July 15, 2013
Senior guard Odyssey Sims earned her second World University Games gold medal and was named the tournament's most valuable player when the USA Basketball squad defeated Russia, 90-71, in the gold medal game at the World University games in Russia on Monday.
By earning her second championship, Sims becomes the first women's basketball two-time gold medalist for the USA at the World University Games.
The Irving, Texas, native was one of four players to score in double figures in the USA's win, she tallied 10 points and also dished out three assists. Sims averaged 12.7 points per game and a tournament-best 5.3 assists per game.
This marks the second consecutive gold medal win for Sims, who also helped the USA win gold at the 2011 Games. The United States has won the last three gold medals at the World University Games.
Sims' post-tournament quotes courtesy of USA Basketball:
On tonight's game:
We just concentrated. Coach (Coale) gave us our game plan, and we stuck with it, went in and we trusted each other. We kept fighting. On help side we stayed together. As coach said, we showed championship behavior. We huddled, even when we made a turn over, we huddled. That's what lifted us up to win this gold medal.
What does it mean to you to win tournament MVP?
It means a lot. I came out here and played, I trusted my teammates, I never gave up, but the gold medal means more to me than MVP.
On being the first USA woman to win two World University Games gold medals:
It feels great. I didn't even know I was the first one. It's a great honor. I was blessed to get picked the first time, and I was blessed to get picked the second time. Luckily, I was on a great team, surrounded by great players. I was able to make them look good, and they were able to make me look good, and we succeeded and accomplished what we needed to in three weeks.
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