McCarville and U.S. Select Team Advance to FIBA World League Championship
On Friday morning, the USA Women’s Select Team (3-1) advanced to the championship round at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament, cruising past host team UKCC Ekaterinburg, Russia (3-1) by a final score of 97-79.
Making her second straight start, the Liberty’s Janel McCarville continued her impressive all-around tournament play, tallying 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists in 26 minutes of action. Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) led the American offensive assault, scoring a game-high 25 points, while Taj-McWilliams Franklin (Los Angeles Sparks) notched a double-double by adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) also contributed 13 points and dished out 6 assists in the contest. Read the full game recap here.
After the game, USA head coach Anne Donovan praised the total team effort. She remarked, “It was so great to see them play with such fire. There's not an American who wouldn't be proud of this team and the way they've pulled together, the way they're playing together.” She continued, “For us to be playing this well speaks volumes to these girls and how hard they're playing together.”
For the Tournament, McCarville is averaging 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She is the leading rebounder for the U.S. and ranks second overall in the Tournament. McCarville is also leading the U.S. Team in field goal percentage (50%), and is tied with Katie Smith (Detroit Shock) for most minutes played (106).
Next up for the Americans is a championship match-up against CSKA Moscow (3-1), who routed Beijing 105-56 in their semi-final game. The contest will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.