TAIPEI, Taiwan – The United States, also known as the Maryland women’s basketball team, jumped out to a 15-point lead and never looked back as it beat Uganda, 121-34, in its World University Games opener today.
The Terps, selected to represent the U.S., were led by led by sophomore Blair Watson with 21 points. Michigan State alum Tori Jankoska, added to the Maryland players to help round out the roster, finished with 16 points. All 11 players scored and eight finished in double figures.
“We really set the tone from the tip on both ends of the floor,” coach Brenda Frese said. “We’ve been talking all summer about how this is bigger than us. We got better defensively as a team. I loved our unselfishness with our 34 assists on 45 field goals made and everyone scored.”
Senior Kristen Confroy started off with two quick three-pointers to as the U.S. took a 17-2 advantage in the first three minutes. It led 35-7 after one quarter and 68-14 at halftime.
Sophomores Kaila Charles and Stephanie Jones each added 14 points, and Confroy finished with 13 points. Jones grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Senior Ieshia Small, junior Brianna Fraser and freshman Channise Lewis each added 10 points.
As a team, the U.S. shot 57 percent from the field (45-79). The Americans held Uganda to 21 percent shooting from the field and forced 38 turnovers. The USA outrebounded Uganda 61 to 28.
Maryland was selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the country in the World University Games.
The World University Games will conclude Aug. 30 with the closing ceremony.