USA Improves To 3-0 at FIBA Women's Basketball Junior World Championships

July 16, 2001

BRNO, Czech Republic - The United States improved to 3-0 at the 2001 FIBA Women's Basketball Junior World Championship with an 83-71 victory over previously undefeated Brazil (2-1) on Monday morning.

The United States will now take Tuesday off before facing Mali (0-3) on Wednesday at 2:00 a.m. (PT) in the fourth of five rounds of pool play. In other Group B games on Monday, Russia (3-0) beat China (0-3) 85-67 and Lithuania (1-2) knocked off Mali 66-54. In Group A, Australia (3-0) handled Cuba (1-2) 89-65, France (2-1) defeated Poland (0-3) 76-58 and the Czech Republic (3-0) routed Japan (0-3) 104-64.

The Americans took the lead for good against Brazil at 21-20 on a jumper by Stanford's Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) with 1:23 remaining in the first quarter. The U.S. went on to lead 41-31 at the half and 71-43 after three periods before holding off a late Brazilian rally.

Powell, who started at forward for the third straight game, finished with five points (2-6 field goals, 1-of-4 3-point field goals) and nine rebounds (six defensive) in 24 minutes of action. Powell has now recorded 29 rebounds in the first three games of the tournament. She also had four assists, two steals, three personal fouls and two turnovers against Brazil.

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