July 22, 2013
PANEVĖ?YS, Lithuania -- Bashaara Graves was one of five American players scoring in double figures, as the USA romped past the Netherlands, 102-42, in second round play Monday at the 2013 FIBA World Championship for Women.
The 6-foot-2 power forward, who will be a sophomore this fall at Tennessee, knocked down five of eight shots from the field to finish with 10 points as USA improved to 4-0 in the tournament. The native of Clarksville, Tenn., (Clarksville High School) added four rebounds, four steals and three assists in 20 minutes of duty.
The 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year contributed to a 60-20 points-in-the-paint advantage and helped USA out-rebound the Netherlands, 50-30. Her defense also was productive, as she contributed four of the 24 steals for the American side that resulted in a 31-4 points-off-turnovers tally for the red, white and blue.
USA held a 30-15 lead after the first 10 minutes of play before cranking it into high gear in the second quarter. By the time the teams headed to the locker room for intermission, the Americans had reeled off a 26-4 stanza to lead 56-19. Graves contributed six points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal to the first-half onslaught.
The second 20 minutes saw the USA out-point the opposition 25-12 in the third period and 21-11 in the fourth frame. It marked the fourth time in four tourney games the Americans had eclipsed the 100-point threshold, and the team now is outscoring its opponents by an average score of 105.3 to 42.8 in Panevezys.
"The assistants are doing a great job with the scout, not over-complicating things but understanding that if we take two or three things away from the other team, it's very hard for them to overcome," USA head coach Katie Meier said. "With our size and length, we can cover up for some mistakes. We made some defensive mistakes tonight, but we had effort behind the ball, it didn't matter. It didn't burn us."
The U.S. faces Canada (2-2) on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. ET (8:15 p.m. EET). Live stats will be available at www.fibalivestats.com
"They've played some close games here," Meier said. "They're very fundamental. They're doing a nice job with their head coach who had to leave. Scott's (Edwards) doing a great job keeping their girls playing at a very high level.
"We're going to have to keep the pressure up like we've been doing on the defensive end and making sure we're finishing them. We're getting a lot of offensive rebounds and when we put those back in, it's hard to deal with us, but sometimes we've not converted on all of those. That's something that'll be a big focus for us also."