Japan - Italy 97-69 Japan made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals in Chile. They cruised past Italy 97-69 improving to 3-1 record in Qualifying Group E. On the other side, Italy dropped to 2-2 and still has a chance to reach the next stage. Shiori Takada (170-G-92) exploded with 31 points for the winners. She made 8 of 10 attempts from behind the arc. Rui Machida (160-PG-93) had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, while Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) added 17 pts and 5 rebs. In defeat, Giulia Maffenini (180-F-92) collected 17 points and 5 rebs. Alessandra Formica (174-G-93) had 13 points and 8 boards, while Nene Diene (169-PG-92) added 11 pts. Quarters: 33-22, 18-18, 24-17, 22-12. In the next game Japan will meet Canada. Italy will take on USA.
Russia - Canada 50-66 Canada registered another victory in Chile. This time Canada handed 66-50 loss to Russia jumping to 4-0 record in Qualifying Group E. They already booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals. Russia dropped to 1-3 after this meeting, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. Nirra Fields (178-PG-93) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Michelle Plouffe (193-C-92) helped with 17 points, while Wumi Agunbiade (188-F-92) added 9 pts. In Russia, Yulia Poluyanova (187-F-92) was the only player with double-digits in scoring - 11 pts. Ksenia Tikhonenko (174-G-93, agency: RIZO) had 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Alexandra Stoylar added 8 pts. Quarters: 8-18, 6-26, 30-14, 6-8. Canada will meet Japan in their next game. Russia will play against China.
USA - China 80-77 Fourth straight win for USA in Chile. After 3-0 in Preliminary Round, USA had to work hard against China and managed to beat them 80-77. USA and Canada are together on top of Group E now with 4-0 record. They already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. China slipped to 1-3 in this pool. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bria Hartley (5'10''-G-92) had 18 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists, while Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) added 12 pts and 8 boards. In China, Zuo Jiayi (5'10''-PG-92) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds. Liang Jiamei (6'0''-F-92) followed her with 15 points and 7 rebs, and Ma XueYa (6'2''-C/F-93) stopped to 10 pts. Quarters: 19-17, 15-15, 24-14, 22-31. USA will play against Italy in the next game. China's rival will be Russia.
Spain - France 55-57 France did a great job in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Chile. They grabbed 57-55 win against Spain for 3-1 record in Group F. Thanks to this win, France is already with one leg in the Quarterfinals. Spain dropped to 2-2 and still has a good chance to reach the QFinals. Adja Konteh (178-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) had 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) added 9 points and 6 rebs. In Spain, Mariona Ortiz (183-F-92) responded with 21 points and 7 boards. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stopped to just 7 points in this meeting. Quarters: 16-14, 8-12, 16-15, 15-16. In the next game, France will meet undefeated Brazil. Spain will take on Australia.
Taiwan - Australia 46-89 Australia delivered another easy win in Chile. They destroyed Taiwan 89-46 for 4-0 record in Group F and already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. There are two more games to be played at this stage. Taiwan slipped to 1-3 in this pool. Their chances to reach the QFinals drastically decreased. Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Alexandra Bunton (198-C-93, college: Wichita St.) had 11 pts and 8 rebs, while Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) added 10 pts. In defeat, Wei Yu-Chun (176-G-92) delivered 15 points. Cheng I-Hsiu (178-G-93) scored 11 and Lee Ching-Ning (175-F-92) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 9-20, 13-23, 11-23, 13-23. Australia will meet Spain in the next game. Taiwan will play against China.
Brazil - Chile 79-53 Brazil has no mercy for their rivals at the U19 World Championship in Chile. This time they handed 79-53 loss to the host of this event jumping to 4-0 in Group F. Thanks to this win Brazil already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Chile has 1-3 now, but their hopes for the next stage are still alive. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) once again was the leading player in victory. She exploded with 22 points and 18 rebounds this time. Isabela Ramona (178-F-94) secured a great help adding 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Thamara Silva (187-C-94) added 8 pts. In defeat, Francisca Rojas (176-F-93) collected 13 points and 6 rebs. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) was their second scorer with 9 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 19-9, 25-15, 19-13, 16-16. Brazil will play against France today. Chile will take on Taiwan.
