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Cunane, Brown-Turner Win AmeriCup Gold with Team USA
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Cunane, Brown-Turner Win AmeriCup Gold with Team USA

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Former Northern Guilford center Elissa Cunane (fourth from the right) recently won a gold medal as Team USA defeat Puerto Rico 74-59 in the 2021 AmeriCup final on June 19 at Coliseo Roberto Clemente. Cunane is considered one of the top college basketball players in the country.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – N.C. State women’s basketball’s Elissa Cunane and Jakia Brown-Turner are headed back to Raleigh with gold medals as they helped Team USA defeat Puerto Rico, 74-59, in the 2021 AmeriCup final on Saturday at Coliseo Roberto Clemente.

Cunane is a name familiar to area sports fans from her legendary career at Northern Guilford, where she helped lead the Nighthawks to multiple 3A NCHSAA state championships

In the title game, Cunane was one of three players (Rhyne Howard, Aliyah Boston) to post double figures in scoring. She scored 12 points (6-of-11 shooting) and hauled in six rebounds to help lead the United States to the victory.

For her performance throughout the entire tournament, Cunane was tabbed to the FIBA AmeriCup All Star Team. In six games with Team USA, the Wolfpack center averaged 12.8 points, 58.3 percent shooting (28-of-48) and eight rebounds per game. Her rebounding average paced the United States.

Brown-Turner also made the most of her time with Team USA, averaging 10.9 minutes and adding 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per outing.

Wolfpack alumna Aislinn Konig also wrapped up AmeriCup action with Team Canada in the bronze medal game. She led her team with 23 points (7-of-9 shooting from long range) in the quarterfinals, and Canada went on to take fourth place in the field after the semifinals and the third-place matchup.

N.C. State’s summer with USA Basketball continues in a few weeks. Sophomore guard Diamond Johnson earned a spot on Team USA’s roster for the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup, held August 7-15 in Debrecen, Hungary.

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