BERKELEY – California forward Reshanda Gray pulled down two rebounds for USA in a 101-61 victory over Czech Republic to move the Americans to 2-0 at the World University Games Tuesday night at the Miras Sports Complex in Kazan, Russia.
The USA jumped ahead 8-0 in the first 80 seconds and forced Czech Republic 22 turnovers for 21 points to run away with the victory. The United States took a 21-point lead into halftime and never let the game get closer en route to the victory.
“I thought our defensive intensity really set the tone for the game,” said USA head coach Sherri Coale. “We came out strong out of the gates in both the first and second half, but I thought it was our defensive intensity that set the stage.”
The United States will next close out the preliminary round pool play with a Wednesday morning game against Brazil (1-1), 78-51 winners over Mali Tuesday. That game will be played at 12:30 p.m. local time (1:30 a.m. PT) at the Miras Sports Complex.
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 Orleans, La.)
Shoni Schimmel – G – Louisville (Mission, Ore.)
Odyssey Sims – G – Baylor (Irving, Texas)