U.S. Remains Unbeaten At FIBA Junior World Championships
July 18, 2001
BRNO, Czech Republic - The USA Basketball Junior World Championship team set three program records en route to an easy 97-29 win over Mali on Thursday, July 18 at the 2001 FIBA Junior World Championships.
The 68-point victory surpassed the USA's previous best margin of 37 set in 1985 against Canada (84-47). The Americans also set new records for assists with 19 (old record of 17 vs. Cuba, 1997) and field goal percentage at 61.3 (old record of 58.8 vs. Spain, 1989).
The Americans scored the first seven points of the game, and later used a 16-0 run to take a 23-3 advantage. The U.S. (4-0) led Mali (0-4) 33-4 after one quarter, 64-15 at halftime and 84-22 after three periods.
Stanford University sophomore-to-be Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) started at forward for the U.S. and had eight points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. She was 4-of-7 from the floor, including 0-of-1 from 3-point range, grabbed four of her seven boards on the offensive end and had one turnover and one personal foul.
In other Group B games, Lithuania (2-2) beat China (0-4) 78-71 and Russia (4-0) topped Brazil (2-2) 80-63. In Group A, Poland (1-3) defeated Japan (0-4) 73-72, Australia (4-0) knocked off France (2-2) 80-67 and the Czech Republic (4-0) routed Cuba (1-3) 83-55. The Americans conclude pool play against Russia on Friday, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. (PDT).