Asia Durr leads USA to gold medal
Asia Durr, the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2015 class, scored 26 points and had eight steals to lead the United States to an 82-48 win over Canada on Sunday in the gold-medal game at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico.
With the United States leading 32-31 at the 8:44 mark of the third quarter, Durr scored 12 straight points to break the game open. Durr, who was named the tournament MVP, set USA U16 single-game records for points, steals and field goals attempted with 22. She also tied the record for field goals made with nine. Durr is an undeclared guard from St. Pius X (Atlanta).
"I was shocked," Durr said of winning tournament MVP. "The whole team played great throughout this tournament, and for them to call my name, it means a lot."
Durr, who averaged 18.4 points per game, and the United States also got major contributions from Katie Lou Samuelson, the No. 2 prospect in the Terrific 25, in the final.
Samuelson, of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), set a USA U16 record for 3-pointers made by going 8-for-8 from behind the arc. Samuelson, who also is undeclared, finished with 24 points.
Lauren Cox of Flower Mound (Texas) added 10 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks.
The United States went 5-0 at the tournament and outscored its opponents 463-144.
In the bronze-medal game, Brazil beat Mexico 70-56. The tournament's top four finishers, the USA, Canada, Brazil and Mexico, qualified for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.