COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of Michigan women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico and the USA U18 National Team went 5-0 and defeated Canada in the gold-medal game, 104-74, to win the FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday evening (Aug. 10) at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Barnes Arico served as an assistant coach for the U18 team, completing her first stint with USA Basketball. She joined head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) and assistant coach Jeff Walz (Louisville) on the sideline.
"It's truly been an honor to be a part of this coaching staff and to be involved with USA Basketball," Barnes Arico said. "It's always been a dream to put on a USA shirt and represent your country, so to be out here with this staff, especially with someone like Dawn Staley who has been one of the best in the game -- to be surrounded by her for the last 16 days as well as these incredible athletes has been an incredible experience. I have enjoyed every second of it, and I just feel so fortunate every day to be involved in it."
The United States won its group, going 3-0 against Canada (107-76), Mexico (104-55) and El Salvador (118-50) during a three-day stretch last week (Aug. 6-8). In semifinal action on Saturday (Aug. 9), the Red, White and Blue defeated Argentina by a final of 97-51. In a rematch from the preliminary stage, USA routed Canada again, 104-74, to wrap up the gold medal on Sunday evening.
The gold medal was the USA U18 women's seventh straight and eighth overall, and the USA women are now 48-2 in FIBA Americas U18 Championship play since the event was first held in 1988.
Prior to the start of the tournament, Barnes Arico and the team participated in a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (July 26-Aug. 5).
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