Aug. 30, 2003
KYOUNGJU, South Korea - Team USA and Serbia-Montenegro squared off in a rematch in the World University Games on Saturday at Sorabol College, playing for fifth place. Serbia-Montenegro pulled off a 72-70 win that featured seven tied scores.
"As we have the entire Games, we played very hard," head coach Bill Fennelly (Iowa State) said. "It is a disappointing way to end our trip, but we have so many great memories that will far outweigh the wins and losses."
The first quarter remained close, but a seven-point scoring run helped Serbia-Montenegro get a 7-12 lead. Team USA got six consecutive baskets from Evan Unrau (Missouri) and a 3-pointer from Heather Schreiber (Texas) to pull within one (21-20) at the end of the quarter.
Serbia-Montenegro started the second quarter with an 8-2 run, but Team USA answered with a 9-2 run to tie up the score at 33-33 on an Anne O'Neil (Iowa State) 3-pointer with 2:42 left in the half. The USA offense cooled off, allowing Serbia-Montenegro to take a 44-38 lead at the break.
Annissa Hastings (Texas) won the jump at the start of the second half, sparking two straight baskets to help USA pull within two points (44-42) early. The teams traded baskets down the stretch with Serbia-Montenegro ahead 56-53 headed into the final period.
Schreiber hit a 3-pointer off an inbounds play to tie up the game at 56-56 with 9:44 left in the game. Another stretch of trading baskets led to three more ties, but the USA could never take control. Schreiber hit another 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 15 seconds left on the clock to pull Team USA within one point (71-70). Serbia-Montenegro's Katarina Manic hit just one of two free throws with 13 seconds left, but Schreiber's off-balance jumper as time expired bounced off the rim.
Free throws were the difference in the game. Serbia-Montenegro converted on 19-of-22 charity shots, while the USA made just six trips to the line, sinking three. Team USA made 54.5 percent of its field goals, while Serbia-Montenegro hit 61.9 percent from the floor. Schreiber led all scorers with 25 points, while Unrau and Hastings added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Schreiber drained 5-of-7 treys in the game.
"It was an honor to be a part of USA Basketball," Fennelly said. "I really enjoyed being around such quality student-athletes. They represented themselves, the Big 12 and USA Basketball in a first-class manner."
China and Italy, the only other teams to defeat the USA in the Games, played in the title match. China took home the gold with an 81-78 win.