University of Kentucky signee Linnae Harper had 12 points and five rebounds in 16 productive minutes Friday as the United States beat China 103-56 in the U19 World Basketball Championships in Lithuania.
Team USA improved to 2-0 in preliminary-round group play, which concludes Saturday with the U.S. taking on Mali at 1:15 p.m. Friday's victory assured the U.S. a spot in the second round, which starts Monday.
UConn sophomore-to-be Breanna Stewart led the U.S. in scoring for the second day in a row with 20 points.
“Everybody played well and stepped up to their roles,” Harper said. “I think Nia (Coffey) and Bri-T (Brianna Turner) and A’ja Wilson did a phenomenal job on the glass, offensively and defensively. China had some big players, they had good depth and I think we handled it well.”
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Wilson (10 rebounds), Morgan Tuck (8), Turner (7), Coffey (5) and Harper (5) led the U.S. to a 51-24 advantage on the glass.
Harper was 6-for-11 shooting and had one assist, one steal and two turnovers.