Willis, USA Win Gold

Aug. 19, 2005

The United States women's basketball team defeated Serbia-Montenegro 79-63 on Friday in Izmir, Turkey to win the gold medal at the World University Games.

LSU senior Seimone Augustus led the U.S. team with 18 points. UCLA's Lisa Willis (Narbonne High School) scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half for the U.S. team which led 43-28 at the break. The Bruin senior went three-for-six from behind the three-point arc.

'Our bench was so deep,' said Willis. 'All these teams were good, but relied on a few players. If five of our players got worn out, we could go to five others.'

The U.S. team led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter in the battle of unbeaten teams. The Americans then outscored Serbia-Montenegro 28-20 in the second and built a 19-point lead by the third-period buzzer.

The U.S. team forced 29 turnovers in the contest and shot 53 percent from the field in concluding the competition with a perfect 7-0 record. The American women have now medaled in 13 of their 14 World University Games appearances. It was the United States' sixth gold medal in WUG history.

In the bronze medal game, Australia beat Russia 81-72.

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