MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Tara Berger '19 of the Wesleyan University women's basketball team represented the United States of America at the 20th Maccabiah Games, and helped guide the team to a Gold medal Sunday.
The games were hosted at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium and featured roughly 10,000 Jewish and Israeli athletes from over 80 countries. Forty-three sports competed at the "Jewish Olympics".
Berger competed in all five games of the tournament and averaged 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game as USA went 4-1. The team opened with a 101-71 victory over Russia, as the 6-1 forward dropped 11 points, but fell to Israel in its next game, 68-62. However, they responded nicely with a 72-36 rout against Australia as Berger scored 10. USA also went on to defeat Russia in the Semifinal, 77-63, and avenged its loss to Israel with a 71-61 victory in the Championship game.
Berger was also joined on the team by NESCAC counterparts Hannah Fox of Amherst and Ally Silfen of Bowdoin.