Tucker's 7 steals help U.S. to U-16 women's gold medal

New Town guard Jannah Tucker broke a U.S. record with seven steals as the Americans won the FIBA Americas U-16 women's gold medal late Saturday night with a 73-40 rout of Brazil in Merida, Mexico.

"It is surreal," Tucker, a rising junior, said of winning gold. "It's a great accomplishment, and I'm just proud to represent the USA."

Tucker finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

"I think the game was great," she said. "We did everything well, offensively and defensively. We played hard, and we knew what we wanted from the start."

The United States (5-0), Canada (4-1) and Brazil (3-2) qualified for the 2012 FIBA U-17 world championship in the Netherlands.

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