Sept. 24, 2010
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - The USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team (2-0) dominated Senegal (0-2) from start to finish on its way to a 108-52 win in preliminary round play of the 2010 FIBA World Championship on Friday evening in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Six players tallied double figures in points for the USA, and all 12 players on the U.S. roster scored and grabbed at least one rebound.
Maya Moore (University of Connecticut) led the way with team-highs of 15 points and five assists to go with three rebounds, Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury) added 14 points and five boards, and Swin Cash (Seattle Storm) and Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun) scored 11 points each. Contributing 10 points apiece were Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Linsday Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), who was 5-of-5 from the field.
"We wanted to come out and make sure that we didn't give up a lot of 3-pointers early on and that we were able to get out in transition and score," said USA and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma. "I thought we did a great job of that. We ran the floor well. We moved the ball well. We got a lot of people involved. I think we had five or six players score in double figures. I think (Senegal's) coach is right, we just have more good players than they do. When we sub our second team, it just puts a lot of pressure on the other team, and that's what we wanted to do tonight."
Outrebounding Senegal 44-25 and forcing its opponent into 28 turnovers, which it converted into 28 points, the USA recorded 66 of its points in the paint and 21 off of fast-break opportunities.
"I think both teams came out and played pretty hard," Dupree said. "We came out with a lot of energy and intensity and we were able to keep it up for the entire 40 minutes. Overall I thought we played pretty well,"
The USA struggled in the first few minutes, shooting 1-of-7 from the field before Taurasi capitalized on a Senegal turnover with a 3-point play at the other end at 7:03. After another 3-point play from Taurasi and yet another from Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), the USA had loosened the rim and built an 11-4 lead. The points were the start of a 17-0 run, which was the USA's largest of the game. Senegal interrupted the scoring spree with a 3-pointer at 3:23 before another 11-4 U.S. spurt, and the USA held a 30-11 lead at the first break.
After its cold start, the USA quickly recovered and went on to shoot 50.0 percent (11-22 FGs) in the first period and 61.1 percent (44-72 FGs) for the game.
Several players just missed double figures, including Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), with nine points, five rebounds and three assists; Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), with nine points, four rebounds and four steals; and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), with eight points, all of which came in the first quarter.
Information courtesy of USA Basketball. Get full coverage of the 2010 FIBA World Championship at www.usabasketball.com.