Egypt - Argentina 73-94 Argentina made a first step forward to 13th place in Chile. They were too strong for Egypt 94-73 yesterday. Argentina took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back after that. Their leading player was Rocio Diaz (170-G-93) with 20 points. Brenda Schmidt (185-F-93) had 17 points and Celia Fiorotto (186-C-92) helped with double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. In Egypt, Hagar Amer (184-F-93) shined with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Sara Massoud (174-G-92) and Hala Elshaarawy (181-F-93) (9 rebs) added 14 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 8-18, 16-26, 17-24, 32-26. Argentina will play against Slovenia in the next game. Egypt will have a day-off.
USA celebrate sixth consecutive title - 18 months ago
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Russia - USA 70-78
The USA conquered the title at the World Championship in Chekhov. They overcame hosting Russia to celebrate the sixth straight trophy. AJa Wilson (196-G/F-96) was unstoppable with 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Russia grabbed a 21:19 lead at the first break. They extended the gap early in the second frame. But the USA turned things around late in the first half. They pulled ahead and ensured a 39:34 halftime lead. Russia pulled within 4 points at... [read more]
Russia - USA 70-78 The USA conquered the title at the World Championship in Chekhov. They overcame hosting Russia to celebrate the sixth straight trophy. AJa Wilson (196-G/F-96) was unstoppable with 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Russia grabbed a 21:19 lead at the first break. They extended the gap early in the second frame. But the USA turned things around late in the first half. They pulled ahead and ensured a 39:34 halftime lead. Russia pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. However the USA stormed to a double-digit lead late in regulation and held on to the victory at the end. Azura Stevens (196-F-96) finished with 18 points, while Chatrice White (190-C-96) and Napheesa Collier (186-C/F-97) provided 10 points each for the champions. Daria Kolosovskaya (182-SF-96) responded with 19 points for Russia. Raisa Musina (189-F/C-98) delivered 16 points in the defeat.
Spain - Australia 62-69 Australia stepped onto the pedestal at the World Championship. They knocked down Spain in the consolation final to earn the Bronze medals. Alanna Smith (188-PF-96) stepped up with 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Gems. Australia opened a massive 29:13 lead after ten minutes. Spain narrowed the gap at 9-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. Spain pulled closer in the final frame but could not avoid the defeat. Alexandra Sharp (184-G-97) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Angela Salvadores (178-G-97) responded with 22 points for Spain.
France - Belgium 53-40 France outgunned Belgium to clinch the fifth position in Chekhov. Victoria Majekodunmi (174-PG-96) was responsible for 17 points in the win. France and Belgium were tied at 18 after twenty minutes. France however used a 35:22 second half run to spur to the victory. Camille Cirgue (184-PF-96) and Marylie Limousin (160-PG-96) finished with 8 points apiece in the win. Elise Ramette (167-PG-98) and Sofia Ouahabi (165-G-97) responded with 11 points each in the loss.
China - Canada 67-47 China fired past Canada to earn the 7th position at the championship. The Asian team capped their campaign with a near-perfect basketball. Xing Jinbo (181-F-96) stepped up with 15 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. China jumped to a 42:19 halftime lead. They kept Canada at distance throughout the second half and rolled to a comfortable win. Meiqi Zhu (186-C-96) accounted for 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Bridget Carleton (185-G-97) responded with 12 points for Canada.
Brazil - Holland 72-83 Netherlands occupied the ninth position at the World Championship. They knocked down Brazil in their final game in Chekhov. Emese Hof (190-C-96) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Netherlands got to a sizzling start. They registered a 47:27 halftime lead. The margin grew at 28-point mark at the final intermission. Brazil exploded with 30 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Laura Westerik (170-G-98) netted 16 points for the winners. Gabriela De Paula (180-F-96) responded with 13 points for Brazil.
Mali - Serbia 46-58 Serbia overcame Mali to earn the 11th overall position at the championship. Jovana Nogic (181-G-97) posted 13 points to lead balanced effort. Serbia rallied to a comfortable 33:17 halftime lead. Mali narrowed the gap in the second half but could not avoid the defeat. Kristina Arsenic (193-C-97) and Bojana Stevanovic (180-PF-96) accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Christina Dakouo responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Mali.
Taiwan - South Korea 67-78 South Korea victoriously wrapped up their campaign. They outgunned Taiwan for the 13th overall position. Lee Juyeon (168-PG-98) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. South Korea opened a 38:32 halftime lead. Taiwan got within 3 points at the final break. But South Korea went on a 20:12 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. An Jin (185-C-96) contributed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Hsu Yu-Lien (177-F-97) responded with 18 points for Taiwan.
