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Preliminary Round: Day Four in Rodez and Toulouse - Jul 20, 2010

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Julie Vanloo
Group A
France - Japan 70-67
France grabbed tiny 70-67 win against Japan joining them with 2-2 record. Everything is still open in Group A, but France with this victory significantly improved their chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) was their leading player with 14 points. Esther Niamke (163-G-93) had 13, while M.Bernadette Mbuyamba-Tshimanga (183-C-93) added 12 points and 7 boards. In Japan, Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) shined with 25 points and 7 boards. Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) (5 rebs) and Manami Fujioka (168-G-94) (5 as) had 16 and 11 points respectively. France was slightly better team at the beginning as they made 15-13 lead in the first ten minutes. They totally took control on Japan in the next frame and jumped to 36-26 (HT). Nothing has change after the breather. Japan was struggling at the both sides of the court and wasn't looking good. France drained 22 points in Q3, while limiting Japan to 16. It means that France had comfortable 16-point lead with ten minutes left and it seemed that the game winner is already known. However, the Japanese suddenly clicked and used of their trademark quickness and energy to cut away at the deficit at an impressive rate. They were within three, 70-67, when Moeko Nagaoka hit a three-pointer with 33 seconds left to play, but France got the offensive rebound off a miss by Niamke and ran out the clock. In the last day of Preliminary Round in Rodez, France will play against Canada. Japan will meet powerful USA.

Turkey - USA 55-84
Perfect 4-0 for the USA, who already secured the first place in Preliminary Group A and of course a spot for the Quarterfinals. They demonstrated the performance so far at this event. Turkey slipped to 1-3 and they will meet Russia in do-or-die game. Jewell Loyd (175-G-93) (5 rebs) and Morgan Tuck (188-F-94) scored 11 points each for the winners. Breanna Stewart (191-F-94) had 10 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) delivered 13 points in defeat and she was the only Turkish player with double-digits in scoring. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) (5 as) and Olcay Cakir (180-G-93) had 9 points apiece. USA destroyed Turkey in the first quarter sending a clear signal they are going to take this one in style. USA defense looked wonderful, what resulted with just 4 points by Turkey in the first ten minutes. USA drained 21 on the other side and already held comfortable lead. They jumped to plus 22 until the half time and everything was already resolved. Turkey won Q3 18-15 because USA players slowed down, but they improved in the last frame again (16-26) for the final 55-84 blowout. In the last day of Preliminary Round, USA will meet Japan. Turkey will take on Russia.

Canada - Russia 61-76
Russia outplayed Canada joining Japan and France with 2-2 record in Group A. All teams have a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals in Rodez. On the other side, Canada dropped to 1-3, but everything is open for them as well. Darya Namok (179-G-93) stepped up in victory with 13 points. Marina Ryavkina (169-G-93) scored 11, while Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C/F-93) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in this win. Nirra Fields (173-G-93) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds on the other side. Karly Roser (178-G-93) had 14 points and 5 rebs. Russia opened the game better making 14-19 lead in the first ten minutes. Canadians woke up after that and they intensified defensive pressure. That limited Russia to just 10 points in Q2, while Canada had 14 closing the gap to 28-29 until the half time. Than, after the breather Russia totally took control on their rival. Darya Namok and her teammates jumped to first double-digit lead and never looked back after that. In the last ten minutes they increased it to the final 61-76. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Russia will meet Turkey. Canada will play against France.

Group B
Argentina - Spain 38-68
Spain destroyed Argentina for the second win in Toulouse (2-2). At the same time, Spain secured a spot for the Quarterfinals, while Argentina will face with elimination. It was a crucial game for both teams. Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) shined for Spain scoring 18 points and handing out 5 assists. All of her points came from behind the arc. Yurena Diaz (176-G-93) and Itziar Llobet (177-G-93) helped with 11 points each. Argentina did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. They leading player was Daiana Acosta (180-F-93) with 8 pts. Spain dominated in this game from the very beginning. Argentina faced with big trouble in offense and they scored just 3 points in the first ten minutes. Spain was great on the other side draining 19 and they already had comfortable lead. Argentina replied with 11-8 in Q2, but they needed a way more. Spain exploded once again and smashed Argentina in Q3 with 11-24. Question about the winner was definitely resolved and Spain secured a passage through the Preliminary Round. On Wednesday, Spain will take on China. Argentina will meet Belgium.

