U17s put the hurt on Russia (and other news)

82-38 – ouch.

ESPN’s Chris Hansen has an in-depth analysis of the win and some of the players behind it, including what may lie in wait for the USA team:

The shocker and perhaps biggest threat to the USA and their pursuit of gold is the Chinese 92-75 win over Australia, a team that defeated the U.S. team in exhibition play earlier this month. The Chinese team shot 39 3-pointers against the Aussies, converting on 14 for 46 percent of their scoring.

Defending the 3-point line has not been a strong suit for the U.S., allowing 31 attempts to Russia and 24 to France. But before the Chinese long-range bombardment, Team USA needs to take care of their remaining pool play games against Canada, Turkey and Japan.

Also, a good piece on U17 team leaders Elizabeth Williams and Cierra Burdick.

Ben York has a good story on the emergence of Sylvia “Big Syl” Fowles.

Danielle McCray may be out of the WNBA for the moment, but she’s in with the kids.

Top Austin Peay player Ashley Herring will give up her senior season as she trains to be a minister.