Brionna Jones' game highs in points, rebounds and blocks lead Team USA to victory
From Sun staff and news services|
Jul 10, 2015 at 2:22 AM
Maryland forward-center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) contributed game highs of 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks off the bench as Team USA rolled to an 84-43 victory over Hungary in the quarterfinals of the World University Games on Thursday in Gwangju, South Korea.
"I'm really excited that we came out starting the medal round well and that we really came together," Jones said. "We're finally clicking and everything's working so moving forward we'll be ready to keep going for gold."
The next step will be a semifinal Saturday against Japan, which upset Australia, 83-71.
The United States (4-0) held Hungary (2-2) to 26.7 percent shooting from the field and 16 total points in the second half. The 43 points allowed is the lowest for the Americans during the tournament.
"I think we stepped up our intensity and got after them," Jones said. "We pressured them and caused some turnovers. We were able to put back-to-back stops together."
In the United States' past two victories, Jones is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds in 17.5 minutes; she's shooting 12-of-17 and scoring most of her points inside the paint.
"I prefer a more physical game," she said. "I like to work off contact and with my back to the basket. If I can feel my player on my back, I know I can make a move."
Women's college basketball: Pittsburgh-Bradford named Frostburg State assistant men's coach Sean Brown Sr. as its new women's coach. Brown spent the past eight seasons as the Bobcats' top assistant and spent two years as an assistant at South Side Academy in Baltimore, where he was responsible for player development while also monitoring academics and assisting with the scheduling of practices. Brown attended Frostburg and Prince George's Community College.
WNBA:Tina Charles had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Epiphanny Prince scored 12 points in her New York debut, helping the Liberty to a 79-76 win over the host Washington Mystics in overtime. The Liberty (7-4) scored the last six points in overtime to beat the Mystics (6-5). Kiah Stokes, who had five blocks, deflected Kara Lawson's 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Stefanie Dolson led Washington with career highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds. She missed a contested 3-pointer at the end of regulation at 69-all. Lawson finished with 14 points.
Junior golf: Brandon Yoon of Brambleton, Va., birdied Nos. 14-17 to claim the boys division at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior on Thursday at Old South Country Club in Lothian. Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., totaled a 6-under-par 210 to win the girls division. Yoon had six birdies in the final round for a tournament total of 7-under-par 209. Maryland commit Peter Knade of Easton was second at 5-under 211, followed by Jesus Montenegro of Mar del Plata, Argentina, and Tyler Koch of Swan Point at 2-under 214; and Michael Jones of Potomac, Will Koras of Lutherville, Rij Patel of Hunt Valley and Thomas Simpson of Aurora, Ontario, at even-par 216. Brooks was followed by Alison Chang of Walnut, Calif., and Carolina Andrade of Bogota, Colombia, at 5-over 221.
Varsity football: Albert Jones (Maryland) was named coach at Meade, replacing Rich Holzer, who resigned two months ago after compiling a 33-13 record. Jones coached under Holzer before becoming head coach at North County in 2014.
—James Peters, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Varsity boys lacrosse: Larry Kramer was named coach at Arundel, replacing Kevin Necessary, who has been promoted to athletic director. Kramer is 112-46 in nine seasons as a head coach — two at Northeast and seven with Severna Park.
—Brian Burden, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Men's basketball: Maryland point guard Melo Trimble was named one of 16 finalists for the 12-man U.S. Pan-American team roster. The rising sophomore was one of 22 players invited to the tryout. The finalists will continue competing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., until Sunday. A final roster decision is expected before then. The games will be July 21-25 in Toronto.
College football: Maryland rising senior Brad Craddock was named to the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the top kicker in the nation. He won the honor last season. ... Towson junior running back Darius Victor was named to the STATS Preseason All-America second team. He also was appointed as one of two student-athlete representatives to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee.
Men's college lacrosse: Washington College named Pat Johnston an assistant coach. The RIT graduate won the 2015 Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the best goalie in Division III.
NBA: The Washington Wizards and Drew Gooden III have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.3 million, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Gooden's return likely signals the anticipated end of unrestricted free agent Kevin Seraphin's career with the Wizards. Seraphin, a backup center last season, remains an unrestricted free agent. Gooden, 33, shot 39 percent on 3-point attempts in 51 regular-season games with career highs in makes (23) and shots (59). His output improved in 10 playoff games to 46.2 percent (12-for-26). ... Former Maryland swingman Dez Wells sprained his right thumb at practice but will be on the flight to Las Vegas to play in the Wizards' Summer League games starting Saturday.
Laurel Park: There will be three carryovers when live racing returns to today with a 3:40 p.m. first-race post. The Pick 5, which features an industry-low 12 percent takeout on races 3 through 8, will have a carryover of $3,815, while the Super Hi 5 in the last race while have a $942 carryover. The 10-cent Rainbow 6, which was not hit over the weekend, will have a carryover of $1,115. Post time Saturday and Sunday is 1:30 p.m.