Nicole Powell Leads USA To Bronze Medal At FIBA Women's Basketball Junior World Championships
July 31, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Stanford University sophomore-to-be Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) finished among the tournament leaders in both 3-point percentage and rebounding at the FIBA Junior Women's Basketball World Championships en route to leading the United States to the bronze medal.
Powell, who started all seven games at forward for the U.S. (6-1), finished fourth in the 12-team tournament in 3-point percentage at 44.4 (8-of-18) percent. That mark ranks second in USA Junior World Championship history behind only Stanford great Sonja Henning's 46.2 (6-of-13) percent showing in 1989. The 2000-01 Freshman All-American and First Team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection also tied a U.S. Junior World Championship single game record with four 3-pointers in the semifinals vs. the Czech Republic.
On the boards, Powell showed the same form that made her the first Stanford player to ever win the Pac-10 rebounding title. The 6-foot-2 forward ranked 16th in the tournament, and first on the team, in rebounds per game at 6.3. Powell led the U.S. in rebounding in four of its seven contests, pulling down team-highs of 10 vs. Lithuania, 10 vs. China, nine vs. Brazil and seven vs. Mali (tie).
Overall, Powell ranked fourth on the team with 7.0 points per game to along with the 6.3 rebounds. She played 127 minutes in the tournament (18.1 per game), and shot 51.3 (20-of-39) percent from the field, 44.4 (8-of-18) percent from 3-point range and 33.3 (1-of-3) percent from the free throw line. She grabbed a team-high 44 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive end, to go along with seven steals, six assists, two blocked shots, 11 turnovers and 11 personal fouls.
The United States opened the competition by winning Group B with a perfect 5-0 record. In its six-team pool, the U.S. defeated Lithuania 89-71 (July 14), China 84-52 (July 15), Brazil 83-71 (July 16), Mali 97-29 (July 18) and Russia 99-80 (July 19). The Americans then lost a 92-88 heartbreaker to the host and eventual gold medalist Czech Republic (July 21) before rebounding to defeat Australia 77-72 (July 22) for the bronze medal.