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UK women's signee Harper scores 12 as U.S. U19s rout China

University of Kentucky signee Linnae Harper scored 12 points Friday to help lead Team USA past China in the U19 World Basketball Championships in Lithuania. (USA Basketball photo)
University of Kentucky signee Linnae Harper scored 12 points Friday to help lead Team USA past China in the U19 World Basketball Championships in Lithuania. (USA Basketball photo)

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.”

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.

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