Riley Helps Lead U.S. to Tournament Title
Women's World University Games squad defeats host Spain, 56-52.
June 27, 1999
TORREJON DE ARDOZ, Spain - Notre Dame junior center Ruth Riley (Macy, Ind.) scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in 13 minutes of action to help the 1999 USA Women's World University Games Team capture the Spanish International Tournament crown with a 56-52 victory over host Spain at the Pabellon Polideportivo Municipal in Torrejon de Ardoz with a 56-52 victory over host Spain. The USA squad finished the tournament with a 3-0 mark after beating Portugal (92-39) and Mexico (96-44) in earlier contests.
For the third straight game, Katie Douglas of Purdue led the team in scoring as she netted 12 points. Kelly Miller of Georgia was the only other player in double figures as she finished with 11 points.
With 1:141 remaining in the game, the United States clung to a 51-50 lead. Following an offensive rebound and layup by Brooke Wyckoff of Florida State, she ran back to the other end of the floor and blocked a three-point attempt by Spain which would have tied the game. Brandi McCain of Florida grabbed the rebound and was fouled immediately. She then converted on both of her free throw attempts to put the U.S. squad ahead 55-50 with 53 second left in the contest. Spain countered with a layup close to 55-52 and regained position when the United States was whistled for a three-second violation with 18.8 remaining in the game. Douglas, however, intercepted a pass and was almost immediately fouled with 9.9 second left. After making the first and missing her second free throw attempt, Spain grabbed the rebound, but missed a desperation three-pointer with less than two seconds remaining in the contest.
The USA squad, which shot 52.0 percent from the field in the first half, was held to just 36.4 percent shooting (8-of-22) in the second half. The United States defense was impressive holding Spain to just 38.5 percent accuracy (15-of-39) for the entire game and outrebounded the Spanish team 33-23. The U.S. also forced 22 turnovers.
The United States travels to Palma de Mallorca, Spain to begin World University Games play on July 5 versus China.
In the three games at the Spanish International Tournament, Riley averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.
"The team is coming also really well," Riley says. "Playing together like this, giving everyone playing time and everyone playing with different people, will help us a lot once we into the tournament. We're all doing a good job rebounding and that's helped us through these three games. It is going to a key for us in the World University Games."