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    Coffey Updates from U19 FIBA World Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Nia Coffey is competing at the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championships in Lithuania.
    Nia Coffey is competing at the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championships in Lithuania.

    July 18, 2013

    Official FIBA U19 World Championships Web Site

    PANEVZYS, Lithuania -- Northwestern incoming freshman Nia Coffey (Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins) is currently in Lithuania with USA Basketball, competing at the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championships. We will provide updates on Nia and Team USA on this page throughout the tournament.

    Game 1 (Preliminary Round) - Thursday, July 18 - USA Defeats Lithuania, 113-47

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    In a game that saw all 12 players score, USA had four players finish with double-digits, including Coffey's 10 points off the bench. Coffey was 3-of-4 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Coffey had the highest point total out of the reserves and scored her 10 points in just 12 minutes. She also grabbed three rebounds.

    Game 2 (Preliminary Round) - Friday, July 19 - vs. China - USA Defeats China, 103-56

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    For the second time in as many days, USA put up more than 100 points, defeating China 103-56. USA was up 23-18 after the first quarter and limited China to just nine second-quarter points. Coffey logged just over 11 minutes off the bench, grabbing five boards and had one assist. As a team, USA shot 54 percent from the field, limiting China to just 35 percent.

    Game 3 (Preliminary Round) - Saturday, July 20 - USA Defeats Mali, 103-26

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    Another productive outing for Coffey and Team USA with the 103-26 win over Mali to go 3-0 in the preliminary round. Coffey played 18 minutes off the bench and had seven points (3-of-4 from the field, including 1-for-1 from 3-point range), four rebounds, two steals and a block. USA now gears up for second round action, which begins Monday, July 22. The top three finishing teams from each preliminary round pool advance to the second round to form two groups of six teams. Each team will play games against the three times it has not already faced in preliminary play. Results from the first round carry over to the second round.

    Game 4 (Second Round) - Monday, July 22 - USA Defeats The Netherlands, 102-42

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    USA opened up the second round on Monday, July 22 and rolled to a 102-42 victory over The Netherlands. Coffey logged 10 minutes off the bench and tallied eight points on 2-of-4 from the field, along with a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She also grabbed four rebounds, all on the offensive glass, and had a steal. USA held The Netherlands to just four points in the second quarter.

    Game 5 (Second Round) - Tuesday, July 23 - USA Defeats Canada, 88-54

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    Coffey put in 11 minutes off the bench against Canada and tallied two points (both from the charity stripe), two rebounds, three steals and an assist. It was the first time all tournament USA did not eclipse the 100-point mark but still managed a comfortable double-digit victory over Canada.

    Already qualified for the quarterfinals, the USA’s final second round game on Wednesday will determine whether it advances as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed from Group F as the American women meet up against also-unbeaten France (5-0) on July 24 (1:15 p.m. EDT). The top four finishing teams in each second round group will advance to the Quarterfinals, which will be played on July 26. The semifinals will be held on July 27 and the finals on July 28, both of which will be streamed live online by ESPN3.

    Game 6 (Second Round) - Wednesday, July 24 - USA Defeats France, 69-63

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    In its closest game of the tournament, USA fought off a determined France squad and held on for a 69-63 victory to close out the second round. Coffey contributed three rebounds for Team USA in the victory.

    With the win, the USA advances to the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship quarterfinals as the top seed out of Group F and will face Japan (3-3), which finished fourth in Group E, in Friday’s (12:15 p.m. CDT) quarterfinal contest.

    The first three quarterfinals match-ups are: Spain (6-0) versus Canada (3-3), Brazil (4-2) versus France and Australia (5-1) versus China (4-2). Should the U.S. advance to the July 27 medal semifinals, it will face the winner of the Australia-China contest for the right to play in the July 28 gold medal game. The medal semifinals and the gold and bronze medal games will be streamed live online by ESPN3.

    Game 7 (Quarterfinals) - Friday, July 26 - USA Defeats Japan, 108-67

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    USA rolled into the semifinals, defeating Japan 108-67 in Friday's quarterfinal game. Coffey found herself in double-digits again, scoring 11 points off the bench on an impressive 5-of-8 from the field. She also grabbed six rebounds, had two blocks and an assists in a little under 17 minutes of action.

    USA now faces Australia on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. local time/12:15 p.m. CT in the semifinals. Fans can watch this game LIVE on ESPN3 with this link link. These two squads faced each other at the Lanzarote International Tournament, an exhibition event prior to the U19 World Championships, with USA taking the 71-66 victory.

    Game 8 (Semifinals) - Saturday, July 27 - USA defeats Australia, 77-54

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    USA is into the gold medal match with Saturday's 77-54 victory over Australia in the semifinals. Coffey logged 13 minutes off the bench and filled the stat sheet as she was 2-of-3 from the field, scoring four points to go along with three rebounds, two assists, a team-high four steals and a blocked shot.

    USA now has a rematch with France in Sunday's gold medal game that airs live on ESPN3. These two teams faced in the second round with USA taking the six-point (69-63) victory.

    Game 9 (Finals) - Sunday, July 28 - USA Defeats France, 61-28 - Wins Gold Medal

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    It was a dominating defensive performance for USA as it captured gold with the 61-28 victory over France. USA limited France to just eight points in the first period, 12 in the second, six in the third and only two points in the fourth quarter. USA, who defeated France by just six points (69-63) in the second round, wrapped up the tournament a perfect 9-0 en route to the gold medal. USA has now won five consecutive FIBA U19 World Championships.

    Coffey was a key contributor off the bench for USA throughout the tournament. She logged 10 minutes in Sunday’s final vs. France and had three points, two rebounds and two steals.


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