The Maryland women's basketball team, representing the United States, had its closest game at the World University Games, defeating the Czech Republic, 72-53, to win Pool C on Wednesday. The Americans advanced to a quarterfinal Friday at 5:30 a.m. against Australia. The U.S. team started the game 0-for-9 from the field but went 8-for-9 from the foul line and trailed 17-15 at the end of the first period. Back-to-back 3-pointers by senior Kristen Confroy helped the Americans jump to a 32-26 lead with under three minutes left in the second quarter. "I really liked our resiliency after an uncharacteristic slow start," coach Brenda Frese said. "I thought we showed grit and resolve, and really fought back against a tough team. We're excited to win the pool and move on to quarterfinals." Ieshia Small led the United States with 17 points, and sophomore Kaila Charles added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Michigan State alumna Tori Jankoska scored 11 points. The USA finished pool play 3-0. The semifinals will be Saturday, then the medal-round games will be Monday.