July 16, 2003
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BOSTON (July 16) - University of Arizona women's basketball player Shawntinice Polk had four points and three rebounds as the USA Young Women's National Team edged the Australia Young Women's Team, 61-56, in a "friendly" game on Wednesday. The contest is part of a series of friendlies that the USA Young Women are playing at Matthews Arena on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., this week.
Polk saw only six minutes of action but made the most of her time in the game, draining both her field goal attempts and blocking a shot. She grabbed one of her three rebounds and scored on a put-back at the buzzer of the third quarter to give the USA Young Women a nine-point (49-40) lead at the end of the period.
Kansas State's Kendra Wecker racked up game highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the U.S. team to its second win in as many days, while Rutgers' Cappie Pondexter had 10 points and six assists. Star player Alana Beard (Duke) was unavailable for the game, as she was in Los Angeles for the ESPY Awards.
As the friendlies continue, Australia and Brazil will face-off on Thursday, July 17, while the U.S. team is scheduled just to practice in the afternoon. The USA Young Women will be in action again on Friday, July 18, taking on the USA Pan American Games Team in a scrimmage at 1 p.m. EDT at the Reebok Campus in Canton, Mass.
The USA Young Women's Team is in Boston to play a series of friendly games this week, gearing up for participation in the 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women, which will be held July 25-Aug. 12 in Sibenik, Croatia.
For the full game story from Wednesday and for updates on all the USA Young Women's Team action, go to www.usabasketball.com.