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USA women hoops open with big win

 

Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 14 points, one of five players in double figures, and Team USA beat Brazil, 112-53, in a women's basketball preliminary round game at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China on Sunday.

Ogwumike added two blocked shots as the Americans went on a 21-0 run to take a 27-6 lead early in the second period.

The U.S. plays Slovakia on Monday.

"It's so much fun. It's not often at all that you get to play with the people that you are usually playing against," Ogwumike said. "I've never had this much talent on a team before, and you really have to embrace the experience because you never know if you will be able to get to do this again. I'm just really happy with the team. We are focused on collaborating and being a unit, and I'm excited for five more games."

Nadia Colhado had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Brazil, which was limited to 24 percent shooting from the field.

The U.S. took advantage of Brazil's 28 turnovers (Skylar Diggins recorded six steals) for an 18-1 edge in points off turnovers. Elena Delle Donne led the Americans, who shot 48 percent from the field, with 17 points.

"We have 12 great players," U.S. coach Bill Fennelly said. "You feel like you can wear people down at times, and the balance is how those players that come in and out of the game get into a rhythm, so you have to be careful. We wanted to keep attacking, and all of these players deserve a chance to play. In a game like this, where the pace is up and down, you want to keep everyone fresh. I think the strength of our teams historically is, one through 12, the USA is usually deeper than most teams, and certainly that was the case."

Ogwumike scored nine seconds into the contest, with an assist from Diggins, to start the contest. Brazil scored two quick baskets to take the lead but it was all the U.S. the rest of the way. Chiney Ogwumike made a shot to tie it and Nnemkadi added a basket to put the Americans ahead for good.

"It took us a few minutes, but we got it started about halfway through the first quarter," Ogwumike said. "Coming out with a lot of intensity will be a huge focus for us moving forward."

The Brazilians were held scoreless for over 10 minutes during the U.S. scoring spree.

"It felt great to get out on the court," U.S. player Shekinna Stricklen said. "I'm not going to lie I was a little bit nervous, but I think everyone was. Once we got on the court, we were just so excited seeing the crowd. It was fun. I feel like we were a little too excited starting off. Then, we finally settled down and started running our offense and picked up our defense."

The U.S. men made it two straight, beating Hungary, 102-53, in pool play. John Jenkins led the Americans with 20 points.

Swimming

Stanford senior Bobby Bollier went 1:56.06 to finish second in the men's 200 fly at the World University Games on Sunday.

Bollier, who won a national title in the event at Stanford less than two weeks ago, improved his time by nearly 50 seconds from his USA championship time of 1:56.54.

Hungary's Laszlo Cseh won the fly with a time of 1:55.87.

Stanford grad Kate Dwelley and Cardinal sophomore Felicia Lee were part of the U.S. 400 free relay that finished second with a time of 3:40.19. Australia won the race in 3:40.03.

The Americans held a slim lead after three legs of the relay before Aussie Marieke Guehrer took charge on the final leg.

Lee also finished seventh in the 50 fly, going 27.07. China's Ying Lu set the pace with her 25.98

Men's volleyball

Stanford grad Brad Lawson recorded three kills and a block and the U.S. beat Turkey, 25-18, 25-9, 25-20, in a preliminary match.

Kawika Shoji had 26 assists for the Americans, who are 2-0 at the World University Games.

The U.S plays the Czech Republic on Monday.

Women's water polo

Stanford juniors Pallavi Menon and Alyssa Lo each scored two goals and the U.S. beat Mexico, 12-8, Sunday in a preliminary match at the World University Games.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Adriana Vogt also scored twice for the Americans.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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