Avery Warley finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds at the 2011 Pan American Games, helping Team USA go 2-2 and place seventh overall. (Photo courtesy Aaron Sprecher/USA Basketball)
Liberty redshirt senior center Avery Warley and the 2011 USA Basketball Women's Pan American Games Team got off to a slow start, dropping their first two contests in Guadalajara, Mexico. However, Team USA bounced back to win its last two games by a combined 75 points, finishing 2-2 overall and placing seventh in the 2011 Pan American Games. Warley appeared in all four games, playing a total of 28 minutes. The Washington, D.C. native was effective off head coach Ceal Barry's bench, finishing with 10 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Warley shot 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from the field and 100 percent (4-of-4) from the free throw line. Below is a brief recap of Team USA's four games.
Game 1 – Oct. 21 – Argentina 58, USA 55 (Group A) Team USA raced out to a 19-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, Argentina outscored the Americans 37-18 during the middle two periods to take a 42-37 advantage into the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands six times during the final 10-minute stanza, but Argentina's eighth three-pointer of the contest put them in front for good. Breanna Stewart, the lone high schooler on the Team USA roster, led the team with 18 points, a U.S. women's basketball Pan American Games-record 21 rebounds and four blocked shots. Valencia McFarland of Mississippi added seven steals. Warley played three minutes against Argentina, providing two rebounds and a steal.
Game 2 – Oct. 22 – Puerto Rico 75, USA 70 (Group A) For the second day in a row, Team USA got off to a fast start, building a 25-14 lead after one quarter of play. However, 19 turnovers proved to be the Americans' undoing as Puerto Rico battled back for a tight win. Stewart again paced Team USA in both points (14) and rebounds (11). Tavelyn James of Eastern Michigan added a dozen points. Warley saw her least action of the tournament, playing two scoreless minutes.
Game 3 – Oct. 23 – USA 87, Mexico 58 (Group A) Team USA's final Group A contest pitted the team against the unbeaten host squad from Mexico. In a game televised live on ESPN2, Team USA trailed by a 30-27 margin at halftime. The Americans then roared out of the locker room to outscore Mexico 35-15 during the third quarter, quickly turning the game into a blowout. Four Team USA players scored in double figures, paced by Stewart's 17 tallies. Gonzaga's Katelan Redmon grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Warley scored her first four points of the tournament during the second half, while also corralling four rebounds and coming up with a steal.
Game 4 – Oct. 24 – USA 87, Jamaica 41 (7th-Place Game) Team USA carried the momentum from its second half against Mexico into its battle for seventh place against Jamaica. The American squad jumped out to a 24-11 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Team USA won the rebounding battle, 62-27, and distributed 28 assists on the day. James scored a team-high 19 points for Team USA, while Hofstra's Shante Evans added a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Warley contributed six points, 10 rebounds and four assists during her 17 minutes of action. Her 10 boards tied Evans for team-high honors.
Warley will now return to Lynchburg to rejoin her Liberty teammates as they prepare for the 2011-12 season. The Lady Flames' campaign will tip off Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. with a game at UNC Greensboro.
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