Nicole Powell Shines In U.S. Victory

July 9, 2001

FAIRFAX, Va. - Stanford University's Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team (3-0) to a 97-51 win over China (0-3) in the final preliminary round of the 2001 USA Basketball Junior International Invitational on Friday at George Mason University.

Powell was an impressive 8-of-9 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the foul line, while pulling down seven of her nine rebounds on the defensive end. She also had two assists, two turnovers and one personal foul in 21 minutes as a starting forward.

'It was a good game,' Powell said. 'Everything fell into place. We had a lot of good shots and our team played well. Defense is a big key to our team. It plays a big part in our game, it leads our offense and gets us going. It puts a lot of pressure on our opponents. And now we're playing for the championship, which is a good thing.'

The U.S. finished preliminary play in first place with its 3-0 record, followed by Brazil (2-1), Japan (1-2) and China (0-3). In Friday's other game, Brazil defeated Japan 78-65.

The U.S. will now play Brazil for the gold medal on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (ET) at George Washington University. Japan will play China for the bronze medal at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

The American controlled throughout in the easy win over China, leading 26-8 after one quarter and 51-23 at the half. The U.S. out-rebounded China 55-29, and also held its opponent to just 36.4 (20-of-55) percent shooting from the floor.

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