August 15, 2017

Four Nations: USA 103, Japan 71

With a 103-71 win over Japan, the USA U23 Women’s National Team was crowned tournament champion.

Brittany was a beast on defense. She grabbed ten rebounds (in 16 minutes) — the most of any USA woman throughout the tournament. She added seven points with a field goal and five free throws, three assists and a block.

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August 13, 2017

Four Nations: USA 107, Canada 61

Brittany's perfect shooting helped the USA defeat Canada 107-61 in their second game of the U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations in Japan.

She scored 15 points on seven-of-seven shooting and added two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

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The Tournament will end on Tuesday with a game between the USA and host nation Japan.

August 12, 2017

Four Nations: USA 78, Australia 60

The USA defeated Australia 78-60 in the first round of the U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations.

The victory was a balanced effort by the USA U23 squad. All members of the team played from 11 to22 minutes.and they all scored between one and 14 points.

Brittany made three of five field goal attermpts for six points and also had a steal and a block. Of her first USA Basketball game, she said, "It was a cool and surreal moment. You dream about coming to play for the USA, so it was really cool and fun to be out here with such amazing players."

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August 10, 2017

Schedule switch – Stanford vs UConn

SNY (Sportsnet New York) reports:
UConn will play Stanford in its season opener on Nov. 12 in the Countdown to Columbus event to be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Huskies were originally scheduled to take on Ohio State in the one-day showcase at the site of the 2018 NCAA Final Four. But the Buckeyes will now face Louisville in the second game of the doubleheader. Times and television information are still to be determined.
If you plan to join the Cardinal in Columbus for the opening weekend of the season and haven't yet booked your travel and lodging, be sure to read "Columbus in November" in FBC Travel News.

Q and A with Dijonai



From San Diego County Hoops Report, an interview with Dijonai Carrington:
From Small School to Big Stage

August 04, 2017

Brittany makes the USA U23 team

Brit was selected today as a member of the USA Basketball U23 team that will participate in the inaugural U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations August 12-15 in Tokyo, Japan.

The tournament, which will include the USA, Australia, Canada and Japan, will be a round-robin tournament. The USA will play play Australia on Saturday August 12 at 2:30 am PT, Canada on Sunday August 13 at 12:30 am PT and host Japan on Tuesday August 15 at2:30 am PT.

Read more in the USA Basketball announcement: Eight Gold Medalists Headline 2017 USA Women's U23 National Team

August 01, 2017

Brittany's second day at U23 training camp

The USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team hopefuls wrapped up a busy second day of training camp on Aug. 1. They ended the day with the first games of an intrasquad, four-team tournament.

Brittany recorded a double-double line of 14 points and 11 rebounds in Team 4's 80-70 victory over Team 3.

"You definitely have to get used to everyone’s different tendencies,” said McPhee, who also notched three steals. “Everybody out here is so talented. You have to figure out how to talk on defense to avoid miscommunication. We’re all playing a new defense and a new offense, so you just play hard and figure it out.”

Read more from USA Basketball: Competition Heats Up At USA Women's U23 Training Camp

July 30, 2017

Canada wins first-ever U19 World Cup medal

After yesterday's crushing loss to Russia in the semifinals, Team Canada's captain Alyssa Jerome said, "We are still competing for a medal which was our goal coming into the tournament and we are hoping to finish with a bronze."

And the U19s did just that today as they defeated Japan 60-67 in the finals and took the podium for the first time ever in international competition.

Japan controlled most of the first quarter with their quick hands. They average nine steals per game and forced Canada to turn the ball over eight times. But Canada rallied at the end of the quarter with back-to-back threes and took the lead 14-10.

Canada was more aggressive in the second quarter and held on to the lead. Alyssa Jerome sank a buzzer-beater three-pointer that gave Canada a 33-27 lead at the end of the half.

Japan began the third quarter with a 9-2 run and took the lead. Then Canada took it back and ended the quarter with another buzzer-beater. Canada up 50-45.

Canada held on to the lead in the final quarter in spite of a strong effort by Japan. They led by nine points with a minute left to play and Japan began fouling. Canada was the worst free-throw shooter in the tournament, making only 55% of their attempts. They did a bit better than that (5-8) in the last minute and it was enough for the 60-67 victory.

Alyssa did a little bit of everything: Six points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, and three blocks.

Laeticia Amihere led Team Canada with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. She was named one of the Tournament AllStar-5.

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Although Alyssa did not post impressive statistics in the tournament, she was a vital member of the team — a "glue" player, a mature dependable leader. She is highly regarded by Canada Basketball and although the second-youngest member of the team was chosen as the team captain.

July 29, 2017

Team Canada drops semifinal to Russia

Canada was overwhelmed by a big, powerful Russian team and lost its semifinal game of the FIBA U19 Cup, 65-41.

No Canadian player achieved a good performance. Alyssa Jerome had five points, two rebounds, two assists and a block. Laeticia Amihere had four points, eight rebounds (the team high), a steal and a block.

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Team Canada will go for the bronze against Japan on Sunday morning at 9:30 am Pacific time. The USA and Russia will battle for the gold at noon.

Note:The semifinal games were not available for viewing on YouTube in the United States. Assuming that will also be the case for the medal games, your only choice for watching the games on Sunday is livebasketball.tv.

Opals win the silver medal in Asia Cup

The Opals were defeated by Japan 74-73 in the championship game of the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup and took home the silver medal, while Japan won the gold for the third consecutive time.

The game was all that a title game should be — a battle between two strong, detemined teams. The lead switched about a dozen times throughout the game, with neither team leading by more than six points in the last three quarters.

The Opals were down by one and had a chance to win with the last possession of the game, but Japan's smothering defense forced a desperation shot that did not fall.

A major factor in Japan's victory was their amazing performance from beyond the arc. They sank eleven three-pointers in the face of good Opals' defense; Saki Mizushima made seven of nine.

The Opal's power forward Kelsey Griffin had her sixth strong game of the tournament with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Although not on the winning team, she was named the tournament MVP.

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During the tournament, Alanna was often referrred to as Australia's rising star. Her performance fully supported that accolade:

She was the 11th-best scorer in the tournament with 10.8 points per game.

She was the 13th-best rebounder in the tournament with 14.5 rebounds per game.

She had the 12th-best efficiency ranking in the tournament (efficiency is a composite statistic that is derived from basic individual statistics: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers and shot attempts)