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World Championships U19 2007 - Women Basketball



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W.Championships U19 Standings
Group E
1. USA 6-0
2. Slovakia 5-1
3. Spain 4-2
4. Korea 3-3
5. China 2-4
6. Lithuan. 1-5
Group F
1. Serbia 6-0
2. Austral. 5-1
3. Sweden 4-2
4. Czech R. 3-3
5. Brazil 2-4
6. Canada 1-5
Classification
1. Japan 2-0
3. Argenti. 1-1
2. Mali 1-1
4. Ivory C. 0-2

WC U19 Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
1. Slovakia 3-0
2. Spain 2-1
3. Korea 1-2
4. Argenti. 0-3
Group B
1. USA 3-0
2. China 2-1
3. Lithuan. 1-2
4. Ivory C. 0-3
Group C
1. Serbia 3-0
2. Czech R. 2-1
3. Canada 1-2
4. Japan 0-3
Group D
1. Austral. 3-0
2. Sweden 2-1
3. Brazil 1-2
4. Mali 0-3

W.Championships U19
Final Standings
1. USA
3. Sweden
1. Serbia
3. Spain
2. Austral.
2. Slovakia
4. Czech R.
4. Korea
6. Canada
5. Brazil
5. China
6. Lithuan.
1. Japan
3. Argenti.
2. Mali
4. Ivory C.



USA U19 National Team Celebrating World U19 Championship 2007 (Photo: FIBA)



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4 Melissa Lechlitner (5'7''-G-88) of University of Notre Dame
5 Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-G-89) of Duke University
6 Italee Lucas (5'9''-G-89) of University of North Carolina
7 Maya Moore (6'1''-F-89) of University of Connecticut
8 Angela Bjorklund (6'0''-G-89) of High School USA
9 Monica Wright (5'11''-G-88) of The University of Virginia
10 Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) of Stanford University
11 Krystal Thomas (6'4''-C-89) of Duke University
12 Amy Jaeschke (6'5''-C-89) of Northwestern University
13 Victoria Baugh (6'4''-C-89) of University of Tennessee
14 Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) of Ohio State University
15 Allyssa Dehaan (6'9''-C-88) of Michigan State University



   USA triumph in Bratislava - Aug. 6, 2007 
Final

USA U19 - Sweden U19 99:57
United States U19 National team lost no games during the World championship in Bratislava and deservedly accomplished their mission grabbing the second straight title. Sweden though played a spectacular basketball throughout the tournament and could take it as a successful one.
Sweden seemed exhausted after a tiresome semifinal against Serbia and allowed USA to spur ahead at the start. North American team eased to a 33:18 lead after the first frame and actually never looked back. They extended the gap to 55:33 at halftime. Swedish team needed a miracle to save the encounter but it never came. Elin and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) were limited offensively and United States team cruised to the title in the final stanza.
Maya Moore (186-F-89) topscored in the Final with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Monica Wright (180-G-88) added 19 points, while Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) paced Sweden with 12 points and 7 boards. Frida Eldebrink had 10 points in defeat.
USA posted impressive digits from the field as they converted 46.5%, including 47.1% from beyond the arc. Sweden struggled in accuracy hitting just 24.1%. USA also were dominant under the rims outrebounding Sweden 63:30. USA players also made 8 blocks and kept the paint closed for the opponents.

USA U19: Maya Moore 19+13 boards, Monica Wright 19, Jantel Lavender 15+10 boards
Sweden U19: Louice Halvarsson 12, Frida Eldebrink 10, Frida Aili (178-G-88) 8

3rd-4th spots

Serbia U19 - Spain U19 52:50
Serbian U19 National team celebrated the third spot at the World championship in Slovakia. They overcame Spanish team in the Bronze game 52:50. This result however saw Serbia to drop one spot from 2005 World campaign result.
Serbia took control of the game in the first quarter when a tight defence allowed them to gain a 14:6 lead. Serbia held on to the advantage and ensured a 27:18 distance at halftime. Spain however emerged strong after the break. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) ignited a comeback attempt from Spaniards. They cut the deficit by three points in the third frame 32:38. Their dominance continued throughout the final stanza but it was not enough to claim an overall victory. Serbia's leader Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) lifted the team to the victory and sealed winning outcome.
Jelena Milovanovic led all scorers with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Irena Matovic (186-F-88) added 12 points for the winners. Anna Carbo responded with 13 points for Spain. Tamara Abalde (188-F-89) chipped in 11 points in a loss.
Serbia reigned under the rims outrebounding Spain 48:35. Both teams struggled from the field converting 30.3% (Serbia) and 28% (Spain).

Serbia U19: Jelena Milovanovic 17, Irena Matovic 12
Spain U19: Anna Carbo 13, Tamara Abalde 11


5th-6th spots

Australia U19 - Slovak Republic U19 64:54
Australia completed their U19 World championship campaign in style. They edged hosting Slovakia to climb to overall 5th spot at the tournament.
Australia got to a slightly better start of the game as they established a 16:11 lead after the opening frame. Slovakia were not able to cut the deficit in the second quarter and Aussies rolled to a 33:23 advantage at halftime. Australia managed to maintain Regina Palusna (193-C-89) and capitalized on her low-scoring. They held to a 10-point lead throughout the third quarter and extended it by 1 point at the end of the frame. Slovakia never came closer than 10 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end.
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) topscored for Australia with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Katie Ebzery (177-G-90) contributed 11 points, while Abby Bishop (189-C-88) added 10 points and 7 boards for the winners. Lucia Turbova secured game-high 18 points for Slovakia. Regina Palusna was limited to 12 points and 6 rebounds as she got fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Australia shot 40.7% from the field, while the home side converted just 27.7% of their attempts. The Gems also managed to outrebound their opponents 43:31. Australia were also generous offensively committing 27 turnovers.

Australia U19: Marianna Tolo 16, Katie Ebzery 11, Abby Bishop 10
Slovakia U19: Lucia Turbova 18, Regina Palusna 12


7th-8th spots

Czech Republic U19 - Korea U19 101:87
Czech Republic team had a victorious finish to their World championship campaign. They edged Korea to claim the 7th spot at the tournament.
Czech team marked their dominance in the first minutes of the game and drove to a perfect 35:17 first frame. Korea levelled the pace however managed just to stay behind at a 20-points distance at halftime 59:39. Czechs were remained impressive after the break and continued to pile up the advantage. It reached a 87:65 mark at the end of the third frame and all possible questions of outcome were dropped. Korea enjoyed only the last part of the encounter when they outscored their opponents 22:14 however it had little impact on Czechs overall success.
Lenka Sipova (183-C-88) nailed 24 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) added 21 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Kang Ajeong (-89) once again confirmed her topscorer status notching game-high 32 points and collecting 7 rebounds. Kim Danbi (-90) had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
Czech players outrebounded Korea 45:39 including 18 offensive boards. Czech Republic also shot solid 53.9% from the field. Korea responded with 37.7% accuracy. Korean players committed 27 fouls, while Czech defence received 22.
Kang Ajeong remained on top of the scoring ladder with 24.9 points per game. Katerina Elhotova completed the tournament nailing 16.1 points per game.

Czech Republic U19: Lenka Sipova 24+9 boards, Katerina Elhotova 21
Korea U19: Kang Ajeong 32, Kim Danbi 14



   Sweden and USA will clash for the trophy - Aug. 5, 2007 
Semifinals

Sweden U19 - Serbia U19 85:75
Sweden U19 revenged for the loss to Serbia at the qualifying round stunning them 85:75 in yesterday's semifinal. Serbia did not manage to repeat their 2005 World championship success when they made it to the Final. Sweden will now face undefeated USA in the title clash.
Sweden got to a better start of the game and led by as many as 9 points midway through the first frame. However Serbia capped the quarter with a 10:0 run to surge ahead 22:20. The teams kept it close in the second quarter and completed the first half tied at 42. Serbia finally made a breakthrough at the end of the third stanza and grabbed a 63:56 lead. Sweden though was not about to give this one up as Frida and Elin Eldenbrink combined family effort to put Sweden back in this one. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) nailed a couple of free throws and Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) secured a trey to draw the teams with 6 minutes to go in regualtion. Serbia suddenly stopped offensivelly and could not find the touch from the range. They missed a bunch of shots, while Elin Eldebrink was deadly from beyond the arc. Eldebrink sisters shone brightly as they capped the game with 6 straight points to bury Serbian hopes for the Final.
Frida Eldebrink scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Frida Aili (178-G-88) netted 17 points, while Elin Eldebrink produced 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Serbia responded with 16 points from Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88). Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) added 14 points in a losing clause.
Serbia will play against Spain for the Bronze medals later tonight.

Sweden U19: Frida Eldebrink 23+9 boards, Frida Aili 17, Elin Eldebrink 12
Serbia U19: Dragana Gobeljic 16, Jelena Milovanovic 14


USA U19 - Spain U19 69:46
USA U19 team continued their winning march at the World championship in Slovakia. They remained undefeated after yesterday's semifinal against Spain. Spaniards sensationally edged Australia in the quarterfinal one day earlier and seemed to have not enough strength to cope with a strong United States side.
USA entered the game with a perfect 7:0 record and never stopped en route to the victory. They gained a 20:14 lead after the first frame and continue to roll in the second. Spain were limited to just 10 points and North American team enjoyed a 32:24 distance at halftime. Spain struggled to come back in the third stanza as they fell short 15:23 and seemed to run out of steam in the late stages of the game. United States handled Spain in the final stanza and advanced to the Final.
Maya Moore (186-F-89) led all scorers with 24 points and 6 rebounds for Unites States. Victoria Baugh (193-C-89) added 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) replied with 11 points and 6 rebounds for Spain. Tamara Abalde (188-F-89) ensured another 10 points in a losing effort.
USA reigned under the rims outrebounding Spanish players 53:30. They also limited Spaniards to just 29.5% from the field, including just 1/14 from beyond the arc.
USA will now play against Sweden in today's title decider. Spain takes on Serbia for the Bronze.

