Aug. 17, 2012
Gurabo, Puerto Rico – Incoming freshman Morgan Tuck scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and pulled down six rebounds while classmate Moriah Jefferson added eight points and six assists to lead the USA Basketball U18 National Team to an 87-36 victory over Colombia on Friday evening in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. With the win, the US advanced to the semifinal round of the FIBA U18 Americas Championship.
The win also earned the United States a berth to the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women, hosted by Lithuania from July 18-28, as the top four finishing teams at this event qualify for the 2013 U19 Worlds.
The U.S. will next square off against the second-placed team in Group B on Aug. 18 at 8:15 p.m. (all times EDT) for the right to compete for the gold medal; while Argentina (2-1) advances out of Group A as the No. 2 seed and will meet up with the No. 1 team in Group B. Currently, Brazil (2-0) is in first place, Canada (2-1) is in second and Puerto Rico (1-1), which plays tonight's final game against Brazil is in third from Group B. The medal semifinal winners will compete for the gold medal on Aug. 19 at 8:15 p.m., preceded by the bronze medal game tip-off at 6:00 p.m.
Breanna Stewart, the third future Husky competing with the U18 National Team chipped in with six points and six assists.
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