ALAGON, Spain (July 9, 2010) - The 2010 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team (1-0) put the first points on the board in its exhibition game against Canada (0-1) and never looked back. Racing to a 20-9 first quarter lead, the USA went on to secure a convincing 93-47 win over Canada on July 9 in Alagon, Spain.
Led by 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field by Kaleena Lewis (Mater Dei H.S./Anaheim, Calif), all 12 U.S. players scored, including 12 points, five rebounds and three steals fromBreanna Stewart (Cicero North Syracuse H.S./North Syracuse, N.Y.) and 11 points and four rebounds fromElizabeth Williams (Princess Anne H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.). Additionally, Cierra Burdick (Butler H.S./Matthews, N.C.) collected 14 rebounds to go with her nine points, and Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook) tallied six steals.
Canada managed to compete with the USA over the first few minutes, and the U.S. lead was just three points, 12-9 with 2:02 remaining in the first quarter. From there, however, it was all red, white and blue as two consecutive 3-pointers from Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook ) launched an 8-0 U.S. run to close the first quarter up 20-9.
"I have been working on my outside shooting, going back to before tryouts," Tuck said is a release. "I don't really like the post as much, and I wanted to play a wing, so I had to work on those skills.
"I knew I was open, so I shot it, and it just happened to go in. On the second shot I was more confident because I had just hit one, so I was just hoping that one was going in to."