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Nalyssa Smith and Team USA Bring Home the Gold from Mexico City

Team USA defeats Canada 84-60. Smith led Team USA with 18 points against our neighbors to the north.

Baylor’s 5* Nalyssa Smith

While Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey and the rest of the Lady Bears are giving the boot to European National Teams in a series of exhibition games in Italy, Lady Bear Nalyssa Smith and the USA U18 National Team are bringing home gold medals from Mexico City. In the FIBA Americas U18 gold medal game, Nalyssa led Team USA with 18 points and 6 rebounds.

U.S. U18 women’s hoops team share the glory, earn the gold | News, PaloAltoOnline, Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz made sure everyone on the United States U18 national women’s basketball team got a chance to shine.

And why not? He has enough talent to make any college team better. These are players to watch the next four or five years.

High school senior NaLyssa Smith, who is committed to Baylor, scored 18 points, one of four players to reach double figures, and grabbed six rebounds in helping the Americans beat Canada, 84-60, in the championship game of the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Mexico City on Tuesday night.

USA Women Defeat Canada 84-60 to Claim FIBA Americas U18 Gold Medal, USAB, Outscoring Canada 50-22 in the second and third quarters, the USA women claimed an 84-60 win and the FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal.

Falling behind 18-14 after Canada capped off the first quarter with the last four points, an invigorated USA squad opened the second period with a 14-3 scoring spurt to take control 28-21 with 5:53 left before half.

Canada closed the gap to 28-25, but the Americans regrouped and outscored Canada 11-6 to close out the second quarter on top 39-31.

Any comeback hope for Canada was squashed in the third quarter, as the USA opened the period quarter with an 18-5 run and outscored Canada 25-9 overall in the quarter to lead 64-40 heading into the final period.

Canada matched the USA in the final quarter as both teams tallied 20 points, but it mattered little as the USA had the gold medal victory.

USA claim FIBA U18 Americas Women's 2018 title in Mexico City - FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2018 -, MEXICO CITY (FIBA U18 Americas Women’s Championship 2018) – USA finished the 2018 edition of the FIBA U18 Americas Women’s Championship unbeaten to claim the continental title over Canada. Argentina...

With an impressive Christina Morra, who added 8 points in the opening quarter, the Canadians took a 4-point lead, 18-14. With 9 points from Nalyssa Smith, USA won the second quarter 25-13 and went on to Half-time with an 8-point lead, 38-31. USA dominated the third quarter and took distance on the scoreboard. Canada discounted from the difference, but the USA found a way to respond. USA celebrated the win and the continental championship.

Canada falls to U.S., takes silver at FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship -, MEXICO CITY — For a brief moment it looked like Canada had a chance to capture gold at the FIBA under-18 Women's Americas Championship.

Nalyssa is a member of Baylor’s 2018 Fab Five recruiting class that begins play with Baylor this season. The other four 5* recruits are already with the team in Italy.

OBF Note: I’m not sure if Nalyssa will be joining the team in Italy but that would be pretty sweet.