The USA women’s U23 National team forced 35 Canadian turnovers, while shooting 60 percent (42-70 field goals) to breeze past Canada, 107-61, in its second game of the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament on Sunday at Katayanagi Arena in Tokyo.
Tennessee’s Jaime Nared and Mercedes Russell started for the consecutive game and helped USA (2-0) burst out to a 28-13 lead after the first quarter and take a 47-29 advantage into intermission against Canada (0-2).
Nared finished with six points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist in 14 minutes, while Russell contributed five points, a team-leading six rebounds and a block in 16 minutes. Through two games, Russell (five) and Nared (4.5) lead USA in rebound average.
The USA will wrap up its competition and aim to earn the U24 Four Nations Tournament title against host Japan (1-1) Aug. 15 at 5:30 a.m.