Williams Makes International Debut

LIMA, Peru – The U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Team recorded a 70-62 win over Argentina in the first game for both nations in the 2019 Pan American Games at Colisei Eduardo Dibos on Tuesday night.

Kansas State’s Peyton Williams, making her international debut, tallied two rebounds in 6:37 of action.

U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Team (1-0) built an 11-point lead in the first quarter and entered the second quarter with a 23-16 lead. Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter led the squad with eight points.

In the second quarter, the U.S. scored just 10 points and were held without a field goal for the final 8:04 of the quarter. The U.S. tallied just four points from the foul line in the last 8:04 of the first half, as Argentina used an 11-1 run to hold a 34-33 lead at the half.

Argentina would push their lead to eight, 45-37, with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter. The U.S. would close out the third quarter on a 14-2 run to hold a 51-47 advantage heading to the fourth quarter. Princeton’s Bella Alarie would card six points in the third, including a steal and layup as time expired in the frame. UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere added five points.

In the fourth quarter, the U.S. stretched its lead to eight for a majority of the quarter and even reached 10 on a Carter layup with 1:15 to play.

Carter led the U.S. with 14 points, while South Carolina’s Tyasha Harris chipped in with 13 points and Oregon State’s Mikayla Pivec finished with 11.

The U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Team continues play in Group B on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., facing the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN3.

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Source: Kansas State Sports