April 10, 2006
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Former Ohio State All-American Katie Smith scored in double figures for the seventh time in her last nine international games to help Team USA cruise to an 87-53 victory over China Sunday at the 2006 Opals World Challenge in Canberra, Australia. Smith netted 10 points and Ohio State junior center Jessica Davenport saw her most extensive action of the tour with six points and six rebounds in 14 minutes.
After playing China to a 15-15 tie at the end of the first quarter, the U.S. broke open the game with a 30-12 second-quarter scoring advantage for a 45-27 halftime lead. The Americans continued to poor it on in the third period, extending their lead to 67-35 with a 22-8 scoring margin.
Smith, a standout at OSU from 1993-96, went 5-of-9 from the field and pocketed two steals. The current guard for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock played just 23 minutes in the blowout win. Davenport buried 3-of-7 attempts from the floor. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year grabbed five of her six rebounds on the defensive end.
The win is the second for Team USA over China in the Aussie Tour. The Opals World Challenge continues in Canberra Tuesday, when the USA tips-off against Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) at 6 p.m. (4 a.m. EDT). The tournament concludes with the second USA-Australia clash on Wednesday at 8 p.m. (6 a.m. EDT).