AMSTERDAM (2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women) – The United States set a scoring record in racing past Korea to begin the defense of their FIBA U17 World Championship for Women title while Belgium and Italy also grabbed Day 1 wins in Group A.
Seven Americans scored in double figures and two of them had double-doubles as Team USA beat Korea 131-89.
Rebecca Greenwell collected 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists while Brianna Turner had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Taya Reimer added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
The 220 total points broke the combined points record of 204 from the USA’s 133-71 victory over Japan at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. And the Americans were just short of breaking their single team scoring mark.
Mercedes Russell had 17 points while Diamond DeShields and Kaela Davis each scored 12 points and Oderah Chidom chipped in 11 points.
Kim Heejin led Korea with 18 points while four others scored at least 10 points.
In earlier Group A action, Hind Ben Abdelkader collected 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in Belgium’s 81-45 blowout of Mali. Celine Lemmens added 11 points while Manon Grzesinski added 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Mariam Maiga scored 14 points for Mali and Aissata Mamy Fomba collected 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals.
Italy meanwhile pulled away from Canada in the second half in winning 68-55.
Antonia Peresson scored 18 points while Elisa Penna had 16 and Martina Kacerik nailed three three-pointers in tallying 15 points for the Italians, who forced 23 turnovers for Canada.
The North Americans were paced by Kia Nurse’s 20 points but no other player even reached double figures.
In Day 2 action, Italy take on Mali; Belgium face Korea; and the United States square off with Canada.