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.
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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