Wiggins Scores USA-Record 28 Points in 124-37 Win Over Congo
July 16, 2005
TUNIS, TUNISIA (July 16, 2005) - In a game in which U.S. game records fell like the USA 3-pointers, behind a record tying 28 points on a record seven made 3-pointers from Candice Wiggins (Stanford / Poway, Calif.) and a record 15-of-25 shooting as a team from behind the 3-point line, the USA (2-0) put away Congo (0-2) early and rolled on to an overwhelming 124-37 win Saturday in Tunis, Tunisia. The U.S. continues preliminary round play in the 2005 FIBA U19 World Championship on Sunday, meeting 1-1 Serbia & Montenegro.
The USA's 124 points were the most scored by an American team (surpassing the previous mark of 109 versus Japan in 1993) in the FIBA event since it was held in 1985. All told, the U.S. broke or tied seven team records, while Wiggins tied the USA mark for most points in a game (also held by Alana Beard versus Russia on 2001) and set the record for made 3-point field goals (the previous record of four was done seven times).
As a team the U.S. established new team single game records for highest field goal percentage after sinking 47-0f-78 shots for a 60.3 field goal percentage, most 3-point shots made (15) and attempted (25), highest 3-point shooting percentage with a 60.0 percent shooting accuracy, most assists (31) and the U.S. tied the record for most rebounds (66).
Wiggins gave an indication early that it was going to be her night when just six seconds into the game she drained the first of seven 3-pointers.
'Coach Jack (USA assistant coach Felisha Leggette-Jack) is the coach for the guards and she was talking about just being relaxed. The offense we run is really focused on our post players and getting the ball inside. In this game I just relaxed and for me if I relax I shoot pretty well. It was nice to be in a rhythm,' stated Wiggins, who earned Pacific 10 Conference Player and Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 17.5 points and shooting 33.6 percent from three while a frosh at Stanford.
Falling behind 5-3 in the game's early going, the U.S., with Wiggins accounting for five points, scored 12 straight points in the course of 3:19 to grab control 15-5. Holding a 24-15 lead, University of Virginia guard Sharnee' Zoll (Virginia/Philadelphia, Pa.) connected on a short jumper with 18 seconds left in the second quarter, then proceeded to drain a long three at the buzzer to push the USA lead to 29-15.