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Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Results and Stats from Day 2 in Ankara - Jun 26, 2012


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Group A
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.

Group B
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.

Group C
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.

Group D
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.   




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 3. Serbia
 4. France
 5. Australia
 6. Turkey
 7. Canada
 8. Japan
 9. Belarus
 10. China
 11. Brazil
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  AUS
  (203-C-91)
  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
  BRA
  (184-C-88)
  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
 Asami YOSHIDA
  (165-PG-87)
  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
  (165-PG-94)
  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
  (203-C-90)
  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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