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Play-Off bracket4
Final Standings
 1. USA    
 2. Czech R.    
 3. Spain    
 4. Belarus    
 5. Australia    
 6. France    
 7. Russia    
 8. S.Korea    
 9. Brazil    
 10. Japan    
 11. Greece    
 12. Canada    
 13. China    
 14. Mali    
 15. Argentina    
 16. Senegal    


Spain celebrates the Bronze Medal (Photo: Fiba.com)


USA won the Gold Medal in Czech Republic (Photo: Fiba.com)
Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
 1. USA 6-0 
 2. Australia 5-1 
 3. France 4-2 
 4. Belarus 3-3 
 5. Greece 2-4 
 6. Canada 1-5 
Group F
 1. Russia 6-0 
 2. Spain 5-1 
 3. Czech Repu. 4-2 
 4. S.Korea 3-3 
 5. Brazil 2-4 
 6. Japan 1-5 
Group Places 13-16
 1. China 2-0 
 2. Mali 1-1 
 3. Argentina 1-1 
 4. Senegal 0-2 
Points Per Game
 Yuko OGA
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Oga, JPN19.1 
 2. Lyttle, ESP18.4 
 3. Maltsi, GRE17.9 
 4. Valdemoro, ESP17.7 
 5. DeSouza, BRA16.6 
 6. Miao, CHN16.4 
 7. Viteckova, CZE16.4 
 8. Beon, KOR15.8 
 9. Leuchanka, BLR14.8 
 10. Chen, CHN14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Erika DESOUZA
  BRA
  (197-C-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. DeSouza, BRA12.0 
 2. Lyttle, ESP11.5 
 3. Coulibaly, MLI10.4 
 4. Leuchanka, BLR8.8 
 5. Yoshida, JPN8.1 
 6. Jackson, AUS7.9 
 7. Diop, SEN7.2 
 8. Diawara, MLI7.2 
 9. Chen, CHN7.2 
 10. Vesela, CZE7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Asami YOSHIDA
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Yoshida, JPN4.6 
 2. Horakova, CZE3.9 
 3. Oga, JPN3.8 
 4. Dumerc, FRA3.8 
 5. Pinto, BRA3.4 
 6. Miao, CHN3.4 
 7. Park, KOR3.3 
 8. Kalentzou, GRE3.3 
 9. Beon, KOR3.2 
 10. Marchanka, BLR3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hana HORAKOVA
  CZE
  (182-F/G-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Horakova, CZE2.9 
 2. McCoughtry, USA2.7 
 3. Maltsi, GRE2.4 
 4. Yoshida, JPN2.1 
 5. Gabriele, CAN1.9 
 6. Lyttle, ESP1.8 
 7. Valdemoro, ESP1.8 
 8. Maiga-Ba, MLI1.8 
 9. Cava, ARG1.8 
 10. Harrower, AUS1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kulichova, CZE1.8 
 2. Veremeenko, BLR1.7 
 3. DeSouza, BRA1.5 
 4. Ndongue, FRA1.2 
 5. Chen, CHN1.2 
 6. Vieru, RUS1.0 
 7. Dabo, MLI1.0 
 8. Cambage, AUS1.0 
 9. Vecerova, CZE0.9 
 10. Vesela, CZE0.9 
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. Australia 3-0 
 2. Belarus 2-1 
 3. Canada 1-2 
 4. China 0-3 
Group B
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. France 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Senegal 0-3 
Group C
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. S.Korea 2-1 
 3. Brazil 1-2 
 4. Mali 0-3 
Group D
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Czech Repu. 2-1 
 3. Japan 1-2 
 4. Argentina 0-3 


Hana Horakova of Czech Republic named MVP (Photo: Fiba.com)


USA National Team 2010

Starting five
#s#
Lindsay Whalen
Whalen
Tamika Catchings
Catchings
Swin Cash
Cash
Maya Moore
Moore
Tina Charles
Charles
#e#5
4 Lindsay Whalen 5'8''-G-82 USK Praha Czech Republic
5 Asjha Jones 6'2''-F-80 Connecticut S.
6 Sue Bird 5'9''-G-80 Spartak V MR Russia
7 Candice Dupree 6'2''-F/C-84 Dobri Anjeli Slovakia
8 Angel McCoughtry 6'1''-F-86 MKB Eurol. Hungary
9 Jayne Appel 6'4''-F/C-88 S.Antonio SS
10 Tamika Catchings 6'1''-F-79 Indiana F.
11 Swin Cash 6'2''-F-79 Seattle S.
12 Diana Taurasi 6'0''-F/G-82 Fenerbahce Turkey
13 Sylvia Fowles 6'6''-C-85 Galatasaray Turkey
14 Maya Moore 6'0''-F-89 Connecticut
15 Tina Charles 6'4''-C-88 Nadezhda O. Russia

Geno Auriemma Head Coach Connecticut USA
Doug Bruno Assistant DePaul USA
Jennifer Gillom Assistant L.Angeles S. USA
Marynell Meadors Assistant Atlanta D. USA


Eurobasket.com All-World Championships Awards 2010 - Oct 4, 2010

Hana Horakova is the MVP at the World Championships in Czech Republic. The Czech player shined in the entire tournament and lead her team to the second place. In the starting five player there is also another athlete from Czech Republic, Eva Viteckova. Best guard is the experienced guard Diana Taurasi, key player of Team USA to win the title. Best center is the Spanish Sanchio Lyttle who finished the competition with almost 19ppg. Best Defensive player is the Brazilian pivot Erika De Souza, best rebounder in Czech Republic.

