Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Results and Stats from Day 2 in Ankara - Jun 26, 2012
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Turkey - Japan 65-49 Turkey overcame Japan in Day 2 of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The European team grabbed 65:49 victory and won Group A with 2-0 record. Turkey started better and reached 16:8 at the end of the first period. The hosts did not even think of slowing down and added 20-15 in the second period for 13-point advantage at the halftime. Both teams managed to nail 16 points in the third frame as the board showed 52:39 for the Turkish team after three quarters. They added another 13-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Yilmaz top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Esmeral Tuncluer (176-G-80) netted 15. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) delivered 10, while Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) scored 8. Yuka Mamiya (185-C/F-90) notched 17 and TAKADA added 11 in defeat.
New Zealand - Argentina 51-54 Argentina celebrated crucial win over New Zealand in the Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. They held off New Zealand to improve at 1-0 record in Group B. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) came up with 16 points and 6 boards to lead the Latin American team. The Tall Ferns fell at 0-2 record after the loss. New Zealand had their backs against the wall after the starting loss to Czech Republic. They started the game aggressively and built a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Argentina recovered in the second quarter. They held New Zealand to 12 points to build a 32:28 halftime lead. Argentina stayed solid defensively in the third term. They stretched the margin to 6 points with one quarter remaining 43:37. New Zealand got within striking distance late in regulation but Argentina survived the threat and sealed the victory at the end. Debora Gonzalez accounted for 10 points, while Paula Reggiardo (178-F-84, agency: Players Group) added 9 points for the winners. Natalie Taylor (182-F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) responded with 19 points for New Zealand. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) had 12 points in the loss.
Mozambique - South Korea 65-71 South Korea recorded the first win at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. They defeated Mozambique in Group C tonight. Sin Jung Ja came up with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Mozambique suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. The teams stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Mozambique pulled in front in the second quarter. The African team established a 37:35 halftime advantage. South Korea however turned things around in the third period. They held Mozambique to 13 points to take a narrow 52:50 lead at the final intermission. South Korea kept the pressure growing in the final quarter. They cleared off and sealed a tough crucial win at the end. Beon Yeon-Ha posted 15 points, while Kim Jung-Eun (180-F-87) added 12 points for the winners. Leia Dongue answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Mozambique. Clarisse Machanguana had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.
Canada - France 47-56 France opened their Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Day 2. The French side overcame Canada 56:47 and grabbed 1-0 record. Canada meanwhile finished the group stage with 1-1 record. France opened the game with 21:11 and never looked behind after. The European team added 14-13 in the second period and enjoyed a 35:24 halftime advantage. Moreover France needed 13-12 in the third quarter to take 12-point lead entering the last stanza. Canada meanwhile won the fourth period 11-8 and reduced to the final 56:47 score. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) paced all the winners with 15 points and Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) nailed 12. BEIKES scored 6, while Gomis and Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) added 5 each. THORBURN and TATHAM replied with 7 points each in the losing effort.
Best Player: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82) of USA Best Guard: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82) ofUSA Best Forward: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain Best Center: Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Australia 1st Team PG: Olivia Epoupa (165-PG-94) of France SG: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82) ofUSA F: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain F: Sonja Petrovic (6'3''-F-89) of Serbia C: Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Australia 2nd Team SG: Ana Dabovic (6'0''-SG-89) of Serbia SG: Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89) ofUSA F [read more]
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USA - Spain 101:72 Team USA earned the sixth straight Olympic Gold. They rallied past Spain in the championship game tonight. Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) and Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Team USA grabbed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The North American side unloaded 28 points in the second term to gain a 17-point halftime advantage. They stretch... [read more]
USA - Spain 101:72
Team USA earned the sixth straight Olympic Gold. They rallied past Spain in the championship game tonight. Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) and Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Team USA grabbed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The North American side unloaded 28 points in the second term to gain a 17-point halftime advantage. They stretched the margin in the third term. Team USA reeled off to a massive 32-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Spain sank 23 points in the fourth term to cut the deficit at the end. Maya Moore (183-SG-89, college: Connecticut) provided 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the victory. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) responded with 18 points for Spain. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) chipped in 12 points in the losing effort.
Serbia concluded their first participation in the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament on a high note by claiming the bronze medal thanks to a 70-63 win over France in Saturday's Bronze Medal Game at Carioca Arena 1. The game was close in the first half, but European champions Serbia blew it wide open with a 16-0 third quarter run, turning a 40-37 deficit into a commanding 53-40 advantage and they never looked back. With Jelena Milovanovic (6'3''-PF-89) and Milica Dabovic (5'8''-PG-82, a... [read more]
Serbia concluded their first participation in the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament on a high note by claiming the bronze medal thanks to a 70-63 win over France in Saturday's Bronze Medal Game at Carioca Arena 1. The game was close in the first half, but European champions Serbia blew it wide open with a 16-0 third quarter run, turning a 40-37 deficit into a commanding 53-40 advantage and they never looked back. With Jelena Milovanovic (6'3''-PF-89) and Milica Dabovic (5'8''-PG-82, agency: BeoBasket) providing the scoring punch, Serbia raced out to a 15-5 lead. The pair accounted for all but two of their points as their team led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter. France opened the second period on a 7-0 run to get within 18-17. Ana Dabovic (6'0''-SG-89) hit a timely three-pointer and had Serbia's next four points to go up 25-19. Amel Bouderra (5'3''-G-89) and Marine Johannes (5'9''-PG-95, agency: Comsport) each connected from beyond the arc and Marielle Amant (6'3''-F/C-89, agency: Comsport) scored inside to give Les Bleues their first lead, 27-25. Ana Dabovic (6'0''-SG-89) made a pair of free-throws to tie the score at 27 at halftime. Les Bleues edged ahead, 40-37, midway through the third quarter but Serbia responded in resounding fashion with a run of 16 unanswered points spearheaded by Sonja Petrovic (6'3''-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) that gave them a 53-40 advantage with 2:42 left in the period. France trailed 55-42 heading into the final frame, when Serbia did what was required to wrap up the win.
Turning Point: Petrovic accounted for 8 of the 16 points in Serbia's pivotal third quarter run. None were more important than the corner three-pointer that ended the spurt, as it gave her team their biggest lead of the game. Stats Don't Lie: After going up 40-37 in the third quarter, France went scoreless for 4 minutes and 51 seconds, between the 5:04 and 15 seconds mark of the period. Hero: Serbia as a team deserve to be praised. They opened the competition with three consecutive losses and turned things around to go on an incredible run, falling just short of reaching the Gold Medal Game. The Bottom Line: In a re-match of the EuroBasket Women 2015 Final, Serbia once again got the better of France and it resulted in another historical landmark moment for them with a first-ever Olympic medal.
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