Sept. 30, 2011
MONTE DI PROCIDA, Italy - Playing in her first international game, Brittney Griner led all scorers with 15 points while the USA posted a 77-48 win over last season's Italian league champion Famila Schio in Monte di Procida, Italy.
Griner came off the bench and played 26 minutes, shooting 6-of-13 from the floor, a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line, hauled down seven rebounds and registered the team's only two blocks. Former Lady Bear Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars), newly sworn in as a US citizen, started the game and scored eight points and led the team in steals with four in 25 minutes of action.
Also scoring in double-digits for the USA were Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun) and Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun) with 12 points apiece while Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty) scored 11.
The U.S. will face Ros Casares in the championship game of the Naples-hosted tournament at 8:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. CDT) Saturday. While the games are not televised in the U.S., fans can get in-game updates via USA Basketball's Facebook and Twitter accounts at facebook.com/usabasketball and twitter.com/usabasketball, respectively.
Geno Auriemma quote:
This was Brittney Griner's first game playing under the international rules. She looked like she adjusted pretty well.
I think that Brittney and Sophia Young, as their first time playing USA Basketball, were a little bit nervous going in, didn't know what to expect. But, once you start playing, basketball is basketball and I think their instincts took over. Even when Brittney doesn't know what she's doing out there, she impacts the game because everyone's looking to see where she is. Once she starts to figure out why she's doing what she's doing. She's just gonna be ... I heard one of the other guys from the Italian contingent tell me that she could dominate women's basketball for the next 10 years. Personally, I hope that starts two years from now (laughs).
Brittney Griner quote:
You just finished your first international game ever. How did it feel out on the court tonight?
It felt good. The play was a little different. I didn't get a travel called on me, but I noticed our team got it called a couple of times. I was asking questions the whole time on the bench. It was a little bit more physical, but it
Sophia Young quote:
You were just sworn in as a U.S. citizen earlier this month and now you're playing for USA Basketball for the first time. What was it like playing for the first time in a USA Basketball jersey?
I put on my jersey today for the first time right before the game and I was beyond words. I was speechless and I was like, `I pretty much can't believe that I'm here.' I just was thinking God for the opportunity, regardless of what comes out of it, the opportunity is amazing. To be here, representing the USA is an honor. I feel blessed. I feel privileged that they would even give me an opportunity to come three weeks after getting my citizenship. It says a lot about USA Basketball and I'm honored that I'm here. was definitely fun, definitely fun. I had a great time.
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