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W.CHAMPS U21 Standings
Group A
1. France 5-0
2. Russia 4-1
3. Canada 3-2
4. Belgium 2-3
5. China 1-4
6. Mali 0-5
Group B
1. USA 5-0
2. Austral. 4-1
3. Hungary 3-2
4. Japan 1-4
5. Brazil 1-4
6. Spain 1-4

U21 World Championship Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 S. Leemans BEL 20.4
2 S. Gruda FRA 19.6
3 D. Horti HUN 17.5
4 J. O`Hea AUS 16.5
5 R. Camino AUS 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 N. Coulibaly MLI 12.1
2 T. Bokareva RUS 10
3 D. Horti HUN 9.3
4 F. Nacimiento BRA 9.1
5 C. Langhorne USA 8.9
Assists Per Game
1 K. MacLeod AUS 6.3
2 Carpreaux BEL 5.1
3 K. Honti HUN 4.4
4 J. De Souza BRA 4.1
5 A. Yoshida JAP 4.0

W.CHAMPS U21 Final Standings
1. USA
2. Austral.
3. France
4. Russia
5. Belgium
6. Canada
7. Hungary
8. Brazil
9. Spain
10. Japan
11. China
12. Mali

USA celebrates Gold medal. 2007 FIBA U21 World (Photo: FIBA)
USA U21 National Team 2007 (Photo: FIBA)

USA U21 National Team 2007






4 Amanda Ashley Houts (5'6''-G-87) of University of Georgia
5 Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87) of Stanford University
6 Marscilla Packer (5'9''-G-86) of Ohio State University
7 Jolene Anderson (5'8''-G-86) of University of Wisconsin
8 DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87) of Auburn University
9 Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86) of Rutgers, The State University
10 Abigail Waner (5'11''-G-86) of Duke University
11 Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (6'2''-F-86) of Purdue University
12 Laura Harper (6'4''-F/C) of University of Maryland
13 Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-C/F-86) of University of Maryland
14 Kia Vaughn (6'4''-C-87) of Rutgers, The State University
15 Courtney Paris (6'4''-C-87) of The University of Oklahoma

   USA tastes GOLD
Australia U21 - USA U21 71:96 (21:32, 19:23, 16:20, 17:21)

Australia and USA started the Championship and it was a pleasure to see that both teams finished it. A tremendous tournament closed the doors for the FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. USA defended their title beating Australia in the Final 96:71. The North Americans claimed the Gold medals, while Silver went to Australia. Crystal Langhorne (188-C/F-86) was unstoppable for the winners with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Three players from the team followed her wit 14- Bonner, Jolene Anderson (173-G-86) and Wiggins. Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) top-scored for the Sapphires with 23 points and 8 rebounds.

The Sapphires lost to the Americans by two points on opening day in this tournament. Australia however started poor and was 21:32 behind after the opening quarter. The second stanza was more balanced and half-time came on a 40:55 lead for USA.

Renae Camino (177-G-86) brought Australia closer, 48:60 after 3 minutes in the third quarter, but the americans did not panic and were still leading 75:56 at the end of the third period. Even though Australia resisted in the last period USA led the game to the happy end.

As a result USA defended their title that they achieved in 2003 in Croatia. Australia made a huge step to the second place as Brazil was second last time, while Croatia finished third.

Australia U21: Jenna O'Hea 23+8 rebs, Renae Camino 12, Mikaela Dombkins (181-G/F-86) 10, Kathleen MacLeod 8
USA U21: Crystal Langhorne 23+14 rebs, Bonner 14, Jolene Anderson 14, Wiggins 14

Game for the 3rd place
France U21-Russia U21 67:61 (25:10, 14:21, 22:8, 6:22)

Russian squad could not take the medals of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women that was held in Vidnoje, Moscow Region. France grabbed bronze with a 67:61 triumph over Russia in the game for the third place. Four different quarters from both teams brought the victory for the visitors. Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) led the way with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Sylvie Gruszczynski (172-G-86) scored 11, while Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86) and Julie Barennes (183-F-86) finished with 10. Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) top-scored with 15 points in defeat.

Russia failed in the opening tip of the game and could hardly stay in the game later. The French team stormed a 25:6 lead that led to 25:10 after first 10 minutes. In the second quarter Russia answered with 21:14 win that left them behind at 31:39.
A brilliant third quarter, during which France reeled off 14 consecutive points, let them to lead 59:37. The question about the winner was clear, however Russia did not give up. Behind by 22 to start the final quarter, Russia tried once again to pull off an improbable fightback and they nearly succeeded. With less than 5 minutes to go France led 61:53. The latter stayed calm and triumphed for the third pace winning 67:61.

France U21: Isabelle Yacoubou 14+13 rebs, Sylvie Gruszczynski 11, Clarisse Costaz 10, Julie Barennes 10
Russia U21: Ekaterina Lisina 15, Ekaterina Savelyeva (184-F-86) 13

Game for the 5th place

Canada U21-Belgium U21 67:72 (19:15, 8:16, 20:14, 20:27))
Belgium U21 finished on the fifth spot in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the last game of the tournament Belgium beat Canada 72:67. An 8-0 run late in the fourth quarter gave the Europeans the higher spot in the Championship. Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) top-scored for the first time in the team scoring 19 points. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) produced 15 points and made 12 rebounds, while Virginie Michiels (179-F-87) added 11. Kalisha Keane (-89) was the best in the losing effort with 22 points.

Both teams faced each other in the end of the Preliminary Round. Canada beat Belgium that time in group A to finish third. A deficit reached in the first half was saved till the last minutes of the game. Canada celebrated 69:58 and improved to 3-2. Belgium had 2-3 and was the last team to qualify.
It was the Europeans' time to revenge as they desired the win more than the opponents. Canada however led the game in the beginning. The North Americans went on a 19:15 lead after the opening quarter, but were quickly caught by Belgium in the second. Canada improved in the third with 20:14 win and looked forward to the end of the game.
In the end of the game Sara Leemans and then Virginie Michiels buried a jumper for a 66:62 Belgian lead. Canada then twice turned the ball over, and the Europeans eventually scored again, Marjorie Carpreaux sinking a pair of free throws for a 68:62 lead. Belgium led the game to the happy end and finished fifth in the tournament.

