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18 - 26
July 2015
14 A'Ja WILSON (USA)
25/07/2015
Game Report
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Collier and Wilson guide USA to sixth consecutive Final

CHEKHOV (2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship) - The USA are on the cusp of six straight titles after A'ja Wilson and Napheesa Collier fuelled an 80-65 Semi-Final win against Spain to lift their team into the Final of the 2015 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship.

Turning point: Spain were just about managing to keep their heads above water after the opening 15 minutes, but the USA then started shifting through the gears leading up to half-time and were in the driver's seat with a 13-point lead by the time they headed to the locker room at the interval.

Stats Don't Lie: Spain found it difficult to keep the USA from winning the all-important rebounding battle and lost out 58-36 - giving up a massive 27 offensive rebounds.

Game Hero: Collier continued her excellent tournament with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Wilson also accumulated a double-double with 20 points and 16 boards.

The Bottom Line: Spain played reasonably well in terms of shooting the ball and cutting down on the turnovers which marred their loss to the USA earlier in the competition. Laura Quevedo played well and racked up 17 points, but was a sole light for her country in terms of an inside presence. Spain will now have the chance to better their fourth place finish and exact revenge on Australia who beat them onto the podium at the last edition of the tournament. The USA continue to look dominant in the frontcourt and that is equally the case with their Final opponents Russia. Head coach Dawn Staley may have one eye on her team's faltering display from three-point range which saw them go a stone cold 0 of 10 and only 56 percent from the free-throw line. However they go into the title game unbeaten and still flawless which shows they have done more than enough throughout the competition. However, they will once again be without Shakayla Thomas after it was confirmed that the player has returned to the States for personal reasons and won’t be appearing in the Final.

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