Canada - Japan 80-87 Japan grabbed the first win in Rodez. After defeat in Day One against Russia, Japan managed to beat Canada 80-87 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, Canada faced with the first loss and also has 1-1 record now. Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) exploded in this game with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Fifteen fouls were made on her and Nagaoka was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 39. Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) also was great as she added 27 points and 13 rebs. In the loosing squad, Nirra Fields (173-G-93) shined with 36 points and 9 boards. Karly Roser (178-G-93) had 14 points and 5 rebs. First quarter was pretty leveled as neither of two teams was able to make a bigger lead. Still, it was Japan who ended first ten minutes with 15-17. Moeko Nagaoka and Yuki Miyazawa were on fire in Japan, who made 23-27 in Q2 for six-point lead at the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one today. Two above mentioned players were unstoppable, while Canada had just Nirra Fields in a game mood. Japan drained 28 points in Q3 and stopped Canada to 16 for unreachable 18-point advantage. Canada seriously threatened in the last quarter, but was not able to make it. Japan will meet Turkey on Sunday. Canada will play against powerful USA in North American derby.
France - Turkey 51-54 Both teams faced with defeats in Day One so this game was very important for them. Turkey grabbed tiny 51-54 victory joining Canada and Japan to 1-1 record in Group A. France is currently the last ranked team in this pool with 0-2. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) stepped up for Turkey with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Their second scorer was Betul Kalfali (180-F-93) with 9 points. On the other side, France did not have anyone with double-digits. Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) top-scored for them with just 8 points. Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) had 7 pts. France looked good at the beginning and grabbed 13-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Turkey improved after that, but was not able to make a turn. France was strong enough to keep plus five at the half time as the score stood at 26-21. Than, the third period belonged to Turkey 15-17 and the game went to crucial ten minutes. There, teams fought for every ball, but it was Turkey who was better and more productive in offense. Ozge Kavurmacioglu and her teammates finished last quarter with 10-16 for the final 51-54 victory. On Sunday, Turkey will take on Japan. France will try to grab the first win and they will meet Russia.
USA - Russia 82-38 USA demonstrated their power once again. This time Russia faced with the strong USA team and faced with 82-38 defeat. It means that Americans kept the perfect score in Rodez and currently are No.1 in Group A. Russia dropped to 1-1. Elizabeth Williams (92) shined for the winners with 20 points and 14 rebounds for just 19 minutes on the court. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Breanna Stewart (94) followed her with 12 points and 9 boards. She was the last one with double-digits in scoring in USA. In Russia, Ekaterina Posylkina (182-F-93) was the leading player with 9 points and 5 boards. Russia managed to resist only in the first quarter today. USA players ended first ten minutes with ‘only' 15-12. However, they totally took control on Russia in the second frame making the first double-digit lead. After twenty minutes of play USA was 41-26 up. Elizabeth Williams and her teammates intensified defense after the breather end limited Russia to just 12 points for the entire second half. At the same time, they drained impressive 41 for the final 82-38 blowout. Tomorrow in Rodez, USA will meet Canada. Russia will play against France.
Mali - Spain 42-112 As expected, Spain registered an easy win against Mali for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Spain joined Belgium, Australia and Argentina, who have the same numbers. Mali on the other hand stays winless and it will be very tough job for them to beat anyone in Toulouse. Itziar Llobet (177-G-93) was the MVP of this game with valuation 26. She spent just 16 minutes on the court collecting 18 points. Julia Marti (178-F-93) and Elena De Alfredo (168-G-94) helped Spain with 13 and 12 points respectively. Spain also had five more players with double-digits in scoring. In Mali, Aussata Toure shined with 17 points. Fanta Guindo had 9. Spain was a way better team today. They sent a clear signal what to expect from this meeting already in Q1, as they finished it with huge 11-31. The second period ended 17-28 for Spain and the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Spain improved even more after the breather. They limited Mali to just 14 points for the entire second half, while draining 53 on the other side. At the end it was 42-112 devastation of Mali in Toulouse. On Sunday, Spain will play against Belgium. Mali will take on undefeated China.
