UConn All-American Bria Hartley had 17 points, five assists and three steals in 19 minutes to lead the U.S. to a 120-32 rout of Mali today in its opening game of the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. She was 7-of-7 from the field (3-of-3 3-pointers).
The U.S. recorded a team World University Games-record 34 assists on 47 field goals and shot 66.2 percent from the field.
Fellow UConn All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 12 points (5-of-7 FG, 2-of-4 3-pointers), seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 21 minutes.
The U.S. will continue preliminary round play in Group B Tuesday against the Czech Republic at 12:30 p.m.
Here are some postgame comments from Hartley (courtesy of USA Basketball) …
Q: What was the team able to do to be so successful?
A: “I think getting some steals and pushing in transition helped us. We were able to push the ball up the court. Shoni (Schimmel) had some awesome passes. Odyssey (Sims) had some awesome passes. We really shared the ball well.’’
On her shooting performance …
A: “I don’t really know why I was so hot. Warming up, I was thinking, `I like this gym,’ and I was hitting shots. My teammates were able to find me, Shoni and Odyssey, and I was just able to knock down shots.’’
Q: How did it feel to open play in the World University Games?
A: “Definitely. We were all eager to play, and get into it, and kind of sick of practice a little bit. So it was good to get out and play. We had a lot of fun.’’