Team USA Advances To U10 World Cup Final

Ruthy Hebard had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Megan Walker, who will play at UConn, chipped in 11 points to help the USA U19 Women’s World Cup Team to a 73-66 semifinals victory over Japan on Saturday at Udine, Italy.

Team USA improved to 6-0 in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup tournament. They will play in the gold medal game on Sunday against Russia (6-0), which defeated Canada 65-41 in the day’s other semifinal.

In a close contest for the game’s first 10 minutes, the USA led 24-22, then outscored Japan 23-11 in the second quarter. The U.S. led 47-33 at intermission.

In the fourth period, Japan made a game of it by outscoring the Americans 23-8.

Hebard, from Fairbanks, Alaska, was 11-15 shooting from the floor and Chennedy Carter (Mansfield, Texas) added 19 points and seven rebounds. Walker added four rebounds.

UConn’s Crystal Dangerfield had an off game, making 1 of 9 shots for three points along with two assists and two steals.

The USA outrebounded Japan 50-39 and outscored Japan 52-30 in the paint.

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