In her first international competition, Asia Durr dropped a game high 20 points and single handedly equaled the scoring of Brazil for a lopsided 76-20 win for the USA in the opening round of pool play in the U16 FIBA Americas Championship in Cancun, Mexico.
The 5-9 guard from St. Pius Catholic in Douglasville, Georgia, who is widely regarded as the one of the top recruits in the 2014 class, went a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line, 6-9 from the field and 3-5 from behind the arc in just 15 minutes of play.
"My teammates passed me the ball, and I was wide open, so I shot and it went it. It was a lot of fun," said Durr about her performance.
"Asia is a combo guard who can play both the one and two, so within our offense, we do have some packages where the ball-handler is the primary option," added USA head coach Sue Phillips. "With a kid that is a prolific scorer like that, I think we would be foolish to not utilize her."
Team USA held Brazil to five first quarter points, closing the first frame with a 11-0 run for a 24-5 lead and extended the run to 21-0 in the second quarter for a 48-9 lead at the break. All twelve players scored for team USA including nine by Katie Lou Samuelson and eight by DeJanae Boykin. Team USA dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Brazil 53-33, Lauren Cox was the leading rebounder with eight, while Kalani Brown grabbed seven. Sabrina Ionescu lead the defensive effort with four steals as the USA forced Brazil into 29 turnovers and just 16 percent shooting from the field.
A two-time champion at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, the USA women are looking to maintain an unblemished record, which now stands at (11-0), and capture a third-straight U16 gold medal.
The USA (1-0) will play Argentina (1-0) at 6 p.m. (CDT) on June 20 and Costa Rica (0-1) at 2 p.m. (CDT) on June 21. All games are being streamed live online at FIBAAmericas.com.
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