USA Handles Sweden to Finish 5-1

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TAIPEI, Taiwan – The United States handled Sweden, 86-65, to finish 5-1 in the World University Games Monday evening at the Heping Basketball Gymnasium in Taipei, Taiwan. The USA dominated Sweden on both ends of the floor from the start to seal the win.

The USA led from the tip and never looked back behind 18 points from junior Brianna Fraser, 15 from sophomore Blair Watson and 10 points, nine rebound from sophomore Sarah Myers.

“I’m really proud of the growth and the steps we’ve taken over this trip,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We’ve played six games in a week, plus two friendlies, and we’ve learned so many things about ourselves and our team that will carry through to this season.”

Watson scored seven straight points in the final minute of the quarter to help the U.S. jump out to a 26-17 lead. She scored 10 points in the period and Fraser scored eight to set the tone for the USA. As a team, the U.S. shot 69 percent from the field (11-16) in the first 10 minutes.

Myers added eight points in the second period to help put the U.S. up by 15 at halftime at 44-29.

Sophomore Kaila Charles, who added nine points, five rebounds and four assists, and Fraser, combined to score USA Team’s first 11 points in the third quarter. The U.S. held Sweden to 6-for-22 shooting (27 percent) from the field in the second half.

With Monday’s win, the USA finished fifth in the World University Games.

The Maryland women’s basketball team was selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the United States in the World University Games. 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.