USA - Spain 86-57 Expected win for USA, who advanced to Semifinals in Toulouse. They blasted Spain 86-57 and stretched their winning streak to six. On the other side, Spain faced with elimination and will continue in Classification Games for 5th to 8th place. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) was the leading player in USA with 16 points. Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) had 11, while Jewell Loyd (175-G-93) and Cassidie Burdick (188-G-93) netted 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Maria Gonzalez Grueso (177-G/F-93) replied with 15 points. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) had two less than her. USA took control on their rivals from the very beginning. After ten minutes of play, the powerful Americans already had 27-16 lead. They dominated in the second frame as well (21-12) and Spain was in deep trouble. USA had comfortable 20-point lead at the halftime and was looking good. Spain was not able to resists, while Kaleena Lewis and her teammates shined on the other side. They finished Q3 with 22-13 and all after that was just the formality. USA will meet China in the Semifinals. Spain will start battle for the fifth place against Russia.
France - Australia 69-59 The host of U17 World Championship demonstrated nice performance in the Quarterfinals and eliminated Australia after 69-59 victory. It means that France will go to Semis, where they will take on Belgium. Australia on the other hand will be transferred to Classification Games for 5th to 9th place. Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) was the leading scorer in victory with 13 points. Claire Stievenard (182-F/G-93) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) helped with 12 and 10 points respectively. In Australia, Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) shined with 17 pts. Their second scorer was Stephanie Talbot (186-G-94) with 10 pts. First quarter was almost tied. It was basket after basket game, while teams were exchanging in lead. Still, it was France who ended this frame with 20-19. They finished Q2 with minimum lead as well (12-11) for 32-30 at the HT. Sara Chevaugeon and her teammates totally took control on their rivals and finished third quarter with 17-11. They were on the tight track to victory and Australia wasn't able to do anything about that. Last ten minutes finished 20-18 for the final 69-59 victory by the home side.
Belgium - Japan 93-70 Easy win for Belgium, who advanced to Quarterfinals in Toulouse. They outplayed Japan 93-70 and now will take on the host of U17 EC - France. Japan will be transferred to Classification Games for 5h to 8th place. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) exploded in this victory with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (172-G-93) also was on fire netting 23 pts. Harriet Belobi (185-C-94) helped with 15 pts. Japan got 21 points and 12 boards from Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93). Naho Miyoshi (165-G-93) and Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) delivered 15 and 12 points respectively. Belgium destroyed Japan in the first ten minutes. Emma Meesseman and her teammates were great at the both sides of the court ending the Q1 with excellent 27-11. Japan improved in the second frame, but still faced with 25-23. It means that Belgium had comfortable 18-point lead at the HT. At that time it was already clear who the winner of this game will be. Third quarter ended 18-19 for Japan, while Q4 belonged to Belgium 23-17 for the final 93-70 blowout. Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.
China - Russia 68-59 China outplayed Russia in the Quarterfinals of U17 World Championship in Toulouse. It means that China will meet powerful USA in the Semis. It will be very difficult job to beat the Americans, who demonstrated the best performance so far at this event, but at the same time it is not mission impossible. Yu Dong (195-C/F-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Li Mingyang (196-F/C-94) helped China with 12 points and 11 boards. Russia got 15 points and 6 boards from Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93). Their second scorer was Anastasia Tochilova (168-G-93) with 12 points (6 rebs). China was better team from the beginning. Yu Dong and her teammates made 14-10 lead in the first ten minutes and continued in the same rhythm in Q2. They scored 21 more points until the halftime, while stopping Russia to 16. It means that China had decent 9-point lead at the HT break. Russia improved after the breather and finished Q3 with 12-14, but still they needed a way more. China was good in the last ten minutes having no troubles to keep their lead. Russia will continue in Classification Game for 5th to 8th place.
Turkey - Mali 88-56 Turkey made the first step forward to ninth place in Rodez. They outplayed Mali 88-56 and will meet Argentina on Saturday. On the other side, Mali will play against Canada. The winner of this game will avoid the last place at the U17 World Championship. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) was the leading player in victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) had 17 points and 5 assists, while Betul Kalfali (180-F-93) added 14 pts. In Mali, Fatoumata Sanou (185-C-93) had 18 points and 10 boards. Aminata Traore (185-C-95) also had double-double in this defeat: 17 pts and 10 rebs. Turkey smashed Mali in the first quarter ending it 22-12. They slowed down in the second frame, but still were better 16-14. Nothing has changed after the breather. There was only one team playing on the court and it was Turkey. They made 24-12 in Q3 and the game winner was already known. Last ten minutes were just the formality and Turkey blasted their rival once again, 26-18. At the end it was totally deserved 88-56 win.
Argentina - Canada 59-51 Argentina made the first step forward to ninth place and if they want to take it, Argentina will have to beat Turkey. In this game Argentina celebrated 59-51 win against Canada. Carolina Martinez (160-F-93) led her team with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Diana Cabrera (187-F-93) also was great as she registered double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds. Rocio Diaz (170-F-93) is another player with 11 pts. On the other side, Canada got 11 points and 10 boards from Nirra Fields (173-G-93). She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. First quarter was the crucial one in this game. Argentina created 11-point lead at that time and was always up for rest of the time. They finished Q2 with 11-9 for 36-23 lead at the half time. Canada improved after the breather and in low scoring Q3 (7-11) cut the margin to 9 pts. Still, Argentina had decent last ten minutes keeping the safe distance until the end. Argentina will meet Turkey on Saturday. Canada will play against Mali to avoid the last place at this event.
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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