Russell Earns All-Tourney Team Honors; Hits Game-Winning Shot
May 6, 2013
NAN'AN, China - Jamie Russell and the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars completed the first three games of their nine-game tour in China over the weekend. Team USA is now 3-0, winning the Nan'an City, China, leg of the tournament against Australia, Brazil and China.
Russell hit a game-winning shot against China and was named to the all-tournament team for her performances over the weekend.
Game One: USA vs. China
In the first of nine games, USA led by as many as 15 points in the second half, but had to hold on, as host China came back in the game and took a late lead. Russell scored with 1:50 left to play, as the U.S. was able to hold on for the win, 57-56. The All-Stars ended the game with strong defense, getting three stops to close the game. USA struggled from the field in the second half, scoring only 19 points. The Americans shot 32 percent from the field and connected on 24 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Russell led USA with 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and recorded two steals and two assists.
Game Two: USA vs. Australia
Despite a sluggish start through the first three quarters, the USA All-Stars battled throughout the game, as they won back-to-back contests by one point. The Americans struggled to finish several layups and short jumpers around the basket throughout the first three quarters against Australia. The All-Stars were down by nine points to start the fourth quarter, cutting an 18-point deficit in half in the final 3:30 of the third quarter.
After a timeout, Russell and the U.S. switched defenses and began to put pressure on the Australians, forcing several turnovers and generating transition buckets. The Australians maintained their lead into the fourth quarter, but the Americans slowly chipped away at the lead and made back-to-back threes to take the lead. The Australian team was forced to foul, sending Russell to the free throw line. The guard hit one of the two free throws, putting the USA up by three. Australia made a jumper, but wasn't able to regain the lead, as the United States won the game, 68-67. Russell ended the game with five points, four rebounds and three steals.
Game Three: USA vs. Brazil
The USA All-Stars used a balanced attack and stellar defense to beat Brazil, 51-45, in its third game of the weekend. Brazil only scored 21 points after three quarters, thanks to tough defense by the American squad. Team USA shot 37 percent from the field and made two shots from beyond the three-point line. Russell connected for six points, pulled down two rebounds and had three steals and an assist.
The next three games will be played at Ganzhou, China, May 7-9.
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