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Final Standings
 1. USA  
 2. France  
 3. China  
 4. Belgium  
 5. Japan  
 6. Russia  
 7. Australia  
 8. Spain  
 9. Argentina  
 10. Turkey  
 11. Canada  
 12. Mali  


Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. USA 5-0 
 2. France 3-2 
 3. Russia 2-3 
 4. Japan 2-3 
 5. Turkey 2-3 
 6. Canada 1-4 
Group B
 1. Belgium 4-1 
 2. China 4-1 
 3. Australia 3-2 
 4. Spain 2-3 
 5. Argentina 2-3 
 6. Mali 0-5 



USA won World Championships U17 (Photo: FIBA)

2010 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
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Jewell Loyd
Loyd
Breanna Stewart
Stewart
Kaleena Lewis
Lewis
Betnijah Laney
Laney
Elizabeth Williams
Williams
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4 Bria Smith 5'10''-G-93
5 Ariel Massengale 5'6''-G-93
6 Jewell Loyd 5'9''-G-93
7 Cierra Burdick 6'2''-G-93
8 Breanna Stewart 6'3''-F-94
9 Jordan Adams 6'1''-G-94
10 Bashaara Graves 6'2''-F-94
11 Kaleena Lewis 6'0''-F-93
12 Morgan Tuck 6'2''-F-94
13 Betnijah Laney 6'0''-G-93
14 Imani Stafford 6'7''-C-94
15 Elizabeth Williams 6'3''-C-93

Barbara Nelson Head Coach Wingate USA


Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Awards 2010 - Jul. 25, 2010 

All-Tournament 1st Team
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Meng Li
Li
Yuki Miyazawa
Miyazawa
Breanna Stewart
Stewart
Dong Yu
Yu
Elizabeth Williams
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MVP: Li Meng (185-G-95) China
Best Guard: Li Meng (185-G-95) China
Best Forward: Breanna Stewart (191-F-94) USA
Best Center: Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) USA
Best Defensive Player: Breanna Stewart (191-F-94) USA
Best Coach: Arnaud Guppillotte France

1st Team
G: Li Meng (185-95) China
F: Yuki Miyazawa (181-93)
F: Breanna Stewart (191-94) USA
C/F: Yu Dong (195-93) China
C: Elizabeth Williams (191-93) USA

2nd Team
G: Ariel Massengale (168-93) USA
G: Nirra Fields (173-93)
F: Gretel Tippett (190-93) Australia
F: Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-93) France
C: Emma Meesseman (188-93) Belgium

3rd Team
G: Julie Vanloo (172-93) Belgium
F: Kaleena Lewis (183-93) USA
F: Moeko Nagaoka (180-93)
C/F: Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-93) Russia
C: Christelle Diallo (193-93) France

Honorable Mention
Manami Fujioka (168-G-94)
Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) Turkey
Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) Australia


USA wins the Gold in Toulouse  - Jul. 25, 2010 

FINAL
USA - France 92-62
USA blasted France to win the Gold in Toulouse. The powerful American squad got 20 points and 6 assists from Ariel Massengale (168-G-93). Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) and Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) helped with 15 points and 5 rebounds each. In France, Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) delivered 11 points.

Places 3-4
China - Belgium 85-73
China outplayed Belgium 85-73 grabbing the Bronze in Toulouse. Yu Dong (195-C/F-93) was totally the best player in this victory with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Julie Vanloo (172-G-93) scored 23 pts in defeat.

Places 5-6
Russia - Japan 68-74
Japan was better than Russia in the battle for fifth place. Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) stepped up for the winners with 28 points and 9 rebounds, while Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) added 26 points and 16 boards. In Russia, Mariya-Margarita Davydova (189-F/C-93) had 12 pts and 7 rebs.

Places 7-8
Spain - Australia 48-74
Australia destroyed Spain in the game for ninth place in Toulouse. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) was their leading player with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Yurena Diaz (176-G-93) scored 14 points in defeat.



