UConn freshman Morgan Tuck had 15 points (5-of-15 FG) and a game-high 11 rebounds in 34 minutes tonight to lead the U.S. to a 71-47 victory over Brazil in the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas Women’s U-18 Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. Tournament Most Valuable Player Breanna Stewart finished with 13 points (5-of-15 FG), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes.
The U.S. has won six straight gold medals at the event and seven overall since its inception in 1988. It has also won gold in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 and is 43-2 all-time.
The U.S. shot just 40.6 percent from the field, but it held Brazil to 31.5 percent and forced 23 turnovers.
Fellow UConn freshman Moriah Jefferson added four points (2-of-5 FG), two rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes.