BERKELEY – California forward Reshanda Gray had another solid performance for the United States Wednesday with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to help lead the USA to a 105-75 win over Brazil in the final game of group play at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
The USA completed preliminary play with a perfect 3-0 record to advance to the quarterfinals at the top of Group B. Through three games, Gray averaged 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in just 9.0 minutes per game, and the Golden Bear led the United States by shooting at a .900 clip (9-of-10) through the three games.
“Just running the floor (has helped me be successful),” Gray said. “I know we have great guards, so if I just run to the basket, they definitely will find me.”
One of five players to hit double figures against Brazil, Gray also pulled down two rebounds as USA looks to win its third straight World University Games gold medal.
Next up for the United States will be a quarterfinal matchup at 10:30 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. ET) on Friday, July 12, where the team will face the No. 2 from Group A, which will be the loser of tonight's meeting between Russia (2-0) and Sweden (2-0).
“I'm going to have to do everything I did to get myself here, continue to cheer on my team, continue to listen and continue to play defense,” Gray said of continuing on to the quarterfinal matchup.
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 proceeded with wins on July 8 against Mali (120-32) at the Olymp Sport Hall (capacity: 800), Czech Republic (101-61) on July 9 at the Miras Sport Complex (capacity: 1,000) and Brazil (105-75) 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)