PUERTO MONTT, Chile (7/21/2011) - Boise State University sophomore-to-be Diana Lee was impressive in Canada's 76-49 victory over China in its opening game Thursday afternoon at the 2011 FIBA U-19 World Championship for women in Puerto Montt, Chile. Lee shot five-of-eight from the floor to score a team second-best 13 points to go with three rebounds and three steals.
Canada jumped out to a quick 23-6 lead in the first quarter, then took a 25 point, 41-16, advantage into halftime. The Canadians turned the ball over 12 times for the entire game, and much of that was to do with the steady play of Lee, who started at the point.
"I just try to lead the team from the point guard position, and if I get the chance then I try and knock down a few shots," Lee said. "But mostly I just try and keep the team organized as a point guard."
Lee helped lead a solid Canadian defense alongside fellow guards Nirra Fields, Korissa Williams, and Megan Lukan that largely decided the contest as China regularly struggled to get the ball up-court.
"If we stick to our defense, I think we can go as far as we want," commented Lee. "But we have to keep working and stick to our plan no matter what."
Lee's final statistical line was 13 points, five of-eight from the floor, three-of-five from 3-point range, three rebounds, one turnover and three steals. Canada is competing in Group A at the world championship which includes China, Italy and Egypt. Next up for Lee and her teammates is Egypt Friday afternoon in Puerto Montt, Chile.