Aug. 7, 2003
With a 4-1 record, the 2003 USA Women’s Basketball Pan American Games team is currently tied for first place with Brazil and Cuba heading into the semifinal rounds thanks to the outstanding play of Florida State newcomer Roneeka Hodges.
Hodges posted competition highs in points (11), rebounds (3) and steals (3) to help the USA team defeat Argentina, Tuesday afternoon at the J.P. Duarte Olympic Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Hodges continued her competition-long, defensive efforts adding one block and one defensive board for the USA team in 16 minutes against Argentina.
“I’m a defender first, but whatever is needed I will step up and do,” said Hodges.
The 5-11 point guard shot five-for-six from the charity stripe and was perfect from behind the arc in two attempts. The New Orleans native was one of five players to score in double figures for the USA team as well as one of three to post three steals in the game.
The game against Argentina has been the most productive for Hodges since the preliminary round began on August 2. The LSU transfer is averaging 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. Hodges has seen action against Brazil, Cuba and Argentina.
The USA team’s only loss came at the hands of Cuba, defending Pan Am Games champions, during the first round of round robin play. The USA team defeated Canada, Brazil and the Dominican Republic during the preliminary rounds. Tuesday’s win against Argentina has guaranteed the USA team a spot in the semifinals of the medal round which starts on Friday at 5 p.m. EDT.
August 2 Cuba 84, USA 62 August 3 USA 56, Canada 53 August 4 USA 77, Brazil 64 August 5 USA 93, Argentina 78 August 6 USA 109, Dominican Republic 54