BERKELEY – California forward Reshanda Gray scored eight points on 4-for-4 shooting and grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes as the United States opened the World University Games with a dominating 120-32 victory over Mali at the Olymp Sport Hall in Kazan, Russia.
Gray was one of two USA members to have a perfect shooting night as the United States shot 66.2 percent as a team in addition to dishing a World University Games record 34 team assists.
The United States will next take on the Czech Republic, an 86-63 winner over Brazil, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. PT.
Gray, a rising junior from Los Angeles, Calif., averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in less than 20 minutes of action for the Golden Bears in 2012-13. An All-Pac-12 selection as a freshman, the 6'3 forward impressed the national pundits with her defense and strong offensive play that was especially evident in the NCAA Tournament. In her lone start of the season against Utah, Gray put up 19 points and eight rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting. She finished fourth in the Pac-12 with her .510 field goal percentage.
Gray previously had experience competing for USA at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship where she averaged 6.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg to help USA claim the gold medal. Six years ago, Gray also participated in the 2007 USA Basketball Women’s Youth Development Festival, where she helped the Red Team to a 3-2 record and third-place finish while averaging 4.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg.
World University Games
The USA has been placed in Group B for the 2013 World University Games and will open at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on July 8 against Mali at the Olymp Sport Hall (capacity: 800), followed by Czech Republic at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) on July 9 at the Miras Sport Complex (capacity: 1,000) and its final preliminary-round opponent, Brazil, at 4:30 a.m. (EDT) on July 10 at the Miras Sport Complex. Following the preliminary round, the first and second placed teams in each of the four pools will advance to the medal quarterfinals to compete for 1st-8th places, while the remaining teams will compete for 9th-24th places. The quarterfinals will be played on July 12, with the semifinals on July 13 and the gold medal game on July 15.
USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Roster
Crystal Bradford – G – Central Michigan (Detroit, Mich.)
Aaryn Ellenberg – G – Oklahoma (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Reshanda Gray – F – California (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Cassie Harberts – F – USC (San Clemente, Calif.)
Bria Hartley – G – Connecticut (North Babylon, N.Y.)
Jordan Hooper – F – Nebraska (Alliance, Neb.)
Tricia Liston – G – Duke (River Forest, Ill.)
Ariel Massengale – G – Tennessee – Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis – F – Connecticut (Anaheim Hill, Calif.)
Theresa Plaisance – F – LSU (New Orlenas, La.)
Shoni Schimmel – G – Louisville (Mission, Ore.)
Odyssey Sims – G – Baylor (Irving, Texas)