Canada U21: Kalisha Keane 22, Alisha Tatham (180-G/F-86) 11, Natalie Doma (191-C) 11+8 rebs
Belgium U21: Sofie Hendrickx 19, Sara Leemans 15+12 rebs, Virginie Michiels 11

Game for the 7th place

Brazil U21-Hungary U21 67:75 (17:24, 9:15, 19:12, 22:24))
Hungary U21 clinched the 7th spot in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the game for that place Europeans overcame Brazil 75:67. Holding the game after the first half, Hungary lost the third, but that was not an issue to lose the game. Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) led the winners with 28 points. Dora Horti (195-C-87) posted 16 points and made 9 rebounds, while Katalin Honti (178-G-87) added 13. Franciele Nacimiento (-87) struggled for the South Americans with 21 points and 18 rebounds.

Hungary started offensively as they reached 7 points gap in the opening quarter. Europeans went on a 24:17 lead after the first 10 minutes of the game. In the second quarter Brazil could not stay closer and Hungary even increased the lead. With 15:9 in the second Europeans had 39:26 at the half time.
Meanwhile Brazil battled back in the third closing the gap to 49:45 in the end of it. In the fourth quarter South Americans trailed by 65:67 with more than a minute in the game. The girl of the game, Barbara Semsei buried a three to return 5 points for Hungarians. The game was over at 75:67 for Europeans that clinched the 7th spot in the tournament. Brazil, being the only representative from the continent finished on the 8th place.

Brazil U21: Franciele Nacimiento 21+18 rebs, Jacqueline Silvestre (178-F-86) 14, Morais De Andrade 12+11 rebs
Hungary U21: Barbara Semsei 28, Dora Horti 16+9 rebs, Katalin Honti 13

Game for the 9th placee

Japan U21-Spain U21 70:80 (20:17, 10:22, 17:21, 23:20)
Japan U21 finished the FIBA U21 World Championship for Women on the 10th spot. In the game for the 9th place Japan was defeated by Spain 70:80. Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) exploded for 31 points but it wasn't enough for Japan. Her team mate Saori Fujiyoshi (-87) collected 12 in defeat. Blanca Marcos (177-G/F-87) led the winners with 22 points, while Anna Cruz (175-G-86) ended up with 17.

Asians had a great start and finished the first with 20:17. The Japanese stormed out to a 10-2 advantage and maintained a lead midway through the second quarter at 27:24 after a Kozue Tanaka three-ball. Only after that Spain woke up and went on a lead. They created a 15-0 run and left the European team with a 39:27 advantage. Blanca Marcos three-ball then sparked another 10-0 surge for the Spanish and propelled them to victory. Japan had to admit the loss and finished 10th in U21 World Championship.

As a total ut seems to be a good result for the Asian team. Japan in one step over another representative from Asia China. Moreover Japan showed some really good games with the European teams.

Japan U21: Asami Yoshida 31, Saori Fujiyoshi 12
Spain U21:
Blanca Marcos 22, Anna Cruz 17, German Velasco 14

Game for the 11th place

China U21-Mali U21 73:46 (18:9, 14:2, 11:14, 20:21)
China defeated Mali 73:46 and finished 11th in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. With a 14:2 in the second quarter China proved that Asian basketball is a bit stronger now. Meanwhile Mali won 2 quarters out of 4, however could not escape a big loss. Lu Lu (184-G-86) led the winners with 12 points, while Fatoumata Bagayoko scored 18 for Mali.

China and Mali faced each other in the last game of the preliminary Round. China rolled that time over Mali 90:59. A 27:9 lead in the opening quarter made no intrigue later in the game. Lu Lu top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Meiling Zheng and Zheng Bowen (-90) produced 12 points each. China finished Group A with 1-4, while Mali stayed winless.

In the last game for both teams and not for the last place for the winner China started with 18:9 lead after the first 10 minutes. The second quarter was a nightmare for the Africans as they were defeated 2:14. By half-time, Mali's predicament had grown worse with China's advantage 42:11. China finished 21 of 47 inside the arc, and six of 15 beyond it. The Asians escaped the last spot, while Mali ended up on 12th.

China U21: Lu Lu 12
Mali U21: Fatoumata Bagayoko 18

   The semifinals sent USA and Australia to the Final
USA and Australia will meet in the Final of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. Both teams upset their opponents in the semifinals of the tournament. USA prevail Russia, while Australia rolled over France 88:81.

Australia started with with a 8-0 run and were leading 25:14 at the end of the first quarter. The second stanza was a complete different story, France made a 13-0 run in 5 minutes to take the lead, 25:27. Australia was only leading by one, 74:73 with 5 minutes remaining. Later on the the Sapphires stayed cool with 88:81 win and advanced to the Final. Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) led the winners with 21points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Renae Camino (177-G-86) and Kathleen MacLeod added 13 points each. A great game was shown by French Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) and Miyem. They combined together 51 point and made 18 rebounds.

USA beat the host team Russia 86:61. Trailing 19:9 with 3:14 remaining in the opening period Russia failed in the game. Crystal Langhorne (188-C/F-86)'s jump shot gave the visitors their first lead at 20:19. USA had already 40:25 at the half time. Candice Wiggins (180-G-87) led the winners with 27 points, while Crystal Langhorne added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) posted 10 points in the losing effort.

