Pedersen And Pohlen Help Boost USA Basketball To Semifinals Of World University Games

July 7, 2009

  • USA Basketball Victory Over Czech Republic

    BELGRADE, Serbia - Stanford women's basketball standouts Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen helped the USA Basketball World University Games Team advance to the semifinals as the top seed Tuesday with a 115-78 victory over the Czech Republic in Belgrade, Serbia.

    Both Pedersen and Pohlen started for the U.S. Tuesday in the squad's final preliminary contest before the medal round. Pedersen just missed a double-double with a nine-point, 11-rebound effort while Pohlen scored four points and passed out three assists with three steals in the win.

    Over the team's first five games heading into the semifinals, Pohlen has started four contests and averaged 4.6 points and 2.6 assists a game. Pedersen, meanwhile, started two of the five contests, averaging 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a game.

    As the No. 1 seed in Group E, Team USA will take on Group F's second seed, Australia (4-1) in Thursday's semifinal. Group F top seed Russia will battle the Czech Republic for the other berth in the finals, which are set for July 11 at 6 a.m. PT.

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