KAZAN, Russia (July 8, 2013) -- Baylor senior guard Odyssey Sims scored seven points and dished out six assists in Team USA's 120-32 victory over Mali at the World University Games in Russia.
Team USA (1-0) recorded 34 assists and shot 66.2 percent from the field to open preliminary round play.
Bria Hartley (University of Connecticut/North Babylon, N.Y.) led six U.S. players who scored in double figures with 17 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting performance, including 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc. Shoni Schimmel (University of Louisville/Mission, Ore.) added 13 points and a game-high nine assists to propel the team to 34 total assists, a USA World University Games record (the previous high was 27 done most recently versus Taiwan on Aug. 21, 2011).
Cassie Harberts (University of Southern California/San Clemente, Calif.) added 14 points; Tricia Liston (Duke University/River Forest, Ill.) had 13 points; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut/Anaheim Hills, Calif.) scored 12 points; and Aaryn Ellenberg (University of Oklahoma/Las Vegas, Nev.) contributed 11 points to give the U.S. six players that scored in double figures. Theresa Plaisance (Louisiana State University/New Orleans, La.) led the USA with 11 rebounds.
After closing the first half on an 8-0 run, the USA scored the first 17 points of the third quarter to total a game-high 25-0 run and push the lead to 74-20 with 5:56 left in the third period on a Hartley 3-pointer assisted by Odyssey Sims (Baylor University/Irving, Texas), who had six assists for the game. The USA outscored Mali 37-8 overall for the third period.
"I don't really know why I was so hot," said Hartley on her perfect outing from the field. "Warming up, I was thinking, 'I like this gym,' and I was hitting shots. My teammates were able to find me, Shoni and Odyssey, and I was just able to knock down shots."
The USA held Mali to just four points in the fourth quarter, while scoring 26 to end the game with its largest lead of 88 points.
Next up for the USA is a meeting with Monday's other Group B winner, Czech Republic (1-0), on July 9 at 8:30 p.m. (times listed are local; Kazan, Russia is +8 hours from EDT).