U.S. Women Roll into Semifinals
Kazan, Russia - Nebraska's Jordan Hooper scored two points and grabbed two rebounds as the USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team cruised to a 103-72 victory over Sweden in Friday's quarterfinals.
Hooper, a 6-2 senior forward from Alliance, Neb., hit her lone basket in the first quarter to give the U.S. squad a 22-16 lead with 2:58 left in the opening period. Hooper, a two-time All-American and All-Big Ten selection for the Huskers, added an assist and a steal in just nine minutes of action to help the United States improve to 4-0 at the World University Games.
Through the first four international games of her career, Hooper has averaged 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 12.8 minutes of action per game for the United States.
Team USA jumped to a quick 7-0 lead but carried just a 26-24 edge over Sweden at the end of the opening quarter. The U.S. team pushed the lead to 51-40 by halftime, then opened the margin to 75-56 at the end of three quarters.
Odyssey Sims (Baylor) led the USA with a game-high 20 points, fueled by her 9-for-9 effort at the free throw line. Bria Hartley (UConn) added 17 points, including a trio of three-pointers, to go along with five rebounds. Patricia Liston (Duke) and Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan) each pitched in 11 points to give the U.S. squad four players in double figures. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn) added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds for the United States.
The USA hit 38-of-71 shots (53.5 percent) from the field, including 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) three-point attempts, while going 17-of-21 (81 percent) at the free throw line. The U.S. squad also outrebounded Sweden, 46-37, but lost the turnover battle, 18-15.
Sweden went just 26-of-72 (36.1 percent) from the field, including a dismal 1-for-19 (5.3 percent) from long range. Sweden did hit 19-of-26 (73.1 percent) free throws. Danielle Hamilton Carter (Georgia Tech) led three Swedes in double figures with 17 points.
Hooper and her U.S. teammates advanced to Saturday's semifinal game, which will tip-off live at Noon central time. The game will be televised live on ESPNU. The game will be re-aired on ESPNU at 9 p.m., and also on Sunday, July 14 at 1 a.m. and 10 a.m.
If the USA advances to Monday's gold medal game, it will be televised live by ESPNU at 12:30 p.m. ESPNU will re-air the game on Monday at 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 a.m.
USA Basketball Women's World University Games Results & Schedule
Monday, July 8 - USA 120, Mali 32 (Pool B)
Tuesday, July 9 - USA 101, Czech Republic 61 (Pool B)
Wednesday, July 10 - USA 105, Brazil 75 (Pool B)
Friday, July 12 - USA 103, Sweden 72 (Quarterfinals)
Saturday, July 13 - Semifinals - Noon (ESPNU Live)
ESPNU will re-air at 9 p.m. and on Sunday, July 14 at 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Monday, July 15 - Gold Medal Game - 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU Live)
ESPNU will re-air at 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 a.m.