Aaryn Ellenberg of Oklahoma scored 11 points in 14 minutes Monday as the U.S. hammered Mali 120-32 in the opening round of the World University Games women's basketball tournament in Kazan, Russia.
Ellenberg was one of six Americans to score in double figures as the U.S. coasted in the first pool play game. OU's Sherri Coale also won her first game as head coach of a USA Basketball team.
Team USA made 47 of 71 field goal attempts, including 11 3-pointers, and dished 34 assists in a balanced effort. Mali made just 12 baskets and was held to 19 percent field goal shooting.
Team USA will face the Czech Republic at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Brazil at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to complete preliminary round play.
SCORPIONS TO HOST BENEFIT GAME
When Oklahoma City FC takes on the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League in an exhibition match at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, San Antonio will donate a portion of the proceeds to the May tornado relief effort.
“Soccer for a Cause was established to help people; that is why we are here,” San Antonio Scorpions president Howard Cornfield said in a press release. “We will donate a portion of our proceeds from this game to help those that continue to suffer from the devastating effects of the May 20 tornado.”
Soccer for a Cause is a campaign started to help build community relations between the Scorpions and the city of San Antonio. The Scorpions aren't the first OKC FC opponent to donate proceeds from a match to the tornado relief effort, however.
On June 22, Mid-South division rival Austin donated all of the proceeds from the teams' June 1 match to the relief effort. On May 21-22, OKC FC players from the men's and women's teams volunteered at a supply drive at Lighthouse Sports, Fitness and Heath. The teams collected baby formula, bottled water, diapers, Gatorade, hand towels, money, wipes and work clothes.
COLVIN ON WATCH LIST
Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday, one of seven Big 12 players to earn the honor.
The award honors college football's top defensive player.