USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team Routs Japan

July 6, 2001

FAIRFAX, Va. - The USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship improved to 2-0 at the 2001 USA Basketball Junior International Invitational with an easy 95-52 win over Japan (1-1) on Thursday after at George Mason University.

The Americans used a 14-4 run to take a 22-9 lead after the first quarter, and went on to lead 47-21 at halftime. The United States shot an impressive 50.0 (39-of-78) percent from the floor in the contest, while Japan was held to 28.6 (18-of-63) percent.

Stanford University's Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS), who will be a sophomore in the fall, had two points (1-of-4 shooting) and six rebounds (five defensive) in 11 minutes off the bench. She also had an assist, a steal and a personal foul.

The U.S. closes out preliminary play in the four-nation event against China (0-2) on Friday at 1:00 p.m. (ET). In Thursday's other game, Brazil (1-1) defeated China 89-62.

If the United States wins on Friday, it clinches a spot in the tournament's gold medal game on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (ET) at George Washington University.

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