USA U19: Maya Moore 24, Victoria Baugh 8+9 boards
Spain U19: Laura Nicholls 11, Tamara Abalde 10


5th-8th spots

Slovak Republic U19 - Korea U19 92:66
Slovakia cruised past Korea to advance to the game for the 5th spot at the U19 World championship in Bratislava. After a sour loss from Sweden earlier in the tournament Slovakia entertained 1000 fans with a comprehensive win over South Korea.
The home side were in control of this one right from the start as they outscored Asian players 26:15 in the first frame. The gap kept on growing and Slovakia drove to a 45:30 advantage at halftime. Korea obviously struggled to maintain Slovakia's leaders Regina Palusna (193-C-89) and Janka Mincikova (167-G-89). They ignited Slovakia to another successful frame and the hosts enjoyed a safe 71:44 distance at the start of the final quarter.
Korea never came back into this one allowing Slovakia to post another victory in the competition.
Regina Palusna topscored for Slovakia with 20 points and 19 rebounds. Janka Mincikova and Stefania Kondracova nailed 12 points apiece for the winners. Kang Ajeong (-89) was once again the best performer for Korean team as she chipped in game-high 27 points and collected 7 rebounds. Lee Youjin (-90) had 7 points and 8 boards in defeat.
Slovakia outrebounded their opponents 53:33 pulling down also 25 offensive boards. The home side limited Korea to 29.6% of accuracy and were fouled on 34 times.
Slovakia now faces Australia in the clash for the 5th spot. Korea will play against Czech Republic later tonight.

Slovakia U19: Regina Palusna 20+19 boards, Janka Mincikova 12, Stefania Kondracova 12
Korea U19: Kang Ajeong 27, Lee Youjin 7


Australia U19 - Czech Republic U19 89:66
Czech Republic U19 national team did not manage to overcome Australia in classification round. After an exhausting outing against USA Czech team was rallied over by the Gems. Czechs will now face Korea in the game for the 7th-8th spots today. Aussies will take on hosting Slovakia for the 5th place.
Australia were taken as one of the main favourites for this tournament but stumbled in the quarterfinal losing to Spain 69:72. However Czech team did not stop Aussies en route to overall 5th spot in the World.
Czech Republic defence could not cope with an impressive performance from Abby Bishop (189-C-88). Australian forward netted game-high 25 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Mia Newley (181-F-86) chipped in 14 points for the winners. Kamila Stepanova (190-C-88) led Czech team with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in a losing effort.
Australia dominataed the most aspects of the game. They outrebounded Czech players 51:34 and shot more accurately from the field. Australia converted 48.4% of their attempts, while Czech team replied with just 32.5% accuracy.

Australia U19: Abby Bishop 25+17 boards, Mia Newley 14
Czech Republic U19: Kamila Stepanova 17+9 boards, Romana Hejdova 14


9th-10th spots

Canada U19 - Brazil U19 68:66 (OT)
Canadian U19 National team had to survive overtime to claim the 9th spot at the World championship in Slovakia. They narrowly defeated Brazil in today's spectacular clash.
Both teams kept it on safe side at the start of the game with no one rushing ahead. Canada though secured a 11:10 lead after the first quarter. Brazil spurred in front in the second frame as they outscored Canada 19:11 and established 29:22 advantage at halftime. The things never changed in the third quarter as Brazil and Canada tried to stay at a striking distance and remain competitive. Brazil however managed to extend their lead to 44:36 at the end of the third quarter. Canada recovered late in the game as Kaitlyn Burke (-89) and Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) nailed a couple of important baskets to force overtime.
Brazil dominated the start of the extra period as they rolled to a 66:60 lead with 71 seconds remaining. Devan Lisson connected from behind to cut the deficit to 3 points with 1 minute left in overtime. Brazil committed a turnover in their next possession and Laurelle Weigl punished them with knocked down jumper to put Canada within a single point with 35 seconds on the clock. She was also fouled and converted a free throw to tie the scoreline. The teams exchanged missed attempts before Miranda Ayim sealed the victory for Canadian team with two free throws.
Kendel Ross led Canada with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Kaitlyn Burke added 10 points and 9 rebounds for North American team. Brazil replied with 14 points from Patricia Ribeiro (174-F-90). Ariani Silva (-89) had 13 points in a losing effort.

Canada U19: Kendel Ross 13+15 boards, Kaitlyn Burke 10+9 boards
Brazil U19: Patricia Ribeiro 14, Ariani Silva 13


11th-12th spots

China U19 - Lithuania U19 73:68
Chinese team had a successful completion of the World championship in Bratislava. They defeated Lithuanian squad in the battle for the 11th spot. Once again Lithuania could propose impressive stats just from Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) and it was not enough for an overall positive result.
Lithuania however had a better start to the game as they grabbed an early 19:17 lead. China bounced back in the second quarter and gained a 36:32 advantage at halftime. Laima Rickeviciute spurred her team to a solid third frame and they cut the lead to just 1 point entering the final stanza. But Chinese found their hero in the last part of the game as Ding Tingting (-88) rolled to an overall 24 points, most of them in the dying stage of the game, and brought victory to Asian team.
Yang Banban (171-G-89) scored 13 points for China. Zeng Meiling (-88) produced 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Laima Rickeviciute secured game-high 28 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Lithuania. Vitalija Vasciunaite (172-G-88) had 13 points in defeat.
China dominated the battle under the rims outrebounding Lithuania 46:36. Both teams were very cautionate offensively committing just 9 (Lithuania) and 8 (China) turnovers. Lithuania shot more accurately from the field converting 40.6%, while China knocked down 37% of field goals. China recorded 3 wins and 5 defeats during their World championhsip campaign. Lithuania won just one game and suffered 7 losses.

China U19: Ding Tingting 24, Yang Banban 13, Zeng Meiling 12+10 boards
Lithuania U19: Laima Rickeviciute 28, Vitalija Vasciunaite 13



   Stage is set for the semifinals - Aug. 4, 2007
Quarterfinals

USA U19 - Czech Republic U19 85:66
USA U19 National team never stopped en route to the semifinal at the World championship in Bratislava. They cruised to their 7th straight victory in the quarterfinal as they defeated Czech Republic 85:66.
Czechs were furious at the start of the game as they dominated the court and rolled to a 23:21 advantage after the first frame. USA though was not taken aback and gradually took over the initiative. They surged ahead midway through the second quarter and secured a 42:37 lead at halftime. United States capitalized on a shaky shooting from Czech players and extended the gap to 11 points 64:53 at the end of the third quarter. Czechs were not able to revive the intrigue in this one as they were routed by a strong United States armada 21:13 in the final stanza. Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) topscored for USA with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Maya Moore (186-F-89) chipped in 13 points for the winners. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) netted 18 points for Czech Republic. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) and Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) notched 10 points apiece in defeat.
USA reigned under the rims outrebounding Czech team 50:33. They also converted 40.7% of field goals and committed just 13 personal fouls throughout the game. Czech Republic knocked down 35.1% from the field and committed 18 turnovers down the stretch.
USA will now await for the winner of Australia versus Spain clash to face them in the semis. Czech Republic will play in the classification round for the 5th-8th places.

USA U19: Jantel Lavender 25+9 boards, Maya Moore 13
Czech Republic U19: Katerina Elhotova 18, Andrea Ovsikova 10, Romana Hejdova 10


Spain U19 - Australia U19 72:69
Spanish U19 National team beat all the forecasts and defeated Australia in one of the most dramamtic battles at the World championship so far. Spain secured a narrow 72:69 victory and advanced to the semifinal where they face USA later tonight.
Aussies seemed to be in control of this one as they rolled to a confident 19:10 lead after the opening frame. The gap kept on growing in the second frame and Australia held a 43:30 advantage at halftime.
Spain recovered in the third quarter. They speeded up the game and thrashed their opponents with a 19:0 run. Spanish players gained a 55:50 lead entering the fourth frame. Australia though was not about to give this one up. They regained the lead midway through the stanza but Spain tied the scoreline with 24 seconds remaining. Australia missed their oppotrunity while Gabriela Ocete used her to the full. She dropped a buzzer beater to bring a dramatic victory to Spain.
Tamara Abalde (188-F-89) and Alba Torrens (184-F-89) secured 22 points each for Spain. Gabriela Ocete added 8 points in a winning effort. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) paced Australian team with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 13 points in defeat.
Australia will now play in the classification round for the 5th-8th spots. They will next take on Czech Republic today.

Spain U19: Tamara Abalde 22, Alba Torrens 22+10 boards
Australia U19: Abby Bishop 19+14 boards, Marianna Tolo 13


Serbia U19 - Korea U19 74:62
Serbia remained undefeated as they drove past Korea in the quarterfinal of the U19 World championship in Slovakia. Korea did not manage to produce a sensation and eliminate one of the tournament's favourites.
South Korean players though played a strong first quarter and outscored Serbia 19:16. However further on Serbia found the way to maintain offensive presence of Kang Ajeong (-89) and gradually took control over the game.
Serbia rallied to a 34:32 advantage at halftime and never looked back aftrwards. The gap grew to 4 points at the start of the last quarter 52:48. Serbia then tightened their defence and did not allow Korean team to strike late in the game.
Andja Ivkovic (184-F-88) produced 15 poitns and 13 rebounds to lead Serbia. Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) secured another 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Kang Ajeong gained 20 points for Korea. Eun Lee had 11 points and 4 steals in a loss.
Serbia had a huge dominance under the rims as they outrebounded undersized Korean squad 44:18. Serbia also converted solid 52% from the field and capitalized on 29 personal fouls from Korean players.
Serbia will now take on Sweden in today's semifinal. Korea will play against Slovak Republic in classification round.

