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Olympic Qualifying tournament. Day 2 - Jun 10, 2008

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Senegal-Japan 69:71 (19-22, 8-17, 20-20, 22-12)

Japan survived a battle against Senegal in Day 2 o FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women. Asian team opened and sealed a place in the quarter-finals in the process after 71:69. Senegal tried hard in the end, but 22:12 in the last period was not enough for them. Koiso led the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) and Masanobu Yano (180-G-78) supported her with 13 points each in a win. Bineta Diouf (186-C/F-79) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds. Fatou Dieng (166-G-85) ended up with 18, while Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) nailed 17.

Group A saw a battle of two teams from different continents with different styles of the game. The Latvians beat Senegal by 60 points on the opening day, so just a victory was enough for Asians. Japan opened the campaign with 22:19 in the opening tip and looked better than the opponent. Another 17:8 lifted them up to 12 points at the halftime. Senegal hit back and at first produced 20:20 in the third period. The last quarter saw a real battle as African team leveled the scores four times, the last at 69:69. Japan scored two points and had 71:69 in the end. Senegal had a chance to tie but Fatou Dieng's jumper from bounced off the rim.

Senegal: Bineta Diouf 20+11 rebs, Fatou Dieng 18, Aya Traore 17
Japan: Koiso 18+10 rebs, Yuko Oga 13, Masanobu Yano 13

Cuba - Belarus 68:58

Cuban National team grabbed the second straight win at the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Madrid. They beat Belarus and advanced to the quarterfinal stage meaning they became just a step away from Beijing. Belarus meanwhile suffered their first loss setting up a must-win encounter against Chinese Taipei tomorrow.
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Olympic Games Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Spain
 3. Serbia
 4. France
 5. Australia
 6. Turkey
 7. Canada
 8. Japan
 9. Belarus
 10. China
 11. Brazil
 12. Senegal
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Cambage, AUS23.5 
 2. Sanders, TUR22.0 
 3. Tokashiki, JPN17.0 
 4. Torrens, ESP16.5 
 5. Dantas, BRA16.4 
 6. Yilmaz, TUR16.3 
 7. Milovanovic, SRB16.0 
 8. Castro, BRA15.8 
 9. Petrovic, SRB15.8 
 10. Traore, SEN15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa DOS SANTOS
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Dos Santos, BRA12.4 
 2. Cambage, AUS10.3 
 3. Ndour, SEN9.2 
 4. Leuchanka, BLR9.0 
 5. Sanders, TUR8.2 
 6. Nicholls, ESP7.8 
 7. Dantas, BRA7.6 
 8. Veremeenko, BLR7.0 
 9. De Souza, BRA6.4 
 10. Gruda, FRA6.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Yoshida, JPN8.7 
 2. Taylor, AUS5.5 
 3. Pinto, BRA5.0 
 4. Harding, BLR5.0 
 5. Bird, ISR5.0 
 6. Palau, ESP4.5 
 7. Epoupa, FRA4.5 
 8. Mitchell, AUS4.5 
 9. Vardarli, TUR4.5 
 10. Dabovic, MNT4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Epoupa, FRA3.3 
 2. Yoshida, JPN2.5 
 3. Alben, TUR2.5 
 4. Moore, USA2.3 
 5. Sanders, TUR2.3 
 6. Traore, SEN2.2 
 7. Dabovic, SRB2.2 
 8. Dantas, BRA2.2 
 9. Dos Santos, BRA2.0 
 10. Taylor, AUS2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittney GRINER
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griner, USA1.8 
 2. Page, USA1.8 
 3. Ndour, SEN1.7 
 4. Sanders, TUR1.5 
 5. Veremeenko, BLR1.4 
 6. Cambage, AUS1.0 
 7. Tolo, AUS1.0 
 8. Diarra, SEN0.8 
 9. Snytsina, KAZ0.8 
 10. Toure, SEN0.8 
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