I've been tracking the U.S. U19 women's basketball team that Suzie-McConnell Serio is leading at the FIBA World Cup in Italy. But there's another Pitt connection to the event as incoming freshman Pika Rodriguez is playing for Puerto Rico.
Rodriguez isn't only playing in the event but is one of the best players.
Through two games, her Puerto Rico team is 0-2. However, Rodriguez isn't the reason why. She's scored 19 points in both of the team's games and is second in the entire tournament in scoring. Amazingly, she's doing it all from the field. Her 38 points have come without the benefit of a single free throw attempt.
When Rodriguez was announced in the team's recruiting class for this season, McConnell-Serio said she can 'flat out shoot the ball and with deep range.' That last part has been true as well as she's connected on four of her ten three-point attempts.
Interestingly, from the sounds of things, Rodriguez might actually be the least-heralded of the players coming into this year's class. Sounds like a strong addition by the way she is playing in the FIBA World Cup.