The USA Women's National Team completed group play with a perfect 3-0 record following a 16-4 victory over Great Britain on Thursday at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark of Menlo Park scored three goals for the U.S. and Tumua Anae posted 14 saves in the cage.
"It was a good match for us because Great Britain is a really good opponent and they do a lot of things that other teams don't do," said Clark, a UCLA grad. "So, it was important for us to stay focused throughout the entire game, which I think we did a really good job of."
The U.S. women now move on the quarterfinals, where they likely will meet Brazil on Saturday. That match will stream live on UniversalSports.com and air on delay on Universal Sports at 3:30 p.m. (PT).
Team USA started off the match strong and built a 4-0 lead after the first period. Clark scored first from the outside followed by another perimeter shot from Stanford grad Lolo Silver. Kami Craig got free on the counter attack for a tally and Jillian Kraus buried a shot from deep to go up 4-0.
The second period started with more of the same after the Americans drew a penalty, their first of three on the day, and Kelly Rulon converted for a 5-0 lead. Great Britain came to life with two straight scores to draw within 5-2 with 1:16 left in the half. Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann responded on the next possession with an outside shot for a 6-2 lead at intermission.
Another drawn penalty started the third period for Team USA and Stanford's Maggie Steffens converted for a 7-2 lead. She followed that with a natural goal less than a minute later for an 8-2 lead.
Holding a 9-3 lead entering the final period, the USA outscored Great Britain, 7-1. Clark connected on a perimeter shot for a 13-3 lead with 3:19 remaining in the match.
"It's a tough game for both teams to be inspired, because both teams know their standings in the group already, but we tried to focus on playing the game the way we want to play the game," said U.S. head coach Adam Krikorian.