With UConn coach Geno Auriemma and assistant Shea Ralph looking on Sunday, Huskies sophomore Breanna Stewart scored 16 points with nine rebounds to lead USA Basketball’s U19 team to a 61-28 win over France and the FIBA World Championship in Lithuania.
Stewart, the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four in April when UConn won its eighth national championship in New Orleans, was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She also scored 23 points in the semifinal win Australia. Her 152 points is a new record for the tournament.
Earlier this summer, USA Basketball’s World University Games team, featuring senior Bria Hartley and junior Kaleena Mossqueda-Lewis, also won a world championship.
The U.S. held France to just eight points in the second half to win its fifth straight championship in the age bracket, France, which trailed the U.S. by seven at the half, had defeated Spain, 62-58, to reach its first U19 championship game.
Stewart led the U.S. in scoring (16.9). She was 14-of-24 from three-point range, 26-of-28 from the free-throw line. Tuck averaged 13.1 points and made 19 steals for the team coached by Miami’s Katie Meier.
South Carolina high school center A’ja Wilson, who will be a senior this season and said to be seriously considering UConn for the Class of 2014, led the U.S. in rebounding (7.9) rebounding and blocked 15 shots.