Australia - China 75-92 China had another joyful day in Toulouse. After victory in Day One against Argentina, China was too strong for Australia today remaining the only perfect team in Group B (2-0). Australia on the other side faced with the first loss joining Belgium and Argentina with 1-1 record. Li Meng (185-G-95) was great today with 24 points and 7 rebounds for 24 minutes in the court. She reached valuation 29 and grabbed the MVP award for this game. Zhang Liting (199-C-94), Cui Hongyang (176-G-94) and Yang LiWei (175-G-95) helped China with 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) had 14 points and 5 boards. Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) also was good adding 13 points, 14 rebs and 5 assists. Both teams were on fire at the beginning. It was kind of run-and-gun game, where China managed to take 27-32 lead. Teams slowed down in the second quarter, which once again belonged to China (12-15). Li Meng was great and she helped her team to keep the lead after the breather. Australia improved, but still that was not enough against strong China. With ten minutes left in the game China was 7 points up. Than in the last period China exploded with 12-22 finishing this game in style, 75-92. On Sunday, China will play against Mali and almost sure will extend its winning steak. Australia will meet Argentina in very important game.
Argentina - Belgium 55-53 It was the opening game of Day Two in Toulouse. Argentina survived a late comeback by Belgium to beat them 55-53 for 1-1 record in Group B. Belgium, who celebrated in Day One, has the same numbers now. Rocio Diaz (170-F-93) was the leading scorer in Argentina with 20 points and she grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Melisa Gretter (167-G-93) collected 17 points and 7 boards. Actually, Gretter finished as MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. In defeat, Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) shined with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Their second scorer was Hanne Mestdagh (180-F-93) with 9 points (14 rebs). Argentina had a great start making 18-10 lead in the first ten minutes. However, Belgian players woke up after that and managed to close the gap to 29-26 (HT). Third quarter was pretty leveled. Teams exchanged baskets, but still it was Argentina who finished it with 17-15 for plus five before the last frame. Belgium intensified defense immediately after that and seriously threatened to take this one. Argentina was limited to 9 points while Belgium scored 12, what however was not enough for the win today. Argentina will play against Australia on Sunday. Belgium will meet Spain.
FINAL Italy - Australia 38-62 Australia dominated the game for winning gold medal. They overcame Italy for 24 points. They Italians to score only 38 points for 40 minutes of the game while Australia score 62 which was enough for winning most shiny medal of the tournament. for Italy scored only 8 points on the game in the most important game of the tournament, which was just not enough for Australia who dominated every single part of the game winning every quarter. They also... [read more]
Italy - Australia 38-62 Australia dominated the game for winning gold medal. They overcame Italy for 24 points. They Italians to score only 38 points for 40 minutes of the game while Australia score 62 which was enough for winning most shiny medal of the tournament. Starting five for Italy scored only 8 points on the game in the most important game of the tournament, which was just not enough for Australia who dominated every single part of the game winning every quarter. They also was better in rebounds then Italy (41-27). Jasmine Simmons (163-G-99, college: Rock Valley JC) scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds for MVP performance of the game, she was followed by Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) with 13 points and 9 rebounds, Monique Conti (165-PG-99) scored 18 points. For losing team Costanza Verona scored 13 points.
China - USA 50-65 Taylor Mikesell (175-G/F-99) led USA to bronze medal game with 15 points and 4 rebounds, also Maya Dodson (185-C-99) scored 12 points and had 7 rebounds. USA winning by 15 point margin against China to deserve bronze medal on World Cup. They dominated in rebounds by 18 more (48-30). For losing side once again best was Han XU (200-C-99) with 16 points and 9 rebounds. China lost last game on this tournament and finishing World Cup on fourth place.
Spain - Czech Republic 51-63 In European derby for battle of 5th place, Czech Republic was better then Spain with 12 point difference. Czech Republic let Spain to win first and third quarter, second and fourth Czech won it by 5 and 17 point difference which is just enough for huge win for Czech side. Winning side was leaded by Veronika Vorackova (184-SF-99) with 13 points and 7 rebounds, also Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) scored 12 points and 13 rebounds and Adela Smutna (183-C-99) scored 15 points with 3 rebounds. Aina Ayuso (181-PG-99) for losing side scored 14 points. Czech Republic won 5th place on tournament.
