Teresa Edwards scored 23 points and Katrina McClain 16 to lead the United States into the final of the Women's World Basketball Championships with an 87-59 victory over Czechoslovakia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The United States will defend its championship today against Yugoslavia, which defeated Pan American champion Cuba by 74-66.
"We are playing very well and showing much improvement with our defense," said U.S. Coach Theresa Grentz. "It's going to be tough and those who make fewer mistakes will win Sunday." . . .
The Silver Spring Blue Devils won the 13-and-under national championship in the Youth Basketball of America tournament by beating a team from Memphis, 83-63, in Orlando, Fla. Blue Devils forward Kyndall Francis, 13, of Rockville, was named tournament MVP, averaging 24 points and eight rebounds per game. Blue Devils Tryrian Ridges, Kevin Thompson, Damon Hill made the all-tournament team. . . .
Jelani Nix of Bladensburg and DuVal's Stacy Robinson put on flamboyant performances in the Say No to Drugs 17-and-under all-star game at H.D. Woodson. Nix (25 points, eight rebounds) outdid Robinson (21, six) to lead the Blue to a 121-104 victory. Mike Wynn (Bladensburg) also had 25 points for the Blue. Melvin Roberts Jr. scored 15 points for the Red.