July 09, 2015

Team USA advances to semifinals

Team USA's deep bench and tough defense just wore out Hungary in today's quarterfinal game. They held Hungary to 27% shooting and just one of 13 3-point attempts.

Team USA made 44% of its shots and four of its 13 3-point attempts.

Brionna Jones (Maryland) came off the bench and made all six of her field goal attempts and three free throws for the team-high 15 points. Erica made seven of 11 for 14 points. Sydney Wiese (Oregon State) also came off the bench and scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers.

Team USA out-rebounded Hungary 48-38. Brionna had the most (seven). Courtney Williams (South Florida) and Nina Davis (Baylor) each had six. Erica and Sydney each had five.

All the USA players (except Diamond De Shields, who is benched with an injury) had significant playing time. Erica had the second-most, just 21:14 minutes.

Hungary was able to keep the scoring deficit to a single digit for about 15 minutes, then fell further and further behind to the final 84-43 USA victory.

Team USA advances to the semifinals, where it will play Japan on Saturday July 11 at 4:00 am Pacific Time. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Japan advanced to the semis with an 83-71 upset of Australia in the quarterfinals. Japan made ten 3-pointers — six of them by #6 Kaede Kondo. Japan out-rebounded Australia 41-34.

The other medal semifinal game, which will not be televised, is between Canada and Russia just before the USA/Japan game at 1:30 am PT.

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