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UDINE, Italy – Behind a strong defensive effort, the 2017 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team knocked off France, 78-51, on Friday in the FIBA U19 World Cup Quarterfinals.
The United States (5-0) advances to its ninth consecutive U19 medal semifinal game, where it will face Japan (5-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. Also advancing to the medal semifinals are Canada (5-0) and Russia (5-0), who also will meet on Saturday.
Texas sophomore Joyner Holmes scored 14 points and brought down six rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Fellow Longhorn Alecia Sutton added seven points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes in a starting role.
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“At first, we started off slow on defense, but after the half, we picked it up a little,” Sutton said. “I came out with energy, and I wanted to bring energy for the team. We had been coming out slow after halftime, so I tried to tell them we needed to bring more energy and just pick it up on defense.”
The USA finished the game shooting 48.3 percent (28-of-58 FGs) from the floor, including a blistering 55.6 percent (5-of-9 3pt FGs) from beyond the arc. France was held to a 29.9 percent (20-of-67 FGs) clip from the field.
The USA scored 25 points off of 18 French turnovers, and its substitutes outscored France’s bench 37-10.
ALECIA SUTTON POST-GAME QUOTES
How did your defense help dictate the game tonight?
“At first, we started off slow on defense, but after the half, we picked it up a little. I came out with energy, and I wanted to bring energy for the team. We had been coming out slow after halftime, so I tried to tell them we needed to bring more energy and just pick it up on defense.”
What’s the outlook on Japan in the semifinals tomorrow?
“I think they are going to pressure us a lot. We respect Japan, and we think they are going to come out and compete really hard. We just have to respect them and play hard, too.”
USA BASKETBALL U19 SCHEDULE AT 2017 FIBA WORLD CUP
Saturday, July 22
USA 95, Mali 58
Sunday, July 23
USA 91, China 51
Tuesday, July 25
USA 66, Italy 49
Wednesday, July 26
Round of 16
USA 104, Puerto Rico 46
Friday, July 28
USA 78, France 51
Saturday, July 29
USA vs. Japan
2 p.m. CT
Sunday, July 30
Gold Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game