The United States U-16 national team took out its frustration on host Mexico Sunday.
Center Sedona Prince recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds and six players scored in double figures as Team USA rolled to an 81-24 win in the bronze-medal game of the FIBA Americas U-16 Championship in Puebla, Mexico.
"We came here striving to win a gold medal," Team USA guard and UConn Class of 2017 commit Andra Espinoza-Hunter said. "But I'm happy that we are able to go home winning something."
Team USA (4-1) was denied a fourth consecutive gold medal and suffered its first loss in 19 games all-time in the event when it was upset by Brazil on Saturday.
Two days after beating Mexico (2-3) in Group A pool play by 41 points, Team USA had an easy time again.
"We played a lot better than we played when we played Mexico the first time, and also how we played last night," Espinoza-Hunter said. "We finished on a great note."
Team USA scored the first eight points and led 22-6 after one quarter. A 20-0 run to end the first half made it 52-14 and the Americans coasted from there.
"We didn't win first, but luckily we placed third," said Team USA forward Jade Williams, who had 12 points. "There is always next year and I'm going to try really, really hard to make the team next year and go for a gold."
With the third-place finish, Team USA qualifies for the 2016 FIBA U-17 world championships.
Espinoza-Hunter added 10 points, five assists, and four steals Sunday. The 5-foot-11 guard from Ossining, New York, averaged 10.0 points -- tied for second on the team -- but struggled with her shooting at 28.8 percent from the floor, 29.2 percent from 3-point land, and 52.9 percent from the foul line. She led the team in minutes played at 25.8 while also averaging 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.8 steals.
Canada edged Brazil 72-71 in overtime for the gold medal.
Lister scores 9 in loss at MSGUConn graduate assistant coach Jasmine Lister made a positive impact for the third straight game, but the Los Angeles Sparks were unable to break into the winner's circle.
Former Huskies' star Tina Charles had 16 points and nine rebounds Sunday as the New York Liberty topped Los Angeles 79-70 at Madison Square Garden.
Lister finished with nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point land along with two rebounds and an assist in 12 minutes off the bench for the Sparks (0-7).
UConn 2015 graduate Kiah Stokes had nine points off the bench for New York.
(U-16 quotes courtesy of USA Basketball)