SECOND FIBA U21 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2007

SECOND FIBA U21 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2007

MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - JUNE 29 - JULY 8, 2007
 

The 2007 U21 World Championship Team closed out its age-based competition just as it had for the previous three years (U18, U19, U20), with a gold medal and an unblemished record at the FIBA U21 World Championship in Moscow Region, Russia. Courtney Paris and Essence Carson, the two longest-tenured players on the '07 squad, brought home their fourth gold medal in as many years at FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions.

2007 USA U21 WORLD CHAMP. TEAM



2007 USA RESULTS (8-0)

USA 90 Australia 88
USA 96 Brazil 40
USA 93 Hungary 70
USA 81 Spain 63
USA 98 Japan 57
USA 104 Belgium 53
USA 86 Russia 61
USA 96 Australia 73

2007 FIBA U21 WORLD CHAMP.
FINAL STANDINGS

1. United States (8-0)
7.
Hungary (4-4)
2. Australia (6-2)
8.
Brazil (1-7)
3. France (7-1)
9.
Spain (3-4)
4. Russia (5-3)
10.
Japan (2-5)
5. Belgium (4-40
11.
China (2-5)
6. Canada (4-4)
12.
Mali (0-7)

Returning for her second stint with this age group, Duke University head coach Joanne P. McCallie is now two-for-two in USA Basketball assignments, improving her record to 13-0 after she guided the U20 National Team to the 2006 gold medal at the FIBA Americas U20 Championship in Mexico City.

Australia, whose two setbacks came courtesy of the U.S., finished as the silver medalist, while France was third after defeating host Russia 67-61 in the bronze medal game.

Australia greeted the USA with its closest fight of the tournament in the team's July 29 opener, an eventual 90-88 USA win. The Australians staked as much as a 16-point advantage and held the lead until there were less than two minutes remaining. Candice Wiggins' 3-point play off a foul at the top of the key made the score 87-85 and put the USA ahead for the first time with 1:26 remaining. Wiggins' 30 points, coupled with Crystal Langhorne's 24 points and 16 rebounds helped their squad grind out the victory.

In direct response to the first game, the United States lept to a 38-6 lead against Brazil on the way to a 96-40 win. Langhorne again led the way with 19 points on a pristine 9-for-9 shooting performance.

The USA saw four players score in double figures, including 21 from Wiggins en route to a 93-70 win over Hungary on July 1. Led by Laura Harper's 13 points, all 12 players scored as the USA defeated Spain 81-62 on July 3. Continuing to gel, all U.S. players scored again in the 98-57 victory over Japan as Langhorne led the charge with 18 points on July 4 and the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals with a perfect 5-0 slate.

A double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds from Paris and a 27-9 second-quarter outburst, followed by an 11-0 run to start the third frame punctuated a 104-53 USA quarterfinal blowout of Belgium on July 6 and launched the USA into a semifinal match-up with Russia.

The host Russian team scored 13 unanswered points to open the game, but another strong performance by Wiggins led the way for the USA in an 86-61 triumph on July 7. In 22 minutes, Wiggins scored 27 points that included four makes in six tries from 3-point range to set up a championship rematch with Australia.

A day later, much like the duo had done the first time the USA and Australia met in the championships opener, Langhorne (23 points and 14 rebounds) and Wiggins (14 points) helped the U.S. to capture the gold medal, as the USA started the game on a 15-3 run and later held off a final Australian attack in a 96-73 win.

Langhorne finished as the squad?s leading scorer (15.6 ppg.) and rebounder (8.9 rpg.), while Wiggins (13.1 ppg.), who would go on to capture her second gold of the summer at the Pan American Games, was second and Paris (10.9 ppg., 8.0 rpg.) rounded out the top threescorers and top two rebounders for the United States.

2007 USA U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Jolene Anderson
G
5-8
165
20
Wisconsin Port Wing, WI
DeWanna Bonner
G
6-4
136
19
Auburn Fairfield, AL
Essence Carson
G
6-0
155
20
Rutgers Paterson, NJ
Laura Harper
F/C
6-4
180
21
Maryland Elkins Park, PA
Ashley Houts
G
5-6
144
19
Georgia Trenton, GA
Crystal Langhorne
C/F
6-2
194
20
Maryland Willingboro, NJ
Marscilla Packer
G
5-9
165
21
Ohio State Pickerington, OH
Courtney Paris
C
6-3
240
19
Oklahoma Piedmont, CA
Kia Vaughn
C
6-4
198
20
Rutgers Bronx, NY
Abby Waner
G
5-11
155
20
Duke Highlands Ranch, CO
Candice Wiggins
G
5-11
150
20
Stanford San Diego, CA
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton
F
6-2
190
21
Purdue Naperville, IL
Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie, Duke (NC)
Assistant Coach: Sam Dixon, Furman (SN)
Assistant Coach: Charli Turner-Thorne, Arizona State
Team Physician: Dave Walden (Colorado Springs, CO)
Athletic Trainer: Kristen Schellhase, Central Florida

2007 USA U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Langhorne
8/7
51- 73
.699
0- 0
.---
23- 37
.622
71/ 8.9
125/ 15.6
5
2
8
Wiggins
8/7
39- 89
.438
16- 38
.421
11- 12
.917
19/ 2.4
105/ 13.1
8
0
10
Paris
8/7
39- 70
.557
0- 0
.---
9- 15
.600
64/ 8.0
87/ 10.9
9
3
6
Anderson
8/6
29- 71
.408
16- 47
.340
0- 0
.---
23/ 2.9
74/ 9.3
13
0
8
Bonner
8/0
22- 55
.400
2- 8
.250
14- 19
.737
45/ 5.6
60/ 7.5
7
3
11
Harper
8/0
17- 43
.395
0- 0
.---
23- 31
.742
46/ 5.8
57/ 7.1
2
6
10
Waner
8/2
16- 55
.291
7- 31
.226
8- 11
.727
19/ 2.4
47/ 5.9
13
0
10
Carson
8/5
21- 50
.420
1- 7
.143
4- 15
.267
26/ 3.3
47/ 5.9
14
3
11
Packer
8/1
15- 41
.366
8- 25
.320
2- 2
1.000
16/ 2.0
40/ 5.0
12
0
12
Vaughn
8/0
15- 35
.429
0- 0
.---
10- 12
.833
38/ 4.8
40/ 5.0
1
4
2
Wisdom-Hylton
7/0
11- 26
.423
0- 0
.---
7- 14
.500
27/ 3.9
29/ 4.1
2
5
9
Houts
8/0
9- 20
.450
4- 11
.364
11- 16
.688
9/ 1.1
33/ 4.1
2
0
4
Team
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20/ 2.5
 
 
 
 
USA TOTALS
8
284- 628
.452
54- 167
.323
122- 184
.663
423/ 52.9
744/ 93.0
88
26
101
OPP. TOTALS
8
180- 480
.375
62- 192
.323
82- 114
.719
210/ 26.3
504/ 63.0
98
22
55