USA and France advance to Big Final in Toulouse  - Jul. 24, 2010 

SEMIFINALS


China - USA 74-97

USA was too strong for China and will meet the host of U17 World Championship in the battle for Gold. Ariel Massengale (168-G-93) exploded for the US squad with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Breanna Stewart (191-F-94) also was great as she added 17 points and 11 rebounds. USA had one more player with double-double in this meeting and it was Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) with 14 points and 11 boards. On the other side, Li Meng (185-G-95) delivered 22 points for China. Yang Xi (184-F-94) and Yang LiWei (175-G-95) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. The final game is scheduled for 17:30h on Sunday. China will fight against Belgium for the Bronze at 14:30h. USA took control on China from the very beginning. Ariel Massengale and her teammates drained 28 points in the first ten minutes, while limiting China to 18. However, China improved after that and closed the gap to six points until the half time. Third frame was pretty leveled and actually it belonged to USA 18-19. There was ten minutes left and everything was still open, but than USA players exploded once again and blasted China with 8-24. That was way more than enough for comfortable victory and Big Final in Toulouse.

Belgium - France 49-59
The host of this event advanced to Big Final after they outplayed Belgium 49-59. There, at the last stage, France will meet powerful USA team. Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) stepped up for France with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) followed her with 16 pts, while Esther Niamke (163-G-93) added 9 points and 6 boards. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) had 12 points and 9 boards for Belgium. Their second scorer was Julie Vanloo (172-G-93) with 11 pts. Belgium will meet China in the battle for Bronze. France was the team who dominated from the very beginning. They made nice 10-17 lead in the first quarter and were looking good. Belgium players woke up after that and replied with 15-12 for the next ten minutes. Olivia Epoupa and her teammates came out strong after the breather and managed to take 8-point lead with one quarter left. Belgium was not able to resist and they lost last period as well for the final 49-59. France will have huge support on Sunday and will try to complete mission impossible against the strong Americans. Belgium will take on China for third place.

Places 5-8
Russia - Spain 72-52
Russia registered comfortable win against Spain and will meet Japan for the fifth place in Toulouse. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C/F-93) was great for Russia with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) was their second scorer with 15 points and she also grabbed 9 rebounds beside that. Mariya-Margarita Davydova (189-F/C-93) (7 rebs) and Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) helped with 12 and 10 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) delivered 13 points. Itziar Llobet (177-G-93) stopped on 9. Spain will play against Australia for seventh place at this event. Spain was slightly better team at the beginning as they grabbed 13-16 lead in the first ten minutes. Russia replied with 18-14 after that for 31-30 turn at the halftime. Ksenia Tikhonenko and her teammates totally took control on Spain in third quarter. They intensified defense stopping them to 10 points, while they drained 20 on the other side. There was ten minutes left and Russia had comfortable lead. Spain was not able to do anything about that and later they faced with huge 72-52 loss. Sunday will be the final day in Toulouse.

Japan - Australia 95-92
Japan outgunned Australia making a first step forward to position No.5 at this event. In order to do it Japan will have to beat Russia on Sunday. At the same day, Australia will play against Spain for seventh place. Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) impressed with 30 points and 5 rebounds for Japan. Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) also demonstrated great performance as she added 23 points and 8 boards. Yume Negishi (174-G-93) helped with 21 pts and 5 rebs. On the other side, Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) was unstoppable with 34 points and 16 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 42. Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) (8 rebs) and Carley Mijovic (195-F-94) (6 rebs) had 19 and 16 points respectively in this loss. Japan had wonderful first quarter draining 34 points in ten minutes. Australia stopped to 26, meaning that Japan already had decent lead. However, Australia blasted them in the second frame 20-33 for 54-59 turn at the half time. Totally different picture on the court was seen after the breather as Japan took control on this game once again. Yuki Miyazawa and her teammates ended this period with 26-14 and were looking comfortable. Australia didn't give up and tried to mount a comeback in the last ten minutes, but Japan players were strong and managed to keep their lead until the final 95-92.

