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Aug. 11, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A game after leading Team USA with 18 points in its victory over Canada Thursday, Marscilla Packer topped her previous effort with 20 points in a 124-38 rout of Mexico Friday in the FIBA Americas Under-20 Championship for Women in Mexico City, Mexico. Packer, a junior guard at Ohio State, set the single-game scoring record for the U.S. U20 squad.

A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Packer netted 6-of-8 3-point field goal attempts Thursday, giving her 11 3’s in the last two games and 13 in the three contests of the FIBA Championships. Overall, Packer went 7-for-10 from the field in 28 minutes. She added two steals.

“Staying focused the entire game was our main goal coming into tonight and I feel like we were successful,” Packer, the Big Ten’s top 3-point shooter in 2006, said. “It’s really about playing against ourselves and controlling what we do as a team and individuals. It felt good tonight, but it’s about winning games. As long as we’re winning, I’m happy.”

USA’s leading scorer in the FIBA Championships, Packer is averaging 14.7 points per game and is connecting at a scorching 68 percent overall and from 3-point land. Packer has netted 15-of-22 attempts from the field (.681), including 13 makes in 19 3-point tries (.684).

Thursday, Team USA dominated Mexico from the outset. The Americans raced out to a 25-2 lead and expanded to a 60-21 advantage at the break. In addition to Packer, four other Americans scored in double figures in the one-sided win.

Team USA dominated all statistical categories, shooting 63 percent (43-68), 52 percent (12-23) from 3-point territory, forcing 31 turnovers and outrebounding Mexico 26-19. The U.S. defense limited Mexico to 13-of-39 shooting (.333) from the field.

The undefeated Americans are matched against the Bahamas at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) Friday.

Marscilla Packer Postgame Quotes
On her role as a shooter
“Being a shooter has pretty much been my role on all the teams I’ve been on, but I’m not always going to be able to hit shots every game. I have to work on other things too, like defense and getting my teammates the ball.”

On the team’s improvement
“Staying focused the entire game was our main goal coming into tonight and I feel like we were successful. It’s really about playing against ourselves and controlling what we do as a team and individuals. After the whole week in California, we were really glad to get out of there and start playing, so we definitely have great chemistry.”

On leading the team in scoring for the second straight game
“I’m excited about it. It felt good tonight, but it’s about winning games. As long as we’re winning, I’m happy.”