Tennessee rising sophomore Bashaara Graves posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday to help Team USA beat Mali, 103-26, to end pool play in the FIBA U19 World Championship in Panevezys, Lithuania.
The Americans (3-0) outscored Mali (0-3), 30-5 to open the game. Mali held a 45-second lead at 3-2. But a pair of rebound baskets by Graves put the U.S. ahead for good.
Graves was 2-for-2 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. She also had a block and three turnovers in 22 minutes of playing time.
“To Mali’s credit, they played really, really hard,” said USA coach Katie Meyer. “They disrupted us a little bit and turned us over in the last five minutes of the game.”
“It says a lot. They definitely wanted to play with us and they played with us. They kept playing through the whole game,” she said.
Breanna Stewart of Connecticut led the Americans with 17 points.
Linnae Harper, Alexis Jones, Brianna Turner and A’ja Wilson each had 11 points.
Team USA advances to the second round as the top seed in the group and will play The Netherlands (1-2) on Monday (1:15 p.m. EDT), followed by Canada (2-1) on Tuesday (1:15 p.m. EDT) and currently also unbeaten France (3-0) on Wednesday (1:15 p.m. EDT). Upon the conclusion of the second round, the top four finishing teams in each group will advance to the Quarterfinals, which will be played on July 26. The semifinals will be held on July 27 and the finals on July 28.