang its head or have doubt?
That is what I was impressed with – when it was a little tight in the beginning, we just kept pushing forward and kept sticking to our principles. We knew what we needed to do to win the game.

It looked like you were having fun in the second half – what was it like out there?
It was a lot of fun. I was very grateful that my coach believed in me enough to put me in the game, and my teammates got me the ball. It was a lot of fun out there.

What are your thoughts on playing in the gold medal game?
I’m very excited. This is something I’ve wanted to do my entire life, and I’m excited to do it tomorrow. 

Maori Davenport (Charles Henderson H.S./Troy, Ala.)
On the game:
We played as a team today. We dug deep and gave it our all for each and every single teammate.

What was the difference in the second quarter?
Energy and effort – that’s all it was in the second quarter that made that difference. 

Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.)
On the game:
We started off kind of slow, but we ended up picking it up. At the beginning, we came out expecting to win, and then once they started hitting shots, we knew we had to dig deeper. 

What was the difference in the second quarter?
We executed.

Did the team ever hang its head or have doubt?
We didn’t have any doubt. We knew if we did everything right and executed well, then we would pull it out in the end.

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