American women pile up the points in University Games

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.

Cardinal sophomore Chiney Ogwumike added 13 points for the Americans, who have racked up 226 points in their first two games. Skylar Diggins and Devereaux Peters each added 14 points while Elena Delle Donne and Odyssey Sims each contributed 10 points. Every player on the roster scored at least six points.

"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."

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by SportsSage
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

The 2011-12 season will be the first in which the Ogwumike sisters are regular starters, and they have an uncanny knowledge of where the other is at all times on the court, which makes for some phenomenal plays. They will have strong support from a very talented roster of teammates, and, if everyone remains healthy, have a real chance to bring back a National Championship.

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Posted by sport
a resident of Portola Valley
on Aug 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

Jocks aint all that smart. I men - what does it take to play in a field with other guys and a ball? The cure from cancer will not come from a jock. Maybe a use for pop tops or something like that - but nothing noteworthy. They are jocks for crying out definition they cant make it in the real world. they are kids playing games for stupid bucks paid by kids who are not able to play games. Its the dumbest bunch of folks on the planet. Sports...its what you do when you are dumb.
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