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.
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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