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Aug. 19, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – Team USA claimed the 2005 World University Games women’s basketball gold medal Friday with a 79-53 win over Serbia and Montenegro in Izmir, Turkey. Ohio State junior Jessica Davenport contributed nine points and five rebounds as the U.S. pocketed its sixth gold medal in 14 appearances at the World University Games. Overall, the U.S. has won a medal in 13 of its 14 showings in WUG play.

LSU’s Seimone Augustus notched a team-high 18 points, while UCLA’s Lisa Willis finished with 13 and Sylvia Fowles, also of LSU, scored 12. Fowles topped the squad with seven rebounds, while Willis went 3-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc.

Both teams started slowly in the first period, combining for just 22 points in the frame with the U.S. taking a 15-8 advantage heading to the second quarter. Both teams started to heat up in period No. 2 as the Americans outscored Serbia and Montenegro, 28-20, to claim a 43-28 lead at the break. The U.S. edged its lead to 19 points at 64-45 by the third-period buzzer. The game ended the way it started, with both teams cooling off from the floor in another 15-8 quarter in favor of the U.S.

The Americans capitalized on 29 turnovers from Serbia and Montenegro, which served as a tournament-high and marked the seventh time the U.S. forced more turnovers than it committed. Team USA also shot more than 50 percent from the field for the seventh time in as many games, converting 28-of-53 attempts for a 53 percent clip. Serbia and Montenegro concluded the game 18-of-51 (35 percent). The U.S. collected a 32-20 edge in rebounds. In all seven contests, the Americans outrebounded their opponents by double digits.

For the tournament, Team USA shot 56 percent (287-511) in field goals, posted 45 rebounds per contest and forced an average of almost 23 turnovers a game.

Davenport, from Columbus Independence High School, connected on 4-of-9 from the floor en route to her nine points Friday. She also collected a pair of steals. Her classmate Brandie Hoskins came off the bench for the U.S. but failed to score. For the tournament, Davenport finished as the team’s third-leading scorer at 10.7 points a game and shot 62 percent (29-47) from the field. She averaged 4.6 rebounds a game. Hoskins, from Dayton, Ohio, contributed nearly seven points a game and ranked third on Team USA with 14 assists.

2005 World University Games Schedule – Izmir, Turkey

Aug. 10 USA 88, Czech Republic 64
Aug. 11 USA 92, South Africa 22
Aug. 12 USA 107, China 54
Aug. 15 USA 89, Poland 63
Aug. 16 USA 109, Taiwan 57
Aug. 17 Semifinals – USA 118, Russia 67
Aug. 19 Finals – USA 79, Serbia & Montenegro 53