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.
France - USA 45-56 USA outlasted France 56-45 as Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) dropped 17 points for the winners. Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds for France. Americans will match up against Australia. Australia - Czech Republic 83-53 History also came the way of Australia too as the Sapphires recorded an 83-53 win over Czech Republic. Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) came up with a terrific 20 points, 8 rebounds and a sensational 6 blocks, while captain... [read more]
France - USA 45-56 USA outlasted France 56-45 as Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) dropped 17 points for the winners. Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds for France. Americans will match up against Australia.
Australia - Czech Republic 83-53 History also came the way of Australia too as the Sapphires recorded an 83-53 win over Czech Republic. Eziyoda Magbegor (176-F/G-99) came up with a terrific 20 points, 8 rebounds and a sensational 6 blocks, while captain Jasmine Simmons (163-G-99, college: Rock Valley JC) racked up 17 points and 15 boards.
China - Spain 55-51 China also grabbed the headlines after they surprised the previously unbeaten hosts Spain 55-51, as center Han XU (200-C-99) finished with a brilliant 18 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks. Team-mate Zhang Lingge (187-C-99) also landed a double-double and China will now play Italy on Friday.
Canada - Italy 56-58 Italy progressed 58-56 in dramatic circumstances against Canada who suffered a first loss. Sara Madera (186-C-00) had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Italy, who had to survive Canada missing a late triple attempt.
Group Places 9-16
Latvia - South Korea 78-71 Latvia celebrated a maiden win in the competition and their first-ever in a global youth women's competition as they came from behind to beat Korea 78-71. It was thanks mainly to a phenomenal effort from Sabine Lipe (176-F/G-99) who had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.
Mexico - Mali 51-73 Having beaten Brazil in the Group Phase and coming close to landing a berth in the Quarter-Finals, Mali opened up the Classification 9-16 with a vibrant 73-51 victory against Mexico as Aissetou Coulibaly (175-G/F-1) hit six three-pointers on her way to 23 points. That meant they became the first-ever African nation to record at least two wins at a FIBA U17 Women's World Championship.
Japan - Brazil 83-60 Japan had no problems in defeating Brazil 83-60. They started strong with 25-14 in the opening quarter and kept increasing their lead. Izumi Abe (167-PG-99) led Japanese players with 21 points, Mayuko Fujinaga (178-SG-99) added 20. Geovana Lopes (190-C-99) replied with 17 points off the bench for the losing side.
Czech Republic - Portugal 49-31 Czech Republic threw a defensive blanket over Portugal to take a 49-31 success in a repeat of the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2015 Final. They will meet Australia who had advanced directly to the Quarter-Finals. USA - Brazil 79-62 Reigning champions USA stamped their passport to the Last Eight by beating Brazil 79-62 as Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) and Janelle Bailey (190-C-99) had 19 points apiece. Japan - France 52-58 France shrugged off a... [read more]
Czech Republic - Portugal 49-31 Czech Republic threw a defensive blanket over Portugal to take a 49-31 success in a repeat of the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2015 Final. They will meet Australia who had advanced directly to the Quarter-Finals.
USA - Brazil 79-62 Reigning champions USA stamped their passport to the Last Eight by beating Brazil 79-62 as Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) and Janelle Bailey (190-C-99) had 19 points apiece.
Japan - France 52-58 France shrugged off a late salvage bid from Japan to take a 58-52 victory. Three French players scored 10+ points: Kadiatou Sissoko (180-F-99) led the game with 15 points, Emmanuelle Tahane (180-F-99) scored 13 and Tima Pouye (176-F/G-99) added 12. Mai Yamamoto (162-PG-99) scored 14 for losing side.
South Korea - Spain 44-78 Spain stayed perfect after a 78-44 victory against Korea. The game was without history as Europeans led from first quarter increasing their lead each quarter.
Latvia - China 46-76 China produced a devastating 22-3 second quarter against Latvia, which along with 18 points from Wang Jiaqi (170-G-99), facilitated a 76-46 win. They are the sole Asian representatives in the Quarter-Finals and will match up with Spain, who stayed perfect via a 78-44 victory against Korea.
Italy - Mali 58-55 Italy defeated Mali 58-55 after close game. Italians struggled in the first half, but thanks to great performance of Sara Madera (186-C-00) they were able to get the ticket to next round. Italy will meet Canada in Quarter-Finals.
