July 13, 1998

LORCA, Spain – Notre Dame’s RUTH RILEY (Macy, Ind.) had a strong defensive outing, scored five points and grabbed five rebound in leading the 1998 USA Women’s Select Team to a 76-59 victory over Spain’s National Team. It was the second straight win for the U.S. squad over the Spanish team. The was also the sixth in seven games for the USA team which improved its record on its eight-game, 15-day tour to 6-1.

Jackie Stiles of Southwestern Missouri State scored a game-high 21 points to lead the U.S. squad, while DeMaya Walker of Virginia netted 20 points and grabbed a game-high nine boards.

The U.S. team jumped out to an early 12-6 lead in the opening minutes of the game, and with 8:06 remaining in the first half, led by 13 (26-13), Spain then went on a 7-0 run, but the U.S. regained control right before the half and enjoyed a comfortable 37-25 lead at the intermission. Spain struggled throughout the game offensively and trailed by 18 points (62-44) with 7:08 remaining.

“It was a good team effort with balanced and unselfish play,” said USA Select Team head coach Carol Ross. “Our defense gave us a great defensive effort from start to finish and we did a good job of controlling the boards throughout the game.”

The USA Select Team plays its final game it its 15-day tour tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 14) when it meets this same Spanish National Team.

USA Player-By-Player (Scoring-Rebounding-Assists)

DeMya Walker (Virginia) — 20 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist
Ruth Riley (Notre Dame) — 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist
Stacey Thomas (Michigan) — 5 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists
Ukari Figgs (Purdue) — 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals
Jackie Stiles (Southwest Missouri State) — 21 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists
Katie Douglas (Purdue) — 2 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Tynesha Lewis (North Carolina State) — 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Jamie Redd (Washington) — 2 points, 1 rebound
Brooke Wyckoff (Florida State) — 2 rebounds
Andrea Garner (Penn State) — 1 rebound
Laura Meadows (Kentucky) — 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Michele VanGorp (Duke) — 4 points, 1 rebound