Stewart Named MVP As U.S. Beats France To Win U-19 Gold Medal


(Courtesy USA Basketball)

(Courtesy USA Basketball)

UConn sophomore and tournament MVP Breanna Stewart had game-highs of 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 32 minutes today to lead the U.S. to a 61-28 victory over France in the gold medal game of the FIBA U-19 World Championship in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

The U.S. (9-0) captured its fifth straight gold medal and sixth overall in the event. France (7-2) earned a medal for the first time.

The U.S., who also defeated France 69-63 in the second round Wednesday, outscored France 34-8 in the second half, including 14-2 in the fourth quarter. France shot 21.7 percent from the field and committed 24 turnovers.

UConn sophomore Morgan Tuck added six points and four rebounds in 24 minutes. Moriah Jefferson had four points, three rebounds and game-highs of five assists and four steals in 27 minutes.

UConn Class of 2014 target A’ja Wilson finished with four points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

Also, while UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was in attendance during second-round action, assistant coach Shea Ralph was on hand today to witness the gold medal-winning performance.