Russia U21-USA U21 61:86
Russia U21: Ekaterina Lisina 10+6 rebs, Ekaterina Savelyeva (184-F-86) 9
USA U21: Candice Wiggins 27, Crystal Langhorne 12+10 rebs

Australia U21-France U21 88:81
Australia U21: Jenna O'Hea 21points+ 8 rebounds +6 assists, Renae Camino 13, Kathleen MacLeod 13
France U21: Sandrine Gruda 28+8 rebs, Miyem 23+10 rebs

   Quarterfinals results and the whole coverage
Australia U21-Canada U21 98:57 (19:15, 20:17, 37:12, 22:13)

Canada stayed tough in the first half against Australia in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the game against Australia's Sapphires Canada had to admit the level later. The 18-year old center
Cayla Francis (192-C-89) carried the Australia team all the way in the opening quarter then the Sapphires easily defeated Canada in the first quarterfinal game of the 2007 U21 World Championships 98:57. Australia will play a semifinal game tomorrow against the winner of the France - Brazil match-up. Canada will wait for the opponent and will struggle for the other places. Chantella Perera (175-G-86) led the winners with 16 points. Kadie Riverin (175-G-86) posted 12 for canada, while Natalie Doma (191-C) and Ayim produced 8.

Canada appeared helpless at times against the strong offensive attack. Even though the North Americans stayed at 39:32 at the half, they were smashed later. The game began to slip away from the Canadians in the third quarter when baskets from
Abby Bishop (189-C-88), Renae Camino (177-G-86) and Kathleen MacLeod stretched their advantage to 47:34. Australia beat Canada in the third with an appropriate score 37:12.
The game was almost already over but the Sapphires opened the last quarter with a 11-0 run to seal the victory. The coaches were able to give some playing time to all the bench players so the starters were able to enjoy a little break before a deadly semifinal game tomorrow.

Australia U21:
Chantella Perera 16, Cayla Francis 15+10 rebs, Renae Camino 13
Canada U21:
Kadie Riverin 12, Natalie Doma 8+7 rebs, Ayim 8

France U21-Brazil U21 85:68
France U21 advanced to the semifinal of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the Quarterfinal game French squad defeated Brazil 85:68 to stay undefeated in the tournament. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) led the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Sylvie Gruszczynski (172-G-86) posted 16, while Yacoubou produced 11. Morais De Andrade top-scored for the Latin-Americans with 20 points.
France dominated in every aspect in the court. they increased their number of the wins in the tournament to 6. Tomorrow France will meet Australia in the semifinal of the Championship.

France U21: Sandrine Gruda 22+11 rebs, Sylvie Gruszczynski 16, Yacoubou 11
Brazil U21: Morais De Andrade 20, Jacqueline Silvestre (178-F-86) 14

USA U21-Belgium U21 104:53 (23:19, 27:9, 25:12, 29:14)
Belgium could not advance to the semifinal of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The reason for it was a loss by the favorites of the tournament- the United States. The latter overwhelmed Belgium 104:53 and clinched the place in the semifinal. Courtney Paris (193-C-87) led the winners with 18 points. Abigail Waner (181-G-86) added 15, while Ashley Houts (168-G) chipped in 14. As usual Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) struggled for Belgium with 16 points. USA will take on hosts Russia today.

It was a good start for Belgium in the first minutes of the game. Trailing only by 18:20 USA increased to 19:23 in the end of the first. Belgium worked hard, but the US continued to pull away by scoring six straight points for a 38:24 lead. In the end of the second quarter USA pushed the tempo and won the quarter 27:9.

The second half started with the same rythm as the first where only one team could be seen in the court. USA controlled the whole game and won the next two quarters. They demolished Belgium 25:12 in the third and proved with 29:14 in the last.

USA U21: Courtney Paris 18, Abigail Waner 15, Ashley Houts 14
Belgium U21: Sara Leemans 16, Fanny Vandesteene (176-F-87) 11

Russia U21-Hungary U21 71:55 (13:21, 21:10, 18:18, 19:6)
The hosts of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women advanced to the semifinal. Russian squad won the last quarter 19:6 to thank the fans for their great support. Hungary led for much of the game but could not stay on top.
Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) poured in 19 points and made 9 rebounds. Ekaterina Savelyeva (184-F-86) ended up with 16, while Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) chipped in 11. Gergely Somogyi (209-C-89) scored 15 points in the losing effort.

Hungary stormed with a 12-2 with in the opening quarter. It shocked the hosts that trailed by 13:21 after the first. Russia started to find their rhythm and almost reached the opponents at 28:29. Russia created an 8-0 run to finish the half at 34:31.
In the third quarter the spectators could enjoy the carousel as both teams exchanged the leads. Russia extended their lead to 11 but Hungary reduced to 52:49.
In the last quarter it was only one team in the court. Russia smashed Hungary 19:6 and advanced to the semifinal. USA will be another opponent of the Russian squad.

Russia U21:
Ekaterina Lisina 19+9 rebs, Ekaterina Savelyeva 16+7 rebs, Elena Danilochkina 11
Hungary U21:
Gergely Somogyi 15, Dora Horti (195-C-87) 13+7 rebs, Rita Ibolya Kollo (183-F-86) 11

   The quarterfinals pairs and the stats of Preliminary Round
Preliminary Round has been finished in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. Eight teams out of twelve advanced to the Quarterfinals of the tournament. China, Japan, Spain and Mali will struggle for the 9-12 places.
Group A was the first to name 4 teams that qualified to the next round. China and Mali lost all the games before the game with each other and were eliminated from the group. In Group B three teams struggled for the last 4th spot and Brazil, thanking Hungary got the place in the Quarterfinals.
Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) from Belgium was the top-scorer of the Prelimianry round averaging 21.0 points per game. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) from France showed some great games and stays second with 19.8. Hungarian Dora Horti (195-C-87) is third with 19.2 points per game.
Ouleymatou Coulibaly (-90) from Mali leads the Rebounds stats averaging 10.4. Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86) from Russia stays second with 10.0 rebounds per game. Three players are third with 8.8 rebounds per game-Bishop, Doma and Lisina.
Australian Kathleen Macleod (166-G-86) leads the assists with 6.4 per game. Katalin Honti (178-G-87) from Hungary follows her with 5.4 per game. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) covers the third with 4 assists.

