Sunday, October 11, 2009
This picture made the USA Basketball front page.
Powered by a 23-0 run over the second and third quarters and a 20 point game from Angel McCoughtry, the USA Women's National Team swept the Ekaterinburg International Invitational with a 78-63 victory over their hosts, powerful Russian Superleague A team UMMC Ekaterinburg.
The box score is here. A write-up of the game will probably be forthcoming on the USA Basketball site.
The Four Factors of the game:
Field goal percentage: USA 47.7 percent, Ekaterinburg 30.0 percent. I'm surprise that the USA only won by 15 points.
Turnovers: Ekaterinburg 15, USA 16. Fairly even.
Offensive rebound percentage: Ekaterinburg 30.6 percent, USA 29.0 percent. Ekaterinburg had 15 offensive boards compared to the USA's nine.
Free throws: Ekaterinburg 15-for-23, USA 13-for-14.
And now, let's look at the performances from each team:
Sandrine Gruda: 15 points and 4 rebounds from the Connecticut Sun forward of French nationality.
Celine Dumerc: 10 points, 6 rebounds.
Ann Wauters: 9 points, 5 rebounds from the Silver Stars player of Belgian nationality. 3-for-13 shooting.
Svetlana Abrosimova: This Connecticut graduate and eight-year WNBA veteran scored 6 points.
Asjha Jones: 6 points, 5 rebounds. Jones is a starter for the Connecticut Sun as well.
USA Women's National Team
Angel McCoughtry: 20 points, 6 rebounds on 9-for-15 shooting. Four turnovers.
Swin Cash: 13 points, 6 rebounds. 6-for-9 shooting.
Tina Charles: 10 points, 8 rebounds for the Connecticut senior.
Sylvia Fowles: 5 points, 12 rebounds.