By Brent Cahwee
With the win, the USA women became the first country to win the gold medal a record nine times in this event and this was also their third straight gold medal, they won in 2011 and 2009. Leading the way for the American squad was Bria Hartley UCONN, she scored 17 points and had one assist.
Indian country's own Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, from the Umatilla Indian Reservation, saw limited action in the final few rounds of the tournament but finally got on the court at about the four minute mark in the fourth quarter. Although she didn't finish with any points in this particular game Shoni made huge contributions for the USA ladies in the early rounds of the tournament. In the opening round, Shoni had a game high nine assist and added thirteen points which sparked a record run for the US team as they finished the game with thirty-four assist in a win over Mali which beat a previous Team USA record of twenty-seven. In the next game against the Czech Republic Shoni contributed six points and against Brazil Shoni added four points and four assist in that contest.
Below: "Shoni Schimmel (center) shows off her GOLD with teammates."