06 July 2007
9-12 places


Australia-Canada 13:30
France-Brazil 15:45
Russia-Hungary 18:00
USA-Belgium 20:15

   The last day of the Preliminary Round
Australia U21-Brazil U21 89:82 (17:18, 18:16, 22:27, 32:21)
Australia secured the second spot in the pool even though started the tournament with a loss.The Sapphires started this last quarter with a 9-0 run to take back the lead 66:61 with 8 minutes left. The final minutes were very intense. The brazilians played their guts out to come back in the game, with 4 minutes to go Brazil was leading 71:75 but Australia didn't want to let it go. Jenna O'Hea made two consecutive 2+1 actions, the Sapphires were back in front with 3 minutes left on the clock. Brazil tried its best but Cayla Francis sealed the game with two decisive baskets in the last 1'33. 

Australia: Renae Camino (177-G-86) 24, Jenna O'Hea 19, Abby Bishop 14+12 rebs, Cayla Francis (192-C-89) 11
Brazil: Franciele Nacimiento (-87) 26, Morais De Andrade 14

Japan U21-USA U21 57:98 (15:24, 17:18, 11:28, 14:28)
Japan lost the fourth game in the tournament, this time against USA. The latter celebrated two wins in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women today-the Independence Day and 98:57 victory. Naomi Hayashi (-88) top-scored for Japan with 12 points and Saori Fujiyoshi (-87) scored 9. Crystal Langhorne (188-C/F-86) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. USA closed out preliminary round play at 5-0, while Japan at 1-4.
For USA the game did not have any important issues, however Japan desired to qualify to another round. Of course the teams like USA will never let you win even though they have nothing to solve in the game. Moreover USA celebrated the Independence Day and congratulated the fans with the win.
The USA jumped out of the gates strong and opened up a 21:7 lead. Asians reduced a bit and finished the first quarter at 15:24. A great quarter was demonstrated by Japan later as they struggled with 17:18 in the second. Japan's Naomi Hayashi started an 11-2 run and at the midway break the USA's gap had diminished to 42:32.
By the third quarter buzzer Japan was trailing 43:70. There was nothing else to catch in the game as Japan lost 57:98.
Japan: Naomi Hayashi 12, Saori Fujiyoshi 9
USA: Crystal Langhorne 18+7 rebs, Laura Harper (193-F/C) 13, Packer 10

Canada U21-Belgium U21 69:58 (15:11, 18:11, 17:14, 19:22)
Canada beat Belgium in group A to finish third. A deficit reached in the first half was saved till the last minutes of the game. Canada celebrated 69:58 and improved to 3-2. Belgium is 2-3 and is the last team to qualify. Natalie Doma (191-C) led the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alisha Tatham (180-G/F-86) chipped in 12, while Riverin produced 10. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) as always paced the Europeans with 14.

North Americans started with a tough defense and left Belgium at 11 after the first quarter. Belgium trailed 26:22 in a very tight game midway through the period when Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) made a jump shot to start an 11-0 run. Canada led 33:22 at the half and looked better in the court.
In the second half North Americans increased to 14 points gap after a 17:14 in the third. Canada repeatedly worked to get the ball inside and often drew fouls, allowing them to get to the free throw line with more frequency. A 19:22 in the last quarter for Belgium brought 69:58 for Canada.
Tomorrow in the Quarterfinals Canada will face Australia, while Belgium will play against USA. Today is the day-off in the Championship.

Canada U21: Natalie Doma 13+9 rebs, Alisha Tatham 12, Riverin 10
Belgium U21: Sara Leemans 14, Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) 12


Mali U21-China U21 59:90 (9:27, 14:24, 19:21, 17:18)
China and Mali battled for the pride in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the last day of the Preliminary Round China rolled over Mali 90:59. A 27:9 lead in the opening quarter made no intrigue later in the game. Lu Lu (184-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Meiling Zheng and Zheng Bowen (-90) produced 12 points each. China finished Group A with 1-4, while Mali stayed winless.

Both teams realized that it was the game for the only win in the Preliminary Round. The Asians led 15:8 with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter when they closed the period with a 12-1 run that Mali never recovered from. In the second quarter China grabbed another 10 points to the lead and had 28 points deficit at the half.
In the second half the game was even, as both teams prepared for 9-12 places. China proved the stability in the first half, winning the rest of the quarters. In the third quarter Mali was upset by 2 points, while in the last only by one. On the stage of 9-12 places China will play with Japan, while Mali faces Spain. All the games resume tomorrow, Friday 6th.
Mali U21: Kadiatou Toure (174-83) 16, Fatoumata Bagayoko 11
China U21: Lu Lu 16, Meiling Zheng 12+10 rebs, Zheng Bowen 12+6 rebs

France U21-Russia U21 73:71 (16:22, 18:16, 20:13, 19:20)
Russian U21 squad lost for the first time in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. In the game between two best teams of the Group A, Russia lost to France 71:73 letting the latter unbeaten. Probably the third quarter was enough for the French team to hold the score. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She scored with five seconds remaining to lift France over the hosts. Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86) posted 16, while Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Ekaterina Savelyeva (184-F-86) scored 18 points for Russia and Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) added 17.

In the first quarter the hosts expectedly went on a small lead. The hosts of 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women won the first 22:16 and looked forward to the second. In the next two quarters that are in the second and third France demolished Russia. With 18:16 in the second, French team won 20:13 in the third.
In the end of the game Ekaterina Savelyeva made a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left to leave the contest knotted at 71:71. It was the girl of the game Sandrine Gruda who brought the win for France. She scored with five seconds remaining to lift France over the hosts.
France U21: Sandrine Gruda 21+11 rebs, Clarisse Costaz 16, Isabelle Yacoubou 13+7 rebs
Russia U21: Ekaterina Savelyeva 18, Elena Danilochkina 17

Spain U21-Hungary U21 76:79 OT (16:12, 10:19, 15:21, 29:18, 6:9)
Hungary U21 stayed 3rd in group B defeating Spain 79:76 in overtime. A great come back in the last quarter could not leave Spanish squad on fire. Dora Horti (195-C-87) paced the winners with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) scored 18, while Somogyi added 11. Blanca Marcos (177-G/F-87) top-scored for Spain with 17 points. Team of Alberto Ortego couldn't win on last minute and now they'll have to play next Friday against Mali the 9th to 12th place. Hungary meanwhile will play against Russia in one of the most interesting Quarterfinals tomorrow.

