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Sunday, October 9, 2011
U.S. women finish tour with win

Associated Press

SOPRON, Hungary -- Swin Cash and Cappie Pondexter scored 14 points each to help the United States finish off its European tour with a 73-63 victory over UE Sopron on Sunday night.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Americans (3-2), who were beaten by Ros Casares and USK Prague in their last two games.

"Winning makes everything easier," Pondexter said. "Winning makes everybody happy. Coming off two losses was tough for us, so we definitely needed to close this road trip with a win."

With the game tied at 41 at the half, the Americans outscored the host team 21-9 in the third quarter to take control. All seven of the U.S. players scored during the period.

"It was the complete opposite of the way we started (the second half) the other night," said U.S. coach Geno Auriemma. "There was a much better focus on the defensive end to kind of limit what the other team was doing. Because the defensive stops were there, we were then able to convert that into good offense."

The Americans only have six players from the 26-person national team pool available for this tour. They added Sophia Young and Danielle Robinson to get the roster up to eight, but Robinson left after the loss to Ros Casares to play for her European club team.