Taipei, Taiwan -- Kansas junior Lynn Pride scored six of Team USA's first 12 points in a 68-26 rout of Japan in the Jones Cup basketball tournament on Tuesday.
All 12 USA players scored, but none reached double figures. Pride finished with eight points and five rebounds. She made four of eight shot attempts.
Team USA improved to 3-0. Japan and Senegal are currently 2-1 and tied for second in the standings.
``All 12 players played hard and our pressure defense was great. We totally took Japan out of their game,'' said USA head coach Nell Fortner.
The U.S. went on a 20-0 first-half run, during which Summer Erb of North Carolina State accounted for seven points and Tamika Whitmore of Memphis added six.
By halftime the USA had built a 40-16 lead. In the second half, the USA held Japan scoreless for over nine minutes during a 17-0 run.
Erb and Whitmore led the team with nine points each while Chanel Wright of North Carolina, Semeka Randall of Tennessee and Pride recorded eight points apiece.
Whitmore also had a game-high 11 rebounds.
Two former Jayhawks
dropped by NFL teams
Two former Kansas University football players were among the players cut by NFL teams on Tuesday, the day teams had to trim rosters to 60.
Linebacker Ronnie Ward was released by the Miami Dolphins and safety Tony Blevins was sliced by the San Francisco 49ers.
Linebacker Ron Warner was put on non-football injury list by the New Orleans Saints, meaning the team didn't have to make a decision on him by mandatory cut day. The team currently is being investigated by the NFL for a rookie hazing incident. However, the Associated Press reported that Warner wasn't among the players involved.
set for tonight
Lawrence High's annual fall sports jamboree, featuring intrasquad scrimmages for Lion teams, is tonight at Haskell Stadium.
The schedule of events is:
- Sophomore soccer, 6:30 p.m.
- Varsity/junior varsity soccer, 6:45 p.m.
- Band, 7:15 p.m.
- Varsity/junior varsity football, 7:30 p.m.
- Cross country run, 8 p.m.
- Varsity/junior varsity football, 8:15 p.m.