Serbia U19: Andja Ivkovic 15+13 boards, Maja Miljkovic 14
Korea U19: Kang Ajeong 20, Eun Lee 11


Sweden U19 - Slovak Republic U19 68:65
Yesterday became an unhappy day for Slovakian basketball fans as their favourites did not qualify into the semifinal stage of the home World championship. Slovakia were beaten by Sweden in a dramatic battle in Bratislava.
Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) shone brightly on the court as she paced Sweden with 23 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 4 rebounds. Regina Palusna (193-C-89) matched Eldebrink's effort with 25 points and 19 rebounds but did not enjoy the same support from teammates.
Sweden gained an early 23:17 lead after the first frame. But Slovakia revived in the second and gradually grabbed control over the rhythm of the game. They cut the gap to 34:39 at halftime just to emerge strong in the third stanza. Slovakia cheered up by the local fans spurred ahead and overwhelmed their opponents 19:7 to put themselves in front 53:46. But it was not enough at the end. Sweden recovered in the final quarter and rolled over the home side to an overall victory.
Frida Aili (178-G-88) and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) contributed 14 poitns apiece for Sweden. Frida Eldebrink nailed another 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) responded with 16 points for Slovakia, while Lucia Krc Turbova had 14 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Sweden will now try to revenge for the loss from Serbia at qualifying round as they face them in today's semifinal. Slovakia will play against Korea in classification round for the 5th-8th spots.

Sweden U19: Elin Eldebrink 23, Frida Aili 14, Louice Halvarsson 14
Slovakia U19: Regina Palusna 25+19 boards, Janka Mincikova 16, Lucia Krc Turbova 14



   Canada and Brazil will decide on the 9th place - Aug. 3, 2007 
Classification games

Brazil U19 - Lithuania U19 77:64
Brazil U19 National team grabbed a 77:64 win over Lithuania in classification round. They will now clash with Canada for the 9th spot. Lithuania will battle for the 11th place against China tomorrow.
Brazil used a strong first half to accumulated necessary lead. They surged ahead 41:29 at halftime and continued to roll in the third quarter. Brazil extended their advantage to 18 points entering the final frame and never looked back allowing Lithuania to enjoy a small success in the fourth stanza.
Ariani Silva (-89) and Patricia Ribeiro (174-F-90) secured 13 points apiece for Brazil. Nadia Gomes (193-C-89) added another 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) netted 33 points and pulled down 7 boards for Lithuania. Vitalija Vasciunaite (172-G-88) had 11 points in defeat.
Brazil were more accurate from the field as they knocked down 45.6% of their shots, including 71.4% from the stripe. Lithuania struggled from the range converting 36.5% of attempts, including just 52.4% of free throws. Lithuania at the same time dominated the battle under the rims as they outrebounded Brazil 41:33. Brazil forced their opponents to 25 turnovers.

Brazil U19: Ariani Silva 13, Patricia Ribeiro 13, Nadia Gomes 10+8 boards
Lithuania U19: Laima Rickeviciute 33, Vitalija Vasciunaite 11


Canada U19 - China U19 75:64
Canadian U19 National team clebrated another victory at the World Championship in Slovakia. They edged China in classification round game today. The win means that now Canada will take on Brazil in tomorrow's contest to decide on the 9th place. China will play against Lithuania for the 11th overall spot.
China got to a better start of the game as they enjoyed a 19:14 lead after the opening frame. Canada kept it a striking distance throughout the second quarter and completed the first half trailing by 5 points 27:32. The breakthrough for Canadian team came in the third frame as they rushed ahead and managed to outscore their opponents 24:18. Tara Watts (175-G-88) and Krysten Boogaard (193-F-88) dominated the contest in the final quarter and never allowed China to perform any sort of comeback.
Krysten Boogaard chipped in game-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Canada. Tara Watts added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Cao Fei (-88) was the only Chinese player to score in double figures. She poured in 17 points hitting 5/10 from outside. Wu Jinzhu (175-G-88) posted 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a loss. Canada had an obvious edge under the rims as they outrebounded China 48:28. They also shot impressive 51.7% from the field. China at the same time converted only 35.6% of their attempts.

Canada U19: Krysten Boogaard 22+10 boards, Tara Watts 16
China U19: Cao Fei 17, Wu Jinzhu 9



   The tournament closes on a quarterfinal stage - Aug. 2, 2007 
Eighth-finals

Group E
Spain U19 - Lithuania U19 69:46

Spain National team sussessfully completed the eighth-finals round at World championship. They overcame Lithuania 69:46 in the last round to secure the third spot in Group E. Spain will now take on Australia in the quarterfinal. Lithuania will play against Brazil in the classification round.
Spain faced little problems en route to another win. They outscored Lithuania 18:11 in the opening frame and held their opponents to just 4 points in the second. Spaniards established a 33:15 lead at halftime and saved the energy in the second half. Lithuania managed to cut the deficit in the third quarter but once again fell short in the final stanza and suffered their third defeat at this stage of the tournament.
Laura Herrera (185-F-89) and Tamara Abalde (188-F-89) produced 15 points apiece to pace Spain. Jael Freixanet added 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Marina Solopova (178-G-90) nailed 15 points for Lithuania. Sarune Povilionite and Laima Rickeviciute scored 8 points each in a losing clause.
Spain held Lithunian players to just 24% accuracy from the field. They also outrebounded Baltic team 40:31 and forced them to 25 turnovers.
The knockout stage tips off tomorrow.

Spain U19: Laura Herrera 15, Tamara Abalde 15, Jael Freixanet 9
Lithuania U19: Marina Solopova 15, Sarune Povilionite 8, Laima Rickeviciute 8


USA U19 - Slovakia U19 84:60
USA team secured their perfect record yesterday as they defeated hosting Slovakia in Bratislava. The victory became 6th straight for North American team and they qualified for quarterfinal from the top spot in Group E. Slovakia meanwhile suffered their first loss at the tournament but completed Group E action at the second place. USA will now play against Czech Republic in quarterfinal tomorrow. Slovakia will clash with Sweden for the semifinal appearence.
USA gave little opportunities to Slovakian youngsters. United States players dominated from the very start to the final buzzer outscoring Slovakia in each four frame. They secured a 49:34 lead at halftime and never looked back further on.
Maya Moore (186-F-89) topscored for USA with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Slovakia replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds from Regina Palusna (193-C-89). Lucia Krc Turbova poured in 12 points in a loss.
USA shot more accurately from the field converting 41.3% and outrebounded the home side 44:32. Slovakia hit just 30.9% of field goals and committed 22 turnovers.

USA U19: Maya Moore 24, Jantel Lavender 14+11 boards
Slovakia U19: Regina Palusna 21, Lucia Krc Turbova 12


Group F

Serbia U19 - Australia U19 64:57

Serbian U19 National team celebrated their 6th straight win at the World championship in Slovakia. They defeated Australia in Group F clash to remain undefeated. The win also meant Serbia completed the eighth-finals round on top of Group F and will now face Korea in tomorrow's quarterfinal. Australia finished at the second spot in the ladder and will now take on Spain tomorrow.
Australia had a better start to this one and drove to a 35:28 advantage at halftime. However Serbian players came strong in the second half as they gradually took control of the game and spurred ahead. Australia committed too many turnovers at the dying stages of the game and Serbia wisely capitalized on them. Moreover Australian defence could not maintain Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) as she nailed game-high 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Serbia secured a 19:12 dominance in the final quarter and enjoyed another victory in Bratislava.
Dragana Gobeljic added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. While Abby Bishop (189-C-88) was the only Australian player to score in double figures. She netted 14 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Cayla Francis had 9 points and 5 rebounds in the first defeat for Aussies.
The Gems dominated the game under the rims outrebounding Serbia 47:32. Serbia at the same time were more accurate from the field 36.9% and 30.9% respectively and forced Australia to 26 turnovers.

Serbia U19: Jelena Milovanovic 23+9 boards, Dragana Gobeljic 13
Australia U19: Abby Bishop 14, Cayla Francis 9


Czech Republic U19 - Brazil U19 84:72
Czech Republic U19 National team had succssfully fulfilled the task of going into the quarterfinal stage yesterday. In a must win clash against their closest rivals Brazil Czechs managed to deliver a needed result and completed eighth-finals at the 4th spot in Group F. Brazil finished at the 5th and will now play in classification round. Czech Republic qualified for the quarterfinal, where they face the tournament's favourites USA tomorrow.
European side never hesitated in achieving their goal as they posted an early 24:18 lead after the opening frame. Brazil leveled the game a bit and remained at a striking distance at halftime 34:40. However a perfect performance from Czech players in the third frame left little chances for LAtin American squad. Czech Republic played a spectacular piece of basketball outscoring Brazil 24:12 and securing a 64:46 advantage entering the final stanza. Czech team allowed Brazil to a celebrate a small success as they won the fourth quarter but it had no impact on the final outcome.
Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) topscored for Czech Republic with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Lenka Sipova added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Djane Santos (185-F-88) and Clarissa dos Santos chipped in 14 points apiece and combined 16 rebounds. Ariani Souza added another 14 points in a defeat.
Czech players outrebounded Brazil 43:36 and forced them to 20 turnovers. Czech Republic were also more accurate from the field converting 44.4% of field goals, while Brazil hit 33.8%.

