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2019 USA U16 Women

Additional Quotes: USA 114, El Salvador 19

  • Date:
    Jun 17, 2019

Game Story

USA head coach Mark Campbell (Union University)
How did you think your team played in its first game?
I think that we have been playing against such really good teams during training camp that it prevented us from getting out in transition, because we were playing teams that were more athletic than us and stronger than us. Part of that is frustrating, part of that is concerning as a coach. And then, you are able to play people your age, and you are able to get out. I think we experienced some of that against Canada in the fourth quarter of our scrimmage, some freedom getting the ball out.

We just have a really unselfish team. I think Olivia took two shots tonight, and every time she had the ball in her hands our team is better. So, if people are content doing the things they do great and not trying to get outside of that, then you are talking about team basketball. I think in the second half we had 14 assists to 17 baskets made, and that’s what we talked about at halftime, and I think we only had five turnovers.

We handled the second half well by slowing things down and being able to set up our offense in the half court and show some discipline. I thought they did a really good job of that.

What did you see that you want to work on?
One of the things about guarding international players is they tend to get driving lanes to the basket by being able to shot fake and pass fake, and we got up in the air a bunch and were undisciplined in stances and gave up some lines, but we’ve been talking about that. It’s something that we are going to have to work on.

On playing Chile tomorrow in what is expected to be a full arena:
There have been a couple of times I’ve coached in that type of atmosphere, but not a lot. What I thought about during the opening ceremony was, that there was a joy inside me seeing the nationalism in the arena. To see how everybody was singing the (Chilean) anthem. I got goose bumps a little bit from the pride they showed in their country.

Lauren Betts (Grandview H.S./Centennial, Colo.)
How do you think you guys played as a team in your first game?
Just from the start, we played super strong. We did a good job of playing together as a team, not playing one-on-one and working together.

What is your reaction to playing in your first official game for USA Basketball?
It was awesome. We just transferred all of our hype from yesterday, when we couldn’t play, to today. We were just so excited. Being out of the country is amazing, and I think it is awesome playing with all of these amazing girls.

KK Bransford (Mount Notre Dame H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio)
How do you think you guys played as a team in your first game?
We played really together. We executed the little things that we worked on in shoot arounds and for the last two weeks. We just all played really hard and with a lot of effort.

What was the team focused on in the second half?
In the second half we really focused on executing plays and just doing the details and the little things, and I think we did a really good job doing that.

Londynn Jones (Santiago H.S./Riverside, Calif.)
How do you think you guys played as a team in your first game?
I think we did really good. We paid attention to the little things.

On her 21 points:
If it wasn’t for my teammates, I wouldn’t have gotten the shots off, so shout-out to them for getting me the ball. It’s all a team thing, and I had fun tonight.

Olivia Miles (Blair Academy/Phillipsburg, N.J.)
How do you think you guys played as a team in your first game?
We played really well, especially from the start. That is something that we are working on, really having that energy from the first play on and that leading into the rest of the game. We really just came out well, and that translated to the rest of the game.

What was the team focused on in the second half?
We were trying to not turn the ball over and executing, rebounding, pushing the ball up the floor and running lanes, all of the above. We just really came together as a team and were there for each other and trusted each other and got it done.

How is the experience overall?
I couldn’t have imagined anything like this, just being with my teammates and the coaches and the supportive system around us. It is amazing, and it is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I definitely will cherish this for the rest of my life.


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