Danger­field, Walker earn sil­ver medals as US up­ended by Rus­sia

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By Jim Fuller

Crys­tal Danger­field and Me­gan Walker will re­turn to the UConn cam­pus with sil­ver medals af­ter Rus­sia ral­lied for an 86-82 vic­tory over the U.S. in the FIBA U19 World Cup gold-medal game on Sun­day.

Danger­field, a ris­ing sopho­more guard at UConn, shook off some re­cent shoot­ing strug­gles to make her first four field­goal at­tempts. She had 10 points in the first five min­utes as the U.S. jumped out to an eight-point lead. How­ever, she missed 14 of her fi­nal 16 shots as her at­tempt to be­come the fifth U.S. women’s player to win two U19 gold medals came up just short.

Danger­field fin­ished with 15 points, two re­bounds, two as­sists and three steals against Rus­sia. Texas A&M in­com­ing fresh­man Chennedy Carter set a U19 women’s tour­na­ment sin­gle-game record with 31 points and Texas sopho­more Ale­cia Sut­ton had 11, but it wasn’t enough to pre­vent the U.S. from suf­fer­ing its first women’s U19 de­feat since a loss to Canada in pool play in the 2011 event.

Rus­sia’s 6-foot-4 for­wards Raisa Musina and Maria Vadeeva com­bined for 59 points and 29 re­bounds as Rus­sia ended the hopes of the U.S. for a sev­enth con­sec­u­tive gold medal.

Musina had 33 points, 11 re­bounds and seven as­sists, while Vadeeva fin­ished with 26 points, 18 re­bounds, two as­sists and three blocked shots.

Carter’s 31 points broke the U.S. sin­gle-game record of 30 set by A’ja Wil­son against Rus­sia in the 2015 gold-medal game. South Carolina’s Tyasha Har­ris had nine as­sists giv­ing her a U.S. U-19 record 40 in the seven games.

Danger­field av­er­aged 9 points, 3 re­bounds, 3.7 as­sists and 1.4 steals while lead­ing the U.S. with an av­er­age of 26.2 min­utes per game.

Walker, who played just four min­utes in the goldmedal game, av­er­aged 7.9 points, 3.3 re­bounds and 1.1 as­sists in the tour­na­ment.

A pair of 2017 New Haven Reg­is­ter All-State se­lec­tions had dou­ble-dou­bles in Puerto Rico’s 61-58 loss to Mali in the 13th­place game.

For­mer New London High star In­dia Pa­gan recorded her sec­ond straight dou­ble-dou­ble with 19 points and 10 re­bounds while fel­low All­State se­lec­tion An­gelique Ro­driguez, a mem­ber of two state cham­pi­onship teams at Cap­i­tal Prep, had 15 points, 10 re­bounds and two as­sists.

Ro­driguez led Puerto Rico in scor­ing, av­er­ag­ing 14.6 points per game as she scored in dou­ble fig­ures in six of the seven games. Ro­driguez had 23 3-point­ers, the most of any play­ers in the tour­na­ment, and shot 44.2 per­cent from 3-point range. Pa­gan av­er­aged 10.1 points and a team-lead­ing 7.3 re­bounds per game and posted marks of 20.7 points and 10.3 re­bounds in the fi­nal three games.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

UConn’s Crys­tal Danger­field.

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