Nicole Powell Records 10 Rebounds In U.S. Win Over China
July 17, 2001
BRNO, Czech Republic - Stanford University's Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) narrowly missed her second consecutive double-double as the United States (2-0) cruised to an 84-52 win over China (0-2) at the FIBA Women's Basketball Junior World Championships on Sunday afternoon.
Powell had nine points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes at a starting forward slot. Powell, who had 10 points and 10 boards in an 89-71 win over Lithuania on Saturday, was 4-of-5 from the floor and 1-of-1 from 3-point range while grabbing five boards apiece on both the offensive and defensive ends. She is now 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from the floor in two World Championship games, and has led the U.S. in rebounding on both occasions. Also against China, she had two steals, one blocked shot, three turnovers and one personal foul.
'We had a lot of energy today,' Powell said. 'Everyone played really well, everyone was energized and everyone played awesome. We hit our shots (35-of-74, 47.3 percent). What was really good about today is that everyone contributed to the win. It's important for everyone to contribute and we all did that.'
The U.S. took control early thanks to a 13-2 run midway through the first quarter. Powell had four of her points in the run, which turned a 3-2 deficit into a 15-4 U.S. lead with 3:27 left in the opening quarter. The Americans went on to lead by 24 (43-19) at halftime and 36 (70-34) after three quarters. The U.S. also dominated China on the boards by a 60-24 margin, including a 24-7 advantage on the offensive glass.
The U.S. returns to action at 11:45 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday night when it takes on Brazil (2-0). The Americans defeated Brazil 81-60 and 82-61 at the USA Basketball Junior International Invitational earlier this month.
In other Group B games on Sunday, Russia (2-0) edged Lithuania (0-2) 69-67 and Brazil routed Mali (0-2) 98-34. In Group A, France (1-1) beat Cuba (1-1) 71-66, the Czech Republic (2-0) knocked off Poland (0-2) 83-62 and Australia (2-0) drilled Japan (0-2) 91-54.