Places 9-10
Turkey - Argentina 48-62
Ninth place in Toulouse belongs to Argentina, who was better than Turkey 48-62. Rocio Diaz (170-F-93) shined for Argentina with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Melisa Gretter (167-G-93) with 13 points and she dished out 6 assists beside that. Mariana Favre (180-C-93) (5 rebs) scored 12, while Diana Cabrera (187-F-93) helped with double-double of 10 points and 18 rebounds. Actually, Cabrera was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 20. On the other side, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) scored 14 points. Turkey also got 11 points and 9 rebounds from Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93). Argentina did a great job in the first quarter. Rocio Diaz and her teammates nailed 21 points, while at the same time stopping Turkey to 11. Second frame was the low-scoring one, but still it belonged to Argentina 7-11. It means that Argentina had nice 14-point lead at the halftime and was looking good. Third and last quarter were totally leveled, what of course was something what Argentina wants. Each of them ended with 15-15 tie, so Argentina celebrated 48-62 win at the end for the fifth place in Rodez. Naturally, Turkey finished as No.10.

Places 11-12
Mali - Canada 48-82
Canada blasted Mali to avoid the last place in Rodez. They dominated from the start of this match and later finished participation at the U17 World Championship with victory. On the other side, Mali ended as the only winless team at this event. Nirra Fields (173-G-93) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Alexandra Der (185-F-93) scored 13, while Karly Roser (178-G-93) added 12 pts and 5 assists. Frederique Potvin (178-G-93) helped her team with 10 points. Mariam Maiga (169-G-96) answered with 17 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Fatoumata Sanou (185-C-93) with 14 pts (8 rebs). Canada destroyed Mali in the first ten minutes. Nirra Fields and her teammates drained magnificent 27 points in Q1, while stopping their rivals to 13. Nothing has changed after that as Canada dominated in all segments. They made 9-18 in the second and impressive 3-23 in third frame. Canada slowed down after that, what Mali used to cut the margin a little bit (23-14, Q4). At the end Canada celebrated expected 48-82 win and said goodbye to U17 WC in Rodez.



Quarterfinals in Toulouse  - Jul. 23, 2010 

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.

Places 9-12
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.



Day Five in Rodez and Toulouse: The Quarterfinals are set - Jul. 21, 2010 
Group A
Canada - France 60-81
France ended Preliminary Round in Rodez with 3-2 record, what was enough for the second place in Group A. It means that France will meet Australia in the Quarterfinals. Canada failed to advance as they registered just one win in five appearances. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) stepped up for France with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) also had very important role adding 19 points and 8 boards. Esther Niamke (163-G-93) helped with 13 points. In the loosing squad, Nirra Fields (173-G-93) was on fire with 30 points. Frederique Potvin (178-G-93) scored 9. First quarter ended with 22-22 tie as neither of two teams was able to create a bigger lead. France was slightly better in the second frame and went to the halftime with 35-39. Canada had to improve after the breather, but that didn't happen. France ended third period with 14-18 for plus 8 before the last ten minutes. Then, Christelle Diallo and her teammates smashed Canada with 11-24 for the final 60-81 victory. The Quarterfinals start on Friday.

Russia - Turkey 51-64
Turkey was better than Russia 51-64, but that was not enough for the Quarterfinals. There is a three-way tie in Group A (2-3 record), where Russia is No.3, Japan No.4 and Turkey No.5. It means that Turkey failed to reach the next stage despite this win. Russia advanced and will meet China in the Quarterfinals. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds in victory. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) collected 12 points and 6 rebounds, while Ferda Yildiz (182-F-93) added 10 pts. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C/F-93) collected 18 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) followed her with 12 points and 6 rebs. Turkey was better team at the beginning as they made 7-16 lead in the first ten minutes. Russia replied with 13-7 in the second frame for 3-point deficit at the HT. Ozge Kavurmacioglu and her teammates shined after the breather and they once again took control on their rivals. Turkey drained 18 points in Q3, while Russia was limited to 11. Russia was not able to mount a comeback in the last ten minutes and Turkey celebrated 51-64 victory. The Quarterfinals start on Friday, when Russia will meet China. Turkey will play against Mali in Classification Round.

