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

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.