Cox Powers U.S. Past Spain In U-17 Gold Medal Game

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UConn Class of 2016 target Lauren Cox had game-highs of 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks and added two assists to power the U.S. to a 77-75 victory over Spain today in the gold medal game of the FIBA U-17 World Championship in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Cox set a team single-game tournament record in blocks.

The U.S. (7-0) earned its third straight gold medal in the event, defeating Spain (6-1) in the tournament final for the second time in as many meetings.

UConn Class of 2015 target Asia Durr added 17 points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals. Fellow 2015 target Arike Ogunbowale contributed 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

Cox scored off a putback with 1:29 left in the game to give the U.S. a 73-71 lead. She then had a block and a defensive rebound at the other end to set up a jumper in lane by Durr with 44.4 seconds left.

Durr sealed the win by making two free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining.

UConn 2015 commit and all-tournament team selection Katie Lou Samuelson finished with seven points and three rebounds. Fellow commit De’Janae Boykin had five points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Tournament MVP Angela Salvadores produced 40 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals for Spain.

Rich

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  1. Kevin says:

    The final game was very exciting – down to the wire. You are so correct in saying that Cox and Durr made the difference.

    Katie Lou had an off game – partly because she was guarded so tightly.

    She did, however, have a great game in the semis. It is hard to believe that she is entering her senior year this fall. All she can do is get better and better.

    The UCONN coaches and trainers might try to bulk her up a tad, but I think she is coming in with the skills and attitude to hit it running.

    She sure has a fast release – visions of Maya and KML?

    This year for UCONN might be considered a rebuilding year – considering the loss of Dolson and Hartley, along with all the freshmen coming in.

    Sad to see Banks leave but maybe the handwriting was on the wall with all the talent coming in.

    Lastly, I believe Chong is going to have a breakout season. To me, she is the purest and most accurate passer I have seen in years at UCONN. She threads the needle like Doty did early on. If she doesn’t get her chance to shine, for some reason I think she might transfer because she seldom smiles and looks like she lost her best friend. She was a big fish in high school and wants to perform at the college level. I hope she and Jefferson work hand and glove together. The sky is the limit if they do.

  2. David Kross says:

    Cox and Durr are ready for college b’ball now. Can’t believe Lauren is two years away; her game is so mature. Also, she’s not only big, but physical. Durr, too, is ready to go. Whoever gets one of these two, gets a winner.

  3. David Kross says:

    Best USA players in this one were Cox and Durr. Samuelson was no factor, looked somewhat lost, couldn’t get open, and needs more bulk and defensive skill. She looked like the typical Stanford statuary. Bad officiating, worse USA coaching (stay in a zone when the other team is raining 3s?), some very talented Spanish.