MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The USA U20 National Team (4-0), bigger, stronger and faster, overpowered the Bahamas (0-4) Friday with an easy 114-23 win at the FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women in Mexico City, Mexico. The game, 35-0 with just 1:51 remaining in the first period, was never in question.
Courtney Paris continued to have her way in the post. The All-American tallied 12 points and six rebound against the Bahamas.
She leads the USA with averages of 14.3 points and 7 rebounds. She is also tops the roster with a field goal percentage of .781 (25-32). Paris has more offensive (14) and defensive rebounds (14), individually, than any on player on the USA roster has combined in the tournament.
With 15 points, Kia Vaughn (Rutgers / Bronx, N.Y.) led six U.S. players in double figures, and, with four blocks, set a USA U20 record for blocked shots. Renee Montgomery (Connecticut / St. Albans, W.Va.) scored 13 points, and Jolene Anderson (Wisconsin / Port Wing, Wis.), Victoria Lucas-Perry (Michigan State / Flint, Mich.) and Marscilla Packer (Ohio State / Pickerington, Ohio). Erlana Larkins (North Carolina / Riviera Beach, Fla.) added 10 points.
In another impressive statistical outing, eight USA team members shot 70.0 percent or better, and as a team, the USA shot a tournament-high 69.7 percent from the field.
The USA, mostly untested in its four wins, meets also undefeated Brazil (3-0) Saturday at 4:00 p.m. With Brazil expected to dominate host Mexico in Friday's 6:00 p.m. game, the contest will likely decide the gold medal winners.
"Brazil is a big team," Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (Purdue / Naperville, Ill.) said. "Finally we will play a team with some big, athletic posts, and their guards are big too. It's going to be a really good game. All week long I think it has been the game everyone is looking forward to. We're ready for it. I know we are. Each game we're getting better and better. Even though we have been blowing out these teams, we have found a way to improve with each game."
The USA will be down to just 10 active players Saturday. Essence Carson (Rutgers / Paterson, N.J.) was added to the inactive list after Friday's game with a minor knee sprain, and Devanei Hampton (California / Oakland, Calif.), also with a knee injury, was never able to participate in the tournament..
"We're very disappointed about losing Essence," McCallie said. "She will not be able to play against Brazil, and that's very disappointing, especially considering all the momentum we have built with this group. Losing Devanei way back when was awful, and it's awful to loose Essence against Brazil.
"They have many strengths. One of them is their continuity. When they get into a flow, they are able to put together significant runs. Our job is to disrupt the flow. They are not as effective when they have to play more blue-collar or more physical. I definitely expect them to be outstanding. I expect us to be outstanding. It will be just a great game all-around."
Also on Friday, Canada (2-2) beat Puerto Rico (1-3) 85-52 and Brazil (3-0) meets host Mexico (1-2) in the evening's final game.
Saturday's other matches include Bahamas versus Puerto Rico at 2:00 p.m. and Canada against Mexico at 6:00 p.m.