U.S. Wins Group B At FIBA Junior World Championships
July 19, 2001
BRNO, Czech Republic - The 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team clinched first place in Group B at the FIBA Junior World Championships with an impressive 99-80 victory over Russia on Thursday, July 19 in the Czech Republic.
The Americans conclude Group B play with a perfect 5-0 record to clinch a berth in the semifinals on Saturday, July 21. In the semis, the U.S. will play the Czech Republic (4-1 in Group A) at 5:45 a.m. (PT) and Russia (4-1 in Group B) faces Australia (5-0 in Group A) at 8:00 a.m. (PT).
The U.S. jumped out to an 11-2 lead, but Russia rallied to take a 20-19 advantage after one quarter and a 50-47 at the half. But the Americans answered with 12 unanswered points to start the third quarter, and built the lead to a commanding 76-60 entering the final period.
Stanford's Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) started at a forward slot for the U.S. and finished with three points in five minutes of action. Powell was 1-of-2 from the floor, including 1-of-1 from 3-point range, and committed one turnover.
In other final round Group B action on Thursday, China (1-4) routed Mali (0-5) 79-50 and Brazil (3-2) edged Lithuania (2-3) 79-74. In Group A, France (3-2) knocked off Japan (0-5) 75-67, Cuba (2-3) defeated Poland (1-4) 64-53 and Australia beat the Czech Republic 61-55 to clinch first place in the pool.