Team USA took home silver at the FIBA AmeriCup, falling to Brazil in the championship game, 69-58.
Rickea Jackson led the United States in that game with 17 first-half points. She finished with a game-high 22 points, adding eight rebounds, one steal and a block. LSU star Angel Reese had four points and six rebounds for the squad, which featured a roster full of college stars.
Reese finished the tournament with three double-doubles and 78 rebounds through seven games. Jackson, meanwhile, led Team USA in scoring during the tournament and earned a spot on the All-Star Five.
“All the credit to Brazil, they have a ton of experience,” Jackson said. “They’ve been together for many years and for this USA team to come down here, only being together for two weeks and still making it to the championship game, just says a lot about our toughness and our grit. We’re a very young team, but I feel like we showed we can hang with anybody.”
South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso starred for Brazil, scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game to help clinch the gold medal for her team.
It was the USA’s second loss to Brazil during the tournament, following a loss during group play. Other than those two games, the U.S. went undefeated in the tournament. Head coach Kamie Ethridge praised her players Sunday, noting that they were part of a “young team.”
“I hope they take away that they shouldn’t back down to anybody. USA Basketball shouldn’t be satisfied with gold, that’s just in us. We need to win gold,” she said. “But we put this team in a position that was almost an impossible thing that we were asking them to do, and they almost did it anyway.”
Reese called it a “blessing & honor” to play for Team USA during the offseason before she gears up for a title defense with LSU.
“Such a blessing & honor to play with this team!” she wrote. “Even though we fell short, I loved every moment of being able to represent my country! BACK TO WORK!”
Such a blessing & honor to play with this team! Even though we fell short, I loved every moment of being able to represent my country! BACK TO WORK!🇺🇸❤️ https://t.co/bKlMGlnZCl— Angel Reese (@Reese10Angel) July 10, 2023
Such a blessing & honor to play with this team! Even though we fell short, I loved every moment of being able to represent my country! BACK TO WORK!🇺🇸❤️ https://t.co/bKlMGlnZCl