ROME (AP) Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry scored 19 points to help the U.S. women’s team beat Italy 79-66 on Wednesday night in the second game of the Americans’ European tour.
Phoenix’s Candice Dupree had 15 points and six rebounds, Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne and Phoenix’s Brittney Griner added 13 points each, and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Chiara Consolini led Italy with 16 points.
”There were stretches of the game where we really played well, and there were stretches of the game where we let them do a lot of things that hurt us,” said coach Geno Auriemma of the Univesity of Connecticut. ”But I think that’s why we’re here. We want to know a little more about our players. So, whenever you’re pushed a little bit like we were today, that’s a good thing.”
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Since being selected to coach the team in 2009, Auriemma has directed the squad to a 24-0 record and gold medals in the 2012 Olympics and 2010 and 2014 world championships.
The Americans opened Sunday night in Spain with a 94-52 victory over Spanish League champion Uni Girona. They will face Dike Naples on Thursday night, and finish the tour Friday night at EuroLeague champion USK Prague.