The USA Basketball Women’s U16 team crushed Canada 91-46 Sunday to capture the Gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Class of 2021 phenom Azzi Fudd (Potomac School), who has not yet even played her first high school basketball game, poured in a game-high 18 points to lead the Americans.
ESPN No. 9 ranked high school sophomore Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy) and No. 14 Soph Zia Cooke (Rogers HS) added 15 points each, while freshman Paige Bueckers (Hopkins HS) chipped in 11 points in the championship-clinching win.
Boston, who averaged 11.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in five games at the event was named tournament MVP
“It feels awesome, we are excited to be bringing gold back to the USA,” American head coach Carla Berube told usab.com. “We gave them a lot in a short amount of time, and they executed and came together both on and off the court. That’s what it is all about, and when you have that work ethic and you have the team jelling, good things happen.”
A dominating 20-0 run by the US squad to end the second quarter decided things in the game.
USA won it with their stifling defense, which held Canada to a lowly 29 percent field goal shooting and forced a whopping 31 Canadian turnovers, which the Americans converted into 36 points.
“Our energy picked up in the second quarter,” Boston said. “We played better defense, and that led to great offense.”
With the victory, the USA U16 team has won four of the five FIBA Americas gold medals since the tournament began in 2009, boasting a 24-1 record over that span.
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