Czech Republic U19: Katerina Elhotova 23+10 boards, Lenka Sipova 16+11 boards
Brazil U19: Djane Santos 14, Clarissa dos Santos 14, Ariani Souza 14



   Eighth-finals hit decisive stage in Bratislava - Aug. 1, 2007
Group E

Slovakia U19 - China U19 66:61
Slovakian National team stays perfect at their World championship campaign in Bratislava. Yesterday they drove to another victory as they defeated China 66:61. Slovakia improved to 2-0 record on top of Group E. China now needs a win over Korea to advance to the knockout stage.
Both teams remained close throughout the opening frame. Chinese players were first to strike as they spurred ahead late in the second quarter and ensured a 29:26 advantage at halftime. However Slovakia went out of the dressing room ready to fight and immediately made an impact on the game. Regina Palusna (193-C-89) and Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) lifted the hosts to a 25:16 third frame and they surged in front. Slovakia then withstood desperate comeback efforts from Chinese players and enjoyed the fifth consecutive victory at the tournament.
Regina Palusna topscored for Slovakia with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Janka Mincikova added 15 points in a winning effort. Cao Fei (-88) and Yang Banban (171-G-89) secured 14 points apiece for China. Meiling Zeng had 8 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Slovakia will now have to pass most difficult test so far as they take on USA later tonight. China must win against Korea to stay in the race.

Slovakia U19: Regina Palusna 17+19 boards, Janka Mincikova 15
China U19: Cao Fei 14, Yang Banban 14


USA U19 - Spain U19 76:66
USA U19 team exended their winning streak to 5 games as they rolled past Spain yesterday. Both Spain and USA entered the game as favourites of Group E. They celebrated the wins at the opening games of the qualifying round and tried to improve their records.
USA ensured a narrow 23:20 lead after the first quarter but Spain came back in the second and drew the score at 37 at halftime.
The teams remained extra close in the third and entered the final stanza still tied. USA surged ahead at the dying stage but Spain rebounded and trailed by 2 points with one minute left. But Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) spurred her teammates to an overall win at the final minute and United States celebrated another victory.
Jantel Lavender provided game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds. Maya Moore (186-F-89) contributed 19 points for the winners. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) had 18 points for Spaniards. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) chipped in 17 points in a loss.
Spain team outrebounded American team 44:42 but lacked accuracy from the field. They converted 31.8% of field goals, while USA knocked down 39% of their shots.
USA will now play against hosting Slovakia tonight. Spain faces Lithuania.

USA U19: Jantel Lavender 28+13 boards, Maya Moore 19
Spain U19: Alba Torrens 18, Anna Carbo 17


South Korea U19 - Lithuania U19 93:81
South Korea U19 National team celebrated a confident victory over Lithuania and improved to 1-1 record in Group E ladder. This victory means Korean team has all the chances to advance into quarterfinal stage.
Lithuania needed a win in this one and they rushed ahead with the start of the game. They outscored their opponents 24:21 in the first frame. However it was the only success for Lithuanian team in the game. Korea quickly bounced back and grabbed a 44:38 lead. Recent top scorer of the tournament Kang Ajeong (-89) was unstoppable and kept on delivering points in this one. She lifted her side to an impressive 31 points in the third quarter and held Lithuania's comeback effort. Establishing a safe 75:66 advantage at the end of the third frame Korea never allowed Lithuania to threaten their lead in the final stanza.
Kang Ajeong completed her 41 points and 8 steals in the fourth quarter. Park Hyejin (-90) added 15 points for the winners. Dovile Miliauskaite (189-C-89) responded with 26 points and 14 rebounds for Lithuania. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) secured 20 points and game-high 17 rebounds in a defeat.
Korea will face China today. Lithuania will seek for their first win in the qualifying round against Spain later tonight.

Korea U19: Kang Ajeong 41+8 steals, Park Hyejin 15
Lithuania U19: Dovile Miliauskaite 26+14 boards, Laima Rickeviciute 20+17 boards


Group F

Czech Republic U19 - Australia U19 85:79
Czech Republic U19 team was not able to stop the tournament favorites yesterday. They trailed by just a single points with 1 minute left in regulation but surrendered 0:7 run from Australia to lose the game. Czech team now fell to 0-2 record and stay at the bottom of Group F standings.
Czechs started the game confidently and kept ahead before Australia capped the first quarter with some spectacular offensive plays to secure a 17:14 lead. Czechs however replied with a 26:20 second quarter to surprise the Gems and took a 40:37 advantage at halftime. Australia revived in the third frame and tied the scoreline at 60:60 entering the final quarter. Czech Republic kept it tight till the last minute when Australia proved the difference and secured their winning streak.
Cayla Francis (192-C-89) produced 20 points and 12 rebounds for Aussies. Elouisa Manou (187-F/C-89) netted 12 points in a win. Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) topscored for Czechs with 17 points. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) nailed 12 points in a losing clause.
Australia obviously dominated under the rims as they outrebounded European team 50:38. Aussies were also more accurate from the field converting 44.8% of field goals. Czechs however forced the Gems to 27 turnovers.
Czech Republic will take on Brazil in today's action. Australia will clash with undefeated Serbia in much anticipated encounter tonight.

Czech Republic U19: Andrea Ovsikova 17, Katerina Bartonova 12
Australia U19: Cayla Francis 20+12 boards, Elouisa Manou 12


Serbia U19 - Sweden U19 61:49
Serbia U19 National team saved their perfect record at the World championship in Slovakia. They beat Sweden in Group F action yesterday to record the 5th straight success at the tournament.
Serbia got to alsightly better start of the game as they controlled the pace and posted an early 15:11 lead. Sweden almost cut the deficit in the second but Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) secured a 28:22 advantage for Serbia at halftime. Serbian defence fulfilled the main task as they maintained offensive presence of Frida Eldebrink. She nailed just 3 points in the first half.
Serbia continued to keep Sweden at a safe distance throughout the third frame. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) tried to take the leading role for Sweden but got into foul trouble and spent some time on the bench. Serbia drove to a 46:37 lead entering the final stanza. Sweden needed some strong basketball to save this one but it never came. Elin Eldebrink connected from behind and Frida Eldebrink nailed a jumper to came as close as 5 points. But Serbia quickly responded with a pair of nice offensive plays to clear off for good.
Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) secured 16 points for Serbian team. Jelena Milovanovic added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Louice Halvarsson paced Sweden with 16 points. Frida Grahn (184-F-88) netted 10 points in a losing effort.
Sweden will now take on Canada today. Serbia will face Australia in one of the key matchups of the day.

Serbia U19: Maja Miljkovic 16, Jelena Milovanovic 13
Sweden U19: Louice Halvarsson 16, Frida Grahn 10



   Slovakia and USA maintain their perfect records - Jul. 31, 2007
Eighth-finals

Group E

Slovakia U19 - Lithuania U19 74:46
Slovakia saved their perfect record yesterday as they rolled over Lithuania. The home side dominated right from the start as they held Lithuania to just 3 points and outscored them 18:3 in the first frame. Lithuania kept on missing the shots and thus struggled offensively. Slovakia used it to the full and extended the advantage to 35:13 at halftime. The hosts never stopped after the break as Kovalova and Pindrochova paced them to another successful quarter. Slovakia stun their opponents 24:10 in the third frame and established an unassailable 59:23 lead entering the final stanza. Lithuania emerged as winners in the final 10 minutes of the encounter but it had little impact on the flow of game.
Katarina Pindrochova (184-F-88) secured 14 points and 5 rebounds for Slovakia. Nikola Kovalova (165-G-89) provided 12 points for the winners. Marina Solopova (178-G-90) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania. Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) and Dovile Miliauskaite (189-C-89) added 10 points apiece in a losing effort.
Lithuania dominated the boards 36:32 but lacked accurace from the field. They shot just 28.6% from the field and just 33.3% from the charity stripe. Slovakia also forced Lithuanian players to as many as 28 turnovers.
Slovakia will next play against China today. Lithuania takes on Korea later tonight.

Slovakia U19: Katarina Pindrochova 14, Nikola Kovalova 12
Lithuania U19: Marina Solopova 12, Sarune Jasiunskaite 10, Dovile Miliauskaite 10

USA U19 - South Korea U19 113:69
Korea fell another victim of merciless Unites States squad. USA team gained their fourth win at the tournament dismantling South Korea 113:69. Once again the things were pretty vivid in the opening frame as USA overwhelmed Korea 33:13. They continued to roll in the second quarter and widened the gap to massive 57:30. Korea defence lacked agressivness and struggled to maintain North American players. USA netted 29 points in the third quarter to drop all possible questions about the outcome.
Eight USA players scored in double figures. Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead United States. Melissa Lechlitner (170-G-88) added 14 points and Krystal Thomas (193-C-89) provided 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Kang Ajeong (-89) chipped in 16 points for Korea. Lee Youjin (-90) had 10 points in a defeat.
USA completely dominated the paint outrebounding Korea 63:19. They knocked down 56.6% from the field and limited Korea to 28% accuracy.
USA will face Spain today. South Korea will try to improve against Lithuania later tonight.

USA U19: Jantel Lavender 16, Melissa Lechlitner 14, Krystal Thomas 13+13 boards
South Korea U19: Kang Ajeong 16, Lee Youjin 10

Spain U19 - China U19 88:59
Spanish U19 National team criused past China in the opening game of the eighth-finals in Group E. Spain proved the difference in the first and fourth frames outscoring China 21:11 and 32:14 respectively. Spain dominated the game under the rims outrebounding their opponents 50:31. They also shot more accurately from the field converting 44% while China hit 36.9% of their shots.
Alba Torrens (184-F-89) sparked with 33 points and 6 assists for Spain. Tamara Abalde (188-F-89) contributed 14 points for the winners. Cao Fei (-88) and Yuan Fang (-89) provided 13 points apiece for Korea. Bowen Zheng added 10 points and 5 rebounds in a losing case.

