OSU's Wiese, Team USA claim gold
GWANGJU, South Korea — Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese made a splash in her first international tournament, helping Team USA earn a gold medal at the World University Games on Monday.
Wiese and the USA squad claimed the championship with an 82-63 win over OSU teammate Ruth Hamblin and Canada. Canada's second-place finish is the team’s highest-ever finish.
Wiese played 17 minutes in the gold-medal game, hitting two of her four shot attempts on her way to five points and two assists. Hamblin tallied yet another strong showing in the contest, filling out the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds and a steal.
Overall, Team USA finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record, while Canada was 5-1.
Wiese posted her best international performance so far in the quarterfinal round, when she went 5 for 6 from the floor on her way to a 13-point outing. She also played 24 minutes in Team USA’s semifinal matchup with Japan, helping the squad prevail in double-overtime.
The Phoenix, Arizona, native made her international debut in the USA’s opening game, an 86-68 win over Italy on July 5. She would proceed to tally six points and two rebounds in a 90-75 triumph over China, before notching nine points and two rebounds against the Czech Republic in group play. Overall, Wiese shot 57.7 percent from the floor over the course of the games.
Hamblin continued her outstanding international career in Korea, serving as an inside force for the Canadian squad. The 6-foot-6 center played a vital role in Canada’s advance to the championship game, recording 14 points and seven rebounds in Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Russia.
Canada opened the University Games with a barn-burner, battling Hungary through two overtimes before coming away with a 70-65 victory. Hamblin filled the stat-sheet in the contest, ending with nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, including a rejection in the final minute of regulation.
The mechanical engineering major followed that up by putting up five points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a blowout of host South Korea, before wrapping up the group stage with six points, eight rebounds and three blocks against Mozambique.