BERKELEY – California forward Reshanda Gray scored six points, four rebounds and registered one assist in USA’s 103-72 victory over Sweden in the World University Games (Kazan, Russia) quarterfinal Friday, but it was the effort down in the post by the junior that left USA head coach Sherri Coale raving.
“Reshanda Gray was tremendous tonight,” Coale said after Friday’s game at the Basket Hall. “She came in and defended the post with great activity. She blocked out (and) she scored a couple of times at the block through a lot of physicality.”
Gray was 2-for-3 from the field and 2-for-3 from the line to score her six points while pulling down two offensive and two defensive boards. It’s the second consecutive strong game for Gray who is now 11-of-13 (.846) from the field at the World University Games.
The USA (4-0) will take on the winner of Friday’s Australia-Canada game in Saturday’s semifinals at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). The match will air live on ESPNU and also be rebroadcast Saturday at 7 p.m. PT, Sunday at 2 a.m. PT and Sunday at 8 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 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)