Kansas State women’s basketball player Peyton Williams and the U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Team dismantled the U.S. Virgin Islands 103-55 Wednesday night in the second game of Group B play at the 2019 Pan American Games at Colisei Eduardo Dibos.
The 103 points are the most by a U.S. team since 2003, when the U.S. team won against the Dominican Republic by a score of 109-54 score in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. That team also featured a then-Kansas State star in Laurie Koehn.
Williams improved on her performance from Tuesday night, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, with six boards , three steals and two assists in less than 19 minutes of play time. She was one of six U.S. players to reach double figures scoring, including Maryland’s Taylor Mikesell, who scored 16 points off the bench in the second half, making four of her eight 3s.
The U.S. got off to a hot start, going on big runs such as a 24-6 burst at the end of the first quarter.
The team continued dominating in the second quarter, going into the half with a 55-21 lead. The scoring was quite balanced in the first half with nine different players scoring, including UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere, who dropped 13 points with five rebounds.
Williams scored two points in the second and two more in the third, along with two boards and an assist. She scored six more in the fourth with three rebounds to help the U.S. seal the victory.
The U.S. finished the game with efficient offensive numbers, shooting 56.4 percent from the floor (44-of-78) with 26 assists. The team also recorded 19 steals.
Group B play for the U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Team concluded at 1:30 p.m. Thursday against Colombia.
Colombia won by a 2-0 forfeit Wednesday afternoon as a benefactor of “administrative negligence” by Argentina.