USA - Japan 133-71
USA ended this stage with perfect 4-0 and will meet Spain in the Quarterfinals. They demonstrated the best performance at this event so far and of course they are the main candidates for Gold. On the other side, Japan slipped to 2-3, but also reached the QFinals (No.4 in Group B). Breanna Stewart (191-F-94) shined for the winners with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (191-C-93) also was great adding 16 points, 8 boards and 5 assists, while Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) helped with 14 pts and 6 rebs. Japan got 15 points from Rie Izumita. Naho Miyoshi (165-G-93) added one less. USA dominated in all basketball elements against Japan. They made huge 35-12 in the first and 26-15 in the second quarter. It was clear that Japan won't have a chance. Powerful USA team drained 72 points in the second half, while limiting Japan to 44. At the end it was a 133-71 blowout win for Breanna Stewart and her teammates. USA will play against Spain in the Quarterfinals (Friday). Japan will take on Belgium.

Group B
Mali - Argentina 49-75
Argentina blasted Mali, but despite that failed to reach the Quarterfinals. The reason is defeat against Spain, who also has 2-3 record in Group B but they outplayed Argentina in Day Four. On the other side, Mali ended dead last in this pool with 0-5. Rocio Diaz was the leading scorer in Argentina with 22 points. Carolina Martinez (160-F-93) scored 14, while Diana Cabrera (187-F-93) almost registered triple-double: 11 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Cabrera was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. In Mali, Mariam Maiga (169-G-96) netted 12 points. Aminata Traore (185-C-95) (15 rebs) and Fatoumata Sanou (185-C-93) (14 rebs) delivered 11 points each. Argentina won every single quarter in this game. They started with 12-17 in the first ten minutes and continued with impressive 10-24 in the second frame. Argentina was 19-points up at the half time and question about the winner was already resolved. Rocio Diaz and her teammates slowed down after that finishing Q3 with 13-15 and the last one with 14-19 for the final 14-19 win. Both teams will continue in Classification Round for 9th to 12th place. Argentina's first rival will be Canada, while Mali will take on Turkey.

China - Spain 77-58
China ended as No.2 of Group B and their rival in the Quarterfinals will be Russia. China has the same 4-1 score as Belgium, who grabbed the first place in this pool. On the other side, Spain also reached the next stage as they finished as the fourth ranked team in this group with 2-3 record. Yu Dong (195-C/F-93) this was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 14 rebounds. She reached valuation 28 and grabbed the MVP title for this game. Li Mingyang (196-F/C-94) also was great adding 17 points and 12 boards, while Li Meng (185-G-95) is another player with 17 pts. In Spain, Yurena Diaz (176-G-93) delivered 16 points. Silvia Marcelo (188-C-93) (10 rebs) and Itziar Llobet (177-G-93) had 10 points each. China destroyed Spain in the first period making 23-9 lead. Yu Dong and her teammates looked great during the first ten minutes. Spain slightly improved after that and for rest of the time in the first half cut the margin to 12 points. Third period ended with 17-17 tie, meaning that China still had comfortable lead. Spain was not able to resist and China finished last ten minutes with 21-14 for the final 77-58 victory. China will meet Russia in the Quarterfinals, while Spain will take on powerful USA.

Australia - Belgium 61-67
Belgium ended this stage as No.1 of Group B with almost perfect 4-1 record. They will meet Japan on Friday in the Quarterfinals. Australia also reached the next stage, but as No.3 of this pool with 3 wins and 2 defeats. Their rival will be France. Lien Delmulle (179-F-93) came up with 16 points in victory. Julie Vanloo (172-G-93) had 14, while Heleen Adams (173-G-94) added one point less. In Australia, Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) collected 23 points and 14 rebounds. Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) scored 16 points and pulled down 10 boards. Lien Delmulle and her teammates shined in the first period taking 12-19 lead. Australia immediately woke up after that and took control on their rivals. Australia drained 20 pts in the second frame, while Belgium was stopped to 12 for 32-31 turn at the half time. However, Belgium finished Q3 with 16-20 and once again was in charge. Australia was not able to mount a comeback and Belgium ended last ten minutes with 13-16 for the final 61-67 victory. Quarterfinal games will be played on Friday.



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



Preliminary Round: Day Three in Rodez and Toulouse - Jul. 19, 2010 
Group A
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.

Group B
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.



