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Suzie McConnell-Serio leads USA U19 team to win in 2017 FIBA World Cup opener

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Pitt women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio led the U.S. U19 team to a 95-58 victory over Mali on Saturday in the opening game of the 2017 FIBA World Cup.

Ironically, the tournament is being played in Italy. After the tournament, she'll be returning to the country fairly soon since last week, it was announced that the Pitt women's team would be making a trip to Italy next month to play a series of exhibition games.

Next up, the team faces China today at noon.

McConnell-Serio is no stranger to international basketball. Last year, she led the U18 team to the gold medal in the FIBA Americas Tournament.