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Aug. 10, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Marscilla Packer, a junior guard on the Ohio State women’s basketball team, led USA Basketball’s Under-20 National Team past Canada, 90-39, Wednesday at the FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women in Mexico City, Mexico. Packer scored a game-best 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a 5-for-7 mark from beyond the 3-point line.

Packer, from Pickerington, Ohio, led the Americans to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter. The U.S. continued to pull away in the second period, tripling the Canadians output, 33-11. The Americans extended their 50-19 halftime lead to 70-31 after the third stanza and cruised to the win in the final period.

Packer accounted for all but one of Team USA’s 3-point field goals and added two rebounds and a pair of steals.

“I was just kind of feeling it today, so I hit some shots,” Packer, the Big Ten’s leading 3-point shooter last season, said. “I definitely didn’t feel it in warm ups. Just in the flow of the game, I got some good passes from teammates and the shots started to drop.”

Overall, the Americans made 36-of-66 (.545) field goal attempts and held Team Canada to just 24 percent (14-58) shooting. Team USA also held a 47-23 advantage in rebounds and pocketed 17 steals.

In its next contest, the U.S. (2-0) faces Mexico (1-0) at 7 p.m. (EDT) Thursday.

Packer Postgame Quotes:
On the team’s defensive performance:
“We set the bar at halftime. They only had 19 points and we said we wanted to hold them to 40. It was getting really close at the end when they got an offensive rebound and missed and missed some free throws. It feels great that we stuck to our goal and we did it.” On having her family in the stands and shooting 5-of-7 from 3-point range
“I was really excited to see my family there, and for them to fly all the way to Mexico was really great. I was just kind of feeling it today, so I hit some shots. I definitely didn’t feel it in warm-ups. Just in the flow of the game, I got some good passes from teammates and the shots started to drop.”

On the next game
“Everything for us starts with defense. Defense is where we need to start out and our offense will flow from there. Defensive intensity is what helped us improve from yesterday and it’s where we need to continue to focus.”