USA Women Take Gold at World University Games

Aug. 19, 2005

Izmir, Turkey -

Stanford junior Brooke Smith and the rest of the 2005 USA Women's World University Games Team dominated its seventh-straight opponent en route to the gold medal, as the Americans defeated Serbia & Montenegro, 79-53, on Friday. Outscoring its opponents by 43.4 ppg. and shooting a stellar 56.2 percent from the field, the gold is the USA's sixth and 13th overall medal in World University Games action.

Smith, who saw action in all seven games, averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. The Marin native shot 80% from the field, and finished with a perfect free-throw percentage, making all four of her attempts. Smith also added 10 assists and five steals during the U.S. gold-medal run.

In its seven games, the U.S. scored 97.7 ppg and dominated the battle of the boards with a +24.7 rpg margin.

The USA women have enjoyed outstanding success in the World University Games and have now earned 13 medals, including six golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. USA Basketball last sent a squad to the 2001 World University Games, where the U.S. ran off to a 7-1 record and clinched the gold medal in Beijing, China. USA Basketball did not send a team to the last World University Games in 2003.