Kansas State women’s basketball player Peyton Williams and the U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Team took second place in the tournament after falling to a stacked Brazil team, 79-73. Brazil was comprised of former Olympians and WNBA players.
This is the second straight Pan American Games where the U.S. earned a silver medal, and the sixth silver medal in the history of the games for the country.
Williams is the second Wildcat to earn a silver medal at the Pan American Games, following Laurie Koehn, who earned one herself in 2003 with the U.S.
Brazil came out strong, taking an eight-point lead in the first five minutes of the game. The U.S. came back with a 14-4 run to take a 22-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. Miami’s Beatrice Momprepremier and Stanford’s Kiana Williams both had six points in that stretch.
The U.S. had the largest lead of the second quarter, which was three points, when South Carolina’s Tyasha Harris converted a three-point play.
Both teams exchanged buckets seven times in the quarter for the lead before Brazil took a one-point lead at the half.
Princeton’s Bella Alarie made a jumper and Mompremier made a layup with 7:55 left in the third quarter to give the U.S. a 42-41 lead, the final lead for the U.S.
Brazil went on a 12-5 run with just over three minutes left in the third. Iowa’s Kathleen Doyle topped off a 6-0 run for the U.S. to tie the game with 42 seconds left in the quarter, but the U.S. couldn’t get a stop on the final possession and Brazil reclaimed the lead on a buzzer beater layup.
The U.S. tied the game twice in the fourth quarter, but Brazil went off for a 13-4 run over five minutes to claim a 10-point lead. The U.S. pulled within six points within the final six seconds.
Mompremier and Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter both had 16 points, while Harris added 14 points, five assists and four steals. The U.S. struggled mightily from the field, shooting 33.8% (24-for-71) from the floor, while Brazil was hot, shooting 51.9% (28-of-54). Brazil owned the paint, outscoring the U.S. 40-30, and shot 18-of-20 from the line.