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Vanderbilt freshman Paris Kea didn't reach the scoring column, but still had a contributing role for the USA U18 team during a 118-50 victory over El Salvador on Thursday night in Colorado Springs, Col.
Kea finished with five rebounds, three assists and one steal while helping the USA squad improve to 2-0 in the FIBA Championship tournament. Kea was 0-for-3 from the floor.
The USA team, which is hunting its seventh straight gold medal, will be back in action on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., facing Canada.
Destinee Walker (Ocoee, Fla.) went 4-of-4 from 3-point range while scoring a team-high 18 points for the USA in Thursday's win. Jessica Shepard (Fremont, Neb.) added 17 points.
"I felt we were ready to go," said USA head coach Dawn Staley (head coach at the University of South Carolina). "I felt we used our length to our advantage. The players who started the game got us out to a big lead, and then we pretty much cruised the rest of the way.
"One of the goals we had coming in was to continue to try to get the ball inside and shoot high-percentage shots by giving the ball to our post players, and I think we did a good job of that," Staley continued. "Then when we started hitting down low, it got contagious to the outside. Destinee Walker came in and knocked down some threes; Marina (Mabrey) knocked down some threes. It's good to see that phase of our game get jump-started, because if you're looking at our team, that's probably where our weaknesses are. It was good to see them hit some open threes."
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