Destiny Slocum arrived at the arena just in time for warmups and ended up seeing 15 minutes of playing time with two points as Team USA defeated Spain 72-57 on Saturday at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Slocum, who will be a senior at Mountain View High this fall, was a late addition to the women’s basketball roster and didn’t leave for Russia until Friday morning.
“I knew that my shot was probably going to be off because I hadn’t shot in over 24 hours, so I thought, why not come out, play some really hard ‘D’ and then maybe everything would fall after that,” Slocum told USABasketball.com. “I also wanted to help the team with energy. That was my goal. It was worth 24 hours of travel, I can tell you that. You wait 17 years for something and then it happens. I think it just felt awesome.”
Team USA continues Group B preliminary round play against China on Sunday (11:15 a.m. MT). The game will be streamed live on YouTube.com/FIBA.