July 9, 2013
KAZAN, Russia (July 9, 2013) - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a game-high 19 points and was 8-of-14 from the floor to lead the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team (2-0) to a 101-61 win over Czech Republic (1-1) on Tuesday night at Miras Sports Complex in Kazan, Russia.
"I thought our defensive intensity, really set the tone for the game," said USA head coach Sherri Coale (University of Oklahoma). "We came out strong out of the gates in both the first and second half, but I thought it was our defensive intensity that set the stage. Czech Republic can really shoot that ball. They have a lot of players who can score in a lot of different ways, but we sped them up. They got some looks, but they were rushed, everything was rushed, and we made them play a little faster than they were comfortable with playing."
"Coach Coale wanted us to get more pressure on the ball and more pressure in general on defense against Czech Republic, so I was trying to be intense out there and it ended up working out, getting a lot of steals and crashing the offensive and defensive boards a lot," said Mosqueda-Lewis on how she was able to get the looks she did in her scoring spurt.
Tricia Liston (Duke University/River Forest, Ill.) had 14 points and Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan University/Detroit, Mich.) scored 11 points, while Odyssey Sims (Baylor University/Irving, Texas) added 13 points and a game-high six assists as the USA shot 50.0 percent from the field (39-78 FGs). Bradford and Jordan Hooper (University of Nebraska/Alliance, Neb.) tied for the team lead with seven rebounds each.
The USA forced 22 turnovers and limited Czech Republic to just 38.7 percent shooting from the field (24-62 FGs). Czech Republic's 22 giveaways led to 21 points for the USA, while 13 U.S. turnovers led to just four points for Czech Republic. The USA notched 13 steals for the game with four players, Ellenberg, Liston, Ariel Massengale (University of Tennessee/ Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Theresa Plaisance (Louisiana State University/New Orleans, La.), each recording two steals apiece.
Plaisance opened the scoring with a layup assisted by Sims with 9:23 left in the opening quarter before Ellenberg and Mosqueda-Lewis each hit quick 3-pointers to build an instant 8-0 lead. Ellenberg would score seven additional points in the period to lead the USA to a 21-11 lead after the first frame.
Czech Republic trailed by 13 points late in the second quarter when Mosqueda-Lewis took control of the final minute of the first half. Capitalized by a driving layup made while drawing a foul at the halftime buzzer, Mosqueda-Lewis scored eight points in the final 37 seconds before the break to push the U.S. lead to more than 20 points for the first time at 48-27 at halftime. Mosqueda-Lewis also would score the first basket of the third quarter to register a 10-0 run on her own.
Czech Republic would never get closer than 21 points after the halftime intermission as the U.S. lead continued to expand to as many as 42 points at 101-59 after Massengale hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining in the contest.