Posted 1 year ago
By Robert Lovell
Kazan, Russia - Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper scored 11 points and pulled down four rebounds to help power the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team to a 105-75 victory over Brazil on Wednesday.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., hit 5-of-11 shots from the field, including a three-pointer in just 13 minutes of action. It was Hooper’s first career double-figure scoring performance in three international games. A two-time All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection at Nebraska, Hooper has averaged 7.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 14 minutes per game while helping the U.S. team complete Pool B play with a perfect 3-0 record.
The United States will enjoy an off day after playing three games in three days, before entering Friday’s 1:30 a.m. (CT) quarterfinals as the tournament’s top seed. Team USA will play the loser of today’s game between the hosts from Russia (2-0) or Sweden (2-0).
Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma) led the the U.S. squad by scoring all 19 of her game-high points in the first half, while tying the USA Basketball World University Games record with five three-pointers. Odyssey Sims (Baylor) tied another USA World University Games record with a game-high 10 assists.
The USA opened the game on a 10-0 run and carried a 36-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ellenberg poured in 14 points in the game’s first 5:30 to get the U.S. team off to a strong start.
Hooper took over in the second quarter, knocking down her second three-pointer of the World University Games with 7:21 left in the half to put the USA up 45-18. She added four more points, before Ellenberg gave the United States a 31-point lead at 56-25 with 2:39 left in the half.
Hooper added a basket with 1:47 left in the third quarter before capping her scoring for the game with the USA’s first bucket of the fourth quarter to give the U.S. squad an 84-51 edge with 9:48 left. The U.S. lead grew as large as 37 points on several occasions before settling for a 30-point victory.
Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan) added 12 points, while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn) contributed 11 points. Reshanda Gray (Cal) gave the United States five players in double figures with 10 points.
The USA shot 48.8 percent from the field (41-84 FGs) with 24 of the field goals being assisted. The U.S. squad hit 8-of-29 three-pointers. Brazil shot 46.9 percent from the field (30-64 FGs), but turned the ball over 23 times which led to 36 U.S. points coming off turnovers. Mosqueda-Lewis and Sims each had three steals to lead the USA. The U.S. team outrebounded Brazil, 48-33, led by seven boards from Theresa Plaisance (LSU) and six from Mosqueda-Lewis. Hooper, Bradford, Bria Hartley (UConn) and Cassie Harberts (USC) each added four boards.
In other action, Czech Republic (2-1) defeated Mali (0-3) 59-44 to finish No. 2 in Group B and advance to the quarterfinals. Brazil and Mali finished third and fourth, respectively, in the group.
The remaining quarterfinal teams will be decided following the rest of today’s contests, including China (0-2) – Hungary (1-1) and Japan (0-2) – Ukraine (1-1). Poland (0-2) – Mongolia (0-2), Taiwan (2-0) – Canada (1-1) and Australia (2-0) – Finland (1-1). The semifinals will be played on July 13, and the finals will be contested on July 15.
The USA is looking for its third straight gold medal at the World University Games women’s basketball competition, and ninth overall.