Four teams have obtained rights to participate in London Olympics, all four are from Europe. The rest of the world will fight it out for the remaining one place in the games. Czech Republic - Japan 53-47 Czech Republic will play at the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. They handed 53-47 loss to Japan in the Quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and finished it in style. Croatia, France and Turkey also booked a spot for London and there is only one more ticket available. In order to take it Japan will have to celebrate in both games for rest of the tournament. Today they will play against South Korea. Czech Republic had a great start and later managed to keep the lead for rest of the way. Actually Japan threatened few times and they came to 46-43, but were not able to tie the score. The intense Japanese pressure defense forced 21 turnovers but, helped by 17 precious offensive rebounds, the Czech Republic maintained their composure and used their veteran experience to make it to London. Quarters: 17-4, 12-14, 14-13, 10-16. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) was a key player in victory with 14 points and 15 rebounds. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) delivered 10 points, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) (9 rebs) and Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) (5 rebs) helped with 8 points each. In defeat, Yuka Mamiya (185-C/F-90) scored 16 points. Arisa Fujiwara (175-F-87) stopped to 9 and Rika Tanaka (174-SG-82) had 8 pts.
Turkey - Argentina 72-58 Turkey will play at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer. The host of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament was too strong for Argentina in the Quarterfinals to book a ticket for London. Turkey successfully ended its participation in Ankara. Croatia, France and Czech Republic also won their quarterfinals games and will play in London. There is one more ticket available and Argentina has intention to grab it, but they will have to win in both games for rest of the way. Today they will play against Canada. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) shined for Turkey with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) (8 rebs) helped the hosts with 13 and 12 points respectively. Argentina got 17 points from Melisa Gretter (170-PG-93). Marina Cava (168-G-85) had 12 and Diana Cabrera (187-C-93) scored 8 pts. Turkey controlled the entire game having no troubles to celebrate comfortable victory. Quarters: 14-8, 21-7, 20-25, 17-18.
France - South Korea 80-63 As expected, France outplayed South Korea 80-63 in Quarterfinals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. It means that France booked a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They finished participation in Ankara in style. South Korea will continue in the Semifinals game and its rival will be Japan. The winner of that game will meet the winner of Canada - Argentina matchup. Just one more ticket is available for London and these four teams will fight for it. France took control on Korea in the second period and never looked back. Quarters: 19-20, 20-10, 21-12, 20-21. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) paced the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had 18 points and 10 boards, while Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) helped with 10 points. At the other side, Sin Jung-Ja (185-C/F-80) answered with 17 points and 6 rebs. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) scored 15 points and Kim Bo-Mi (178-F/G-86) had 9.
Croatia - Canada 59-56 Croatian womens basketball penned a wonderful new and historical chapter in the Turkish capital when they booked a place at the Olympic Games for the first time in their history. They grabbed 59-56 victory against Canada in the Quarterfinals and successfully finished their participation at the tournament. Last quarter was the crucial one in this meeting and it belonged to Croatia 18-10. Three-pointer by Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) with 6 minutes remaining proved to be a turning point as Croatia took back the lead and never gave it back. Quarters: 17-16, 16-10, 8-20, 18-10. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) led the winners with 12 points and 5 rebounds. She was their only player with double digits in scoring. Ciglar had 9 pts, while Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) delivered 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) collected 11 points and 5 rebs. Teresa Gabriele (165-PG-79) (7 rebs) and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 9 and 7 points respectively. There is still one spot available for the Olympic Games in London and Canada hopes to grab it. They need to win both games for rest of the tournament. Today, Canada will meet Argentina.
South Carolina's Dawn Staley to be named head coach of U.S. women's Olympic team - 1 month ago
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After winning three gold medals as a player and working as an assistant coach on teams that have collected two more, Dawn Staley will have the chance to lead the United States women's basketball squad at the Olympics. USA Basketball has called a news conference for Friday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium, and sources indicate that Staley, head coach at South Carolina, will be named women's national team head coach for the next Olympic cycle leading up to the 2020 games in Tokyo. Accord... [read more]
After winning three gold medals as a player and working as an assistant coach on teams that have collected two more, Dawn Staley will have the chance to lead the United States women's basketball squad at the Olympics. USA Basketball has called a news conference for Friday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium, and sources indicate that Staley, head coach at South Carolina, will be named women's national team head coach for the next Olympic cycle leading up to the 2020 games in Tokyo. According to USA Basketball, the news conference will be to announce the head coach who will lead the U.S. women's national team in the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, if necessary the 2019 Olympic qualifying tournament, and the 2020 Olympics. The United States is the juggernaut of Olympic women's basketball, winning its sixth consecutive gold medal last year in Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. women have won 49 straight games in Olympic play, and are 66-3 since beginning play in 1976. Staley will succeed Geno Auriemma, the head coach at Connecticut, who has overseen the U.S. women's teams for the past two Olympic games. Staley was an assistant to Auriemma at last year's games, the second time she has worked in that role. She was also an assistant to Anne Donovan on the gold-winning team at Beijing in 2008. Staley has long been a mainstay for USA Basketball. She played on U.S. Olympic teams that won gold in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies at her final games in Sydney. As a head coach, Staley has led U.S. women's teams to gold medals three times: at the 2007 Pan-American Games, the 2014 under-18 FIBA Americas Championship, and most recently the 2015 under-19 FIBA World Championships in Russia. At USC, Staley has led the Gamecocks to unprecedented heights in women's basketball, and enjoyed a run of success second in SEC history only to the glory days of Tennessee under former head coach Pat Summitt. South Carolina this season won its fourth straight SEC regular-season title, and third straight SEC Tournament crown. In 2015, Staley led USC to the women's Final Four for the first time in program history. The Gamecocks (27-4), ranked No. 4 in this week's AP poll, are expected to be a No. 1 regional seed for the fourth straight year when the NCAA Tournament field is unveiled Monday. Courtesy of: postandcourier.com
Rio 2016: USA fire past Spain to clinch sixth straight title - 8 months ago
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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.
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