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Caitlin Clark and Azzi Fudd lead USA Basketball at U19 World Cup


It’s so far so good for USA Basketball at the U19 World Cup.

Team USA is 3-0, having handedly beaten Italy (96-37), Australia (99-59) and Egypt (97-36) during preliminary play in Spain.

Iowa standout Caitlin Clark has been a major factor for the U.S. so far in the tournament. Against Australia on Sunday, Clark made four 3-pointers in two minutes and finished with a game-high 29 points. She also added nine rebounds and seven assists against the Opals.

Clark isn’t the only college star who’s contributed to Team USA’s high-powered offense. Lauren Betts, the No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class and a Stanford commit, had 17 points and 12 rebounds in Sunday’s win.

Tuesday’s game against Egypt showcased just how balanced Team USA is offensively, with 11 players scoring in the game.

Incoming UConn freshman Azzi Fudd scored the team’s first eight points as the U.S. opened the game on a 24-3 run.

Clark nearly registered a triple-double with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Notre Dame’s Sonia Citron came close, too, adding 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

As a result, Team USA advanced as the No. 1 team out of Group A.