SECOND FIBA AMERICAS U20 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2006

SECOND FIBA AMERICAS U20 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2006

(Formerly the World Championship for Young Women Qualifying Tournament)

Mexico City, Mexico - August 8-12, 2006


Led by USA and Michigan State University head coach Joanne P. McCallie, the USA Basketball U20 Women's National Team (5-0) demolished its 2006 FIBA Americas Championship competition, scoring an average of 104.2 points per game while holding opponents to just 42.2 points to easily capture the gold medal on Aug. 12 in Mexico City, Mexico.


2006 USA U20 NATIONAL TEAM



2006 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA 97 Puerto Rico 57
USA 90 Canada 39
USA 124 Mexico 38
USA 114 Bahamas 23
USA 96 Brazil 54

2006 FIBA AMERICAS U20 CHAMP. FOR WOMEN FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (5-0) 5.Mexico (1-4)
2. *Brazil (4-1) 6. Bahamas (0-5)
3. *Canada (3-2)
4. Puerto Rico (2-3)
* The top three finishing teams qualified for the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship For Women.

The USA, silver-medal finisher Brazil (4-1) and bronze medalist Canada (3-2) each qualified for the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship that will be held July 27-Aug. 5 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

In just the second tournament in event history, the 2006 USA squad maintained a perfect 9-0 overall record and literally rewrote the USA U20 record books with 28 new single-game and competition entries, including 20 team records, eight individual marks and three individuals who tied previous highs.

With five games in five days, the USA first met Puerto Rico on Aug. 8th. Establishing a balanced attack from the start, six Americans reached double figures as the USA coasted to a 97-57 victory. Courtney Paris led the squad with 18 points and seven rebounds, Jolene Anderson added 16, DeWanna Bonner contributed 13, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton tallied 12 and Erlana Larkins and Victoria Lucas-Perry each scored 11 points.

Day two, Aug. 9, brought Canada. The Americans upped their already hot field goal percentage to 54.5 percent (36-66 FGs) and dominated Canada 90-39. Marscilla Packer led the way with 18 points after shooting 6-of-8 from the field against the Canucks. The USA, forcing 24 turnovers and collecting 17 steals, was also helped by 11 points from Paris and 10 from Anderson.

Led by 20 points from Packer, who set a USA U20 single-game scoring record after sinking six 3-pointers, the USA handled host Mexico 124-38 on Aug. 10 to also set a single-game scoring high. Essence Carson tallied 18 points, Paris contributed 16, Anderson scored 15 and Kia Vaughn contributed 14 points as the USA shot a scorching 63.2 percent (43-68 FGs) and forced 31 turnovers.

Meeting a winless Bahamas, McCallie and her assistants, the University of California's Joanne Boyle and Furman University's (S.C.) Sam Dixon, shifted the team's focus to defense, and the USA squad gave up only 23 points while scoring 114 in a game that was never in question. The USA hit a record-setting 69.7 percent (46-66 FGs) of its shots from the field with seven players in double figures. Vaughn led the way with 15 points, Renee Montgomery tallied 13, Paris, Lucas-Perry and Anderson each scored 12 and Larkins added 10 points.

In its final and most anticipated contest, the USA met also undefeated Brazil on Aug. 12 to determine the gold medal winner. Captained by Larkins and Erica White the U.S. squad was down to just 10 active members in the final game after Carson suffered a minor knee sprain versus Bahamas. Devanei Hampton, also due to a knee injury, was never able to participate in the tournament.

After a first-quarter fight that resulted in just a 21-20 U.S. lead, a bucket from Vaughn two minutes into the second period launched a 13-0 run that killed Brazil's gold-medal hopes and set the USA machine in motion. With a final score of 96-54, the USA featured six players in double figures and outrebounded Brazil 54-26. Anderson tallied 17 points, Bonner and Paris each added 14, Packer contributed 12 and Montgomery and Vaughn both scored 10 points.

Paris was the tournament's second leading scoring and top rebounder averaging 14.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Americans. Anderson ranked third overall in scoring (14.0 ppg.), and Packer tied for fourth (13.6 ppg.). Additionally, Vaughn ranked seventh (11.8 ppg.) and Carson ranked ninth (10.5 ppg.).

