Nicole Powell, U.S. Win Bronze Medal At FIBA Women's Basketball Junior World Championships
July 22, 2001
BRNO, Czech Republic - The 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior World Championship Team earned the bronze medal at the FIBA Junior World Championships with a 77-72 victory over Australia on Sunday, July 22. The medal was the United States' second in a row at the event after finishing no higher than fifth in the inaugural three tournaments.
Australia (5-2) jumped out to a 17-8 advantage in the opening six minutes, but the U.S. (6-1) rallied with an 11-0 run of its own. The U.S. led 27-20 after one quarter, though Australia answered back to tie the game 43-43 at halftime.
The U.S. then pulled away in the third quarter with a 13-2 run that opened up a 60-49 lead with 3:38 left in the third. The lead grew to 72-55 with 3:58 remaining in the contest before the Australians mounted a furious last second comeback. Australia cut the advantage all the way down to three (75-72) with 10.5 seconds remaining,, but a pair of U.S. free throws put the game away.
Stanford's Nicole Powell (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe HS) started at forward for the U.S. for the seventh consecutive game, and grabbed a pair of rebounds (one offensive) in seven minutes. Powell was also 0-of-1 from the floor.
In Sunday's other medal game, the host Czech Republic (6-1) captured the gold medal with a 82-80 win over Russia (5-2). In other contests, France (5-2) routed Cuba (3-4) 77-55 for fifth place, Brazil (4-3) defeated Lithuania (2-5) 78-54 for seventh place, China (3-4) edged Poland (2-5) 68-63 for ninth place and Japan (1-6) destroyed Mali (0-7) 83-42 for 11th place.