Monday, August 06, 2007

USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Wins Gold

Bratislava, Slovakia - Four Tennessee Lady Vol basketball players exchanged the Orange and White for the Red, White and Blue of USA teams this summer and all mined gold.

Latest to earn the gold are incoming University of Tennessee basketball freshmen, 6-4 post Vicki Baugh (Sacramento, CA) and 6-0 guard Angie Bjorklund (Spokane, WA), who both helped the USA to an 8-0 record on the USA Women's U19 World Championship Team. Today, the USA defeated Sweden, 99-57, as both players contributed to the victory. Earlier this summer, rising seniors Alexis Hornbuckle and Nicky Anosike helped to lead the USA to the 2007 Pan American Games gold medal in Brazil.

In the U19 gold medal game, Bjorklund registered 11 points, added one rebound and two assists in 16 minutes of action. Baugh, a starting post, scored five points, claimed nine rebounds to go along with three blocks and a steal in 17 minutes on the hardwood.

Here's what they had to say.

Vicki Baugh

On the game tonight:
"We came ready to play. We knew it was our last game and that it was for the gold medal. Playing so well makes the gold as sweet as it can get. We've earned it. We really have."

On winning gold:
"I'm so proud of everything we've accomplished. It's the most incredible feeling. After what we've been through, it really is the most incredible feeling. I wouldn't have been so proud without all our hard work."

Angie Bjorklund

On the game tonight:
"It was definitely sweet beating them how we did. It was so much fun, and it was a great way to end things."

On winning gold:
"lt's crazy. After all that we've been through, the hard work, it feels so great. It's been such a fun journey on the way. Looking back it went by so fast."

On her experience:
"This was definitely a little intro to college basketball, and I'm a better player because of it. It was a good experience for me."

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