Team USA's Juju Watkins looks to pass while being guarded by New Zealand's Lilly Taulelei on Sunday, July 10, at the FIBA U17 Women's World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary. (Photo by USA Basketball)

The U.S., France, Spain and Hungary each finished 3-0 and emerged as group leaders following the conclusion of group play Tuesday at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary.

The Round of 16 begins Wednesday, with the U.S. taking on Korea in their bracket play opener. France will square off against Mexico, Spain will face Mali and Hungary will go up against Argentina.

Team USA, whose roster is full of top high school talent headed for Division I programs, cruised through group play with three dominant performances. They averaged 88.7 points per game and held their opponents to a tournament-best 41 points per game. On Sunday, they routed New Zealand 102-34 in a game that featured the only triple-digit score thus far in the tournament.

Juju Watkins led the way for the Americans, averaging 11.7 points per game, while Breya Cunningham chipped in 10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Watkins notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards in the group play finale for the U.S. against Germany, a game in which the U.S. won 86-40 to clinch first place in the group.

Canada’s Toby Lee Fournier leads all players at the World Cup with 18.7 points and 15.3 rebounds per game. Egypt’s Jana Elalfy is second among all players in scoring with 17.3 points per game.

Full score recap

Saturday, July 9

  • Slovenia 87, Australia 81
  • Egypt 75, Korea 73
  • France 98, Argentina 35
  • Spain 60, Canada 57
  • Germany 68, New Zealand 35
  • Hungary 55, Belgium 39
  • Japan 77, Mexico 40
  • United States 78, Mali 49

Sunday, July 10

  • Canada 92, Korea 58
  • Australia 66, Argentina 44
  • Spain 86, Egypt 48
  • France 93, Slovenia 56
  • Germany 55, Mali 44
  • Hungary 79, Japan 55
  • United States 102, New Zealand 34
  • Belgium 92, Mexico 43

Tuesday, July 12

  • France 77, Australia 66
  • Slovenia 73, Argentina 45
  • Canada 67, Egypt 44
  • Spain 92, Korea 52
  • Hungary 71, Mexico 36
  • Belgium 60, Japan 57
  • United States 86, Germany 40
  • New Zealand 61, Mali 58

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Wednesday, July 13 (Round of 16)

  • Mexico vs. France
  • Belgium vs. Australia
  • Japan vs. Slovenia
  • Canada vs. New Zealand
  • Spain vs. Mali
  • Hungary vs. Argentina
  • Egypt vs. Germany
  • United States vs. Korea