Powell, United States Capture Gold Medal At 2001 USA Basketball Junior International Invitational

July 9, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship team defeated Brazil 90-67 to capture the gold medal at the 2001 USA Basketball Junior International Invitational on Sunday afternoon at George Washington University.

The Brazilians (2-2) led 21-19 after the first quarter, but the Americans answered with a 24-4 second quarter run to take a 52-34 halftime lead. The U.S. extended the lead to as many as 36 (84-48) early in the fourth period to cruise to the gold medal.

Stanford University's Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS), who will be a sophomore in the fall, played 17 minutes at a starting forward position. She had two points (1-of-5 field goals, 0-of-2 on 3-pointers), four rebounds (three defensive) and four assists, to go along with a block, a steal and a personal foul.

For the tournament, Powell played a combined total of 73 minutes (18.3 per game) in the four games (three starts), and averaged 6.3 points (25 total) and 5.3 rebounds. She shot 52.2 (12-of-23 overall, 0-of-2 on 3-pointers) percent from the floor and 50.0 (1-of-2) percent from the foul line. The 2000-01 Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year grabbed 17 of her 21 rebounds on the defensive end, while also collecting nine assists, five personal fouls, four steals, three turnovers and one blocked shot.

In Sunday's opener, China (1-3) captured the bronze medal with a convincing 82-61 victory over Japan (1-3).

The U.S. squad will now travel to Prague, Czech Republic for a July 11-12 training camp before beginning 2001 FIBA Junior World Championship play on Saturday, July 14 against Lithuania in Brno, Czech Republic.

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