TAIPEI, Taiwan – The United States dominated both ends of the floor from the tip as it beat Poland, 102-53, in World University Games pool play Tuesday afternoon at the Heping Basketball Gymnasium.
The Maryland women’s basketball team, which was selected to represent the U.S., stifled Poland’s offense throughout the game. Offensively, all 11 Americans scored, led by sophomore Blair Watson with 19 points and 10 boards and Michigan State alum Tori Jankoska with 19 points as well.
“I thought our defense today was really effective,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We shared the basketball really well with 23 assists and we shot the ball well with 10 threes. These games have been huge for us in our growth as a team.”
The U.S. held Poland to 5-for-32 shooting from the floor for 16 percent in the first half, while going 17-for-38 for 45 percent. Charles notched 14 of her points in the first two periods, as she went 4-for-5 from the floor.
The USA and Poland traded the first two buckets, then the U.S. went on a spurt to jump out to a 28-8 lead, thanks to a bucket by Watson with 2:23 left in the quarter.
The Terrapins were selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the United States in the World University Games.
The USA will take on the Czech Republic at 8:00 a.m. ET on Aug. 23 to finish out pool play. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be Aug. 25 and 26, then the medal round games will be played Aug. 28.
The World University Games will conclude Aug. 30 with the closing ceremony. The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.