WASHINGTON - Team USA won the gold medal in the 2018 U21 World Deaf Basketball Championship here Saturday with a 79-63 victory over Japan here on Padden Court in the Field House on the campus of Gallaudet University.
Team USA went a perfect 6-0 in the eight-day tournament that featured five teams from all across the globe. The teams consisted of Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Turkey and USA.
Former Gallaudet women's basketball standout Lindsay Stergio led the red, white and blue as its head coach through the tournament as Team USA averaged 81.8 points per game and allowed only 42.2 points per game. Team USA's average scoring margin was 39.7 points per game. In the semifinals, Team USA won by 60 points over Italy, 78-18.
Team USA was led during the tournament by Cassidy Perry, who averaged 18.2 points per game, and scored 28 in the gold medal game as she made 14 of 20 shots from the field.
Gallaudet rising senior Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) was Team USA's second-leading scorer as she averaged 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.6 steals per game. She netted a double-double in the gold medal game as she scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to go with three assists, three steals and two blocks.
GU rising sophomore Emelia Beldon (Frederick, Md.) was fourth on the team in scoring with a 9.8 points per game average. Beldon matched Neild in the championship game with 15 points as she made 5 of 8 shots from the field. She nearly recorded a double-double as she passed out nine assists in 34 minutes played.
GU rising junior Tiffany Anderson (Forest Lake, Minn.) and incoming freshman Ariel Senics saw action in the title game. They finished the tournament with 19 and 21 points scored, respectively.
Japan was led by Maruyama Kaori, who scored 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in the 16-point loss.
Team USA Results
7/14: USA 79, Japan 63 (Gold Medal)
7/13: USA 78, Italy 18 (Semifinal)
7/10: USA 74, Turkey 30
7/09: USA 71, Japan 50
7/07: USA 88, Lithuania 42
7/06: USA 101, Italy 50