U.S. Hoopsters Pick Up First Win In Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan – The U.S. picked up its first win in tournament pool play with a 42-point rout of the Japanese National Team, 114-72, at the 2007 Women’s William Jones Cup held Friday night at the Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium.

Behind a good offensive effort in the first half of play, Team USA led by Texas A&M associate head coach Vic Schaefer, improved from the floor shooting 55.7 percent (49-of-88) for the ballgame. Baylor’s Rachel Allison and Oklahoma’s Leah Rush provided the first-half surge for the U.S. Allison ended the night with 19 points and Rush with 11. Colorado’s Jackie McFarland poured in a game-high 22 points and led the team in rebounds with nine along with Allison and Baylor’s Jhasmin Player.

Texas A&M’s La Toya Micheaux (Missouri City, Texas) recorded six points and five rebounds versus Japan. The U.S. outrebounded their opponents by a margin of 67-23. Micheaux sat out most of the game after being poked in the eye in the first half. McFarland and Allison combined for 20-of-25 from underneath for Team USA.

“It was a great win for us,” Schaefer said. “I felt like (former University of Houston coach) Guy V. Lewis. It was very satisfying to see our players rewarded for the hard work they have put in. Japan plays very hard. They were small and we did a great job of exposing that. Our kids really looked energized today and maybe, we have caught our second wind. The Japanese players were very respectful and gracious. Our players interacted with them after the ballgame and it was a very unique experience for all of us. We are very proud of our U.S. Athletes In Action Jones Cup Team. They represented their God and country very well today.”

The U.S. (1-2) will compete against Korea (1-1) tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time. The seven-team round-robin tournament runs through July 17. Team USA will have a bye on Sunday and finish out pool play versus New Zealand on Monday, July 16 and Chinese Taipei (A) on Tuesday, July 17.

2007 WILLIAM JONES CUP

USA 114, JAPAN 72

July 13, 2007 – 3:00 p.m.

Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium

at Taipei, Taiwan

BOX SCORE – U.S. (1-2) EZELL, Heather 3-6 2-2 8; LAWRENCE, Sarah-Jo 5-8 0-0 10; JANUARY, Briann 2-5 0-0 7; REED, Kendra 2-4 2-2 6; MICHEAUX, La Toya 2-6 2-2 6; PLAYER, Jhasmin 6-5 2-2 14; TAYLOR-JAMES, Brittany 2-4 2-2 6; ALLISON, Rachel 9-11 1-2 19; McFARLAND, Jackie 11-14 0-0 22; RUSH, Leah 5-8 1-2 11; NELP, Angie 2-7 1-1 5. TOTALS 49-88 13-15 114.

USA……………………….. 61 53 – 114

Japan ........................... 40 32 – 72

3-point goals – 1-5 (JANUARY, Briann 1-2). Rebounds – 67 (ALLISON, Rachel; PLAYER, Jhasmin; McFARLAND, Jackie 9). Assists – 15 (JANUARY, Briann 3).

From The Sidelines…As the youngest person ever to serve as an assistant coach for a U.S. Women’s Jones Cup Team, Texas A&M senior forward Katy Pounds (Shallowater, Texas) has received valuable on-the-job training at the international tournament. She is currently majoring in sport management with future aspirations of becoming a college basketball coach. “Coach Pounds did a great job on her first scouting report,” Schaefer said. “Japan has a lot of different players that can shoot the ball deep. She charted them for two straight days and found some consistencies from certain spots on the floor that they wanted to shoot from. We were able to find them early in transition which helped a great deal.”

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