Russell and Team USA Head into Final Stop on China Tour with a 4-2 Record

May 10, 2013

ANYUAN, China - Jamie Russelland the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars completed three more games on their second stop of the nine-game tour in China, May 7-9. Team USA is now 4-2, going 1-2 in the Anyan, China, leg of the tournament against Australia, Brazil and China.

China and Australia defeated Team USA in the second set of games. The U.S. and China are now both 4-2 heading into the final leg of the "Four Nations" Tournament. For her performance over the last three games, Russell was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second time.

Game Four: USA vs. Australia

Australia handed the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars their first loss of the China tour. Australia used a 22-13 third quarter performance to build a lead that the Americans couldn't answer, as the Australians defeated the U.S. by 10 points, 59-49. The Americans were led in scoring by Jacqui Kalin and Russell, each scoring 12 points. The 12 points are the most scored by the Redbird guard so far in the three-city tour. Russell also pulled down three rebounds.

Game Five: USA vs. Brazil

The USA All-Stars broke out of their scoring slump by besting Brazil, 85-47. It was the best offensive game of the trip for the Americans, as Team USA came out strong and had its offensive game flowing from the start of the contest. The USA had four players score in double figures. The US held Brazil to 28 percent shooting and out-rebounded Brazil by nine boards, 39-30. In the victory, Russell scored four points, grabbed three rebounds, had two steals and dished out a team-high seven assists.

Game Six: USA vs. China

China beat Team USA, 66-53, in the final game of the Anyuan (second) stop on the three-city tour. China led by four points after the first period and by six at halftime even though the Americans only shot 20 percent from the field. Team USA came out aggressive in the third quarter and closed the margin to five points, but it couldn't sustain the offensive punch needed to win the game. The Americans made 31 percent of their shot attempts, while China managed to connect on 52 percent of its shots. Russell scored 10 points, brought down four rebounds and had two assists and a steal.



The final three games will be played in Dongxiang, China, May 11-13. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, WSF gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.