Incarnate Word Academy’s Napheesa Collier made the most of her opportunity to earn her first international medal playing for USA Basketball’s 2014 Women’s Under-18 National Team.
In the Gold Medal game, Team USA scored a lopsided 104-74 victory over Canada at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was the USA’s third win over Canada – once in scrimmage and twice in competition.
Collier, who is a senior, closed out the championship game in impressive style, recording 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot.
“I thought we came out super focused because it’s the gold medal game, and we were playing Canada again, so all of us were in the zone,” Collier said after the game. “I think because we were playing them for the third time, it made us want to get everything perfect and be more focused and play our hardest game.”
Team USA went 3-0 in the preliminary round with a 104-55 win over Mexico 55, a 118-50 win over El Salvador 50 and a 107-76 win over Canada. In the semifinals Team USA scored a 97-51 win over Argentina.
In the tournament, Collier, who lives in O’Fallon, averaged 14 points, second on the team, and led the team in rebounds with 8.6.