Lauren Cox lifts Team USA to gold medal

Lauren Cox, who averaged 7.1 points per game, poured in 20 for Team USA in the gold-medal game against Spain. Courtesy of USA Basketball

Lauren Cox, the No. 1 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2016 class, scored 20 points to lead the United States to a 77-75 win over Spain in the gold-medal game at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship on Sunday in the Czech Republic.

Cox, an undeclared 6-foot-4 forward, added 12 rebounds and a USA under-17 single-game record eight blocks. Asia Durr, the No. 2 prospect in the 2015 class, scored 17 points, and Arike Ogunbowale added 15 points and eight rebounds.

"I just came into the game wanting to work hard and play hard inside," Cox said. "I knew it was going to be tough. They have big girls inside, so I just had to work hard."

It was the third gold medal for the U.S. in as many championships since the inaugural event in 2010, and it has a 23-0 overall U17 record.

In addition to the gold medal, the U17 players also won over at least one noteworthy fan.

Katie Lou Samuelson, the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class and a Connecticut recruit, was named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Joyner Holmes. Samuelson averaged a team-high 13.9 points for Team USA (7-0), including seven in the final. Holmes averaged 10.6 points, including four in the final. Spain's Angela Salvadores, who scored 40 points in the final, was named tournament MVP.

In addition to Samuelson and Holmes, two other U.S. players averaged double-digit scoring. Durr averaged 13.4 points per game, and Ogunbowale added 10.7.