Willis, Team USA Defeat China 107-54 At World University Games

Aug. 12, 2005

UCLA senior guard Lisa Willis scored eight points and recorded a game-high five steals to help lead the USA Women's World University Games Team defeat China 107-54 on Friday. Team USA shot 59% from the field and improved to 3-0 in preliminary play.

Willis shot 3-for-6 from the field and was 2-3 from the free throw line. She also pulled down four rebounds. Willis leads the U.S. with seven steals in the tournament and ranks second in three-point shots with three (1.0 average). She is averaging 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game off the bench.

The U.S. received a combined 47 points from post players Jessica Davenport (Ohio State), Sylvia Fowles (LSU) and Liz Shimek (Michigan State). Fowles, who shot 11-of-13 from the field, narrowly missed a double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds.

China kept the score close early, as Wang Jing hit a three-pointer with 5:34 left in the first quarter to tie the score at 10-10. The Americans responded after Davenport made two straight baskets to put the U.S. ahead by four at the 4:32 mark but a jumper by Wang nine seconds later brought the Chinese within two.

That would be as close as China would get for the remainder of the game, as a 3-pointer from Megan Duffy (Notre Dame) ignited a 11-0 U.S. run, including six points from Fowles, to put the red, white and blue on top, 25-12, with 1:12 remaining in the quarter. A three-pointer by Zhao Jing with seven seconds left on the clock in the first frame brought the first quarter halftime score to 27-15.

Three-straight baskets by China to open the second stanza decreased the American lead to eight, 29-21, with 8:12 left in the first half. Davenport responded 15 seconds later with a three point play and Candice Dupree (Temple) brought the score back to double digits, 32-21, off a feed from Duffy.

A 16-5 American run that saw six players score over the next 5:48 gave the U.S. a comfortable 20-point lead with 48 seconds remaining in the half, and the Americans entered the locker room with a 50-32 advantage.

In addition to Fowles' 23 points and nine rebounds, which were both game-highs, the U.S. was led by Davenport and Shimek's 12 points and Brandie Hoskins' (Ohio State) 10.

Wang paced China with 12 points and a game-high seven assists.

In other Group B action, Poland (2-0) secured a 79-39 win over South Africa (0-2). The U.S. will next face Poland in the final game of preliminary round play on Monday.

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