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Wideman and Team USA continue to roll in China

Senior Arielle Wideman and her NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars team continued to dominate in China, extending their record to a perfect 6-0 and capturing the Nan'an Tournament title.

The team opened the tournament with a convincing 81-51 win over Slovenia. Although the score would indicate otherwise, Team USA had to overcome a sluggish start to the game. Slovenia jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and held a 17-9 advantage after one period. However, the Americans forced 12 first-half turnovers and outscored Slovenia 24-9 in the second quarter to take a lead into halftime. Wideman's nine points in the game marks her highest point total during the six games played in China. She added two assists, one rebound and a steal, as well.

From there, Team USA went on to defeat Australia 85-48 in game two of the Nan'an Tournament. Solid defense once again led the Americans to a huge lead, jumping ahead 21-3 after the first quarter, and 43-21 at the half. Australia finished the game with 20 turnovers. Wideman turned in a strong performance, posting eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

To wrap up the tournament and claim the title, the USA downed host-country China, 77-55. The team built up a 17-point led at halftime and dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Chinese 63-33 for the game, including 34 offensive rebounds. Wideman contributed with five points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal in the victory.

For the tournament, Wideman totaled 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Americans head to Jiangxi Province for the final tournament of their China Tour. The team returns to the United States this Saturday (May 2).

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