Posted: Jul 18, 2012 5:43 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports
BOZEMAN - Former Montana State women's basketball standout Katie Bussey made the most of her second appearance of the summer in China as part of a United States All Star squad that competed in the 2012 Longrich Cup Sino-American Women's Basketball Pre-Olympic Challenge.
The US squad faced the Chinese National team in a three-game series in Jinzhong City. The Chinese are considered the sixth best team in the world heading into the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
Bussey, who also toured China in early May, was held scoreless in the opening game, which the Chinese team won 99-74. In the second tilt, Bussey posted nine points, four assists and two steals as the US fell 100-82. In the final game, the US all stars dropped a 65-60 decision against a Chinese squad that featured 6-9 center Wei Wei and 6-7 forward Chen Na.
"We played the sixth best team in the world and had been together less than a week," said US head coach Chris Denker. "Team China has been together since March and has played more than a dozen games. They have experienced professional players and this was a very valuable learning experience for our team."
Following its series with the Chinese National Team, the US squad traveled to Wudalianchi, China, where it played a three-game series against the Chinese National B squad. The US went 2-1 against the ‘B' team, winning the opening contest 98-81 and the finale 90-88 behind Bussey's team-leading 19 points. In the middle game, the US dropped a 65-60 decision thanks to some Chinese ‘home-cooking.'
"The referees and organizing committee met late into the night after the game and agreed that the officiating crew made significant errors that changed the course of the game," Denker said. "However, the outcome of the contest was not changed."
For her efforts, Bussey was named to the NetScouts Basketball USA Women's All-Star team after averaging 8.7 points, 3.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal on the tour.
Bussey will train the next six weeks before leaving for Amsterdam the end of August to play professionally in the Netherlands.