MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- A double-double by Courtney Paris ignited the U20 Women's National Team to a 90-39 victory over Canada on Wednesday afternoon. The USA squad improved to 2-0 in the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women, which is a round-robin tournament being held in Mexico City, Mexico.
Paris, who started at center for the second consecutive game, tallied her points by going 4-7 from the floor and 3-6 at the free throw line. She led all players with 10 boards, five on each side of the glass.
In two U20 Championship Games, Paris is averaging 14.5 points and nine rebounds. Paris has scored 29 points in just 35 minutes of action.
"This game was a much more complete game than our first, especially on the defensive end," said head coach Joanne P. McCallie. "I thought we were absolutely superb on the defensive end and with rebounding from start to finish. That will be important to us as we play other games and work our way towards a gold-medal game to have that defensive consistency."
It was a really fun game today because I think Canada is a very good team that we were able to really be aggressive against. I think they are better than the score indicated."
Marscilla Packer (Ohio State) led all scorers with 18 points. Packer was 6-8 from the field and 5-7 from behind the three-point line.
Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin) tallied 10 points to round out the players that scored in double-digits.
The USA held Canada to a 24.1 field goal percentage in the game. They ran up a 50-19 lead by the halftime and held double digits advantages in rebounds (+24) and steals (+13) at the end of the day.
The FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women tournament recently was changed to a round-robin format after Costa Rica and Jamaica withdrew from the contest. The USA faces Mexico Thursday at 26:00 p.m.(CDT). Brazil, which won 111-33 over the Bahamas is the only undefeated squad remaining besides the USA.