Nicole Powell Records Double-Double At Junior World Championships
July 14, 2001
BRNO, Czech Republic - Stanford University sophomore-to-be Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the USA Basketball Women's World Junior Championship Team to an 89-71 win over Lithuania in the opening round of the 2001 FIBA Junior World Championships on Saturday morning.
The USA plays its second of five pool play games in Group B when it takes on China (0-1) on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. (PT). The U.S. defeated China 97-51 at the USA Basketball International Invitational on June 5 in Fairfax, Virginia.
In other opening round Group B games, Brazil defeated China 60-57 and Russia routed Mali 96-37. In Group A, Australia defeated Poland 86-64, the Czech Republic beat France 91-68 and Cuba edged Japan 77-69.
Powell, who was the 2000-01 Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, started at forward for the U.S. and saw 26 minutes of action. She was 4-of-6 from the floor, 1-of-2 from 3-point range and 1-1 from the free throw line, while grabbing six of her 10 rebounds on the defensive end. She also had three steals, two blocked shots, two personal fouls, one assist and one turnover.
Powell recorded two of those steals in a decisive 14-0 third quarter run that put the game away. After Lithuania had cut the U.S. led to 12 with 7:46 left in the third quarter, the Americans answered with the 14 straight points for a 64-38 lead at the 4:48 mark.