Egypt - Argentina 43-50 Argentina topped Egypt in the final game in Chekhov for both teams. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) stepped up with 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort. Argentina opened a 24:18 halftime lead. Argentina held their opponents to just 10 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Emilia Giustiniani (159-PG-96) netted 11 points for the winners. Nadine Selaawi (180-F-98) answered with 17 points for Egypt.
Russia and USA to clash for title in Chekhov - 18 months ago
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USA - Spain 80-65
Team USA reached the championship game in Chekhov. They knocked down Spain in the second semifinal today. Napheesa Collier (186-C/F-97) stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace the USA to the victory. They will now take on hosting Russia for the title. Team USA raced to a 44:31 halftime lead. Spain pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. But the USA held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and eased to the win. AJa... [read more]
USA - Spain 80-65 Team USA reached the championship game in Chekhov. They knocked down Spain in the second semifinal today. Napheesa Collier (186-C/F-97) stepped up with 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace the USA to the victory. They will now take on hosting Russia for the title. Team USA raced to a 44:31 halftime lead. Spain pulled within 12 points at the final intermission. But the USA held their opponents to just 15 points in the fourth quarter and eased to the win. AJa Wilson (196-G/F-96) accounted for 20 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Laura Quevedo (185-G-96, college: Miami, FL) responded with 17 points for Spain.
Russia - Australia 76-57 Russia outgunned Austria to advance into the World Championship Final. Maria Vadeeva (190-C-98) was unstoppable with 27 points and 16 rebounds for the hosts. Russia used a 21:12 rally in the second frame to take a 14-point halftime lead. Russia kept the Gems at bay throughout the second half and drove to the victory. Ksenia Levchenko (165-PG-96) posted 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Kristy Wallace (180-G-96) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Australia. Tahlia Tupaea (174-G-97) had 10 points in the loss.
Canada - Belgium 64-70 Belgium outscored Canada to set the up the clash versus France for the fifth position at the tournament. Julie Allemand (173-PG-96, agency: LBM Management) was pivotal with 24 points for the winners. Canada eked out an 18:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Belgium however responded with a 35:26 run in the next two quarters to spur ahead. Canada tried hard to deny the deficit in the final period but Belgium held on to avoid the defeat. Heleen Nauwelaers (180-F-96) accounted for 15 points in the win. Bridget Carleton (185-G-97) responded with 20 points for Canada.
France - China 67-61 France outgunned China in the classification games for the fifth position. Marie Milapie (191-C-96) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Les Bleues. France overcame a three-point deficit at the first break to take a 32:22 halftime advantage. They extended the lead at 13-point mark at the final intermission. China erupted for 26 points in the fourth frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Mathilde Combes (184-C-96) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Xing Jinbo (181-F-96) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for China.
Holland - Serbia 90-60 Netherlands stormed past Serbia in the classification round. Emese Hof (190-C-96) stepped up with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the Dutch team. Netherlands dominated from start to finish. They accumulated a 50:28 halftime lead. Netherlands boosted the gap at 33-point mark at the final intermission and cruised to the victory. Esther Fokke (185-PF-96) chipped in 18 points for the winners. Bojana Stevanovic (180-PF-96) answered with 12 points for Serbia.
Brazil - Mali 60-49 Thayna Silva came off the bench to score 11 points and Brazil outlasted Mali in Chekhov today. Brazil looked solid defensively in the first half. They held Mali to just 14 points building a 17-point halftime lead. Mali improved offensively in the second half but could not overcome a deep deficit. Jennifer Calixto (189-C-97) and Gabriela De Paula (180-F-96) delivered 9 points each for the winners. Mariam Coulibaly (183-C-97) responded with 19 points and 18 rebounds for Mali.
South Korea - Argentina 63-57 South Korea rolled past Argentina in the classification round of the World Championship. The Korean team piled up a 30:20 halftime lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the third term. Argentina nailed 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Lee Juyeon (168-PG-98) finished with 16 points for the Korean team. An Jin (185-C-96) added 14 points for the winners. Victoria Llorente (184-F/C-96) responded with 15 points and 15 rebounds for Argentina.
Egypt - Taiwan 59-73 Taiwan outgunned Egypt in Chekhov today. Hsu Yu-Lien (177-F-97) stepped up with 15 points to pace the Asian team. Taiwan opened a 24:16 lead after ten minutes. They boosted the gap at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Taiwan never looked back afterwards marching to the win. Cho Ching (172-F-97) provided 12 points in the victory. Nadine Selaawi (180-F-98) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Egypt.
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