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.
Saturday, July 9
Sunday, July 10
Tuesday, July 12
Wednesday, July 13 (Round of 16)