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
Olivia Miles

USA U16 Women Reach Gold Medal Game With 103-30 Win Over Puerto Rico

  • Date:
    Jun 21, 2019

Box Score
Additional Quotes
Photo Gallery
Schedule & Results
Cumulative Statistics

The USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team (5-0) once again was propelled by its defense in a 103-30 win over Puerto Rico (2-3) in the semifinals of the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship on Friday night at Polideportivo arena in Puerto Aysen, Chile.

The U.S. will face also-unbeaten Canada (5-0) in Saturday’s gold medal game at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Puerto Rico and Chile (3-2) will play in the bronze medal game at 6 p.m. EDT. All games will stream live online at and

The USA held Puerto Rico to just 19.4% from the field (13-67 FGs), forced 30 turnovers and won the rebounding battle 65-36.

Offensively, five U.S. players reached double-digit scoring, and Olivia Miles (Blair Academy/Phillipsburg, N.J.) set a USA women’s U16 record with 11 assists.

“We are going to be good, because we are really good in the half court on defense,” said USA head coach Mark Campbell (Union University). “We dominated the glass, and we shared the basketball. Olivia made some unbelievable passes tonight that are really just outside of things that people normally see. We just have a group of people that are really unselfish, and they play really hard.”

Lauren Betts (Grandview H.S./Centennial, Colo.) led all scorers with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; Janiah Barker (Tampa Bay Tech H.S., Fla./Marietta, Ga.) scored 15 points and hauled in a game-best 13 rebounds; Saylor Poffenbarger (Middletown H.S./Middletown, Md.) added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists; and Aaliyah Moore (Moore H.S./Moore, Okla.) and Payton Verhulst (Bishop Meige H.S./De Soto, Kan.) chipped in 10 points apiece.

Puerto Rico managed to keep within range of the USA in the first quarter, which finished with the USA leading 18-9.

“We definitely started slow,” Poffenbarger said. “We didn’t start very intense on defense. And kudos to them. I think they were really prepared.”

The U.S. opened the second period on a 14-2 run to pull away 32-11 with 6:48 to play, and by the midway point the U.S. was up 41-20.

The USA compiled its largest scoring quarter of the tournament thus far with a 37-6 third quarter, and then outscored Puerto Rico 25-4 in the fourth period for the 103-30 win.

“We started off kind of rocky, but we came together at halftime, and we played better after that,” said Timea Gardiner (Fremont H.S./Ogden, Utah). “We changed our intensity, and our energy and our defense. Our defense fires our offense in transition, and that is what we are good at. So, we try to do our best on defense to get stops.”

In the classification games, Brazil (2-3) topped Mexico (1-4) 49-39, and Ecuador (2-3) beat El Salvador (0-5) 59-26. Ecuador and Brazil will play for fifth place at 3:30 p.m. EDT, and El Salvador and Mexico will play for seventh place at 1:15 p.m. EDT.

As the top four finishing teams, the USA, Canada, Chile and Puerto Rico, qualified for the 2020 FIBA U17 World Cup that will be played in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The USA’s assistant coaches are Kelly Carruthers (James Bowie H.S., Texas) and Ruth Sinn (University of St. Thomas, Minn.).

Related Tags:

Related Videos

Don't miss some of USA Basketball's funniest sound from 2021.

Carol Callan steps away from USA Basketball after helping steer the program to a seventh-straight Olympic gold medal, five of the past six FIBA World Cup golds and countless gold medals at junior events.

Members of the 2021 USA Basketball Women's National Team gathered in San Antonio for a training camp March 30-April 2 ahead of the NCAA Final Four. These are some highlights from each day's post-practice media calls.

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.

Related Content

USA Basketball today announced the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball November 2022 Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team.


USA Basketball will present a pair of webinars this week to demonstrate the features of the USA Basketball E-Learning platform.

Tickets for USA Basketball's upcoming FIBA Men’s World Cup Qualifying games on Nov. 11 and 14 go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. ET.

USA Basketball launched the 2022-23 coach license season, which will run through Sept. 30, 2023.

  • Author:
    Peter Kropf, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Oct 10, 2022

NYC Blue defeated reigning 3X Nationals champion 3Ball Omaha for the 2022 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X East Regional title.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login

Forgot Password?