Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 14 points, one of six players in double figures, as the U.S. women's basketball team downed Slovakia, 114-63, on Monday at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
"The pace of the game was what we wanted," USA coach Bill Fennelly said. "Defensively, we struggled in the first quarter and gave up some stuff, but overall everyone contributed. We've seen zone back-to-back days, and offensively we were a little more efficient. Any time you score 114 points, you can't complain too much."
Team USA completes preliminary play with a game against Great Britain on Tuesday.
"I think we are moving in the right direction," Chiney Ogwumike said. "We are getting better each game, and the jitters are all out and we can finally just play basketball. A lot of people are making great contributions, and everyone touches the ball most plays. I think we are really playing well right now."
The Americans led wire-to-wire as Nneka Ogwumike scored the game's first basket and Chiney hit a bucket on the USA's next possession. After Slovakia got on the board, the U.S. strung together eight unanswered points.
Chiney Ogwumike grabbed an offensive board and put it back up for two points at 6:53, sparking a 15-0 scoring run from which Slovakia never was able to recover.
"Everyone on our team is a threat, and as coach says, 'the best person to make the play is the open person,' " Chiney Ogwumike said. "We rely on our teammates and we share the basketball, and that makes us a better team."
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