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Aug. 17, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – Team USA assured itself a spot in the gold medal game at the 2005 World University Games with a 118-67 triumph against Russia Wednesday in Izmir, Turkey. The U.S., which topped the 100-point mark for the third time, improved to 6-0 in WUG play and handed Russia its first loss in six games. Ohio State juniors Jessica Davenport and Brandie Hoskins tallied nine and eight points, respectively, while five U.S. players reached double figures.

Team USA will meet the winner of the other WUG semifinal between Australia and Serbia & Montenegro in the gold-medal game Friday at 10:15 a.m. (EDT).

A pair of LSU Lady Tigers combined to score 43 of Team USA’s 118 points as center Sylvia Fowles led all scorers in the game with 25 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds. Her LSU teammate Seimone Augustus contributed 18 points.

The U.S. and Russia played to a 26-26 stalemate at the end of one period before the Americans broke open the game in the second quarter with a 24-7 scoring advantage en route to a 50-33 halftime lead. After outscoring Russia by six in the third period, the U.S. finished strong by exploding for a 45-point fourth quarter.

Davenport (Columbus, Ohio/ Independence) knocked down 3-of-4 attempts from the field and connected on all three of her free throw attempts. She also pulled down four rebounds. Hoskins (Dayton, Ohio/ Chaminade-Julienne) went 3-for-5 from the floor and grabbed a pair of rebounds.

Overall, Team USA continued its hot shooting, topping the 50 percent mark for the sixth straight game. The American’s converted 50-of-88 attempts for a 57 percent clip. The U.S. held Russia to just 38 percent (23-61). Team USA also has outrebounded each of its opponents by wide margins. The trend did not stop Wednesday with the U.S. holding a 49-22 advantage in that department at the end of regulation. Team USA also forced 23 turnovers from the Russian squad.

Heading into the final game, Davenport ranks third on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game. Hoskins has contributed nearly eight points a contest and is third on the squad with 14 assists.

2005 World University Games Schedule – Izmir, Turkey

Aug. 6-9 TBD Training
Aug. 10 12:45 p.m. USA 88, Czech Republic 64
Aug. 11 10:30 a.m. USA 92, South Africa 22
Aug. 12 12:45 p.m. USA 107, China 54
Aug. 15 12:45 p.m. USA 89, Poland 63
Aug. 16 10:30 a.m. USA 109, Taiwan 57
Aug. 17 3 p.m. Semifinals – USA 118, Russia 67
Aug. 19 TBD Finals vs. Australia or Serbia & Montenegro

All times local. Izmir is seven hours ahead of EDT.