Polk Contributes as USA Young Women Win World Championship Opener

July 25, 2003

Sibenik, Croatia (July 25) - The USA Young Women National Team (1-0) opened play at the 2003 FIBA World Championships for Young Women with a 58-46 win over France (0-1) on Friday, and University of Arizona women's basketball player Shawntinice Polk contributed her share to the victory.

Polk saw 14 minutes of action off the bench, pulling down five rebounds and adding three points, one assist and a steal. The U.S. Young Women out-rebounded France, 40-27, in the contest.

Duke's Alana Beard put up a game-high-tying 13 points to lead the U.S., while Kansas State's Nicole Ohlde was the only other player to reach double digits in scoring, with 11 points. Georgia's Christi Thomas had a team-high seven rebounds.

The USA Young Women continue play on Saturday, July 26, against South Korea (0-1) at 5:15 a.m. Tucson time. South Korea opened its tournament with an 84-65 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday.

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


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