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USA Starts 2-0 in WU18 Americas Championship with Win Over Puerto Rico

  • Date:
    Jun 14, 2022

The 2022 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team secured their second victory in 2022 FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship group play with a 93-38 win over Puerto Rico Tuesday at Estadio Obras Sanitarias in Buenos Aires.

The USA shared the ball and saw scoring from across the roster. The team had five players finish with 10-plus points in Cotie McMahon (15), Isuneh Brady (14), Aalyah Del Rosario (14), Justine Pissott (13) and Indya Nivar (10). Out of the five players, Brady was the only one to have scored in double figures in the Americans' matchup yesterday against Colombia.

After an opening quarter that saw the Americans tied with Puerto Rico, 12-12, the USA picked up the pace, pushed the ball on the break and played downhill while cashing in on a total 33 fast break points in the game. They were quick to get back on defense, as well, not allowing any points off the break from the opponent.

The Americans rebounded from shooting 28.6% (6-21 FG) from the field in the first quarter to finish the game shooting 48.7% (36-74 FG). Following a 12-point first quarter, the USA kept Puerto Rico to just 26 points through the rest of the contest. The USA ultimately held Puerto Rico to shooting 20.0% from the field (10-59 FG), highlighted by some stellar team defense. The USA collected 11 steals and 10 blocks in the contest, fronted by Chloe Kitts who led the team in blocks (4) and steals (2).

The Americans also bested their opponent on the boards, finishing with 60 rebounds as opposed to Puerto Rico’s total of 30. Surprisingly, Del Rosario was the only player for USA to record over 10 rebounds. She would finish with her first double-double of the tournament with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Kailyn Gilbert and S’Mya Nichols missed the game (health and safety protocols).

The USA will be back in action Wednesday with their final Group B contest against El Salvador. The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. EDT on www.youtube.com/FIBA.

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