USA Women Defeat Poland 89-63 At World University Games

Aug. 15, 2005

The 2005 USA Women's World University Games Team overcame a one-point deficit midway through the third quarter and earned a hard-fought victory over Poland, 89-63, in the final preliminary round game. UCLA senior guard Lisa Willis scored 11 points and sunk three three-pointers as Team USA improved to 4-0 and took the top spot in Group B. They will face Taiwan in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Poland kept the game close until the fourth quarter, never trailing by less than nine points in the first three periods. The U.S. outscored Poland 51-28 in the second half and outrebounded its opponents by 23 to take control of the game late in the third quarter.

The U.S. had a three-point advantage at halftime but gave up the lead with 9:00 left in the third quarter when a free throw and a three-pointer put Poland ahead 39-38. Layups by Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers) and Sylvia Fowles (LSU) within a 10-second span allowed the Americans to regain the lead, 42-39, with 8:09 left in the third. Poland took another lead, 45-44, at the 6:00 mark of the third quarter, but Seimone Augustus (LSU) hit a jumper at the 5:17 mark to give the Americans a 46-45 lead they never relinquished.

Two Augustus baskets brought the American lead to 55-46 with 2:50 left in the third stanza, but Poland pulled to within five on a basket from Magdalena Leciejewska with 30 seconds remaining. However, Willis gave the U.S. some breathing room with a three-pointer to take a 60-52 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The U.S. dominated in the fourth quarter, scoring the first 14 points of the quarter and outscoring Poland 29-9 overall.

Megan Duffy (Notre Dame) led all scorers with 13 points and also posted seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Fowles grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with eight points and three blocks. Joining Duffy in double figures for the U.S. were Augustus with 12 and Jessica Davenport (Ohio State) and Willis with 11 apiece. Willis also recorded four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

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