The USABasketball Women’s U17 Team opened played at the FIBA World Championship in Spain with a dominant 104-45 victory against South Korea.
Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s; Stockton, Calif.) set a U.S. women’s U17 record with 17 rebounds and added 12 points. Destanni Henderson (Fort Myers, Fla.) had 10 of the USA‘s 22 assists to tie the U.S. assists record.
As a team, the Americans posted a record 85 boards and also set records for made free throws with 31 an attempted with 41.
The Americans had an average 5-inch height advantage of the South Koreans and the U.S. post players thrived. Charli Collier (Barbers Hill; Mont Belvieu, Texas) had 22 points and 12 rebounds in 13 minutes. Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Winder-Barrow; Winder, Ga.) had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Janelle Bailey (Providence Day School; Matthews, N.C.) had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“It’s a nice win for our team, and it will help build our confidence, but we realize not all of the games are going to be like that,” USA head coach Dori Oldaker said in a news release. “I think it was really nice to get that game under their belts.”
The U.S. team led 51-21 at halftime with 31 points coming in the paint and went on a 22-0 run in the third quarter to push the margin to 50, 75-25.
“I took open shots, and I don’t think I forced anything,” Collier said. “The guards did a really good job of getting the posts the ball, and we just all played well.”