Nicole Powell Ties U.S. Junior World Championship Single Game Three-Point Record
July 21, 2001
BRNO, Czech Republic - The host Czech Republic (5-1) spoiled the USA's bid for a second consecutive FIBA Junior World Championship title with a 92-88 semifinal victory on Saturday, July 21.
The Americans, who won the gold medal in 1997 after finishing no higher than fifth in the first three times the championship was held, will face Australia (5-1) for the bronze medal on Sunday, July 22 at 8:45 a.m. (PT). Russia (5-1), which defeated Australia 69-54 in Saturday's other semifinal, will meet the Czech Republic for the gold medal on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (PT).
Stanford's Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) had 14 points and six rebounds for the Americans in 23 minutes at a starting forward slot. The sophomore-to-be was 5-of-12 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range, and 0-of-2 from the foul line. Powell's four 3-pointers tied the United States Junior World Championship single game record, which has been accomplished on six other occasions dating back to 1993. She also grabbed three of her six rebounds on the offensive end and had four personal fouls and three turnovers.
The Czech Republic scored the first nine points of the game, but the Americans came back to tie the game at 23 after one quarter. The game remained tied at 44 at halftime and at 63 midway through the third period before the Czech Republic took the lead for good at 66-63 on a 3-pointer at the 4:02 mark. The hosts later scored the final six points of the third quarter to take a 75-67 advantage heading into the fourth.
The Czech Republic built the lead to as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, but the Americans cut the lead to four (87-83) with 1:55 to play. The lead grew back to eight after four consecutive free throws before Powell connected on the last of her four 3-pointers with 30 seconds to play. The Americans, however, could get no closer than three points the rest of the way as the Czech Republic moved on to the gold medal game.
In consolation play on Saturday, China (2-4) defeated Japan (0-6) 85-65, Poland (2-4) handled Mali (0-6) 79-56, Cuba (3-3) edged Brazil (3-3) 64-62 and France (4-2) beat Lithuania (2-4) 74-66.