Preliminary Round: Day Two in Rodez and Toulouse - Jul. 17, 2010 
Group A
Canada - Japan 80-87
Japan grabbed the first win in Rodez. After defeat in Day One against Russia, Japan managed to beat Canada 80-87 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, Canada faced with the first loss and also has 1-1 record now. Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) exploded in this game with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Fifteen fouls were made on her and Nagaoka was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 39. Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) also was great as she added 27 points and 13 rebs. In the loosing squad, Nirra Fields (173-G-93) shined with 36 points and 9 boards. Karly Roser (178-G-93) had 14 points and 5 rebs. First quarter was pretty leveled as neither of two teams was able to make a bigger lead. Still, it was Japan who ended first ten minutes with 15-17. Moeko Nagaoka and Yuki Miyazawa were on fire in Japan, who made 23-27 in Q2 for six-point lead at the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one today. Two above mentioned players were unstoppable, while Canada had just Nirra Fields in a game mood. Japan drained 28 points in Q3 and stopped Canada to 16 for unreachable 18-point advantage. Canada seriously threatened in the last quarter, but was not able to make it. Japan will meet Turkey on Sunday. Canada will play against powerful USA in North American derby.

France - Turkey 51-54
Both teams faced with defeats in Day One so this game was very important for them. Turkey grabbed tiny 51-54 victory joining Canada and Japan to 1-1 record in Group A. France is currently the last ranked team in this pool with 0-2. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) stepped up for Turkey with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Their second scorer was Betul Kalfali (180-F-93) with 9 points. On the other side, France did not have anyone with double-digits. Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) top-scored for them with just 8 points. Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) had 7 pts. France looked good at the beginning and grabbed 13-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Turkey improved after that, but was not able to make a turn. France was strong enough to keep plus five at the half time as the score stood at 26-21. Than, the third period belonged to Turkey 15-17 and the game went to crucial ten minutes. There, teams fought for every ball, but it was Turkey who was better and more productive in offense. Ozge Kavurmacioglu and her teammates finished last quarter with 10-16 for the final 51-54 victory. On Sunday, Turkey will take on Japan. France will try to grab the first win and they will meet Russia.

USA - Russia 82-38
USA demonstrated their power once again. This time Russia faced with the strong USA team and faced with 82-38 defeat. It means that Americans kept the perfect score in Rodez and currently are No.1 in Group A. Russia dropped to 1-1. Elizabeth Williams (92) shined for the winners with 20 points and 14 rebounds for just 19 minutes on the court. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Breanna Stewart (94) followed her with 12 points and 9 boards. She was the last one with double-digits in scoring in USA. In Russia, Ekaterina Posylkina (182-F-93) was the leading player with 9 points and 5 boards. Russia managed to resist only in the first quarter today. USA players ended first ten minutes with ‘only' 15-12. However, they totally took control on Russia in the second frame making the first double-digit lead. After twenty minutes of play USA was 41-26 up. Elizabeth Williams and her teammates intensified defense after the breather end limited Russia to just 12 points for the entire second half. At the same time, they drained impressive 41 for the final 82-38 blowout. Tomorrow in Rodez, USA will meet Canada. Russia will play against France.

Group B
Mali - Spain 42-112
As expected, Spain registered an easy win against Mali for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Spain joined Belgium, Australia and Argentina, who have the same numbers. Mali on the other hand stays winless and it will be very tough job for them to beat anyone in Toulouse. Itziar Llobet (177-G-93) was the MVP of this game with valuation 26. She spent just 16 minutes on the court collecting 18 points. Julia Marti (178-F-93) and Elena De Alfredo (168-G-94) helped Spain with 13 and 12 points respectively. Spain also had five more players with double-digits in scoring. In Mali, Aussata Toure shined with 17 points. Fanta Guindo had 9. Spain was a way better team today. They sent a clear signal what to expect from this meeting already in Q1, as they finished it with huge 11-31. The second period ended 17-28 for Spain and the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Spain improved even more after the breather. They limited Mali to just 14 points for the entire second half, while draining 53 on the other side. At the end it was 42-112 devastation of Mali in Toulouse. On Sunday, Spain will play against Belgium. Mali will take on undefeated China.

