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Atlanta Dream Forward Sancho Lyttle Undergoes Successful Surgery, Will Miss 6-8 Weeks.

Speaking of “littles,” after the WUG’s littles did a superb job against the Russian’s bigs and won gold, it’s now the young’uns turn: USA U19 Women conduct first practice in Lithuania.

WATN? Former Purdue star Katie Gearlds takes 1st head coaching job at Marian University

Ouch: Diggins.

More ouch: Griner.

Jayda talks to da Rooth: WNBA Talk: Atlanta Dream’s Ruth Riley

Mechelle on the impact of Harding and Toliver on L.A.’s backcourt

Los Angeles guard Kristi Toliver always has had that one particular grin on court that makes me think of a little kid who just grabbed two extra cookies when nobody was watching.

It’s not obnoxious or mocking or dastardly. It’s just … well, I guess you could call it mildly, mischievously gleeful. Like, “Ha! Threaded that pass!” or “Hee hee! Nailed that shot!”

Whenever Toliver was having a good time on the court, you could tell. Conversely, when she was not happy, that was pretty obvious, too. But the even-keeled Kristi — the one who has become more and more reliable for her competitive consistency, whether her shots are dropping — actually is a regular presence these days.

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In Santiago, the USA U19 Women’s stingy defense generated a dominating 90-64 win over Italy.

“I was really happy with our intensity and our focus,” said Jennifer Rizzotti, USA U19 World Championship Team and University of Hartford head coach. “We talked a lot today about not just thinking about who we’re playing, but being more accountable on the defensive end for our own guy and playing screens better, just being more focused and getting better as the game went on. Not only did our starters do a nice job, I thought our energy off the bench was the best it’s been the whole tournament.”

More quotes here and FIBA links here.

STREAMING ALERT: FIBATV (www.FIBATV.com will be streaming live online the semifinal and medal games on July 30 and July 31. Additionally, live radio streaming from the USA’s games can be found here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fibau19women

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