Canada - Mexico 72-37 Canada are still rolling strongly and were able to cruise to a 72-37 win against Mexico after a 10-point and 12-rebound double-double from Roxane Makolo (170-PG-00). The Canadians will play Italy, who breathed a sigh of relief after a narrow 58-55 win against Mali.
Group A Japan - Canada 55-70 Leaticia Amihere (185-C) lead Canada to victory against Japan on this game with 20 points and 16 rebounds. That gives her for sure MVP of this game. Haruki Takahara (173-PF-99) responded in Japan with 12 points, while Rui Mima(184-C-99) had only 4 points but 13(!) rebounds on this match. Unfortunately for Japanese players and their fans, that was not enough for the victory as Canada win this game by 15 point margin. Canada had 60 rebounds on this match and Jap... [read more]
Japan - Canada 55-70 Leaticia Amihere (185-C) lead Canada to victory against Japan on this game with 20 points and 16 rebounds. That gives her for sure MVP of this game. Haruki Takahara (173-PF-99) responded in Japan with 12 points, while Rui Mima (184-C-99) had only 4 points but 13 (!) rebounds on this match. Unfortunately for Japanese players and their fans, that was not enough for the victory as Canada win this game by 15 point margin.
Canada had 60 rebounds on this match and Japan had 23 less then them.
China - Mexico 82-43 Han XU (200-C-99) lead China to big victory against Mexico on this game with 18 points and 9 rebounds, she was followed by Wang Jiaqi (170-G-99) with 15 points and 7 rebounds. They both combine 25 points of 82 in total that China scored. Amazing night for Chinese players as with this victory they advanced in knockout round with 2-1 record and Mexico finished this Group with 0-3. In their team best was Sofia Payan (167-SF-00) with 12 points and Patricia Ayala (181-PF-99) with 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Australia - France 55-48 One of the most interesting match of the day we saw from Australia and France. Team from Australia was better at the end of the game with 7 points margin. Jasmine Simmons (163-G-99, college: Rock Valley JC) nipped 13 points and had 9 rebounds and Naomi Mbandu (185-SF-99) responded in France by 9 points.
Australia finished group with perfect 3-0 record while France was on third place in Group B with 1-2.
Czech Republic - South Korea 92-54 Tereza Vitulova (182-C-99) had performance of the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds for big win of Czech Republic against South Korea. In Asian team Park Jihyun (180-F-00) had 20 points and 7 rebounds on this game, but Czech had amazing night as they won this game with 38 points difference and they recorded their first win on this tournament, and South Korea finishing Group C without any win.
USA - Italy 59-55 Pretty close game for two times who didn't have lose after two rounds. After this game USA stayed perfect with 3-0 while Italy goes with 2-1. USA won this game by only 4 point game (59:55). One quarter when some team won quarter with more then 2 points was last ten minutes when USA won it with 18:15 for total of 4 point win. Christyn Williams (177-F/G-00) had amazing night with 20 points and Aquira Decosta (188-F-00) had 12 points and 12 rebounds. For Italy, Elisa Pinzan (171-PG-99) respond with 16 points which was not enough for the win.
Mali - Portugal 48-56 Ana Ramos (171-PG-99) scored 17 points and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists, she lead Portugal to first victory of the tournament against Mali with 8 point margin (56:48). She got help from Maryam Ramalho (184-PF-99) who added 12 points. In African team Salimatou Kourouma (175-G/F-99) scored 13 points and have identical number of rebounds (13!).
Spain - Brazil 70-58 Spain goes perfect in Group D with this win as they finish group stage with 3-0 and remaining only team from Group D that has perfect score. All others have 1-2. They were better then Brazil on this game with 70:58 result. For European team 4 player have double digit performance this night as Aina Ayuso (181-PG-99) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, Sofia Galeron (186-PF-99) had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Alba Prieto (180-G-99) had 12 and Silvia Serrat (183-G-99) had 13. In Brazil Izabela Nicoletti (170-G-99) had 16 points and 5 rebounds, she added also 3 assists alongside her name, she was followed with Obalunanma Chukwumaeze (181-F-99) who scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. The most crucial part of the game was 2nd and 3rd quarter which Spain won by identical result (17:11).
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