Australia - China 75-92
China had another joyful day in Toulouse. After victory in Day One against Argentina, China was too strong for Australia today remaining the only perfect team in Group B (2-0). Australia on the other side faced with the first loss joining Belgium and Argentina with 1-1 record. Li Meng (185-G-95) was great today with 24 points and 7 rebounds for 24 minutes in the court. She reached valuation 29 and grabbed the MVP award for this game. Zhang Liting (199-C-94), Cui Hongyang (176-G-94) and Yang LiWei (175-G-95) helped China with 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) had 14 points and 5 boards. Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) also was good adding 13 points, 14 rebs and 5 assists. Both teams were on fire at the beginning. It was kind of run-and-gun game, where China managed to take 27-32 lead. Teams slowed down in the second quarter, which once again belonged to China (12-15). Li Meng was great and she helped her team to keep the lead after the breather. Australia improved, but still that was not enough against strong China. With ten minutes left in the game China was 7 points up. Than in the last period China exploded with 12-22 finishing this game in style, 75-92. On Sunday, China will play against Mali and almost sure will extend its winning steak. Australia will meet Argentina in very important game.

Argentina - Belgium 55-53
It was the opening game of Day Two in Toulouse. Argentina survived a late comeback by Belgium to beat them 55-53 for 1-1 record in Group B. Belgium, who celebrated in Day One, has the same numbers now. Rocio Diaz (170-F-93) was the leading scorer in Argentina with 20 points and she grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Melisa Gretter (167-G-93) collected 17 points and 7 boards. Actually, Gretter finished as MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. In defeat, Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) shined with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Their second scorer was Hanne Mestdagh (180-F-93) with 9 points (14 rebs). Argentina had a great start making 18-10 lead in the first ten minutes. However, Belgian players woke up after that and managed to close the gap to 29-26 (HT). Third quarter was pretty leveled. Teams exchanged baskets, but still it was Argentina who finished it with 17-15 for plus five before the last frame. Belgium intensified defense immediately after that and seriously threatened to take this one. Argentina was limited to 9 points while Belgium scored 12, what however was not enough for the win today. Argentina will play against Australia on Sunday. Belgium will meet Spain.



Preliminary Round: Day One in Rodez and Toulouse  - Jul. 17, 2010 
Group A
USA - France 70-45
The USA had an easy job against France in Day One in Rodez. Powerful Americans celebrated comfortable 70-45 win for 1-0 in Group A. They had couple of players in a game mood with Breanna Stewart (94) leading the way with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Elizabeth Williams (92) also shined adding 12 points and 11 boards. Kaleena Lewis (93) (5 rebs), Ariel Massengale (92) and Betnijah Laney (93) followed them with 10 points each. France didn't have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) with 9 points and 6 rebounds. USA had a great start making 22-12 lead in the first quarter. France woke up after that and replied with 9-16 in Q2 closing the gap to 3 points. When it seemed that France could be able to resist against strong Americans and to make this game interesting, totally different scenario was seen in Rodez. Breanna Stewart and her teammates smashed France in third quarter 25-8 and immediately resolved question about the winner. Last ten minutes were just the formality, but despite that USA ended it with 14-9. In Day Two, USA will meet Russia. France will take on Turkey.

Japan - Russia 68-93
Russia destroyed Japan 68-93 to start FIBA U17 World Championship in Rodez. Both teams are together with USA, France, Canada and Turkey placed to Preliminary Group A. Russia is currently on top with the same 1-0 record as USA and Canada. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C/F-93) shined for the winners with 22 points and 16 rebounds. She grabbed the MVP title for this game with valuation 29. Julia Gladkova (183-G-94) was the second scorer in Russia with 12 points, while Mariya-Margarita Davydova (189-F/C-93) added 11 points and 12 boards. In the loosing squad, Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) was the leading player with 16 points and 7 rebs. Naho Miyoshi (165-G-93) scored 14 pts. Russa took control on their rivals from the early beginning. Ksenia Tikhonenko was on fire and together with her teammates made 6-24 lead in the first ten minutes. At that time it was clear that Japan will not have a chance in this one. They improved in Q2 (30-24), but still that was not enough even for a small treat. Third quarter ended with 23-23 tie and Russia was going to pick up a comfortable win. They made 9-22 in the last ten minutes for the final 68-93 blowout. In Day Two, Russia will meet USA in derby game. Japan will play against Canada.

