Japan - Turkey 80-60 Japan blasted Turkey 80-60 for the second win in Rodez. With this one, Japan jumped to second place in Group A (behind the USA). Turkey on the other hand joined four other teams with 1-2 record. Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Japan. She reached valuation 23 and grabbed the MVP title for this game. Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) also had very important role adding 17 points and 12 rebounds. Rina Hill (168-G-93) helped with 10 pts. In defeat, Olcay Cakir (180-G-93) replied with 16 pts. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) had double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Japan won every single quarter in this game. After ten minutes it was 24-21 and for rest of the time in the first half Japan jumped to 46-36. Same picture on the court was seen after the breather. Japan dominated at the both sides finishing Q3 with 19-11. Question about the winner was resolved and Japan closed the game out with 15-13 in the last frame. On Tuesday, Japan will meet France. Turkey will take on powerful USA.
Russia - France 53-56 After two straight defeats, France finally grabbed the first win in Rodez. Their rival was Russia and France escaped with tiny 53-56 victory. Now both teams have 1-2 record in Group B (same as Canada and Turkey). Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) shined for the winners with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) secured a nice help adding 13 points and 7 boards, while Claire Stievenard (182-F/G-93) netted 9 pts. In Russia, Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C/F-93) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) contributed with 12 pts and 6 rebs. France opened the game better making 10-13 lead in the first ten minutes. Second quarter was pretty leveled, but still it was France who ended it 14-15. Russia was not on high level, but somehow they were always close. Each of two teams scored 18 points in third frame, meaning that France entered to last ten minutes with plus four. Russia didn't give up and they managed to make 53-52 turn with 2:28 remaining in the game. However, the visitors then had defensive lapses and committed questionable fouls which allowed France to edge back in front and hold out until the final buzzer. On Tuesday, France will meet Japan. Russia will play against Canada.
USA - Canada 114-57 USA destroyed Canada in North American derby for perfect 3-0 in Group A. It means that USA is currently the leading team of this pool. On the other side, Canada faced with the second loss in Rodez, but still has a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Kaleena Lewis stepped up for USA with 21 points. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 25. Jewell Loyd (175-G-93) scored 19 points (5 rebs), Bria Smith (178-G-93) had 13, while Morgan Tuck (188-F-94) (7 rebs) and Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) added 12 points each in this victory. In the loosing squad, Nirra Fields (173-G-93) collected 17 points and 5 boards. Alexandria Kiss-Rusk (193-C-93) has 11 pts and also 5 rebs. USA won every single quarter in this game. They started with 28-20 in the first ten minutes and continued with 25-15 in the second frame. Nothing has changed after the breather as Canada was unable to resist against the powerful USA team. Kaleena Lewis and her teammates ended third quarter with 25-14 and already were huge 29 points up. They totally destroyed Canada in the last ten minutes (36-8) for the final 114-57 blowout. On Tuesday, USA will meet Turkey. Canada will play very important game against Russia.
China - Mali 103-54 Third appearance and third win for China in Toulouse. It means that China stays on top of Group B, while Belgium and Argentina follow them with 2-1 record. Mali faced with third straight loss and they are dead last in this pool. Li Meng (185-G-95) shined once again for China collecting 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He had impressive valuation 30. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) had 16 points, while Yang Xi (184-F-94) added one less. In Mali, Fatoumata Sanou (185-C-93) was good with 15 points. Sadio Konate (180-F/C-94) scored 10. China dominated during the entire game. They started with impressive 31-13 in the first quarter and continued with 26-13 for the next ten minutes. It means that China was huge 57-26 up at the half time and already resolved question about the winner. Anyway, they didn't stop after that making 20-11 in Q3. Last ten minutes were just the formality, but Li Meng and her teammates won that quarter was well (26-17) for the final 103-54 victory. China will play against Belgium on Tuesday. Mali will meet Australia.
Australia - Argentina 77-57 Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Australia demonstrated great performance registering 77-57 win and joined Belgium on the second place. Argentina slipped to 1-2 and now has the same score as Spain. Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) was a key player in victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 24 and grabbed the MVP title for this meeting. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) also was great adding 20 points and 6 boards. Third scorer in Australia was Lauren Nicholson (182-F-93) with 7 pts. Argentina on the other side did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Julieta Vazquez (173-F-93) was their leading player with 9 points. Australia had a great beginning as they smashed Argentina in Q1 with 25-8. These ten minutes, together with Q3, were the crucial in this meeting. Argentina slightly improved the second frame, but was not able to avoid 41-27 deficit at the half time. Australia once again demonstrated its power ending Q3 with 23-12 for 25-point lead with ten minutes to go in the game. They slowed down after that and Argentina used that opportunity to cut the margin for five points. On Tuesday, Australia will play against Mali and another easy win is expected. Argentina will take on Japan, who currently has 2-1 record.
Spain - Belgium 54-55 Thriller win for Belgium, who shares the second place with Australia now (Group B, 2-1). At the same time, Spain dropped to 1-2 in the same pool. Julie Vanloo (172-G-93) stepped up for Belgium with 16 points. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) had two points less than her, but to go with 8 rebounds. Third scorer in victory was Lien Delmulle (179-F-93) with 8 points (7 rebs). In Spain, Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) collected 13 points and 7 rebounds. Silvia Marcelo (188-C-93) contributed with 10 points and 8 boards. Belgium grabbed this one thanks to great last quarter. Before that, Spain made 19-11 lead in Q1. Everything started great for them as they looked pretty comfortable. Andrea Vilaro and her teammates finished the second period 17-15 for 10-point lead at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather, as Spain won another quarter this time with 11-9. When it seemed that the game winner is already known, Belgium started to play. Julie Vanloo and Emma Meesseman were on fire and together with their teammates exploded in the last quarter ending it with impressive 7-20 for 54-55 victory. Belgium will meet China on Tuesday. Spain will play against Argentina.
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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