Polk Contributes in Final Exhibition for USA Young Women

July 20, 2003

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BOSTON (July 20) - University of Arizona women's basketball player Shawntinice Polk contributed five points and four rebounds to help the USA Young Women's National Team defeat the Australia Young Women's Team, 81-57, in the squad's final exhibition game in Boston on Sunday.

The USA, Australia and Brazil young women's teams were training and competing in a series of 'friendly' matches over the last week at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena in Boston. The USA Young Women finished with a perfect 4-0 mark, while Brazil and Australia each finished 1-3.

The first quarter of Sunday's game was a battle which saw five tied scores and four lead changes, and the largest gap came at 2:15 with Australia on top, 12-7. With 37 seconds left in the first, Polk made a lay-up to knot the score at 14-14. Drawing the foul as she drove inside, she proceeded to put the United States in the lead for good as she drained her free throw attempt to complete the three-point play. Polk finished the game with two blocks and an assist to go with her five points and four boards and saw 16 minutes of action.

'I got encouraged by my teammates. They yell at me a lot, and I just do better because of that,' said Polk. 'I'm getting adjusted a little bit still. The more games we play, the more practices we have, the more I get into the flow, and the more I can help my team out, which is good.'

Duke's Alana Beard and Kansas State's Nicole Ohlde led the way for the U.S. with 13 points apiece. They were the only U.S. players to reach double digits in scoring, as everyone on the squad scored at least two points in the game. Georgia's Christi Thomas pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Next up for the USA Young Women is a trip to Sibenik, Croatia, where they will participate in the 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women from July 25-Aug. 12. The USA will open against France on Friday, July 25 at 6:45 p.m. local time (10:45 a.m. Tucson time).

For the full game story from Sunday and for updates on all the USA Young Women's Team action, go to www.usabasketball.com.


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