Russell and Team USA Win `Four Nations' Tournament
May 14, 2013
DONG XIANG, China - Jamie Russelland the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars won the final three games of the Dong Xiang, China, leg of the Four Nations Tournament, winning the overall title with a record of 7-2. Australia and China tied for second with a record of 5-4, while Brazil finished fourth at 1-8.
Russell was named the 'Four Nations Tournament' Most Valuable Player (MVP). She is the first player to earn all-tournament team honors at all three stops. Russell averaged 10.2 points, four rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game for Team USA.
Game 7: USA vs. Brazil
The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars had a hard fought, come-from-behind 58-50 victory over Brazil. After a three-point shot in the opening minute of the game, Team USA never scored again from the floor and shot 1-of-13 for the first quarter. After trailing 13-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Americans managed to get within one point at the half, 23-22. Thanks to a hustling defense and good effort on the boards the USA squad was able to stay close enough that when its offense picked up, they had a chance to win the game. Russell was a key contributor to the aggressive style of offense with nine points. The Americans' ability to limit turnovers, gain extra possessions on the offensive glass and play hard on defense were key to pulling out the win. Ultimately, they won it at the foul line by hitting several key free throws down the stretch.
Game 8: USA vs. Australia
The USA All-Stars came out of the gates charging and played their best game of the tournament with an 85-63 win over the Australian team. Team USA was able to shoot 54 percent from the field and connected on 58 percent of its shots from beyond the three-point line. It was a welcome change from the shooting struggles of the past several games. Russell continued her stellar play with 15 points and also had three rebounds and three steals.
Game 9: USA vs. China
The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars won the Dong Xiang leg by defeating China, 66-61, in the final game of the tournament. The Americans led early and held the lead by one at halftime, as the Chinese banked in a deep three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the margin to one. The American team won the third quarter and held the lead in the fourth to secure the victory with strong defense and great team rebounding. Russell scored 10 points in the win, brought down five rebounds and had an assist and two steals.
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