Spain U19: Alba Torrens 33, Tamara Abalde 14
China U19: Cao Fei 13, Yuan Fang 13


Group F

Sweden U19 - Czech Republic U19 78:64
Swedish U19 National team rebounded after a sour loss to Australia on the last day of the preliminary round. They handled Czech Republic in the opening game of the eighth-finals. The teams kept it close in the first half. Sweden secured a narrow 15:14 lead after the first frame but Czech Republic quickly replied in the second. They spurred to a 18:16 frame and ensured a 32:31 advantage at halftime. However it was the maximum that Czechs managed to produce. Sweden were unstoppable in the second half as Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) led her teammates to another victory. She topscored with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Sweden. Frida Grahn (184-F-88) and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) netted 15 points apiece in a win. Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) and Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) replied with 15 points apiece for Czech Republic. Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) nailed 13 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in defeat.
Sweden outrebounded their opponents 46:33 and were more accurate form the field. They converted 41.9% of field goals, while Czech players were limited to 37% of accuracy.
Sweden will now take on Serbia in jighly-anticipated today's encounter. Czech Republic plays against still undefeated Australia.

Sweden U19: Frida Eldebrink 24, Frida Grahn 15, Louice Halvarsson 15
Czech Republic U19: Romana Hejdova 15, Katerina Elhotova 15, Katerina Bartonova 13



    Serbia and Australia dominate the scene in Slovakia - Jul. 30, 2007 
Classification round 13th-16th spots

Japan U19 - Mali U19 87:72
Japanese U19 National team gained their first win at the World championship as they handled Mali in classification round. Both teams entered this one winless and tried to improve their records. Mali were first to strike as they outscored their opponents 25:22 in the first quarter. Japan however withstood a blow and emerged strong in the second frame. They held African team to 12 points and drove to a 42:37 advantage at halftime. Japan never looked back from now on. Their aggressive style of game helped them to stay ahead as Mali struggled to maintain Japanese players defensively.
Naomi Hayashi (-88) scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists for Japan. Eri Nakahata (-88) added 14 points for the winners. Nagnouma Coulibaly (192-F-89) secured 25 points and 26 rebounds for Mali. Fanta Toure (-89) had 19 points in a loss.
Nagnouma Coulibaly and Minata Keita combined 42 rebounds to match Japanese team effort. But Mali committed 32 turnovers and shot just 10.5% from beyond the arc. Japanese players were much more accurate converting 32.2% from the field and 84.2% from the charity stripe.
Mali will now play against Cote d'Ivoire tomorrow. Japan faces Argentina for the 13th spot.

Japan U19: Naomi Hayashi 26+10 assists, Eri Nakahata 14
Mali U19: Nagnouma Coulibaly 25+26 boards, Fanta Toure 19


Argentina U19 - Cote d'Ivoire U19 73:55
Argentina successfully started the classification round at the U19 World championship. They handled Cote d'Ivoire to post their first victory at the tournament. Argentina started strongly and grabbed a 22:17 advantage after the first frame. However Cote d'Ivoire quicly bounced back as they outscored Latin Amercican team 17:11 and gained a 34:33 lead at halftime. But due to impressive performance from Andrea Boquete (-90) and Stephany Thomas (179-F-89) Argentina stepped back and routed Cote d'Ivoire 21:12 in the third frame to spur ahead. Argentina found the touch in the fourth frame and did not allow Cote d'Ivoire to come back into this one. Argentina secured the positive result and recorded their first win at the competition.
Andrea Boquete topscored for Argentina with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Sofia Castillo (175-G-88) nailed 15 points, while Stephany Thomas secured another 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Cote d'Ivoire were paced by Assetou Kolga (-88) with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Kani Kouyate (-90) dropped in 17 points in defeat.
Argentina dominated under the rims outrebounding their opponents 45:38. They also limited Cote d'Ivoire to just 27.9% from the field.
Argentina will now face the winners of Japan versus Mali battle. Cote d'Ivoire will play against the losing side in that one tomorrow.

Argentina U19: Andrea Boquete 24+13 boards, Sofia Castillo 15, Stephany Thomas 13
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Assetou Kolga 23+13 boards, Kani Kouyate 17


Eighth-finals

Group F

Canada U19 - Australia U19 55:70
Canada were not able to provided a sensation and had to surrender against Australia today. The gems entered the game undefeated and remained at perfect record after the final buzzer.
Canada stayed in the game throughout the opening frame and finished it all square 13:13. However impressive flexibility of Australian squad allowed them to change the tempo and the threat waas coming from different players. Canada struggled to maintain 100% concentration in defence and started to slip away in the second quarter. Australia used a couple of mini runs to gain necessary advantage as they completed the first half leading 38:29. Canada tried to cut the deficit in the third and they actually managed to outscore Australia to stay at a striking distance but Aussies revived in the fourth to emerge victorious.
Cayla Francis (192-C-89) secured 16 points and 10 boards for Australia. Nicole Hunt (167-G-88) and Abby Bishop (189-C-88) produced 9 points apiece for the winners. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Canada. Tara Watts (175-G-88) finished with 9 points in a losing effort.
Australia outrebounded North Americans 44:37 and limited them to 27.3% from the field. Aussies shot 44.8% of field goals, including 4/11 from beyond the arc.
Australia will next face Czech Republic tomorrow. Canada will take on Brazil.

Canada U19: Kendel Ross 10+12 boards, Tara Watts 9
Australia U19: Cayla Francis 16+10 boards, Nicole Hunt 9, Abby Bishop 9


Serbia U19 - Brazil U19 82:57
Serbia remained undefeated as they topple Brazil today. The victory opened the qualifying round in Group F for Serbia. The winners never stumbled en route to a confident victory. They thrashed their opponents 19:6 in the opening quarter and eased to a 40:24 lead at halftime. Brazil managed to outscore Serbia in the third quarter 19:18 but it was a little consolation for Latin American team as Serbia proved the difference with a 24:14 final quarter.
Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) led all scorers with 20 points. Andja Ivkovic (184-F-88) added 11 points for the winners. Clarissa dos Santos (182-C-88) paced Brazil with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Djane Santos (185-F-88) and Ariani Silva had 9 points piece in defeat.
Serbia will next play against Sweden tomorrow. Brazil faces Canada in their next encounter at the tournament.

Serbia U19: Jelena Milovanovic 20, Andja Ivkovic 11
Brazil U19: Clarissa dos Santos 19+15 boards, Djane Santos 9



     Preliminary round comes to an end in Bratislava - Jul. 29, 2007 
Group A

Slovakia U19 - Argentina U19 78:65
The hosts of the U19 World championship treated the home crowd with another impressive victory. They defeated Argentina 78:65 yesterday to finish on top of Group A standings.
Slovakia gave little chances to the opponents as they outscored them 24:14 in the opening frame. Argentina cut the lead by 4 points in the secnd quarter but were unable to capitalized on it. Slovakia regained the advantage early in the third frame and never gave it up rolling to their third victory.
Regina Palusna (193-C-89) was a usual contributor for Slovakia as she provided 22 points, 18 rebounds, 6 blocks, 3 assists and 3 steals. Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) added 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Stephany Thomas (179-F-89) responded with 25 points and 11 rebounds for Argentina. Romina Pesante (174-G-88) had 11 points in a losing case.
Slovakia will now play in the qualifying round Group E. They take on Lithuania tomorrow. Argentina will play against Cote d'Ivoire in the classification round for the 13th-16th spots.

Slovakia U19: Regina Palusna 22+18 boards, Janka Mincikova 13
Argentina U19: Stephany Thomas 25+11 boards, Romina Pesante 11

Group B

USA U19 - Lithuania U19 90:50
United States cruised past Lithuania for their third straight victory at the U19 World Championship in Bratislava. Lithuania tried to stay in the race in the first frame and trailed by 9 points after it 15:24. But the USA players speeded up the tempo in the second and easily got off to a safe 57:27 distance at halftime. Lithuania continued to struggle in the second half and never managed to threatened United States.
Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) and Monica Wright (180-G-88) secured 16 points apiece for the USA. Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89) added 14 points in a winning effort. Marina Solopova (178-G-90) led Lithuania with 13 points. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) nailed 7 points in a defeat.
The USA will now face Korea in Group E of the qualifying round. Lithuania will take on Slovakia in the same Group.

USA U19: Jantel Lavender 16, Monica Wright 16, Jasmine Thomas 14
Lithuania U19: Marina Solopova 13, Laima Rickeviciute 7


Group C

Czech Republic U19 - Canada U19 67:60
Czech Republic team secured a winning outcome against Canada yesterday. The win meant Czechs occupied the second spot in Group C standings.
However it never seemed as a victorious journey for Czechs in the first three quarters of the encouter. Canada eneterd the game confidently and led by 9 points after the first frame 20:11. Czech Republic cut the deficit a bit in the second quarter but finished the first half trailing 26:33. Canada continued to roll in the third frame and widened the gap to 10 points entering the final stanza 54:44. But Czechs were not about to give this one up. They used a strong performance from Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) to spark to a perfect 23:6 final quarter and celebrated a tough vicotry at the end. Romana Hejdova led the action with 20 points. Lenka Sipova (183-C-88) contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Krysten Boogaard (193-F-88) ensured 15 points for Canada. Miranda Ayim (191-F-88) had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the second defeat of Canadian squad.
Canada dominated the boards 41:39 but lacked accuracy from the field. They converted just 34.9% of field goals including 38.5% from free throw line.
Czech Republic will now battle in the qualifying round Group F. They take on Sweden in their first game tomorrow. Canada faces unbeaten Australia the same day.

