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U.S. Teens Off to a White-Hot Start with 128-17 Blow-Out of Dominican Republic



By Lee Michaelson
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The FIBA America’s Women’s U16 Championships started off with a day of mismatched contests in Mexico City, but none of the games was as lopsided as Team USA’s 128-17 shellacking of the Dominican Republic. The U.S. jumped off to a 30-0 lead by the 3:16 mark of the first period and never looked back. Eight U.S. players had scored by the time the Dominicans notched their first points with 2:25 to play in the first quarter (bringing the score to 30-2). Defense was something U.S. head coach Barb Nelson (head coach, Wingate University) said her team was focusing on, and her efforts paid were rewarded as the Americans held the Dominican Republic to just six made baskets and two made free throws in the entire contest.

“I definitely think we got better,” said Cierra Burdick of Butler High School in Mathews, North Carolina, who contributed 13 points to the American cause. “We ran a zone defense that we had never run before, so obviously that shows mental strength. And we got a lot better at help-side rotation and the backside help.”

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of Mater Dei High School, Anaheim, California, led the way with a double-double of 21 points, including four treys. Seven other Americans finished in double figures.

The FIBA America’s Women’s U16 Championships started off with a day of mismatched contests in Mexico City, but none of the games was as lopsided as Team USA’s 128-17 shellacking of the Dominican Republic. The U.S. jumped off to a 30-0 lead by the 3:16 mark of the first period and never looked back. Eight U.S. players had scored by the time the Dominicans notched their first points with 2:25 to play in the first quarter (bringing the score to 30-2). Defense was something U.S. head coach Barb Nelson (head coach, Wingate University) said her team was focusing on, and her efforts paid were rewarded as the Americans held the Dominican Republic to just six made baskets and two made free throws in the entire contest.

“I definitely think we got better,” said Cierra Burdick of Butler High School in Mathews, North Carolina, who contributed 13 points to the American cause. “We ran a zone defense that we had never run before, so obviously that shows mental strength. And we got a lot better at help-side rotation and the backside help.”

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of Mater Dei High School, Anaheim, California, led the way with a double-double of 21 points, including four treys. Seven other Americans finished in double figures.

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Originally published Tue, August 11, 2009


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.