More Offense From Paris & USA

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 10, 2006

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Courtney Paris only needed 15 minutes to rack up 16 points as the USA U20 National Team blew out Mexico, 124-38, on Thursday evening at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship in Mexico City, Mexico.

Paris continued her offensive onslaught on the international field by going 7-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. The Sooner center collected five rebounds, one assists, one block and one missed 3-pointer.

The All-American is averaging 15 points and 7.6 rebounds to lead all USA players.

For the second consecutive game Ohio State's Marscilla Packer led all scorers. Packet tallied 20 points, knocking down six 3's on eight attempts.

"The USA is always going to have the bigger posts," said Paris, "and then when you have Packer shooting threes like that and Jolene and Victoria, it's tough for other teams. It's different than the college game, and in a way, it's kind of harder mentally, but it's definitely not as physical in this tournament as international basketball usually is."

Also in double-digits for the red, white and blue were Rutgers' Essence Carson with 18 points, Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson with 15 points and Rutgers' Kia Vaughn with 14 points. 

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USA (3-0) remained undefeated in the round robin tournament.  Brazil (3-0) is also undefeated after knocking off Puerto Rico 99-68 on Thursday. 

USA forced Mexico into 31 turnovers.  Mexico shot just 33.3 (13-39) from the field and lost the battle of the board 28-19.

"This team is not afraid to really get after it ," said Michigan State and USA U20 National Team head coach Joanne P. McCallie. "They are a motivated group in the sense that even though they really haven't been challenged by the opponent, they have motivated themselves. Everybody on this team could be a captain in one way or another. The way they play as a team, with the extra pass, is a tremendous strength of theirs."

USA on the other hand was on fire, shooting 63.2 (43-68) percent from the floor and 52.2 (12-23) percent from 3-point range.

USA returns to action on Friday at 2 p.m. CDT against the Bahamas, who lost to Canada 87-38 on Thursday.

USA and Brazil will meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the finale for both teams.



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