Czech Republic U19: Romana Hejdova 20, Lenka Sipova 15
Canada U19: Krysten Boogaard 15, Miranda Ayim 14+14 boards

Serbia U19 - Japan U19 103:89
Serbia edged Japan in a high-scoring spectacular affair in Group C yesterday. Serbian players started the game quickly and surprised their oppenents with aggressive offense in the opening quarter. They took a 30:12 lead early on. However Japan got used to the tempo and replied with a massive 36:17 second quarter to surge in front 48:47 at halftime. The gap grew bigger in the third frame as Japan remained on a high-scoring note and poured in another 22 points to stay ahead. Serbia needed to shake up and performed some breathtaking basketball in the final quarter to succeed in this one. They overwhelmed Japanese defence en route to the win netting impressive 37 points and completing the game with some spare space for maneuvering.
A trio of Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89), Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) and Dragana Gobeljic (185-F-88) combined 78 points and 26 boards to dominate the court. Eri Nakahata (-88) produced game-high 28 points to lead Japan. Yoshie Fukushi (-88) and Naomi Hayashi (-88) chipped in 18 points apiece in a loss.
Serbia won the battle under the rims outrebounding Japan 49:33. They also converted 48.6% from the field, while Japan shot 37.8%.
Serbia finished the preliminary round at the top of Group C and will now take Brazil in the opening game of the qualifying round in Group F. Japan will play in the classification round for the 13th-16th spots against Mali.

Serbia U19: Dragana Gobeljic 27+12 boards, Jelena Milovanovic 26+10 boards, Maja Miljkovic 25
Japan U19: Eri Nakahata 28, Yoshie Fukushi 18, Naomi Hayashi 18


Group D

Sweden U19 - Australia U19 68:72
Swedish U19 national team suffered the first defeat in their World championship campaign in Slovakia. Both Sweden and Australia entered the game with perfect records of 2 victories and hoped to extand their winning streak. Australia gained a narrrow 14:13 lead after the opening frame. But the real decisive run was achieved by the Gems in the second frame when they outscored Sweden 25:17 to build a 39:30 advantage at halftime. Sweden never said die though and led by Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) gradually closed the gap. However it was not enough to edge Aussies as they drove to their third straight victory at the end of this one.
Cayla Francis (192-C-89) topscored for Australia with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Frida Eldebrink paced Sweden with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) had 18 points in a loss.
Australia outrebounded their opponents 48:40. They also shot more accurately from the field converting 39.4% of field goals, while Sweden knocked down just 38.3%. Sweden at the same time forced Australian players to 21 turnovers.
Sweden will now play in qualifying round Group F. They face Czech Republic in the opening game tomorrow. Australia takes on Canada in their first encounter.

Sweden U19: Frida Eldebrink 23, Louice Halvarsson 18
Australia U19: Cayla Francis 21, Abby Bishop 14+11 boards



     Brazil and China secure their Top 12 birth - Jul. 28, 2007
Group A

Spain U19 - Korea U19 100:39
Spanish U19 team rebounded after a sour loss from hosting Slovakia yesterday and dismantled Korea today. The win saw Spaniards complete the preliminary round at the second spot in Group A. Korea also advanced to Top 12 despite loss.
The outcome in this one was decided long before final buzzer. Spain simply thrashed Korea in the first half leading 52:12 by halftime. Korea played some decent basketball only in the third quarter when they managed to lose 19:22. In the final frame Spain again surprised their opponents and completed the sweep.
Laura Herrera (185-F-89) provided 16 points for Spain. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) added 15 points, while Aauri Bokesa (183-F-88) finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Kang Ajeong (-89) responded with game-high 22 points for Korea. Lee Youjin (-90) netted 11 points and collected 7 rebounds in a loss.
Spain had a huge dominance under the rims outrebounding Korea 62:24. They also forced Korean players to just 19.7% from the field, while knocking down 46.6% themselves.
Both teams advanced to the qualifying round where they tip off action on July 30.

Spain U19: Laura Herrera 16, Anna Carbo 15, Aauri Bokesa 13+10 boards
Korea U19: Kang Ajeong 22, Lee Youjin 11

Group B

China U19 - Cote d'Ivoire U19 84:49
China predictably gained their second win at the tournament beating Cote d'Ivoire 84:49 today. The win saw China improved to 2-1 record and allowed them to occupy the second spot in Group B. Cote d'Ivoire completed the preliminary round at the bottom of the ladder with 0-3 record and will now play in the classification round for the 13th-16th spots.
China sailed away to a safe distance in the first quarter leading 25:7 after it. The gap grew to 45:22 at halftime and China easily secured a positive outcome in the second half.
Zeng Meiling (-88) scored 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead China. Cao Fei (-88) and Ding Tingting (-88) secured another 12 points apiece for the winners. Cote d'Ivoire replied with game-high 23 points from Assetou Kolga (-88). Kani Kouyate (-90) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in a loss.

China U19: Zeng Meiling 21, Cao Fei 12, Ding Tingting 12
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Assetou Kolga 23, Kani Kouyate 14


Group D
 

Brazil U19 - Mali U19 80:48
Brazil gained their first victory at the U19 World championship in Bratislava. They cruised past Mali today to complete the preliminary round at the third spot in Group D. Mali remained winless at the bottom of the ladder.
Brazil ensures their Top 12 birth as they dominated the game against African counterparts. Latin American team grabbed an early 15:9 lead and stayed ahead throughout the second quarter extending the advantage to 36:17. Mali continued to struggle offensively after the break and let Brazil loose. Brazilian players capitalized on some sloppy defence from Mali team and outscored their opponents 24:11 in the third quarter to establish unassailable 60:28 lead. Mali managed to stay levelled only in the fourth quarter when Brazil allowed bench players to log some more minutes. Djane Santos (185-F-88) scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for Brazil. Fabiana De Souza added 11 points and 8 boards for the winners. Mali were led by Fanta Toure (-89) and Fatoumata Bagayoko (-88) with 12 points apiece. Nagnouma Coulibaly had 9 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
Mali converted just 23.4% from the field and were outrebounded by Brazil 40:49.
Mali will now play in the classification round for the 13th-16th spots.
Brazil U19: Djane Santos 13, Fabiana Souza (190-F-91) 11


    Slovakia, Australia and Serbia roll confidently through the tournament - Jul. 28, 2007
Group A

Slovakia U19 - Spain U19 67:57
Slovakia U19 National showed the ambitions yesterday when they overcame Spain in the second round of the World Championship. The home side now recorded 2 straight victories and topped Group A standings.
Spain had a better start to the game as they grabbed 18:13 lead after the opening quarter. Slovakia however bounced back right away and rolled to a 20:10 second frame. Entering the second half with a 33:28 advantage Slovakia slowed down a bit which resulted in Spain drawing the game after three quarters 46:46. However a fierce support from the home crowd ingnited hosts to an impressive quick basketball in the final frame and they did not give a trace of chance to their opponents. Slovakia edged them 21:11 to post the second win at the tournament.
Janka Mincikova (167-G-89) led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Kovalova (165-G-89) nailed another 15 points for Slovakia. Tamara Abalde (188-F-89) scored 12 points for Spain. Gabriela Ocete (-88) had 11 points and 3 steals in a loss.
Slovakia outrebounded Spain 38:27. Spain also struggled from charity stripe converting 35%.
Slovakia will next face Argentina. Spain will play versus Korea for the second spot in Group A.

Slovakia U19: Janka Mincikova 20+10 boards, Nikola Kovalova 15
Spain U19: Tamara Abalde 12, Gabriela Ocete 11


Group B

Lithuania U19 - Cote d'Ivoire U19 84:33
Lithuania rebounded after a shaky start edging Cote d'Ivoire 84:33 yesterday. Cote d'Ivoire were coming out of a stunning defeat from USA and needed a victory to remain in the race. However the opening quarter set the tone for the rest of the encounter as Lithuanian players thrashed their opponents 14:3. The gap grew to 32:14 at halftime.
Lithuanian players finally found the touch in the third frame and started pouring Cote d'Ivoire basket from all possible ranges. African team struggled to come back into this one and had to surrender in the second consecutive game.
Vitalija Vasciunaite (172-G-88) chipped in 14 points to lead Lithuania. Egidija Busaite (174-G-89) added 11 points for the winners. Assetou Kolga (-88) and Maimounatou Kolga (-92) nailed 8 points each for Cote d'Ivoire. Kani Kouyate secured 7 points and 9 rebounds in a loss. Lithuania dominated the most components of the game. They outrebounded Cote d'Ivoire 54:34 and limited them to 16.9% from the field. Lithuanian players converted 43.5% of field goals.
Lithuania will now face USA. Cote d'Ivoire faces China and will seek for the first win at the tournament.

Lithuania U19: Vitalija Vasciunaite 14, Egidija Busaite 11
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Assetou Kolga 8, Maimounatou Kolga 8


Group C

Serbia U19 - Czech Republic U19 76:71
Serbia U19 National team continued with winning ways at the World championship in Slovakia. In the second round they beat Czech Republic to remain on top of Group C.
Serbia dominted the game from the start and gained a 29:17 advantage after the starting frame. Czech Republic however closed the gap in the second frame and trailed by just 7 points at halftime 34:41. Serbia reigned the court in the third quarter and extended the lead to 10 points entering the final stanza. Sonja Petrovic (185-F-89) and Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) secured the win for Serbia at the dying stages and improved team's record to 2-0.
Sonja Petrovic produced 23 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Maja Miljkovic netted 17 points, while Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) had 15 points and 11 boards for the winners. Romana Hejdova (181-F-88) paced Czech team with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) added 19 points and 6 boards.
Serbia dominated the boards 39:32. They converted solid 50% from the field and forced Czech Republic to committ 33 personal fouls.
Serbia will now play against Japan today. Czech Republic faces Canada in today's action.

