BERKELEY – California forward Reshanda Gray earned her second gold medal for USA after playing in Monday’s 90-71 victory over Russia in the World University Games final at Basket Hall in Kazan, Russia.
The USA finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record after the win against the host nation. Gray averaged led the United States by shooting at an .846 (11-of-13) clip throughout the tournament. She was also 2-of-3 from the free throw line over the week.
It is the second gold medal for Gray while competing for the United States. She previously won gold at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“It means a lot,” Gray said of winning her second gold medal with USA. “It means another great accomplishment. This one is very significant and special because we were able to beat Russia on their home floor. That says a lot. We did quite a good job putting this team together in three weeks.”
The United States never trailed Russia in the game after getting off to a quick start with a 13-3 lead with just under four minutes left in the first quarter. After steadily increasing the scoring margin throughout the game, the United States never allowed Russia to get closer than 15 points in the final period to earn the victory. With the win, the USA now has won three-consecutive gold medals, and nine overall, at the World University Games.
“I’ll take away that anything is possible,” Gray said of the experience. “There are different personalities and different types of games, but we were able to put it together as a team. Anything is possible as long as you work hard.”
Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled a 101-15 record.
Reshanda Gray Information
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 USA defeated Sweden (103-72) in the quarterfinal on July 12 and Australia (79-78) in the semifinal on July 13.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)