Croatia - Turkey 65-70 Turkey celebrated fourth victory at 2012 Olympics in London. They outplayed Croatia today 70-65 for almost perfect 4-1 record in Group A. That is enough for the second place and ticket for the Quarterfinals, where Turkey will play against Russia. Croatia finished its first participation at the Olympics with 1-4 record (No.5). They failed to reach the next stage. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) was the leading player in Turkey with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Esmeral Tuncluer (176-G-80) (5 as) and Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) scored 11 points each. Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat. Andja Jelavic (172-G-80) and Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) posted 10 points each. Croatia opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 scoring run, but then the American-born center Quanitra Hollingsworth took over. After scoring to end Croatias burst, she also hit another basket after Iva Ciglars 3-pointer had brought Croatia within two with 2:38 left. Quarters: 18-24, 15-7, 25-13, 12-21. Turkey will take a rest on Monday.
Angola - Czech Republic 47-82 Czech Republic booked a spot for the Quarterfinals of 2012 Olympic Games in London. They destroyed Angola today 82-47 taking the fourth place in Group A with 2-3 record. In the QFinals Czech Republic will meet top-ranked team of Group B - France. Angola finished its first Olympics winless (0-5). Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) drained all of her 19 points in the first half and paced her country to 15-point lead. She made all eight of her shots - including three 3-pointers. The Czechs poured it on in the second half behind Michaela Zrustova (184-F-87), who scored all 20 of her points after the break. Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) was third scorer in victory with 7 points (9 rebs). Angola got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Nassecela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), while Nadir Manuel (185-PF-86) collected 10 points and 12 boards. Luisa Tomas (192-C-83) added 9 points in this defeat. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday.
China - USA 66-114 The Americans were at it again, putting up record numbers in another impressive offensive performance at the Olympic basketball tournament. This time it was the U.S. women's team. Just days after the U.S. men shattered the Olympic record for points in a game, the women tied their Olympic mark in a 114-66 rout of China on Sunday. Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82, college: Connecticut) (6'0''-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 22 as the women matched the 114 points they scored against Spain in 1992, but fell well short of the women's Olympic mark of 128 points set by Brazil in 2004. (Courtesy of The Associated Press, via www.chron.com) USA finished Preliminary Round in London with perfect 5-0. Of course, USA is the winner of Group A and will meet Canada in the Quarterfinals. China ended as No.3 in this pool with 2-3 record and also advanced to the next stage. Their rival will be Australia. USA took control on China in the second period and never looked back after that. Quarters: 31-28, 30-8, 33-12, 20-18. As mentioned above, Taurasi scored 22 points in victory and Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-SF-86, college: Louisville) followed her with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) (7 rebs) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) (5 rebs) netted 12 points each. In China, Chen Nan (6'5''-C-83) and Song XiaoYun (5'9''-PG-83) posted 16 and 15 points respectively. Ma Zengyu (6'0''-F-84) delivered 13 pts. Quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday.
United Kingdom - Brazil 66-78 Brazil avoided last place in Group B of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They handed 78-66 loss to United Kingdom to finish as the fifth ranked team in this pool. UK closes the standings with 0-5. Both teams failed to reach the Quarterfinals and already said goodbye to this edition of the Olympics. Brazil was up by 3 at the halftime and made 25-17 after the breather. That was too much for UK. Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) stepped up for Brazil with double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) also was great adding 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Adriana Pinto (170-SG-78) helped with 15 points and 12 assists. The hosts got 15 points and 11 rebounds from Natalie Stafford (175-SG-76). Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) (6 rebs) and Julie Page (188-PF-83, college: E.Washington) (5 rebs) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Tournament continues on Tuesday, but without Brazil and UK.
Canada - Australia 63-72 Australia celebrated 72-63 victory against Canada in the last day of the Preliminary Round at 2012 Olympics in London. Thanks to this win Australia finished as the second ranked team of Group B with 4-1 record. Canada is No.4 in this pool with 2-3 and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. There, Australia will play against China, while Canada's rival will be powerful USA. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) had 15 points in the first half as Australia led 35-22 at halftime after scoring the first 12 points of the game. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) hit six straight free throws, grabbed two key defensive rebounds and a steal in the last minute after Canada cut the Australians' lead to three on Courtney Pilypaitis' 3-pointer with 1:11 to play. Quarters: 24-10, 11-12, 12-20, 25-21. Cambage top-scored in victory with 19 points and Jackson added 18 pts, plus 9 rebounds. Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) helped her country with 12 points. In the loosing squad, Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) was better than the others with 17 points. Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) (5 as) and Teresa Gabriele (165-PG-79) stopped to 9 points each. All teams will take a rest on Monday and will play their Quarterfinals games on Tuesday.
France - Russia 65-54 France won the Gold at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. They failed in the Final against Belgium a year ago, but tonight France outsmarted Russia 65-61 taking the first place at this event. Russia had 44-48 lead at the beginning of the last quarter, but France created impressive 10-2 run after that for 54-50 with 6:10 remaining in the game. Mostly owing to Olivia Epoupa (168-PG-94), France jumped to 62-56 with 3 minutes left. All what Russia managed to do for rest of the way was minus 3 after triple by Byazrova, but Lidija Turcinovic (179-SG-94) answered with one free throw setting the score to the final 65-61. Quarters: 14-8, 11-18, 19-20, 21-15. Epoupa was a key player in victory with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 25 and was MVP of this meeting. Turcinovic (5 rebs) and Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) helped France with 9 points each. In Russia, Alexandra Marchenkova (183-PF-94) shined with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Julia Gladkova (183-F-94) had 11 pts, plus 5 rebs. Polina Fedorova (188-PF-95) had 10 points (5 rebs) and was their last player with double digits in scoring. Russia won the Silver in Bucharest, while the Bronze belongs to Serbia.
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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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