Mighty McCarville Leading USA Select Team

The USA Select Team lost in its second match of the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Tuesday morning. Fighting back from a 13-point first-half deficit, the Americans were edged 79-76 by TEO Vilnius (1-1). The Liberty’s Janel McCarville netted 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

“I think we didn't come out as intense as we could have and that put us in a little hole,” said McCarville following the loss. “They obviously made some big shots early and went up on us. We were able to catch up and tie the game, take the lead a couple times, but we weren't able to sustain it. They hit some big shots down the stretch.”

Liiberty guard Loree Moore logged three minutes in the game, but did not score. Read the full game recap here.

[ Game One Boxscore | Game Two Boxscore USA Cumulative Statistics | Tourney Results ]
At 1-1, the U.S. will close its preliminary play against CSKA Moscow (1-0) on October 24th (6:00 a.m. EDT). The tournament semifinals will be played on October 26th and the finals will be contested October 27th.

McCarville is making the most of her time representing the U.S. overseas and is currently coming off the bench to lead the Select Team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She is also shooting a team-high 64.7-percent from the field and 88.9-percent from the charity stripe.

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s match-up, McCarville remarked, “We definitely come out more intense. They're a great team, they have a lot of great players and it's going to be a good game for us to challenge us both mentally and physically. We're going to have to bring our all.”

Get the skinny from Janel overseas by reading her off-season blog, click here.