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Undefeated USA U18 women to face unbeaten Canada in FIBA Americas

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The USA U18 women’s basketball team shot 68.4 percent from the field and had eight players score double figures as they ran away from El Salvador 118-50 on Aug. 7, in the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championships.

“I felt we were ready to go,” said University of South Carolina and Team USA head coach Dawn Staley. “I felt we used our length to our advantage. The players who started the game got us out to a big lead, and then we pretty much cruised the rest of the way.”

Destinee Walker led the U.S. with 18 points, hitting all four of her three point shots. Jessica Shepard (17 points), A’ja Wilson (18 points, 6 rebounds), Marina Mabry (12 points, four assists), Ariel Atkins (11 points), Beatrice Mompremier (10 points) and Brianna Turner (10 points) also scored in double figures. Napheesa Collier posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The U.S. recorded 30 assists and committed just eight turnovers while also winning the rebounding battle 45-18.

El Salvador took a 5-2 lead after the first minute but it was all U.S. the rest of the way. The red, white and blue went on a 20 – 0 run over the next 3:50, to take a 22-5 lead. The American led 33-11 after the first 10 minutes of play.

Leading 67-22 at halftime, the U.S. tallied its highest output in a quarter by putting up 38 points in the third quarter.

Hillary Martinez led El Salvador with 17 points while Astrid Heredia contributed 16 points.

The U.S. is 2-0, after defeating Mexico 104-55 on Aug. 6 and will face Canada (2-0) at 7:30 p.m., (Aug. 8) EDT, at the Sports Center I at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Shepard and Turner, who also grabbed seven rebounds, led the U.S. against Mexico tallying 16 points apiece. Wilson put up a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds) while Collier and Walker each contributed 10 points. Collier had eight rebounds as well.

Six of the U.S. players will be playing in college this upcoming, as freshman including Paris Kea (Vanderbilt), Reece Caldwell (UCLA), Turner (Notre Dame) Wilson (South Carolina) and Mariah Moore (Louisville).

The other six members of the squad will be seniors in high school. Collier (UConn), Mabry (Notre Dame) and Shepard (Nebraska) have already committed to play at D-I schools in 2015. Walker (No. 32), Teaira McCowan (No. 58) and Mompremier (No. 45) are uncommitted though they are all ranked in ESPN Hoopgurlz Top-60 2015 rankings.

6-foot-2 forward Cheyenne Creighton, a Memphis signee, University of Iowa 6-foot wing Christina Buttenham , Clemson signee Daneesha Provo , Iowa State commit Bridget Carleton and Rachel Fradgley (Simon Fraser) lead Team Canada. The Canadians defeated El Salvador (65-34) and Mexico (81-54).

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