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Tuck leads Team USA women in FIBA Americas U18 semifinal

Tuck leads Team USA U18 women with 22 points


1:01 PM, Aug. 19, 2012 EDT


GURABO, Puerto Rico — 

Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck, first-team 2012 All-USA girls basketball players who will play for Connecticut this fall, led the USA U18 team to a 95-46 defeat of Canada in a FIBA Americas U18 Championship semifinal Saturday night.

Team USA will face Brazil (4-0) in the Gold Medal Game Sunday night.

Tuck had 22 points and Stewart had 20 points and eight rebounds.

Since the FIBA Americas began in 1988, Team USA's U18 women have claimed six gold medals (1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) and two silver medals (1992, 1996) in the event.

Canada will play Argentina for the bronze medal on Sunday.

"I felt like every game we've seen another level from our team, some new type of focus or some nuance that they finally get or a concept that they apply," said USA Katie Meier, USA U18 and Miami (Fla.) coach. "That's what's been really fun about coaching this team. When you don't practice together all year, you learn a lot about them through game play versus practice. This is the second game in a row where we've made adjustments at halftime that we've never talked about before and then they go out and apply it."

Also scoring in double digits was another All-USA first-team player, Bashaara Graves, who is headed to Tennessee.

Stewart did most of her damage in the first half with 16 points.

"I was just waiting to let the game come to me," said Stewart. "I talked to coach before the game at shoot around and she was like 'I have a feeling that tonight you're just going to go off.' Did I go off? I don't know, but I was just doing what I do on the court and having fun while I was doing it."

 

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