Paris (71), Anderson (70) and Packer (68) now list No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 in the USA U20 competition record books for most points scored.

As a team, the 20 new competition records are highlighted by new marks for points scored (521), points averaged (104.2 ppg.), field goal percentage (.555) and 3-point percentage (.457). The team's single-game records include points scored (124 vs. Mexico), field goal percentage (.697 vs. Bahamas), 3-pointers made (12 vs. Mexico), 3-point field goal percentage (.600 vs. Bahamas) and steals (17 vs. Canada).

As individuals, the eight new records in competition categories included Paris with 40 rebounds and Packer with a 69.0 3-point field goal percentage. In single-game categories, Packer also set new highs for points (20 vs. Mexico) and 3-point shooting percentage (4-of-4 vs. Mexico), and Vaughn's four blocks against the Bahamas also set a new high.

The USA U20 team was comprised of four USA veterans with FIBA experience and eight athletes who experienced their first international USA Basketball competition. Anderson, Carson, Larkins and Paris won gold medals at the 2005 FIBA U19 World Championship; and Carson, Larkins and Paris also helped the 2004 USA U18 squad to the gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

2006 USA Women's U20 National Team Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Jolene Anderson
G
5-8
160
20
Wisconsin Port Wing, WI
DeWanna Bonner
G
6-4
135
19
Auburn Fairfield, AL
Essence Carson
G
6-0
155
20
Rutgers Paterson, NJ
Devanei Hampton
F/C
6-3
198
19
California Oakland, CA
Erlana Larkins
F/C
6-2
195
20
North Carolina Riviera Beach, FL
Victoria Lucas-Perry
G
5-9
160
20
Michigan State Flint, MI
Renee Montgomery
G
5-8
130
19
Connecticut St. Albans, WV
Marscilla Packer
G
5-9
160
20
Ohio State Pickerington, OH
Courtney Paris
C
6-3
250
19
Oklahoma Piedmont, CA
Kia Vaughn
C
6-4
198
19
Rutgers Bronx, NY
Erica White
G
5-5
138
19
Louisiana State Jacksonville, FL
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton
F
6-2
190
20
Purdue Naperville, IL
Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie, Michigan State University
Assistant Coach: Joanne Boyle, University of California
Assistant Coach: Sam Dixon, Furman University (SC)
Team Physician: Jim Barrett, Oklahoma City, OK
Athletic Trainer: Margie Hunt, U.S. Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, Colo.


2006 USA Women's U20 National Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Paris
5-5
30- 51
.588
0- 1
.000
11-21
.524
40/ 8.0
71/ 14.2
6
1
2
Anderson
5-3
28- 46
.609
9- 20
.450
5- 5
1.000
15/ 3.0
70/ 14.0
10
0
3
Packer
5-3
23- 38
.605
20- 29
.690
2- 4
.500
5/ 1.0
68/ 13.6
6
0
6
Vaughn
4-0
19- 33
.576
0- 0
.---
9-21
.429
14 / 3.5
47/ 11.8
1
5
1
Carson
4-3
14- 24
.583
1- 6
.167
13-17
.765
12/ 3.0
42/ 10.5
3
1
8
Lucas-Perry
5-1
17- 38
.447
5-14
.357
9-10
.900
17/ 3.4
48/ 9.6
4
0
6
Bonner
5-0
16- 30
.533
4- 8
.500
9-18
.500
18/ 3.6
45/ 9.0
9
1
8
Larkins
5-5
17- 30
.567
0- 0
.---
9-20
.450
21/ 4.2
43/ 8.6
2
2
5
Montgomery.
5-
13- 22
.591
2 -8
.250
6- 9
.667
9/ 1.8
34/ 6.8
11
0
6
Wisdom-Hylton
5-0
15- 30
.500
1- 2
.500
6- 9
.667
16/ 3.2
37/ 7.4
4
1
5
White
5-4
5- 13
.385
0- 4
.000
6- 9
.667
12/ 2.4
16/ 3.2
7
0
5
Hampton
DNP
USA TOTALS
5
197-355
.555
42-92
.457
85-143
.594
179/ 35.8
521/ 104.2
63
11
55
OPP. TOTALS
5
70-234
.299
1-77
.273
50-87
.575
91/ 18.2
211/ 42.2
24
0
23