Durr (26), Samuelson (24) Power U.S. To Gold Medal at U-16s

UConn Class of 2015 target and tournament MVP Asia Durr finished with a game-high 26 points, six rebounds, four assists and eight steals in 27 minutes to lead the U.S. to an 82-48 victory over Canada in the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas U-16 Championship Sunday in Cancun, Mexico. Katie Lou Samuelson added 24 points (8-of-8 3-pointers), five rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes.

Durr set U-16 team single-game records in scoring, steals, field goals attempted (22), and field goals made (nine, tie). Katie Lou Samuelson set a team single-game record for made 3-pointers and 3-point shooting percentage.

The score was tied at 27 at halftime before the U.S. outscored Canada 31-7 in the third quarter. Leading 32-31 with 8:44 left in the quarter, Durr scored 12 straight points to power a 22-0 run.

Fellow UConn 2015 targets Kalani Brown finished with four points and five rebounds, and DeJanae Boykin had three points, eight rebounds, and two steals.

The U.S., who also defeated Canada in the 2009 gold medal game (103-52) and improved to 15-0 all-time at the event, led the tournament in 16 of 19 statistical categories and set nine U-16 team records. Durr set records for scoring (18.4), field goals made (31), free throws made (19) and free throws attempted (26). Samuelson set records for made 3-pointers (18), 3-pointers attempted (34) and 3-point percentage (.529).

Also, the U.S. set records in made 3-pointers (47), 3-pointers attempted (111) and 3-point shooting percentage (42.3, tie).