Spain played two nice quarters with 16:12 in the first and 29:18 in the last. That was enough only for overtime where they had to admit another European team win. Hungary won the second 19:10 to finish the half at 29:26 lead. They increased to 9 points in the end of the third beating Spain 21:15.
In overtime Hungary deserved the win more than Spain and won 79:76. Spain was eliminated from the tournament, however will continue for 9-12 places. Hungary should be ready to have another thriller with the hosts of the Championship.

Spain U21: Blanca Marcos 17, Compan Veronica Aparisi (183-F-86) 14, Royo Torres 13
Hungary U21: Dora Horti 22+12 rebs, Barbara Semsei 18, Somogyi 11

   Day 4 results and the whole coverage
Belgium-China 76:70 (22:20, 21:24, 19:14, 14:12)
Belgium: Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) 24+8 rebs, Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) 16+7 ast, Michiels 10
China: Zheng Bowen (-90) 17, Cao Fei (-88) 13

Belgium moved to the third place in Group A of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women after a tough game over China. Due to the second half Europeans overcame 76:70. Sara Leemans as usual was on the top with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Marjorie Carpreaux added 16, while Michiels collected 10. Zheng Bowen paced China with 17 points. Before the last game in the group Belgium is 2-2, while China stays winless, 0-4. Belgium clinched a quarterfinal place at the FIBA U21 World Championship for Women and eliminate the Asian giants. Probably Mali will join the latter.

China played the first half better and desired the quarterfinals as well. Even though Belgium won the opening quarter 22:20, China answered in the second. After Asians took a 48:45 lead early in the second half many spectators believed in them. It was however Sara Leemans who led her team to a 9-0 run. Belgium won the third with 19:14 and stayed closer of the quarterfinals ticket later in the fourth. Tingting Ding's jump shot with 2:38 remaining closed the gap to 71:69 for China, who had trailed by as many as 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Belgium pushed the tempo and won the game, 76:70.

Brazil U21-Hungary U21 64:75 (19:17, 16:26, 15:18, 14:14)
Brazil: Franciele Nacimiento (-87) 16+13 rebs, Morais De Andrade 16
Hungary: Katalin Honti (178-G-87) 19, Dora Horti (195-C-87) 18+12 rebs, Rita Ibolya Kollo (183-F-86) 11

The second game of the tournament and the fourth for the teams brought the win for Hungary in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. A 10-points deficit in the second quarter was held till the end of the game and exchanged to 75:64 win over Brazil. Katalin Honti top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Dora Horti ended up with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Rita Ibolya Kollo added 11 points, including three threes. Franciele Nacimiento paced Latin-Americans with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Hungary now have two wins from four games in Group B, while Brazil are 1-3.

A start of the game belonged to Brazilians. They opened the second with 19:17 on the board. Hungary woke up at once as Dorti added two more baskets in the burst while Rita Ibolya Kollo drilled two more three-pointers. At that time Europeans seized a 30:19 lead. The biggest lead happened later with 34:21, but the Brazilians mounted a fightback and closed the gap to just four points in the third quarter.
Brazil could come to 6 points gap only. As a result Hungary mounted in the power in the end and won 75:64.

Australia U21-Japan U21 91:72

Australian National team U21 won the third straight game in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The Sapphires clinched a quarter final berth at the tournament defeating Japan 91:72. Japan is 1-3 but still has a chance to advance. They will have to beat USA tomorrow in the tournament and expect the losses from Brazil and Spain. Shizuka Uchida (-86) scored 13 points to lead Japan with Akino Nakagawa (180-G-87) adding 12 points. Elyse Penaluna led the winners with 18 points as Renae Camino (177-G-86) finished with 15.

Australia secured the pool's second spot behind USA. The Sapphires will play Brazil tomorrow in the last day of the pool phase before a quarterfinal game against Belgium or Canada.
Australia was already leading 45:37 at half-time and the coaches were able to give some playing time to everybody on the bench. Kathleen MacLeod, the tournament's leader in assist dished 8 assists in this game. The Australian starting-five enjoyed some rest in the garbage-time. They will also spend more time on the bench in the next game against Brazil.

Japan has nothing to lose in the game against USA tomorrow. The team realizes that they will have to win in order to advance.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna (194-C-88) 18, Renae Camino 15+7rebs, Abby Bishop (189-C-88) 15+15rebs, Jenna O'Hea 13
Japan: Shizuka Uchida 13, Akino Nakagawa 12

USA-Spain 81:62

USA: Laura Harper (193-F/C) 13 points, Jolene Anderson (173-G-86) 11, Essence Carson 10.
Spain: Royo Torres 15, Marcos Benito 10

USA clinched the first spot in Group B of 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship. With one game remaining in preliminary play USA is 4-0, while Spain fell at 1-3. Laura Harper led the winners with 13 points. Jolene Anderson added 11 and Essence Carson finished with 10.

Russia U21-Mali U2194:25 (17:10, 29:8, 30:4, 18:3)

Russia celebrated the fourth straight win in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The hosts of the tournament destroyed Mali 94:25. The Africans managed to keep the game close with only 10:17 in the opening quarter. Later on there was only one team in the court that ruled the gamed. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) and Ekaterina Savelyeva top-scored for the winners with 15 points each. Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) and Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) supported with 13 points. Fanta Toure (-89) (-G) posted 7 points for Mali, that was the best result for Africans.
Mali demonstrated a good game in the beginning of it. Nobody expected a miracle from the visitors, however were pleased to see the even game. That happened only in the beginning as Russia had a 46:18 lead at the half.
The second half was a nightmare for Mali. In the third quarter Africans were smashed with 30:4 and then in the last 18:3.
In the last day of the Preliminary Round both teams have different tasks. As for Russia they will meet another undefeated team, France for the first spot in the group. Meanwhile Mali faces China for the first win of both teams.

