Jayne Appel Helps USA Claim Gold Medal
July 5, 2006
Colorado Springs, Colo. - Incoming Stanford freshman Jayne Appel (Carondelet H.S./Pleasant Hill, Calif.) helped the USA Basketball U18 Women's National Team (4-0) win a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Women with four-straight wins at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., this past weekend.
The USA began with a 121-56 victory over Paraguay, then added a 75-48 victory over Brazil and an 81-47 win over Argentina before capping the tournament with an 87-52 leveling of Canada in the gold medal game on Sunday night.
In the championship game against Canada, Appel started for the U.S. and posted nine points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in just 22 minutes. It was a game in which the U.S. never trailed, but with the score knotted at 4-4 with 8:58, the red, white and blue put on a highlight reel 10-0 run and never looked back again. Appel took an outside feed from Kayla Pedersen and sent in the USA's first 3-pointer of the game at 8:38. That was followed by a long-range three from Khadijah Rushdan, who was left open due to her distance from the basket; a Charles layup off of a no-look Italee Lucas pass; and Rushdan capped the run by winding her way through traffic for a layup. During that time the defense rattled Canada into four turnovers and three missed shots. By the end of the first quarter the United States was up 26-15, with Canada shooting 7-of-8 free throws in the latter half of the first period as the USA held the Canucks to just two field goals.
In the semifinal round, Appel pulled down nine rebounds and three blocks against Argentina, and in the quarterfinals against Brazil, she posted eight points and four rebounds despite being limited to just 13 minutes on the court because of fouls.
Appel averaged seven points, nine rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just under 16 minutes per game during the tournament.
The USA now boasts a 28-2 record in all-time FIBA Americas U18 Championship play and owns four golds (1998, 2000, 2004, 2006) and two silvers (1992, 1996).