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Diamond DeShields, Defense Lead USA U17 Women Past Canada 86-47

Behind 29 points from Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S./Norcross, Ga.) and a defensive effort that limited Canada (0-2) to an icy 20.8 percent from the field (15-72 FGs), the USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team (2-0) earned an 86-47 win in the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship on Saturday night at Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

and USA Women’s U18 Team Cruises Past Canada 95-46, Into Gold Medal Game

A pair of USA Basketball veterans, Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North H.S. / North Syracuse, N.Y.) and Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S./ Bolingbrook, Ill.), combined for 42 points and 11 rebounds to leadthe 2012 USA U18 National Team (4-0) to a 95-46 victory over Canada (2-2) in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship semifinal game on Saturday night in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. Advancing to the championship game for the ninth time in as many U18 tournaments, the U.S. will face also undefeated Brazil (4-0) for the gold medal on Aug. 19 at 8:15 p.m. (all times EDT)

Catch the game, streaming, here — the play-by-play (in Spanish) has been great.

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As the U-17 team practices, there are some reporters on site. From Jim Fuller at the New Haven Register.

The chance to meet up with an old friend brought me to the D.C. area earlier this week and while I was there, I decided to make my way over the Flint Hill School for Monday’s evening and Tuesday’s morning U.S. Under-17 national team practice.

I’ll save most of the good stuff – especially regarding recruiting – for the three stories I wrote on the train ride back from D.C. yesterday but thought I would at least provide a scouting report on what I saw. It should be noted that the majority of the drills were spent focusing on defense and how to best utilize playing off screens so it is probably not the most accurate gauge of the offensive potential of the players I saw but I will proceed anyways. Naturally my attention was focused on the eight players on UConn’s recruiting radar so the other four players will not be included in my report.

If I may be permitted an observation and leap to a conclusion that may be incorrect.

It’s interesting that Mr. Fuller wrote, “The chance to meet up with an old friend brought me to the D.C. area earlier this week and while I was there…”

Considering the current state of the media industry, the coverage of women’s basketball and the passion of some who love the game, I wonder if Mr. Fuller is on vacation. If the paper paid for his travel, food and housing. Or one of the three. Or none of the three. Or if he timed his trip to coordinate with the Trials.

I have no information that answers any of the questions or ponderings I’m making about Mr. Fuller’s time in D.C. Heck, he may have taken advantage of the trip to visit with his friend. (Sorta like when I volunteered to attend a conference in Atlanta and *shock* the Lib were playing the Dream!)

But I ask because. if you talk to writers these days, it’s amazing what they will do so they can cover the game and those who play it for the fans who love it.

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… some good news:

2010 FIBA Men’s And Women’s U17 World Championship Games To Be Streamed Live Online Quarterfinals, Semfinals And Medal Games Available On FIBAtv.com

I’m sure this in not a case of “blog and effect,” but I can imagine, can’t I?

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