Russia: Elena Danilochkina 15, Ekaterina Savelyeva 15, Olga Zhuzhgova 13, Evgenia Belyakova 13
Mali: Fanta Toure 7, Kadia Sacko (-88) 5

Canada U21-France U21 52:71 (13:23, 14:19, 13:18, 12:11)
Canadian U21 squad fell at 2-2 in 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. France, being the undefeated team in the group continued its reign to the top. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) was unstoppable for the winners scoring 34 points and making 9 rebounds. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) posted 8, while Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) produced 7. Natalie Doma (191-C) and Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) paced Canada with 10 points each.

Canada got off to a slow start to begin the game. Sandrine Gruda ruined the defense of North Americans and had 15 points out of 23 in the first quarter. In the second quarter France increased to 15 points lead and had 42:27 halftime lead.

In the beginning of the second half Canada went on an 8-5 run. Europeans however slowly reached 20 points before the last, 60:40. Although Canada won the last 12:11 they had to admit the loss.
Today Canada will face Belgium for the third spot in the group as both teams stay with 2-2. France squad will fight for the first place against Russia.

Canada: Natalie Doma 10, Kendel Ross 10
France: Sandrine Gruda 34+9 rebs, Endene Miyem 8, Isabelle Yacoubou 7

   All the results, stats and reports of Day 3
Mali U21-Canada U21 47:71 (11:20, 19:22, 2:16, 15:13)
Mali U21: Fatoumata Bagayoko 15, Toure 10
Canada U21: Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) 16, Kalisha Keane 10, Doma 8

Canada demolished Mali in Day 3 due to the third quarter, 16:2. In FIBA U21 World Championship for Women Canada won their second straight game. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Kalisha Keane produced 10, while Doma added 8. Fatoumata Bagayoko struggled for Mali and finished with 15 points. Canada improves to 2-1, while Mali stay winless.

Ross scored first five points that helped Canada to go on 15:11 lead. North Americans increased to 20:11 in the end of the first quarter. Mali would not back down as they started the second quarter with a 6-2 run in the first three minutes. Mali ended the quarter with back-to-back three point plays, leaving Canada with a 42:30 lead heading into halftime.

The third quarter was a nightmare for Africans. With a 7-0 run Canada held to 16:2 in the quarter. As a result they led 71:47 by that time. Even though Mali won the last quarter 15:13 they did not reach Canada.

France U21-Belgium U21 91:80 (25:24, 19:19, 23:21, 24:16)
France: Endene Miyem (188-F-88) (188-F-88) 21+9 rebs, Lardy 19, Jannault 16
Belgium: Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) 23, Carpreaux 14

Belgium had another battle, this time over France. Unfortunately due to the last quarter Belgium had to give up losing 80:91. Third day of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women sent our team to the fourth place with 1-2 record.
During the first period Sara Sara Leemans and Marjorie Carpreaux came out strong and countered the good work of Isabelle Yacoubou. As a result France only managed to lead by 1 point at the end of the first period 25:24. The Belgians finished the half with a flurry, did not allow them to pull away and trailed just 44:43 at the break.
The third quarter brought 2 more points to France's squad lead and gave them 3 points deficit before the last quarter. The final period was just as intense and Belgium edged in front 69:70. Endene Endene Miyem stepped up and France went back in front 77:74 after 35 minutes of play. Unfortunately Belgium could not resist anymore. France won the last quarter 24:16 and won 91:80.

Japan U21-Brazil U21 72:85 (16:21, 18:18, 18:21, 20:25)
Japan: Risa Tsukano (-86) 15+7 rebs, Uchida 14, Hayashi 13
Brazil: Tatiane Balbino (191-C-87) 22+10 rebs, Nacimiento 17+13 rebs, Priscilla Dos Santos 17+12 rebs

Brazil U21 got the first win in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. Last night South Americas overcame Japan 85:72. The game was mostly done in the second half with the win in both quarters. Tatiane Balbino paced the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Nacimiento and Dos Santos produced 17 points each and made 25 rebounds together.

Japan started not so well as they trailed 14:21in the first quarter. A while after Japanese battled back to lead 30:27. Asians however could not see them on top before the half. Priscilla Dos Santos sparked the run with back-to-back jump shots and gave the South Americans 39:34 at half-time.

The third quarter started with Japanese attack. Yoshida leveled the scores at 43:43 by splitting two free throws. Only after that Brazil went on a 9-0 run to finish at 18:21 the third. Brazil held the score to a bigger lead in the end finishing with 85:72.

Hungary U21-USA U21 70:93 (16:23, 20:20, 20:24, 14:26)
Hungary: Nikolett Somogyi (196-C-86) 16, Horti 15, Kollo 11
USA: Candice Wiggins (180-G-87) 21, Paris 14, Langhorne 13+7 rebs

Hungary fell at 1-2 after a loss from the favorites of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women, USA. The latter took a control in the opening tip and never looked behind. Candice Wiggins led the winners with 21 points. Paris nailed 14, while Langhorne collected 13 points and 7 rebounds. Nikolett Somogyi top-scored with 16 points in the losing effort.

USA went on a lead and dominated in the first quarter. The North Americans satisfied with 23:16 after the first. Meanwhile Europeans settled down in the second and produced a nice quarter with 20 points each.
Just the third quarter began when Hungary came within four points, 55:51. It was the last spurt by them. USA made a double-digit winning 65:54 lead later in the third. .
In the fourth quarter the Americans had a 13-2 run that ended with the USA in command 78:58. It was not a big deal too lead the game to a happy end.

China U21-Russia U21 70:97 (16:30, 9:22, 18:25, 27:20)
China: Lu Lu (184-G-86) 21+7 rebs, Sun 17
Russia: Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) 21, Savelyeva 20, Lisina 10+9 rebs

Russia U21 stays unbeaten in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. Last night Russia demolished China 97:70. The score could be even more, however Asians reduced a bit in the end and did not let Russia to score 100. Elena Danilochkina paced the winners with 21 points. Savelyeva netted 20, while Lisina produced 10 points and 9 rebounds. Lu and Sun were the best for Asians as they scored 21 and 17 respectively.