Canada - France 58-53 Canada won game and winning seventh place of World Cup by beating team of France. It was close game with only 5 point win for Canadian side, Kyla Shand (188-C-99) scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds, for losing side best was Noemie Brochant (178-F-99) with 9 points and 5 rebounds for index points of 9, while Nabala Fofana (186-C-00) scored 4 points and had 7 rebounds for total index of 10 and that was not enough for Canadian side. France finish World Cup on eight place.
Semifinals USA - Australia 60-73 Maybe someone is surprised but for sure not Australian players who believed in self and win this big game for their National Team. They controlled every quarter and didn't let USA to put their energy in the match. Half time was done by Australia leading by 9 (27:36) and they just increased difference at the end of third quarter by 4 more. In last ten minutes result was tied (14:14) and that was more then enough for Australia win in total of 73:60. Winning... [read more]
USA - Australia
Maybe someone is surprised but for sure not Australian players who believed in
self and win this big game for their National Team. They controlled every
quarter and didn't let USA to put their energy in the match. Half time was done
by Australia leading by 9 (27:36) and they just increased difference at the end
of third quarter by 4 more. In last ten minutes result was tied (14:14) and that
was more then enough for Australia win in total of 73:60. Winning side was lead
by Jazmin Shelley (174-G/F-00) with contributing 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assist while
Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) had 10 points and 10 rebounds. For losing side Nelson Oddoda-Olivia (193-C-00) had 17 points and 10 rebounds. USA will be playing for bronze medal
Italy - China
62-51 Sara Madera (186-C-00) lead European side to glory by putting 21 point into the basket and catches 8 rebounds. She helped Italian National Team to win this big game in
semifinals against China with 11 points. She was helped by Valeria Trucco (190-C-99) with
14 points and 6 rebounds. Italian side had 10 rebounds more then China (42-32).
Also, they let China win only first quarter (9:12), they won all remaining ones.
For losing Asian side best was Han XU (200-C-99) with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Italy will
be playing against Australia in big final and battle for gold medal.
France - Czech Republic
55-62 Veronika Sipova (181-PG-98) lead Czech to another win on this tournament, this time against
France. She didn't have miss for two points (5/5) and she scored 10 points with
3 assists. For losing side Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) scored 16 points but that was not
enough for win against Czech Republic as they win this game by 7, even when
France was leading on half time with 11 points, Czech make big return and win
second 20 minutes of the game by 17 points. Czech will play against Spain to
decide who will finish on 5th place on World Cup.
Canada - Spain
Pretty interesting game for battle from 5th to 8th place. Spain won this game by
only 3 point difference and will play against Czech Republic which will decide
who will be 5th and who will be 6th place on this tournament. After losing this
game, Canada will face France in game decider for 7 and 8 place. In this game,
decider was last quarter which Spain won by 10 (15:25) and that give them win
with 3 point margin. Spain side was led by Silvia Serrat (183-G-99) with 16 points and 10
rebounds, Sofia Galeron (186-PF-99) had also good game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. For
losing side Roxane Makolo (170-PG-00) scored 10 points and had 6 rebounds for best index
ranking (15) in Canadian team.
Latvia - Japan
Japan win this game and finished tournament on 9th position. Mayuko Fujinaga (178-SG-99) had
huge game with 19 points and 6 rebounds and she was followed by Mai Yamamoto (162-PG-99)
with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. For losing team Aleksa Gulbe (184-F/C-00) nipped 20
points and had 8 rebounds, also Nikola Ozola (172-G-00) scored 17 points.
Mali - Portugal
Last game for Mali on this tournament and they finish it with a nice win against
Portugal for 11th place on World Cup. They flushed 69 points and allowing
Portugal only 47. Salimatou Kourouma (175-G/F-99) had 19 points and 14 rebounds for winning
team and Mariana Silva (182-PF-99) for Portugal scored 5 points and had 8 rebounds which
gives her total number of 8 index points which was highest in losing team.
Portugal finished tournament on 12 place.
Mexico - Brazil
For the game who deciding who will be 13, Brazil was more successful then Mexico
and they won this match without much trouble. They won it three out of four
quarters with huge difference and that was enough in this game. Emanuely De Oliveira (180-SG-99) scored 17 points and had 5 rebounds and Raphaella Da Silva (186-C-99) had 12
points and same number of rebounds. For losing team Maria Ruiz (171-SG-99) had 18 points.
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