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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Nia Coffey and Team USA are into the quarterfinals at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.
    Nia Coffey and Team USA are into the quarterfinals at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships.

    July 25, 2013

    Remaining USA ScheduleCoffey Updates

    Official FIBA U19 World Championships Web Site

    KLAIPEDA, Lithuania – Incoming NU freshman Nia Coffey and Team USA are currently undefeated (6-0) at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships. The squad is one of eight teams heading into the quarterfinal round and USA takes on Japan Friday, July 26, at 8:15 p.m. local time/12:15 p.m CT.
    If USA advances to the semifinals, fans can watch the future Wildcat and her team live via an webstream, Saturday, July 27. The finals and bronze medal game also will air live on Sunday, July 28. Below are links to the streams:
    Medal Semifinal #1 (July 27: 10 a.m. CT)
    Medal Semifinal #2 (July 27: 12:15 p.m. CT; What USA would play in with a win over Japan)
    Bronze Medal Game (July 28: 10 a.m. CT)
    Gold Medal Game (July 28: 12:15 p.m. CT)
    Coffey and Team USA practiced from 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Lithuania time on Thursday and checked in with following practice for her latest blog update.



    Hello Wildcat fans! We’ve had a great time in Lithuania so far and are playing really well together as a team, but there’s still work to be done. We are all really encouraging each other to stay focused, play hard and continue to play together. We spent the first part of the tournament in Panevezys and are now in Klaipeda. For those counting at home, we’ve been in six different hotel rooms in Europe in the last two weeks!
    International play has definitely been different than what I expected. It is a lot more physical and you really have to change your game and adapt to it. We faced a great test against France in our final second round game and had a close 69-63 win. France was definitely one of the more confident teams we faced and they had some really great players. Tonight, we had a really good practice and watched film from the France game and will be ready for the next three games.
    We have played a game almost every day that we’ve been here and this is something that I’m used to so the schedule hasn’t been too challenging. It definitely helps us stay focused and mentally tough. It might be hard some days but we’ve all supported each other as teammates and are helping one another stay focused. We’re all here for one reason and that’s to win the gold.
    Our days have been pretty busy and here is what a typical game day looks like. Most of our games have been at 8:15 p.m. so we usually have 10 a.m. breakfast. After breakfast, we’ll watch film and then head off to shootaround for about 45 minutes. After shootaround, we head back to the hotel, shower, get our laundry ready, take a nap and have lunch around 4:30 p.m. After lunch we have some more time to relax, see the trainer and then we leave for the gym around 6:45 p.m. Once we get to the gym, we get ready in the locker room and usually have a little bit of time before our game to watch whoever is playing before us. After about 10 minutes of watching, we’ll stretch with our trainers, head back to the locker room to go over what we need to do, our team goals and then it’s game time!
    We did have a chance to go out to eat as a team at a local restaurant while in Panevezys. The restaurant was very close to our hotel so we walked through the town and had the opportunity to explore a little. The hotel has done a great job of providing food that we’re used to like rice, pasta, fish, pork, chicken or beef but at the restaurant, we had a chance to try traditional Lithuanian food. I don’t remember the names of the dishes but a few people tried a dish that had meat stuffed inside of a potato.
    I’m learning a lot on the court through this experience. I’ve learned that you always have to be physical and that there’s always someone working harder than you so you either want to match that or beat that. You have to stay mentally tough throughout this experience because the game is so fast. It’s important to keep your focus, adapt to the game and make sure you do whatever you can to help the team.
    My teammates are still so amazing and I’m really glad to be here with this group of girls. They keep me laughing every day. Before we get off the bus to go into the arena for our games, Moriah Jefferson always goes to the front of the bus and she’ll either rap, or she will preach to us about our game plan. She is a character and always gets us riled up. She always says ‘Don’t get off this bus unless you’re ready to win!’ and when she says ‘win’, we all say ‘win’ together and then we cheer ‘Get off the bus!’ That really gets us hyped up and excited for the game.


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