Five USA players scored in double figures, paced by a double-double from DeJanae Boykin, en route to a 98-28 rout of Argentina during the second day of pool play at the FIBA Americas Championship in Cancun, Mexico.
In a dominating performance by the USA that clinched the No. 1 seed in group A, Boykin posted 12 points and 12 rebounds along with four assists, Asia Durr led all scorers with 23 points, Crystal Dangerfield put up 16 points and snagged four steals, Arike Ogunbowale scored 15 and Katie Lou Samuelson added 11 points and eight rebounds.
“I thought we had a balanced attack," said USA head coach Sue Phillips. "We scored in a variety of ways. We scored with defense creating offense, we scored from beyond the arc, we scored inside, we scored from offensive boards, we scored from the free throw line, and that's what we were looking for offensively, was just a better, well-rounded game.
Argentina kept it close in the first quarter, trailing by just eight, until Samuelson and Durr put together a string of three pointers to created some breathing room for a 38-15 lead at the half. Durr then blew the game wide open in the third, scoring 13-of-her-23 points as part of a 38-6 run that put the USA up by 55 points at the end of three. The USA finished the game scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth for a staggering 70 point win over the South Americans.
"The second quarter we picked it up a little bit more, but the third quarter, we just put the pedal to the medal," said Ogunbowale. "I think it was our defensive intensity, that allowed our offense to just flow."
For the game, the United States shot 49.3 percent from the field while outrebounding Argentina 51-35 and forcing 24 turnovers. U.S. forward Lauren Cox did not play due to illness and will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
The USA (2-0) will wrap up preliminary round play against Costa Rica at 2 p.m.. (CDT) on June 21. All games are being streamed live online at FIBAAmericas.com.
In Group A, Brazil (1-1) beat Costa Rica (0-2) 96-42; while in Group B, Canada (2-0) squeaked by Puerto Rico (0-2) 66-61 and Mexico (2-0) edged Venezuela (0-2).
Following the preliminary round, the top two finishing teams from each group advance to the semifinals, which will be played on June 22, and the winners will meet in the final on June 23. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.