MAYAGUEZ, PUERTO RICO – Incoming Rutgers freshman Essence Carson (Paterson, NJ) scored nine points as the U.S. Women’s Basketball Junior National Team cruised to a 143-24 victory against Bolivia in the second game of the FIBA World Championship Qualifying Tournament Aug. 5 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Carson, a 5-11 guard, made three of four (.750) field goals for her nine points, adding a rebound and steal in 18 minutes. The Americans made quick work of the Bolivians, jumping out to a 56-3 lead after the first quarter.
In the U.S. team’s 128-43 victory against Argentina Aug. 4, Carson tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. She also scored eight points on 3-for-9 (.333) shooting, adding two assists a steal and a blocked shot in 23 minutes of game action. A Parade, USA Today and Street & Smith’s All-American while playing at Eastside High School, she will begin her collegiate career “On the Banks” next month.
Carson’s involvement with the team, her first international appearance as a member of the USA Basketball program, marks the fifth straight year that Rutgers has been represented on the U.S. Junior National Team (Cappie Pondexter, 2000-2003).
The Americans will face Puerto Rico Aug. 6 in the final preliminary game. The dates and times for the tournament semifinals and final will be announced at the conclusion of pool play. The top three teams will advance to the 2005 FIBA Junior World Championship, slated for next July in Tunisia.