Well, at least one player on this coming season's University of Connecticut women's basketball team will have bragging rights on Canada.
UConn freshman Napheesa Collier had 12 points and five rebounds Friday as the United States national team smashed Canada 93-45 in a quarterfinal game of the FIBA U-19 world championships in Chekhov, Russia.
"We came out really hard in our press and forced some turnovers," Collier said. "So that really helped us get the lead from the beginning."
Four players scored in double figures for Team USA (5-0). UConn Class of 2016 commit Crystal Dangerfield added nine points, four assists, and five steals, though her tourney run without a turnover came to an end.
"She really helped us score more points in transition," Collier said of Dangerfield. "She was causing a lot of turnovers and got in their heads. So, she did awesome."
UConn Class of 2016 recruiting target Lauren Cox chipped in eight points, 10 rebounds, and a pair of blocked shots. Louisville sophomore Mariya Moore matched Collier's 12 points.
Team USA netted the game's first 11 points. After Canada came back with five straight, Collier scored seven points and South Carolina sophomore A'ja Wilson as the Americans went on a 17-0 run to lead 28-5 after one quarter.
"Our starting group did a really good job of working our game plan," Dangerfield said. "Then our bench was able to really keep after it. They had trouble against our press, and the zone was just causing them problems."
There would be no magic for Canada four days after 19-year-old UConn sophomore Kia Nurse led her country to Pan American Games gold by scoring 33 points in a win over Huskies' senior All-Americans Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson and Team USA.
It was 55-17 at halftime and the USA's largest lead of the night was 55 at 74-19 with 2:44 to play in the third quarter.
"We're starting to click on offense a bit better, and our defense is really starting to disrupt the other teams and our bench is getting stronger," Dangerfield said. "Our rebounding is getting better. We know we really have to start to blocking out and going harder because the games mean more and the teams are going to be harder. But I think we’re doing a really good job."
Team USA will face Spain (3-2) in semifinal action Saturday at 1:15 p.m. (EDT). The Americans defeated Spain 72-57 in their Group B opener last Saturday and picked up a 72-51 exhibition win on July 14.
"It's really tough to play a team three times in that amount of time," Collier said. "We're definitely going to have to be on our A game."
"They'll be playing with more intensity," Dangerfield added. "I think they'll be showing confidence, so they may hit a couple more shots. But I think we'll be fine. I think we'll be able to calm them down and keep them under wraps."
Australia and Russia (both 5-0) will meet in the other semifinal. The bronze- and gold-medal games are Sunday.
(Quotes courtesy of USA Basketball)