It is the second title for USA team in the history of the competition with the previous one in 2003 at Saltillo, Mexico. For the three-time champions Brazil the silver medal was their third.
USA’s Kristin Richards enjoyed one spectacular night hammering a tournament-high 35 points while veterans Jennifer Joyner-Tamas and Nancy Metcalf contributed 14 and 11 points with Joyner-Tamas totaling 5 blocks.
Brazil’s Joyce Silva and Priscila Daroit finished with 25 and 23 points respectively and Gabriela Braga registered 18 points.
The defeated side won the blocking battle (17-11) and each side served four aces. The Americans led in attacks 71-65 and made 23 unforced errors to 25 by the Brazilians.