That was a marvelous start of the hosts in the game. They stormed out to a 23:11 lead with three minutes remaining in the first quarter and pressed home the advantage the rest of the way. One of the highest achievements they produced in the opening quarter scoring 30 points. The second quarter was dedicated to defense as Russian squad let China to finish at 9. By half-time, the advantage was 52:25.

In the second half the game did not bring lots of interest as two teams thought already of another games. China however pushed Russia in the end of the game and won the last quarter. Asians scored almost everything they shot and ended up at 27:20. Meanwhile Russia was happy with the final score, 97:70.
The hosts are 3-0 in the standings, while China is vice versa.

Australia U21 - Spain U21 75:56

Australia: Kathleen Macleod (166-G-86) 23+9 rebs, Cayla Francis 14+14rebs, Jenna O'Hea 9
Spain: Marcos Benito 13, Mallabiabarrena Ugalde 11

Australia overcame Spain 75:56 in their third game of the U21 World Championship in Russia. Australia took the second place in the pool behind USA. Kathleen Macleod led the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Cayla Francis added 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Jenna O'Hea netted 9. Marcos Benito scored 13 points for Spain.

Monday, July 2nd is the day off in the Championship.

   Second day results
Second day of the tournament did not bring as many intrigues as the first one, however brought pleasure for the fans and spectators.
Russia beat Hungary 87:77, using a strong first quarter to have a ten points lead. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) paced the winners with 23 points. Lisina had a great game with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Belyakova added 11. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) was the best in defeat with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Russia goes to 2-0, while Belgium is 1-1.

Hungarian U21 tasted the first loss in the tournament after a loss to Australia 72:82. O'Hea was unstoppable for the winners nailing 27 points. Renae Camino (177-G-86) provided 19, while Bishop scored 11 points and made 10 rebounds. Hungary was led by 21 points from Rita Ibolya Kollo (183-F-86) and 19 from Honti. Both sides exchanged baskets for the majority of the opening term. O'Hea provided 10 points in the first quarter to have 25:20 time lead. Australia increased to 6 points lead after first two quarters as they went to 47:41 lead.

A fascinating game provided Spain and Japan in last night. With two same quarters in the second half Japan was luckier to have a deficit from the first. Saori Fujiyoshi (-87) paced the winners with 22 points. Nakagawa ended up with 15, while Tsukano added 13. Anna Cruz (175-G-86) top-scored for Spain with 19 points. Japan and Spain are with 1-1 records.

Canada celebrated the first win in FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. On the second game day the team overcame China 78:54. The latter received the second straight loss after a pity start with France. The win by the North Americans was achieved already in the first half when they afforded China to score 13 points in the first and second quarters. Natalie Doma (191-C) top-scored with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Ayim provided 13, while Pilypaitis scored 10. Liu and Sun were the best for China with 12 points each.
USA and France did not have any difficulties with Brazil and Mali respectively. USA smashed Brazil with 19 points from Crystal Langhorne (188-C/F-86). France stormed Mali 111: 45 with Laetitia Kamba (186-C-87) 17's points.

Australia U21-Hungary U21 82:72
Australia: O'Hea 27, Renae Camino 19, Bishop 11+10 rebs
Hungary: Rita Ibolya Kollo 21, Honti 19

Japan U21-Spain U21 90:87
Japan: Saori Fujiyoshi 22, Nakagawa 15, Tsukano 13
Spain: Anna Cruz 19, Marcos Benito 15

France U21-Mali U21 111:45
France: Laetitia Kamba 17+12 rebs, Julie Barennes (183-F-86) 16+12 rebs, Miyem 13
Mali: Fatoumata Bagayoko 18, Sacko 8

Canada U21-China U21 78:54
Canada: Natalie Doma 18+15 rebs, Ayim 13, Pilypaitis 10
China: Liu 12, Sun 12

Belgium U21-Russia U21 77:87
Belgium: Sara Leemans 25+7 rebs, Carpreaux 11
Russia: Elena Danilochkina 23, Lisina 20+14 rebs, Belyakova 11+7 rebs

Brazil U21-USA U21 40:96
Brazil: De Souza Rodrigues 7
USA: Crystal Langhorne 19, Paris 14+9 rebs, Bonner 12

   The summary of the first day
The first day of FIBA U21 World Championship for Women already brought lots of intrigue and fabulous games. Only the game between USA and Australia deserved the Final of the competition. The hosts of the Championship deserved a win over Canada. Spain won in double overtime over Brazil.

The United States faced a 16-point deficit early on but stormed back to stun Australia 90:88 in the opening game for both teams. Australia was still leading 88:76 with only 44 seconds to go. While everybody was thinking the game was over, the Americans made a 14-0 run to claim a 90-88 win. Candice Wiggins (180-G-87) led the winners with 30 points, while Langhorne produced 24 points and 17 rebounds.
Spain beat Brazil in another thriller 90:86. Spain won the game after two overtimes, but had the opportunity to win the game at the end of the first overtime but missed the last shot.

Hungarian U21 overcame the representative from Japan 77:58. A good start and a happy end followed the game for the winners. Dora Dora Horti (195-C-87) and Andrea Somogyi collected 48 points together. Dora Horti top-scored with 30 points, while Somogyi ended up with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) chipped in 23 points for Asians.

Belgian team overcame the only representative from Africa, Mali. The latter showed a good impression throughout the game and might bring a sensation any time. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) paced the winners with 19 points, while Vandesteene scored 14. Fatoumata Bagayoko led Mali with 20 points. Coulibaly produced 19 points and made 10 rebounds, while Traore added 12 points and 15 rebounds.
China was upset by French squad 59:87. A good beginning did not allow the Asians to finish the game in the happy end. Yuan Fang (-89) and Yajing Sun each scored 12 points for the Chinese. Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Russian team won the opener of the FIBA U21 World Championship for Women. The hosts of the tournament overcame Canada 83:56 with 15 points from Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) and Lisina. Russia had a good percentage from the field with more than 40% inside the arc and 50% from the arc. Canada had an awful time shooting the ball, making 14 of 47 inside the arc and five of 16 beyond it.