Serbia U19: Sonja Petrovic 23+10 boards, Maja Miljkovic 17, Jelena Milovanovic 15+11 boards
Czech Republic U19: Romana Hejdova 26, Katerina Elhotova 19


Group D

Mali U19 - Australia U19 65:80
Mali U19 National team lost theie second game at the World Championship in Slovakia. They were defeated by Austrlia to remain at the bottom of the ladder in Group D. Australia meanwhile celebrated the second straight victory and comfortably seat at the top.
Mali tried to keep it at a striking distance and triled by just 4 points after the first quarter. However the Gems tightened defence in the second frame and limited African team to 9 points and completed the first half 38:27 ahead. The Aussies actually sealed the win in the fourth quarter outscoring Mali 24:16 and cruising to an overall success in the final stanza.
Abby Bishop (189-C-88) and Mia Newley (181-F-86) scored 13 points apiece to pace Austrlia. Elouisa Manou added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Mali responded with 21 points from Fatoumata Bagayoko (-88). Fanta Toure (-89) had 17 points and 4 assists in a losing effort.
Austrlia outrebounded Mali 51:38 and forced African team to 23 turnovers. At the same time Mali players were more accurate from the field shooting 33.8%, while the Aussies converted 29.7%.
Austrlia takes on Sweden in the last encounter in Group D. Mali will try to record ther first win against Brazil.

Mali U19: Fatoumata Bagayoko 21, Fanta Toure 17
Australia U19: Abby Bishop 13, Mia Newley 13



   USA and Sweden remain undefeated - Jul. 27, 2007 
Group A

South Korea U19 - Argentina U19 80:68
South Korean U19 national team gained the first win at the World Championship in Bratislava. They beat Argentina in the second round of Group A action. Argentina meanwhile suffered their second loss and remained at the bottom of the ladder.
Argentina got to a flying start of the game as they routed Korea 25:15 in the first frame. But Korean players rebounded in the second frame stunning their oppponents 25:11 to surge ahead. Argentina kept it at a striking distance and the teams entered the final quarter with a 61:58 Korean lead. But the tight defence and Argentinean lack of accuracy at the dying stages lifted Korea to the first win in the tournament.
Kang Ajeong (-89) notched 24 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Korea. Lee Youjin (-90) added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Stephany Thomas (179-F-89) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina. Andrea Boquete (-90) had 12 points in a loss.
South Korea outrebounded their opponents 47:29. They also shot 36.5% from the field, while Argentina converted 37.5% of field goals.
South Korea will play against Spain tomorrow. Argentina faces hosting Slovakia in tomorrow's action.

South Korea U19: Kang Ajeong 24, Lee Youjin 19+11 boards
Argentina U19: Stephany Thomas 20, Andrea Boquete 12


Group B

USA U19 - China U19 101:60
USA team faced little problems en route to their second win at the U19 World Championship in Slovakia. They thrashed China 101:60 in the second round to post second stunning win in Group B.
United States used a strong first quarter to clear off to a safe distance 25:14. They later maintained the gap throughout the next two frames and entered the final stanza ahead 67:57. China remained at a striking distance but seemed to lack energy for the final strike. United States easily spurred tempo in the final quarter and simply smashed China 34:3. The win saw USA climb atop Group B ladder.
Five USA players scored in double figures. Krystal Thomas (193-C-89) ensured 17 points and 11 rebounds. Maya Moore (186-F-89) chipped in 12 points and collected 7 rebounds for the winners. Zeng Meiling (-88) paced China with 12 points and 7 boards. Yuan Fang (-89) and Yang Banban (171-G-89) provided 11 points apiece in a defeat.
United States outscored China 61:31. They were more accurate from the field converting 44%, while China shot just 25.7% of field goals.
USA will now take on Lithuania tomorrow. China will try to improve against Cote d'Ivoire.

USA U19: Krystal Thomas 17+11 boards, Maya Moore 12
China U19: Zeng Meiling 12, Yuan Fang 11, Yang Banban 11


Group C

Canada U19 - Japan U19 74:72
Canada grabbed their first win at the U19 World Championship today. They narrowly beat Japan in Group C action. Japan though had a better start to the game and gained a 17:15 lead after the opening quarter. Canada responded with a 13:0 run at the beginning of the second frame to take the lead and maintained the dominance throughout the quarter. They North American team completed the first half with a 37:24 advantage. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) opened the second half with another trey to set the right tone for Canada. They drove to a 53:38 gap entering the final stanza and seemed to ease to an overall win in it. However Japan performed a furious comeback attempt and won the final quarter 34:21. But the effort was not sufficient as Canada survived a late threat and celebrated the first win in Group C.
Krysten Boogaard (193-F-88) topscored for Canada with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Kendel Ross added 14 points in a success. Yoshie Fukushi (-88) nailed 19 points to pace Japan. Naomi Hayashi (-88) had 14 points and 9 assists in a losing case.
Canada obviously dominated the boards 59:21 but committed massive 43 turnovers.
Canada will next take on Czech Republic. Japan faces Serbia in tomorrow's clash.

Canada U19: Krysten Boogaard 25+13 boards, Kendel Ross 14
Japan U19: Yoshie Fukushi 19, Naomi Hayashi 14


Group D

Sweden U19 - Brazil U19 76:67
Sweden continued with their winning ways at the U19 World Championship in Slovakia. Sweden drove past Brazil in the second round of action in Group D. The victory meant Sweden now climbed on top of the group's ladder. The duet of Frida Aili (178-G-88) and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) once again were the key factor in the win. They combined 48 points and 12 rebounds to pace Swedish offense. Brazil at the same time lacked an obvious leader on the court and had little chances to succeed as the game went on.
The teams kept it close in the first half as Sweden enjoyed just 1-point lead at halftime 37:36. Sweden speeded up tempo in the third quarter and extended the gap to 6 points 57:51. Brazil did not find the ways past Sweden in the final stanza and suffered their second straight defeat.
Frida Eldebrink topscored for Sweden with 25 points. Frida Aili secured 23 points for the winners. Patricia dos Santos (178-F-88) netted 16 points for Brazil. Nadia Gomez produced 13 points and 11 rebounds in a defeat.
Sweden will play against Australia in the third round. Brazil will seek for their first win against Mali tomorrow.

Sweden U19: Frida Eldebrink 25, Frida Aili 23
Brazil U19: Patricia dos Santos 16, Nadia Gomez 13+11 boards



   The action heats up in Bratislava - Jul. 27, 2007 
Group A

Argentina U19 - Spain U19 54:67
Argentinean U19 team had somehow a slow start to their World Championship campaign. In the opening game in Group A Argentina were rallied over by Spain.
Spanish team posted their dominance early on as they limited Argentina to just 9 points in the first frame and took a 18:9 lead. Latin American team reacted immediatelly and tightened up defence. This resulted in 6 points scored by Spain in the second quarter and Argentina cut the deficit to just one point 23:24 at halftime. However Alba Torrens (184-F-89) and Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) paced Spain and allowed them to maintain the dominance throughout the third frame. Argentina were still at a striking distance midway through the final quarter but a final run from Spaniards left them far behind and made them fell to 0-1 record.
Spain were led by 24 points from Alba Torrens. Laura Nicholls provided 7 points and massive 24 rebounds.
Argentina's Stephany Thomas (179-F-89) had 21 points. Sofia Castillo (175-G-88) provided 12 points and 5 boards in a loss.
Argentina were outrebounded 27:48. They also lacked accuracy from free throw line converting just 26.7%.
Argentina continues the action against Korea today. Spain will face Slovak Republic.

Argentina U19: Stephany Thomas 21 points, Sofia Castillo 12
Spain U19: Alba Torrens 24, Laura Nicholls 7+24 boards


South Korea U19 - Slovakia U19 72:75
South Korean U19 National team lost their opening game at the World Championship in Slovakia. They faced the home side in the first round of action in Group A.
Korea had a better start to the game as they gained a 15:14 advantage after the first quarter. Slovakia bounced back in the second frame when they outscored Korea 22:15 to establish a 36:30 gap at halftime. Slovakia remained dominant after the break as Regina Palusna (193-C-89) paced her teammates to a 55:44 lead entering the fourth frame. Kang Ajeong (-89) spurred Korea to a desperate comeback effort in the final stanza and they almost succeeded cutting the deficit to just 3 points. But Slovakia used perfect free shooting from Janka Mincikova to stay in front. Korea had one more chance of forcing overtime but Danbi Kim's buzzer beater missed the target.
Regina Palusna scored 20 points and collected 14 rebounds for Slovakia. Nikola Kovalova (165-G-89) added 19 points in a win. Kang Ajeong responded 22 points for Korea. Go Ah Ra (-88) and Park Hyejin (-90) provided 15 points apiece for a losing side.
South Korea plays against Argentina in the second round of the tournament. Slovakia takes on Spain later tonight.

South Korea U19: Kang Ajeong 22, Go Ah Ra 15, Park Hyejin 15
Slovakia U19: Regina Palusna 20+14 boards, Nikola Kovalova 19


Group B

USA U19 - Cote d'Ivoire U19 95:25
USA U19 team faced little problems en route to their first win at the World Championship in Slovakia. They thrashed Cote d'Ivoire in the first game in Group B. The outcome was pretty much cleared after the opening frame when USA rolled to a 30:5 advantage. Cote d'Ivoire were unable to overcome United States defence and the gap grew to 51:10 mark at halftime. United States eased the paced a bit in the second half however it did not prevent them from completing a massive 95:25 victory at the end.
Krystal Thomas (193-C-89) topscored for the USA with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jantel Levander and Angela Bjorklund (183-G-89) provided 15 points apiece for the winners. Cote d'Ivoire responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds from Kani Kouyate (-90). Maimounatou Kolga (-92) had 9 points in a defeat.
USA limited Cote d'Ivoire to just 15.6% from the field and forced them to commit 25 turnovers. USA outrebounded their opponents 59:22. North Americans shot 50% of field goals.
USA will face China in today's action. Cote d'Ivoire will clash with Lithuania in another Group B game.