Mali - Australia 39-88
3-1 for Australia and 4-0 for Mali after four days in Toulouse. Australia already booked a spot for the QFinals, while Mali lost all chances to do the same as they are dead last in this pool. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) was the leading player in victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) netted 16 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) also was good adding 14. Alexandra Bunton (191-F/C-93, college: Wichita St.) helped with 13 points and 7 boards. In Mali, Mariam Maiga (169-G-96) delivered 16 pts. Their next scorer had only five. Australia won every single quarter in this game. They started with 7-17 in the first one and continued with 14-29 for the next ten minutes. It means that Tayla Roberts and her teammates held huge 25-point lead at the half time. Mali was not able to resist and faced with 3-24 fiasco in third frame. Australia slowed down for the last ten minutes finishing them with only 15-18 for 39-88 blowout. Australia will meet Belgium in the last day of the Preliminary Round. Mali will meet Argentina.

Belgium - China 90-80
Belgium handed the first loss to China and they are together on top of Group B now (3-1). If they celebrate in the last day of the Preliminary Round, it will be Belgium to end this stage as No.1 in this pool. Anyway, both teams already secured the Quarterfinals. Julie Vanloo (172-G-93) exploded in victory with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) had 19 points and 9 boards, while Sien Devliegher (174-G-93) added 14 pts and 6 assists. In China, Yu Dong (195-C/F-93) was great collecting 25 points and 9 rebounds. Li Meng (185-G-95) had double-double of 16 points and 13 rebs, while Hongyang Cui scored 14 pts. Belgium opened the game better as they created 21-16 lead in the first ten minutes. China was good offensively, but they faced with big troubles in defense where Julie Vanloo and her teammates were totally unstoppable. They drained 29 points in the second frame, while China had 20, so France was comfortable 50-36 up at the half time. They were better in Q3 as well jumping to plus 18 and China was in trouble. Belgium slowed down after that, what China used to cut the margin to 10 pts until the end. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Belgium will meet Australia. China will play against Spain.   

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World Championships U17 Final Standings
 1. Australia
 2. Italy
 3. USA
 4. China
 5. Czech Rep.
 6. Spain
 7. Canada
 8. France
 9. Japan
 10. Latvia
 11. Mali
 12. Portugal
 13. Brazil
 14. Mexico
 15. S.Korea
 16. Nigeria
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jihyun PARK
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Park, KOR16.5 
 2. Gulbe, LAT15.7 
 3. Kourouma, MLI15.6 
 4. Han, CHN15.0 
 5. Wang, CHN13.9 
 6. Yamamoto, JPN13.7 
 7. Galeron, ESP13.0 
 8. Magbegor, AUS12.5 
 9. Amihere, CAN12.5 
 10. Ramos, POR12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laeticia AMIHERE
  Avg: 13
 1. Amihere, CAN13.0 
 2. Han, CHN10.7 
 3. Kourouma, MLI10.6 
 4. Decosta, USA10.1 
 5. Ayala, MEX9.9 
 6. Nelson-Ododa, USA9.4 
 7. Da Silva, BRA9.3 
 8. Bailey, USA9.1 
 9. Lipe, LAT8.8 
 10. Simmons, AUS8.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 5
 1. Henderson, USA5.0 
 2. Wang, CHN5.0 
 3. Simmons, AUS4.2 
 4. Nicoletti, BRA4.2 
 5. Ayuso, ESP4.1 
 6. Yamamoto, JPN4.0 
 7. Ramos, POR4.0 
 8. Pinzan, ITA3.3 
 9. Conti, AUS3.0 
 10. Ozola, LAT3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jiaqi WANG
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Wang, CHN3.9 
 2. Park, KOR3.3 
 3. Lee, KOR3.0 
 4. Da Silva, BRA3.0 
 5. Madera, ITA2.6 
 6. Rosas, MEX2.6 
 7. Kourouma, MLI2.4 
 8. Simmons, AUS2.3 
 9. Yamamoto, JPN2.2 
 10. Lim, KOR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Laeticia AMIHERE
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Amihere, CAN3.3 
 2. Magbegor, AUS2.8 
 3. Han, CHN2.6 
 4. Decosta, USA2.0 
 5. Jordao, POR1.8 
 6. Cubaj, ITA1.7 
 7. Nelson-Ododa, USA1.7 
 8. Dodson, USA1.4 
 9. Brown, CAN1.3 
 10. Cano, MEX1.3 
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