Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. College Sports

USA U17 women win gold with 77-75 victory over Spain

See also

USA women basketball U17 team eked out a 77-75 victory over Spain to claim the gold medal in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship at Pilsen, Czech Republic, on July 6.

The gold medal is the USA’s (7-0) third straight in the event, which began in 2010. The red, white and blue are 23-0 all-time in the U17 competition.

However, Spain’s Angela Salvadores did not make a gold medal game easy for Team USA. The tournament’s MVP poured in 40 points to keep the Spaniards (6-1) close.

“It’s one of those games where as a coach you’re really happy to win, but you feel for the other team because ultimately that game could have gone either way, and I really want to credit Spain for a fabulous game,” said USA head coach sSue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.). “I feel very blessed that we’re on the winning side of things and so proud of the coaching staff and the players. It was just a great victory.”

2016 prospect Lauren Cox (Flower Mound H.S./Flower Mound, Texas) led three USA players in double figures, falling just two blocked shots short of a triple-double. She finished with 20 points, 12 caroms and a U.S. U17 single-game record eight swats . 2015 prospect Asia Durr (St. Pius X Catholic H.S./Douglasville, Ga.) added 17 points and 2015 propect Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./ Milwaukee, Wis.) contributed 15 points and eight rebounds for the winners.

Maite Cazorla contributed 14 points for Spain on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three-point land.She added five rebounds and three assists.

With the score knotted at 71-71 with 1:36 remaining, Cox and Durr went to work. Cox scored inside to put the USA in front at the 1:28 mark and then came up with a big blocked shot on the other end. Durr then hit a pull-up jumper to put the U.S. up 75-71.

After Durr’s bucket, Spain had a three-pointer wiped out due to an offensive foul.

Trailing 75-71, Salvadores scored on a driving lay-up to bring Spain within two with 10.1 seconds remaining. But Spain had to foul and Durr knocked down both of her free throws. Salvadore capped off her wonderful performance with a bucket at the buzzer.

Earlier on Sunday, Hungary (6-1) fought off the Czech Republic (4-3) 67-61 to win the bronze medal. Australia (6-1) defeated Canada (3-4) 69-39 to finish 5th and 6th, and Japan (4-3) edged France (3-4) 65-60 for 7th and 8th place, respectively.

Advertisement

Sports

  • David Price rumors
    Should the bottom-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays trade or keep pitching ace David Price?
    Video
    MLB Rumors
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has Alzheimer's disease, will step down
    NFL News
  • Sam responds to Dungy
    Michael Sam has the perfect response to Tony Dungy's controversial comments
    NFL News
  • Bella wardrobe malfunction
    Sexy diva Nikki Bella suffers wardrobe malfunction during WWE show
    Fight Sports
  • LeBron gives cupcakes
    LeBron James sends cupcakes to neighbors after press overtakes neighborhood
    Food & Drink

Related Videos:

  • University of Kansas chosen to represent USA in World University Games
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rCbuObU9EFM?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • University of Miami pursuing fourth grade basketball player
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0Jh_ztcSwJc?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Utah Jazz at 2014 NBA Draft: Indiana star Noah Vonleh makes a pre-draft visit
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518120563" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518120563&autoStart=true"></div>