Aug. 13, 2006
Columbus, Ohio – Marscilla Packer, a junior shooting guard for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, scored 12 points in Team USA’s 96-54 victory over Brazil Saturday at the FIBA Americas U20 Championship for Women in Mexico City, Mexico. Packer finished the 5-game event with a team-best scoring average of 13.6 points per game and made 20-of-29 attempts (.689) from 3-point range.
A tightly played contest in the first half, the Americans pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Brazil 21-7 in the period and finished off their run to gold with a 33-point fourth quarter. Packer hit 3-of-6 3-point attempts Saturday and was 4-for-10 overall from the field. The Pickerington, Ohio native started her second-consecutive game, adding an assist and a rebound vs. the Brazilians.
For the tournament, Packer connected on 61 percent of her field goal attempts, hitting 23-of-38 tries. She set a Team USA single-game scoring record Thursday against Canada with 20 points, featuring a 6-for-8 mark from 3-point territory.
Packer was excited about the victory and used the tournament to improve her game heading into her junior campaign with the Buckeyes.
“I feel great. Go USA! We definitely accomplished our goal, and that’s a special feeling,” Packer said. “It’s a little bittersweet because we are going home now, but we are definitely excited. I improved as a player. Playing against this team in practice and with this team in games helped me grow a lot. My defense improved the most – like taking charges.”
Link to Team USA – Brazil boxscore: http://www.usabasketball.com/women/2006/06_wu20_game14_box.html