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Rhyne Howard and Team USA Win Opening Game of FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup

(Photo via UK Athletics)

(Photo via UK Athletics)

A dominant defensive third quarter has Team USA entering the second day of the FIBA U19 World Cup with a check in the win column. Kentucky sophomore guard Rhyne Howard posted 10 points in Team USA’s 79-56 win over Australia in the opening day of group stage play.

The top overall seed Team USA was able to hold seventh-ranked Australia to a mere four points in the third quarter while pouring in 21 of their own in what would be the deciding frame of this game. At halftime, the United States lead was only at four.

Howard was tied with three of her teammates at 10 points while 17-year old Paige Bueckers led the squad with 11. Howard played 18 minutes and also recorded three rebounds plus an assist and a steal, however, she shot only 3-10 from the field.

In game two on Sunday, Howard will look to improve on a poor shooting day against 15-ranked South Korea, who dropped game one in a 24-point loss to Hungary.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR