Kayla Pedersen And Jeanette Pohlen Key USA Basketball's World University Games To Gold Medal
July 11, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia - Stanford's Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen played key roles in helping the 2009 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team claim the gold medal with an 83-64 victory over Russia at the World University Games Saturday in Belgrade, Serbia. Pedersen scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the contest while Pohlen scored seven points and led the team with five assists.
The USA's victory completed a perfect 7-0 run through the tournament in which it outscored opponents by an average of 33.1 points per game.
The victory over Russia earned Pedersen her third career gold medal with USA Basketball, having previously won golds at the FIBA U18 World Championships in 2006 and at the FIBA U19 World Championships in 2007. For Pohlen the World University Games title is her first USA Basketball gold medal.
Pohlen's gold medal now boosts Stanford's full tally of USA Basketball gold medalists on its 2009-10 roster to six, joining Pedersen, Jayne Appel, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Sarah Boothe and incoming freshman Joslyn Tinkle in the group.
In Saturday's final, Russia took a 28-20 lead early in the second quarter before Pohlen scored five straight points to kick-start a 19-3 U.S. run that gave it a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way. Pohlen hit a three-pointer with 7:15 to go in the period then made a steal and converted on the fast break on Russia's ensuing possession.
Pedersen converted a three-point play that capped a 9-0 USA run to start the second half which increased the team's lead to 48-31.
For the tournament, Pedersen scored 7.1 points per game and was third on the U.S. with 6.4 rebounds a game. She also started four of the seven games, including the gold-medal contest. Pohlen ended the tournament having started six of the seven U.S. games, including Saturday's final, scoring 5.0 points per game, hitting seven three-pointers and finishing second on the team with 3.0 assists a game.