USA U19: Krystal Thomas 17+12 boards, Jantel Levander 15, Angela Bjorklund 15
Cote d'Ivoire U19: Kani Kouyate 10+9 boards, Maimounatou Kolga 9


Group C

Serbia U19 - Canada U19 79:63
Serbian U19 National team ensured a perfect start to their World Championship campaign. They overcame Canada 79:63 in the first game in Group C. And once again Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) who shone at the U20 European championship led Serbian team to the victory. She nailed game-high 16 points to pace Serbian effort.
Europeans proved the difference in the first frame outscoring Canada 26:13. They extended the lead to 47:33 at halftime and never looked back in the second half. Canada struggled to maintain Serbian offense and suffered their first loss at the tournament.
Jelena Milovanovic finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for Serbia. Smiljana Ivanovic (176-G-88) produced 13 points for the winners. Canada answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds from Miranda Ayim (191-F-88). Courtnay Pilypaitis (183-G-88) and Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) added 11 points apiece in a defeat.
Serbia forced Canada to 25 turnovers and limited them to 48% from the field converting 49.2% themselves.
Serbia will face Czech Republic later tonight. Canada takes on Japan in the second round.

Serbia U19: Jelena Milovanovic 16 points, Smiljana Ivanovic 13
Canada U19: Miranda Ayim 12, Courtnay Pilypaitis 11, Kendel Ross 11


Czech Republic U19 - Japan U19 109:91
Czech Republic stun Japan in the opening day of the U19 World Championship in Slovakia. Czechs dominated the game right from the start and did not allow Japan to succeed in a single quarter. The teams kept it close in the first frame and Czech Republic secured a narrow advantage 29:26. Though Japan maintained a striking distance throughout the rest of the game they never really threatened their opponents. Czechs rolled to a 51:43 lead at halftime and continued to pile it up in the second half.
An impressive Czech Republic offense produced 109 points and set the right tone for the rest of tournament. Five Czech players delivered in double figures. Kamila Stepanova (190-C-88) nailed 23 points and grabbed 15 boards to lead Czech Republic. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) had 24 points for the winners. Eri Nakahata (-88) provided 23 points for Japan. Reika Takahashi (-88) poured in 21 points in a defeat.
Czech Republic outrebounded Japan 47:32. They also shot solid 52.8% from the field, including 46.2% from beyond the arc. Japan converted 42.3% of field goals.
Czech Republic will now play against Serbia later today. Japan faces Canada.

Czech Republic U19: Katerina Elhotova 24, Kamila Stepanova 23+15 boards
Japan U19: Eri Nakahata 23, Reika Takahashi 21


Group D

Brazil U19 - Australia U19 51:84
Brazil suffered a massive blow at the start of the World Championship in Bratislava. They were rallied over by Australia 51:84 in Group D. Australia posted an overwhelming dominace in the first frame outscoring Brazil 22:12. Brazil struggled to keep the pace and Austrlian players extended the gap to 49:22 at halftime. Brazil managed to level the game in the late stages but had little chances of saving the encounter as Austrlia cruised to their first victory at the tournament.
Cayla Francis (192-C-89) led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Ebzery (177-G-90) contributed 17 points for the winners. Patricia Ribeiro (174-F-90) netted 11 points for Brazil. Nadia Calhado had 10 points and 8 rebounds in a loss.
Australia dominated every aspect of game. They outrebounded their opponents 45:29 and limited them to 32.8% accuracy from the field. Austrlia knocked down 45.6% of field goals including impressive 68.4% from beyond the arc. At the same time Australia committed 25 turnovers.
Brazil will try to improve their record against Sweden today. Australia takes on Mali tonight.

Brazil U19: Patricia Ribeiro 11, Nadia Calhado 10
Australia U19: Cayla Francis 20+10 boards, Katie Ebzery 17



    World Championship just started in Slovakia - Jul. 26, 2007 
Group A
Spain U19 - Argentina U19 67:54


Spanish U19 team celebrated a starting win at the World Championship in Bratislava. They emerged strong in the second half to outscore Argentina. The teams were close throughout the first half and Spain sealed just 1-point lead at halftime 24:23. They extended the gap to 42:39 entering the final frame. Argentina though run out of steam in the late stages and Spain spurred to a confident victory at the end. Spain U19: Stephanie Diaz 21, Sofia Castillo (175-G-88) 12

Argentina U19
: Alba Torrens 24, Tamara Abalde (188-F-89) 13 Group C

Serbia U19 - Canada U19 79:63

Serbian team cruised past Canada in the opening game of Group C. Serbian players proved the difference in the first quarter rolling to a 26:13 advantage. They never looked back from there on and ensured a 79:63 win at the end. The star of the recent U18 European championship Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) produced 16 points for Serbia. Miranda Ayim (191-F-88) dropped 12 points for Canada.

Serbia U19
: Jelena Milovanovic 16, Smiljana Ivanovic (176-G-88) 13
Canada U19
: Miranda Ayim 12, Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) 11

Group B

China U19 - Lithunia U19 67:48
China started the U19 World Championship with a confident victory over Lithuanian team. Chinese players did not give Lithuania a trace of chance en route to their first win in Group B action.
Zeng Meiling (-88) impressed Slovakian crowd with a massive performance to lift China past Lithuania. She nailed 14 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, dished out 16 assists and made 3 steals to record the first triple-double at the tournament.
China surprised their opponents in the first quarter winning it 21:8. Lithuania struggled to find the way back and trailed by 20 points at halftime 21:41. Signs of recovery appeared in the third quarter when Lithuania managed to stop Chinese offense and cut the deficit by 5 points. But China quickly responded and tightened their defence to held Lithuanian players to 10 points in the final frame. This meant China climbed on top of Group B.
Ding Tingting (-88) ensured 14 points for China. Wei Wei (206-C-89) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in a win. Lithuania were led by Marina Solopova (178-G-90) and Dovile Miliauskaite (189-C-89) with 10 points apiece. Sarune Jasiunskaite provided 9 points and 13 boards in a losing case.
China will next play against USA tomorrow. Lithuania will try to bounce back against Cote d'Ivoire.

China U19: Zeng Meiling 14+16 boards +16 assists, Ding Tingting 14 points, Wei Wei 10+10 boards
Lithuania U19: Marina Solopova 10, Dovile Miliauskaite 10

Group D

Sweden U19 - Mali U19 94:70
Swedish U19 national team had a perfect start of their World Championship campaign. They edged mali in the opening game in Group D just hours ago and topped the group. Sweden used an impressive form of Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) to celebrate a confident victory. Eldebrink nailed game-high 30 points and grabbed 8 boards to pace her team in Bratislava.
Sweden controlled the game right from the start and sealed a 24:20 lead after the first frame. Mali defence struggled to maintain Aldebrink and she paced Sweden to an overwhelming 30:18 second quarter to establish a 54:38 advantage at halftime. Mali seemed to be on the way to recovery in the third stanza as they limited Swedish offense to only 14 points and outscored them 16:14. However Sweden returned strong in the final stanza and completed a stunning victory.
Frida Aili (178-G-88) produced 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Sweden, while Eva Hagg-Myntti (-88) nailed 12 points for the winners. Nagnouma Coulibaly (192-F-89) responded with 19 points and 15 boards for Mali. Fanta Toure (-89) had 14 points in a defeat.
Mali players dominated the boards 53:40 but committed 31 turnovers. Sweden were also more accurate from the field converting 40.2% and limiting Mali to 37%.
Sweden will next face Brazil tomorrow. Mali will try to improve their record against Australia.

Sweden U19: Frida Eldebrink 30 points, Frida Aili 14, Eva Hagg-Myntti 12
Mali U19: Nagnouma Coulibaly 19+15 boards, Fanta Toure 14


   U19 World Championship for Women will be held this summer in Bratislava - Mar. 8, 2007 
U19 World Championship for Women will be played from 26th July to 5th August 2007 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. The draw of the tournament was held recently in the capital of the country that will organize the tournament. Sixteen teams are divided into 4 groups with 4 teams in each.
Europe will be represented by Slovak Republic, Spain, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Serbia and Sweden. Due to the high level of basketball this continent will have the teams in each group. Moreover Slovak Republic and Spain will play together in Group A, while Czech Republic and Serbia made up Group C. Asia will have three teams-Japan, China and Korea. North America as always will have Canada and USA, while Africa will hope for Mali and Ivory Coast. Argentina and Brazil will represent South America. And Australia will be the only team from its continent. The 3 best-placed teams in each group will qualify for the Eighth-Final Round. The 12 teams qualified from the Preliminary Round will be divided into 2 groups of 6 teams each. The teams placed 1st to 4th in each group will qualify for the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals. The final game will be played on August 5th.

Group A
Spain
Slovakia
Argentina
Korea

Group B
USA
Lithuania
China
Ivory Coast

Group C
Serbia
Czech Republic
Canada
Japan

Group D
Australia
Mali
Sweden
Brazil

This is the schedule for the games in groups:

26th July 2007:
Group A:
Game A1: Argentina vs. Spain
Game A2: Slovak Republic vs. Korea

Group B:
Game B1: China vs. Lithuania
Game B2: Ivory Coast vs. USA

Group C:
Game C1: Serbia vs. Canada
Game C2: Japan vs. Czech Republic

Group D:
Game D1: Mali vs. Sweden
Game D2: Brazil vs. Australia

27th July 2007:
Group A:
Game A3: Korea vs. Argentina
Game A4: Spain vs. Slovak Republic

Group B:
Game B3: USA vs. China
Game B4: Lithuania vs. Ivory Coast

Group C:
Game C3: Czech Republic vs. Serbia
Game C4: Canada vs. Japan

Group D:
Game D3: Australia vs. Mali
Game D4: Sweden vs. Brazil

28th July 2007:
Group A:
Game A5: Argentina vs. Slovak Republic
Game A6: Korea vs. Spain

Group B:
Game B5: China vs. Ivory Coast
Game B6: USA vs. Lithuania

Group C:
Game C5: Serbia vs. Japan
Game C6: Czech Republic vs. Canada

Group D:
Game D5: Mali vs. Brazil
Game D6: Australia vs. Sweden




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