The USA’s U19 World Championship team remained unbeaten (6-0) Wednesday by holding off France, 69-63, to close second round play in Panevezys, Lithuania.
France had also won its first five games.
UConn’s Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck paced the U.S. in scoring with 22 and 16 points, respectively. The Americans also received outstanding play from Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves, who finished with four points and seven rebounds.
Duke’s Alexis Jones had nine points, three rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. Linnae Harper had five points, had seven boards and three assists.
A’ja Wilson, soon to be a high school senior at South Carolina’s Heathwood Hall, cored eight points, hauled in nine boards and had a pair of blocked shots.
The USA advances to the 2013 quarterfinals as the top seed in Group F and will face Japan (3-3), which finished fourth in Group E, on Friday’s (1:15 p.m. EDT).
The first three quarterfinals match-ups are: Spain (6-0)-Canada (3-3), Brazil (4-2)-France and Australia (5-1)-China (4-2).
Should the U.S. advance to the July 27 medal semifinals, it will face the winner of Australia-China contest for the right to play in the July 28 gold medal game.
The medal semifinals and the gold and bronze medal games will be streamed live online by ESPN3.