BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Tari Phillips of Central Florida had 17 points and 15 rebounds Wednesday night to lead the United States to a 98-67 victory over Israel in the opening round of women’s basketball at the World University Games.
Phillips, a 6-foot-3 1992 graduate, stepped into the starting lineup to replace 6-4 Kimberly Wood of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who blew out her right knee Saturday in a scrimmage against Canada.
Melody Howard of Southwest Missouri State added 16 points, 12 on 3- pointers, as the defending gold medalist United States extended its World University Games winning streak to 11 games.
The United States started the game missing six of its first seven shots. It wasn’t until the taller, stronger U.S. team began dominating the boards that it took control.
Aluma Goren’s 3-pointer with 13:32 left in the first half gave Israel its final lead, 15-13. The United States went on a 20-3 run over the next 5:43, capped by a 3-pointer by Howard, her third of the half. The lead reached 17 three times in the first half and the United States led 52-39 at halftime.
The United States had the lead to 20 points within the first five minutes of the second half and extended it to as much as 90-57 with 4:39 to play.
Adrienne Goodson of Old Dominion added 14 points, while LeJuana Hardmon of Georgia had 12 and Katrina Colleton of Maryland and Heidi Burge of Virginia each had 11.
Goren led Israel with 16 points.
Six-foot Peggy Evans of Tennessee was added to the U.S. roster on Wednesday to replace Wood. Evans did not play against Israel.