From left to right: Ariel Massengale, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley each won their fourth gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2013 World University Games.

Behind an outstanding defensive performance, the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team (6-0) never trailed and kept Russia (5-1) at a distance for most of the second half on its way to claiming the gold medal in the 2013 World University Games with a 90-71 victory on Monday night at Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia.   

The USA now has won three-consecutive gold medals, and nine overall, at the World University Games.

Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut/North Babylon, N.Y.) led the charge for the USA, scoring a game-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan University/Detroit, Mich.) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut/Anaheim Hills, Calif.) added 16 and 15 points, respectively, while World University Games Co-MVP Odyssey Sims (Baylor University/Irving, Texas) contributed 10 points and three assists. Sims, who averaged 12.7 points per game and a competition-best5.3 assists per game, shared MVP honors with Russia’s Tatiana Grigoryeva.

The USA limited Russia to just 41.6 percent shooting (27-65 FGs) and 31.4 percent in the first half (11-35 FGs), and forced 20 turnovers, which led to 27 U.S. points.