The United States bounced back from its semifinal loss with an 81-24 victory against Mexico to win the bronze medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Puebla, Mexico.
The Americans dominated in every facet, getting 41 points off the bench, winning the rebound battle 71-49, recording 22 assists on its 34 made field goals and forcing 28 Mexican turnovers.
By reaching the semifinals, Team USA had secured a spot in next summer’s FIBA U17 World Championships.
Four players scored in double figures led by Jade Williams (Prestonwood Christian Academy; The Colony, Texas) with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Alexis Morris (Legacy Christian Academy; Beaumont, Texas) added 11 points and Andra Espinoza-Hunter (Blair Academy, N.J.; Ossining, N.Y.) and Destiny Littleton (The Bishop’s School; San Diego) with 10 points each.
“I think that we played as a team,” Williams said. “We played very well, in my opinion. We ran our offenses really well. We rebounded really well, so I’m really proud of how we played against Mexico.”
Additionally, Desireé Caldwell (Johnson; San Antonio) had 12 rebounds, while Sedona Prince (Faith Academy; Liberty Hill, Texas) collected 11 boards. Jayda Adams (Mater Dei; Santa Ana, Calif.) posted six assists.
“We did everything that we possibly could,” Adams said. “We finally played that game we all knew we could play. We played as a team, and it was a great game.”
Canada (5-0) won the gold medal with a 72-71 overtime win over Brazil (3-2), which took home silver.
“I am happy that I’m going home with a bronze,” Caldwell said. “I wish it was a gold, but we will take what we can get and thank God for this opportunity.
“It has been so awesome,” Caldwell added of her experience. “So much preparation, so much time, so much, blood, sweat and tears went into this, and it’s just awesome being able to come here.”