July 10, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg scored a game-high 19 points to lead Team USA (3-0) to a 105-75 victory over Brazil (1-2) Wednesday to sweep through preliminary round play at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
The Sooner sharpshooter hit seven of 13 attempts, including a 5-of-9 mark on 3-pointers, in just 19 minutes on the court.
"We had a great start and a big first quarter," Team USA head coach Sherri Coale said. "Every time that we shared the ball, went inside-outside or changed sides of the floor, we got great shots and made most of them."
Ellenberg's total all came in the first half as the Americans routed their third straight opponent and move on to Friday's quarterfinal rounds, where they will meet the loser of a matchup between Russia and Sweden.
Ellenberg scored 14 points in the first quarter, nearly matching Brazil's total, as Team USA raced to a 36-16 lead.
"She is a volume scorer and when she gets hot, gets in rhythm, has that look in her eye, she can reel off a crazy amount of points in a crazy short amount of time," Coale said. "That's the kind of thing she is capable of, and it was good to see her do that here. And I think it was good for her teammates to see her do that here."
|USA 105, Brazil 75 | Coale's Journal from Russia | USA Basketball Team Page|
Ellenberg's five 3-point makes tied Suzie McConnell (1991 versus Ireland) for the most 3-pointers made by a U.S. player at the World University Games.
The USA shot 49 percent from the field (41-84) with 24 of the field goals being assisted. Brazil shot 47 percent from the field (30-64), but allowed the U.S. to score 36 points off 23 turnovers.
The World University Games are held biannually and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1995), and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.
USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 16 prior World University Games and collected a record eight golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. Further, since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled a 98-15 record.
Team USA is looking for its third straight and ninth overall gold medal at the World University Games women's basketball competition.