Aug. 19, 2012
GURABO, Puerto Rico -
Incoming freshman Alexis Prince played a team-high 26 minutes and also led the team in steals with six as the 2012 USA U18 National Team (4-0) cruised to a 95-46 victory over Canada (2-2) in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship semifinal game on Saturday night.
Prince added nine points, two rebounds and two assists in the winning effort.
Over the tournament's four games, Prince has averaged 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds and leads the team in steals with 13.
The U.S. squad advanced to the championship game for the ninth time in as many U18 tournaments and will face also undefeated Brazil (4-0) for the gold medal on Aug. 19 at 8:15 p.m. (all times EDT).
Since its inception in 1988, the American women have claimed six gold medals (1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) and two silver medals (1992, 1996), are now 42-2 all-time at this event, and are one win away from collecting a sixth consecutive U18 gold medal.
Canada will play Argentina (2-2), which fell to Brazil 67-54 in the evening's first semifinal, for the bronze medal on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
In other games, Colombia (2-2) captured its second win, 70-45 over Mexico (0-4), while Puerto Rico (2-2) dominated Dominican Republic (0-4) 68-35.
Mexico will face Dominican Republic for seventh place, while Colombia and host Puerto Rico will square off to determine fifth place.
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