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.
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.
Draw result in for FIBA U17 World Championships - Apr 13, 2016
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The Official Draws of the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women took place in Zaragoza, Spain, early Wednesday evening. Both events are to be staged in Zaragoza from 22 June to 3 July. It will be the first time the tournaments are played jointly - as part of a youth world basketball festival. Here are the Draw results: FIBA U17 Women's World Championship 2016 (22 June to 2 July) Group A: 1. Nigeria; 2. Latvia; 3. Japan; 4. Canada Group B: 1. Australia; 2. France; 3. China;... [read more]
The Official Draws of the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships for Men and Women took place in Zaragoza, Spain, early Wednesday evening. Both events are to be staged in Zaragoza from 22 June to 3 July. It will be the first time the tournaments are played jointly - as part of a youth world basketball festival.
Here are the Draw results: FIBA U17 Women's World Championship 2016 (22 June to 2 July) Group A: 1. Nigeria; 2. Latvia; 3. Japan; 4. Canada Group B: 1. Australia; 2. France; 3. China; 4. Mexico Group C: 1. USA; 2. Italy; 3. Czech Republic; 4. Korea Group D: 1. Spain; 2. Brazil; 3. Mali; 4. Portugal.
Coaches Named For 2016 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team - Mar 3, 2016
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The 2016 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team will be led by Dori Oldaker , head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania, with USA assistant coaches Dianne Lewis of Thomas Edison High School in Virginia and Samantha Quigley , who is the head mentor at the University of St. Francis (NAIA). The USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee selected the coaching staff. The trio helped the USA qualify for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship, which will b... [read more]
The 2016 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team will be led by Dori Oldaker , head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania, with USA assistant coaches Dianne Lewis of Thomas Edison High School in Virginia and Samantha Quigley , who is the head mentor at the University of St. Francis (NAIA). The USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee selected the coaching staff. The trio helped the USA qualify for the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship, which will be played June 22-July 2 in Zaragoza, Spain, by virtue of a bronze-medal finish at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. 'We are pleased to have Dori, Dianne and Sam back to lead the 2016 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team,' said Carol Callan, USA Basketball women's national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee. 'This group not only brings varied experience as coaches, but they also have an understanding of international basketball and of how challenging the competition at the FIBA U17 World Championship will be.' In addition to her experience as head coach of the 2015 USA Women's U16 National Team, Oldaker helped the USA to a gold medal and a 13-0 record as head coach of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Games Women's 3x3 Basketball Team. She has served as a USA Basketball court coach on four different occasions, including the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team Trials, the 2012 USA U17 and U18 National Team Trials and the 2011 USA U16 National Team Trials. 'I'm very grateful to have this opportunity to coach this USA Basketball U17 World Championship Team,' Oldaker said. 'I'm very humbled by it, and I'm excited, too, to give my best effort. 'I really felt like we worked well together as a coaching staff,' Oldaker said of Lewis and Quigley. 'We just really kind of bonded and had the same philosophy. We used a team concept as a coaching staff. It was a 'we,' not a, 'me.'' In 17 seasons (1998 to present) as a high school head coach, Oldaker owns a career record of 373-85 (through 2014-15), and she has collected four Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) 4A state championships (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) and two 3A state titles (1999, 2000). As the girls basketball coach at Mt. Lebanon for the past 13 seasons (2003-04 to present), she owns a 268-67 record through the 2014-15 season. Thus far in 2015-16, Oldaker and Mt. Lebanon are 16-9 (as of Feb. 25.). 'I am grateful for another opportunity to serve as an assistant coach with USA Basketball,' Lewis said. 'The chance to work with such amazing athletes and represent our country is one that I will always treasure. 'What an honor to work with two incredible coaches, Dori and Sam,' Lewis added. 'I respect these two women and the hard work they have put into their craft.' Lewis will serve in her third USA Basketball role after having been an assistant coach for the 2015 USA U16 National Team and a court coach at the 2014 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team Trials. In 15 seasons (2001-02 to present) as the girls basketball coach at Edison, she has compiled a 292-65 record through 2014-15. Thus far in 2015-16, she has led her team to a 22-2 mark (as of Feb. 25) and a fourth-straight 5A North Regional Championship. 'To return as a USA Basketball assistant coach means the world to me,' Quigley said. 'I was able to learn so much from the assistant coaching position last season. To be honest, we are all very hungry to pick up where we left off. I am looking forward to building on some of the successes we had last summer and pushing the players to compete every day we are together. 'I am so excited to work with Dori and Dianne again,' Quigley continued. 'They have great basketball minds, and I am constantly absorbing their thoughts and ideas about how to make us better individually and collectively. This coaching staff is special, and I cannot wait to get started again.' Quigley, who served as an assistant coach on the 2015 USA U16 National Team and as a court coach at a USA Basketball regional skills-development camp in October of 2014 in Illinois, is in her fourth year as head coach at NAIA St. Francis. So far in 2015-16, Quigley, who was named the 2015-16 CCAC Coach of the Year, has led St. Francis to a 28-4 record (as of Feb. 26), including a share of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference South Division regular season title. Quigley played basketball at DePaul University from 2006-07 through 2010-11, including a medical hardship in 2007-08 due to a torn ACL. She helped the Blue Demons to a 92-42 record during her time, and she was named a State Farm WBCA All-America honorable mention and a Nancy Lieberman Award finalist in 2011. She tallied 1,273 points in her four seasons, and her 484 career assists ranks third on the all-time list at DePaul. Chaired in a non-voting position by Callan, the USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee also includes AAU representatives Bill Larson and Sherri Pegues, National Federation of High Schools representatives Jody Patrick and Jill Rankin Schneider and athlete representative Yolanda Griffith, a 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist who has played on five USA Basketball teams. Courtesy of: usab.com
Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 1st Team 2014 Salvadores Dubei Samuelson Kiss Holmes MVP: Angela Salvadores (178-G-97) of Spain Best Guard: Angela Salvadores (178-G-97) of Spain Best Forward: Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) of USA Best Center: Virag Kiss (192-C-98) of Hungary Best Defensive Player: Ji Su Park (188-C-98) of S. Korea Best Coach: Phillips Sue of USA 1st Team G: Angela Salvadores (178-G-97) of Spa... [read more]
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