FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG WOMEN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 2002

FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG WOMEN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT -- 2002

RIBEIRAO PRETO, BRAZIL - JULY 17-21, 2002


In what was a true team effort in every sense, led by Texas Tech's Marsha Sharp the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team claimed the gold medal with an unblemished 4-0 record at the inaugural Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations (COPABA) World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament held July 17-21 in RibeiraoPreto, Brazil. Not only did the dominating red, white and blue claim gold, but the squad of elite 20-and-unders qualified USA Basketball for the 2003 FIBA World Championship For Young Women.


2002 USA YOUNG WOMEN'S TEAM



2002 USA RESULTS (4-0)
USA 100 Venezuela 40
USA 107 Argentina 70
USA 123 Puerto Rico 50
USA 81 Brazil 50

2002 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG WOMEN QUALIFIER
FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (4-0) 5. Canada (2-2)
2. *Brazil (4-1) 6. Venezuela (0-3)
3. *Argentina (2-2) 7. Costa Rica (0-3)
4. Puerto Rico (2-3)
* The top three finishing teams qualified for the 2003 FIBA World Championship For Young Women.

Averaging a tournament leading 102.8 points an outing, the United States had five players finish with scoring averages in double digits, three of whom finished among the top 10 in the tournament in scoring. Leading the charge was Ebony Hoffman, who averaged a tournament fourth best 13.3 points; USA co-captain Laurie Koehn ranked sixth with 13.0 points a game; and Kara Braxton was the tournament's ninth best scorer after averaging 11.9 points a game. USA co-captain Cappie Pondexter passed off for a tournament best 26 assists (6.5 apg.) and Lindsay Whalen's 17 assists (4.3 apg.) ranked fourth among all competitors. Leading the U.S. squad on the glass was Hoffman, who averaged a tournament fourth best 8.8 rebounds, Nicole Ohlde ranked seventh after pulling down 8.3 per game and Brown-Braxton tied at eighth, averaging 7.0 rebounds.

Opening pool play on July 17, the USA behind 17 points from Hoffman, 14 from Koehn and 13 from Whalen, downed Venezuela 100-40 in a game which saw every member contribute in the scoring column by the end of the first half. The United States had seven players score in double digits, including team highs of 14 points from Koehn and Jia Perkins, as every player again scored and the U.S. defeated Argentina 107-70 on July 19 to close out pool play at the top of Group A. Prior to the start of the tournament, the Dominican Republic withdrew, leaving Group A with only three teams while Group B contained Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.

Advancing to the semifinals against Puerto Rico, the USA collected a 123-50 win on July 20. For the third straight game each member of the U.S. team scored as the one-two Kansas State punch of Koehn and Ohlde led the way with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Hoffman (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Ohlde (11 points, 13 rebounds) each posted double-doubles as the United States earned the gold medal on July 21 with an 81-50 decision against host Brazil.

In addition to the United States, the Americas Zone will be represented at the 2003 FIBA World Championship For Young Women by silver medalist Brazil and Argentina, which defeated Puerto Rico 80-55 for the bronze, in the inaugural FIBA World Championship For Young Women.

2002 USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG WOMEN QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL
HOMETOWN
Kara Braxton
C
6-6
197
19
Georgia
Jackson, MI
Shameka Christon
F
6-1
172
20
Arkansas
Hot Springs, AR
Ebony Hoffman
F
6-2
200
19
Southern Cal
Harbor City, CA
Laurie Koehn
G
5-8
145
20
Kansas State
Hesston, KS
Kelly Mazzante
G
6-0
155
20
Penn State
Montoursville, PA
Amber Obaze
G
5-9
156
20
Louisiana Tech
Dallas, TX
Nicole Ohlde
C
6-4
175
20
Kansas State
Clay Center, KS
Jia Perkins
G
5-8
150
20
Texas Tech
Granbury, TX
Cappie Pondexter
G
5-7
150
19
Rutgers
Chicago, IL
Heather Schreiber
F
6-2
165
19
Texas
Windthorst, TX
Stacy Stephens
F
6-1
210
20
Texas
Winnsboro, TX
Lindsay Whalen
G
5-8
145
20
Minnesota
Hutchinson, MN
Head Coach: Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech University
Assistant Coach: Nikita Lowry, New Mexico State University
Assistant Coach: Lisa Stone, Drake University (Iowa)
Team Physician: Dave Weinstein, Colorado Springs, CO
Athletic Trainer: Lisa Smith, U.S. Air Force Academy (CO)


2002 USA World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Hoffman 4/4
19- 33
.576
0- 2
.000
15-16
.938
35/ 8.8
53/ 13.3
4
4
8
Koehn 4/4
18- 43
.419
14-37
.378
2- 4
.500
9/ 2.3
52/ 13.0
5
0
6
Braxton 4/0
22- 37
.595
0- 0
.---
3- 6
.500
28/ 7.0
47/ 11.8
9
6
5
Ohlde 4/4
19- 29
.655
0- 0
.---
8-12
.667
33/ 8.3
46/ 11.5
11
6
2
Perkins 4/1
15- 26
.577
2- 3
.667
8- 9
.889
10/ 2.5
40/ 10.0
5
1
5
Pondexter 4/4
14- 27
.519
5- 8
.625
2- 2
1.000
10/ 2.5
35/ 8.8
26
2
10
Whalen 4/0
10- 15
.667
2- 4
.500
8-10
.800
7/ 1.8
30/ 7.5
17
0
11
Mazzante 4/0
13- 29
.448
4-11
.364
0- 2
.000
8/ 2.0
30/ 7.5
6
2
4
Schreiber 4/0
11- 19
.579
4-12
.333
0- 0
.---
10/ 2.5
26/ 6.5
4
0
2
Obaze 4/0
10- 22
.455
0- 0
.---
1- 4
.250
9/ 2.3
21/ 5.3
4
1
5
Stephens 4/0
7- 13
.538
0- 0
.---
5- 7
.714
18/ 4.5
19/ 4.8
5
3
2
Christon 3/3
5- 11
.455
0- 2
.000
2- 2
1.000
7/ 2.3
12/ 4.0
6
3
1
USA 4
163-304
.536
31-79
.392
54-74
.730
184/46.0
411/102.8
102
28
61
OPP. 4
73-243
.300
16-49
.327
48-67
.716
107/26.8
210/ 52.5
37
9
33