Turkey - Canada 73-82
Canada celebrated in the opening day of FIBA U17 World Championship. They managed to beat Turkey for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Beside these two teams, participants of the same pool are also USA, Russia, Japan and France. Nirra Fields (170-G-93) was the leading player in victory. She spent 32 minutes on the court collecting 25 points and 9 rebounds. Fields reached valuation 30 and was the MVP of this meeting. Alexandra Der (183-F-92) secured a nice help with 15, while Karly Roser (175-G-93) added 10 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) delivered 16 points. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) had double-double of 11 points and 10 boards, while Betul Kalfali (178-F-93) and Merve Aydin (174-G-94) also scored 11 pts each. Canada shined in the first half, while the second belonged to Turkey. Nirra Fields and her teammates came out of the gate strongly creating 14-18 and 10-19 in the first two quarters. It means that Canada was already 13 points up at the half time and was on the right way to victory. Turkey improved after the breather finishing Q3 with 24-23, but they needed a way more. Last quarter also belonged to Turkey, but it seemed that Canada played as much as it was necessary for the win. At the end, it was totally deserved 73-82 victory. In Day Two, Canada will meet Japan. Turkey will take on France.

Group B
Belgium - Mali 80-27
Belgium destroyed Mali in Toulouse. It was a Day One of the FIBA U17 World Championship. Belgium and Mali are together with China, Australia, Spain and Argentina placed to Preliminary Group B. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) was in a game moog collecting 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Sien Devliegher (174-G-93) had 10 points. All Belgian players, except of Biebuyck, managed to score in this game. On the other side, the best player of Mali was Fanta Guindo with 7 points. What to say about this game. Belgia was simply better than Mali in all basketball elements. Emma Meesseman and her teammates limited Mali to 5 points in the first and 2 points in the second quarter. They drained 32 on the other side for 20 minutes. Belgium exploded offensively in third frame scoring 31 points. Mali was once again unable to reach double-digits and they faced with 63-14 deficit. Belgium slowed down in the last ten minutes ending it 17-13 for the final 80-27 devastation. In Day Two in Toulouse, Belgium will meet Argentina. Mali will play against Spain.

Spain - Australia 57-58
Australia grabbed 57-58 thriller win against Spain in Day One in Toulouse. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Belgium, China, Argentina and Mali. Of course, Australia has 1-0 now, while Spain dropped to 0-1. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) and Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) were the leading scorers in victory with 13 points each. They grabbed 9 and 6 rebounds respectively. Carley Mijovic (195-F-94) helped with 11 pts. In Spain, Marles Balart responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) had 10 pts and also 5 rebs. Australia had a better start of this meeting. Tayla Roberts and her teammates created 15-20 lead in the first quarter, but they somehow stopped after that. Spain took control on this game, but still was not so productive. So, the second quarter finished 11-8 for Spain who closed the gap to 26-28. Third frame was totally leveled (16-16) with neither team making a bigger lead. Game went to thriller finish. Gretel Tippett s basket with 1:13 left to play proved the difference as Spain could not find the mark in the final minute and lost 58-57. In Day Two, Australia will meet China. Spain will take on Mali.

China - Argentina 72-54
China did a great job in Day One of the FIBA U17 World Championship. They outplayed Argentina with easy 72-54 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B, which also includes Belgium, Australia, Spain and Mali. Argentina dropped to 0-1. Cui Hongyang (176-G-94) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds in this victory. Shen Yi (172-G-93) had 13 points and was the last one with double-digits in scoring for China. In Argentina, Rocio Diaz (170-F-93) shined with 14 pts. China entered to this game with strong willingness to take it. They demonstrated great defense limiting Argentina to 11 points in the first quarter. On the other side, China drained 21 for the first double-digit lead. Nothing has changed after that as China still was in control and looked comfortable. Cui Hongyang and her teammates finished the second frame with 17-10 for 38-21 half time lead. Argentina was not able to resist and faced with 21-14 in Q3, meaning that China already resolved question about the winner. Last quarter belonged to Argentina, but everything was already clear. China will meet Australia in Day Two. Argentina will play against Belgium.





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