Russia -Canada 83:56
Russia: Evgenia Belyakova 15+8 rebs, Lisina 15+7 rebs, Savelyeva 13
Canada: Keane 10, Ross 8, Doma 8

Mali -Belgium 66:91
Mali: Fatoumata Bagayoko 20, Coulibaly 19+10 rebs, Traore 12+15 rebs
Belgium: Sara Leemans 19, Vandesteene 14, Michiels 11

USA-Australia 90:88
USA: Candice Candice Wiggins 30, Langhorne 24+17 rebs
Australia: Renae Camino (177-G-86) 21, Macleod 20

Spain-Brazil 90:86
Spain: Anna Cruz (175-G-86) 30+8 rebs, Blanca Marcos 15
Brazil: Izabela Morais 21+6 rebs, Joice de Souza 15+8 rebs+5ast

China -France 59:87
China: Yuan Fang 12, Yajing Sun 12
France: Sandrine Gruda 24+11 rebs, Miyem 16+13 rebs, Yacoubou 15

Hungary -Japan 77:58
Hungary: Dora Horti 30, Somogyi 18+11 rebs, Tajkov 10
Japan: Asami Yoshida 23, Nakagawa 14

   1 Day Left: Schedule
U21 Women Championship will start tomorrow. Six games will be played each day in the Preliminary Round. Spain and Brazil will open the U21 Women Championship at 9 a.m. Brazil was the second in the previous Championship and will desire to prove the mastership from the first games.
The Champion in Croatia, USA will play right after the first game against Australia. After the third and the fourth game between Hungary-Japan and France-China there will be a ceremony of the opening. It is scheduled on June 29 at 5.30 p.m.
In the preliminary Round the twelve participating teams will be divided into two groups of six teams each. Each team will play all the other teams in its own group, total of 5 games for each team. A total of 30 games will be played in the Preliminary Round. The teams placed first through fourth in each group will play for 1st to 8th place. The teams placed 5th and 6th in each group will play for 9th to 12th place.
The semifinals are scheduled on July 7th at 6 p.m. and 8.15 p.m. The Final game will be on July 8 at 8.15 p.m.

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   2 Days Left: Venue
U21 Championship for Women is on the way to start. Two more days left till the start ceremony and the games. Today Eurobasket introduce a venue-the place where the spectators will enjoy the tournament.
SK Vidnoje Basketball Hall will open the doors for all the games in the Championship. A brand new Hall is one of the modern constructions in Europe. It was built in 2006 and now belongs to Moscow Region Government. The team that enjoys the home games of the Hall is Spartak Moscow Region. The winner of Euroleague and Russian Championship always has a great support from the fans. That was the key factor in the Final Four of Euroleague and of course a pleasure to play at home.
SK Vidnoje Basketball Hall has the capacity of 4000 spectators. It is situated in Olimpinskaya Street 4. It is 80 km from Sheremetovo Airport and 20 km from Domodedovo Airport. The Hall is also approximately 20-30 km to the centre of Moscow. If you are traveling from the capital, there are some ways to reach the arena:

-From Paveletskogo station take an express to Rastorguevo
-Metro Domodedovskaya-Marshrutka/bus 471.

SK Vidnoje Basketball Hall welcomes to all the games and will be friendly to all the guests.

   3 Days Left: Players
Three more days left till the beginning of the U21 Championship for Women in Russia. Today Eurobasket introduces players, the people who will struggle in the court.

The USA will be represented by the players who participate mostly in NCAA tournaments. The USA will look to defend its world title in U21 age group, open to athletes 21-years-old or younger. As the team celebrated the win last time we decided to give you the whole roster of the team. The final 12-member team includes: Jolene Anderson, DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87), Essence Carson, Laura Harper, Ashley Houts (168-G), Crystal Langhorne, Marscilla Packer (175-G), Kia Vaughn, Abby Waner, Candice Wiggins (180-G-87), Paris and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton. The average height of the team is 6"0 (182 cm).

The silver medals team in the last Championship Brazil will send 4 players with the name Santos. Fluminense duo Clarissa and Ivana will represent Brazil's yellow-and-green jersey for the first time in an international tournament.

France that was third last time will defend their best European title. The team has already lost two friendly games before the tournament against USA. In the first game France was led by Sandrine Gruda (192-F/C-87) who hit 13 points for France. In the second game Sylvie Gruz top-scored for the team with 14 points.

Russian National team is made up by the players mostly from the National Championship. Three players however participated in Europe last season, but will greatly fit the team. Anastasia Anderson (174-G-86) plays for Romanian Biandra Targoviste, Irina Ryukhina (175-G-86) defends Lotos Gdynia and Elena Reshetko (184-C-86) is in Catz Lappeenranta that is in Finland.
All the other teams and their rosters will be covered as well during the U21 Championship for Women in Russia.

   4 Days Left: Teams
Eurobasket decided not to wait and introduce the main news, events, players and teams before the Tournament starts. As you know U 21 Championship for Women is scheduled for June 29. SK Vidnoje Basketball Hall that is in Russia will open doors for the teams and be a host arena for the Championship.

Today we would like you to introduce the teams that will participate in the tournament. 12 teams will represent Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Asia and Africa. Eligible are all players who are born 1st January 1986 or later. The 12 teams are divided into two groups-A and B. In Group A there are Belgium, Canada, China, France, Mali and the host team Russia. Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Japan, Spain and USA made up group B.

The teams from the first to fourth places in each group will play the Final Round for the first eight places. All other teams will play classification games for the positions 9-12.

Many teams started to prepare for the tournament long time ago. USA and France had a friendly game between each other as USA overcame 71:57. Australia won the Four-Nation Pre-World Championship Tournament in Spain over the weekend, winning all of their three games. The Sapphires recorded powerful wins over China 93:52, Brazil 94:77, and a gritty 75:68 victory over host nation Spain.
USA won the previous Championship that was held in Croatia. That time USA beat Brazil in the Final of the tournament. France satisfied with the bronze medals.

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