All-1st team
#s#
Hana Horakova
Horakova
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Eva Viteckova
Viteckova
Erika DeSouza
DeSouza
Sancho Lyttle
Lyttle
#e#5

MVP: Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) Czech Republic
Best Guard: Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82) USA
Best Forward: Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) Czech Republic
Best Center: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) Spain
Best Defensive Player: Erika DeSouza (197-C-82)
Best Coach: Geno Auriemma USA

1st Team
F/G: Diana Taurasi (182-82) USA
F/G: Hana Horakova (182-79) Czech Republic
F: Eva Viteckova (189-82) Czech Republic
C: Erika DeSouza (197-82)
C: Sancho Lyttle (193-83) Spain

2nd Team
G: Sue Bird (175-80) USA
G: Yuko Oga (170-82) Japan
F/C: Candice Dupree (188-84) USA
F: Amaya Valdemoro (184-76) Spain
C: Yelena Leuchanka (196-83)

Honorable Mention
Jana Vesela (190-F-83) Czech Republic
Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87)
Endene Miyem (188-F-88) France
Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) South Korea
Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) Japan
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78)



Without any surprise, (Dream) Team USA will go to the final! - Oct. 2, 2010 

Which team will Czech Republic face tomorrow in the final game? This remained the unanswered question. Team USA had an excellent first quarter with 8 players having scored. After 5-0, the US squad quickly took a 20-9 lead. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) of Spain had already three fouls. End of the first quarter: 29-16. Spain seemed to be better and better in this quarter. To be mentioned: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston), injured, did not take part in the game tonight.

Diana Taurasi hit a big three to make 37-22 followed by Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) hitting a 2-point shot to make 39-22. Without forcing, Team USA was well ahead. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU), a fantastic athlete, was very efficient underneath the basket too. Spanish coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez took a time-out at 43-24 with 5:56 remaining in the second period. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) tried to bring her team back in the race but the Dream Team kept on running down the court... 49-28 by Fowles for the Americans. Half-time was reached with 58-34 on the scoreboard.

The US team kept giving no chance to the Spaniards and despite a few traveling violations, the American ladies digged the gap: 69-45, 73-45, 81-48. End of third quarter: 87-53 by Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) with a nice drive to the basket.

With all 12 US players having scored some points, several observers wonder if we cannot start to call it the Dream Team indeed. With no surprise, Team USA will face the Czech Republic in the final tomorrow while Spain will play Belarus for the bronze medal in this World Championship. Spanish supporters seemed relatively happy about how it turned out and they kept cheering in the stands. Jones went through the 100-point barrier (just like yesterday) by making 101-65. Final score: 106-6. This game is history... Stay tuned for tomorrow's action.



Team USA wins the gold, Czechs get the silver and Spain finishes with bronze - Oct. 3, 2010 

It was sold out at the KV Arena tonight as Team USA was ready to battle against the Czechs. After 20 seconds, Jana Vesela was knocked out and sent to the bench for injury. She did not show up on court anymore in this game. Three attempts missed by the Americans and two missed for the local team... We had to wait a while to see Tina Charles opening the score on two free-throws. The game was now really beginning. 2-2, 4-4. At 6-5, a few turnovers occured. Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) made a nice move on the baseline and hit a jumper. On a fastbreak, USA took a 6-point lead and the result of this was that Lubor Blazek took his first time-out with 4:55 remaining before the end of the first quarter. Czech captain Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) wanted to show the way to the basket and did well indeed. But the US team remained calm and the big athletic centers did an excellent job to make 15-9. The Czechs did not shoot as well as in the previous games from long range so far but Katerina Elhotova hit a three to bring hope. Each hometeam's baskets were celebrated as a victory by a wonderful crowd. 19-14 at the end of the first quarter.
A tough defense and a three-pointer by Elhotova kept the game close. Tamika Catchings (186-F-79, college: Tennessee), from the right wing and long range, made 24-18 later on. A few fastbreaks later by the US squad, it was 28-18. Viteckova kept Czech Republic alive at 28-20. It was a three-point festival with Peckova on one side and Moore on the other one. But then, the American stars accelerated: 37-25. Hana Horakova scored and had a bonus on the next play: 37-28. The US team did not miss easy shots: 40-28. Every basket made by the Czechs turned out to be a real party in the stands... 40-33 with one minute left. And valiant Czech captain Horakova, the hero of a whole country, intercepted the ball to make 40-35. The score did no change before the half. All Czech fans, including the President of Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, were happy.
6024 people attending the game, a record for the beautiful KV Arena (multi-purpose but mainly built for ice hockey games)! The third quarter started well for the Czechs (40-37) but Taurasi responded by a nice jumper first and Bird by an easy lay-up just afterwards. The Czechs stayed in the race but WNBA star Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) was on fire. A few bad passes and wrong options for the local team allowed the Dream Team to take a larger lead: 55-39. After a time-out by coach Lubor Blazek , the Czechs made 55-41 but Bird, with a three-pointer, responded efficiently: 58-41. Physically very strong, Team USA kept outscoring the Czechs who remained silent for a while. The gap became deeper: 72-47 on an easy basket by Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville). Third quarter ended on the score of 74-52.
The fourth quarter was a big party for the Czech fans who celebrated each basket of their favourite players but the strongest team in this tournament was obviously the one of the United States. Czech player Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) hit a few pretty shots, just nothing but net but the score was in favour of the Americans: 82-59 with 6:35 left in the game. Surprisingly, Tereza Peckova (191-F-87) stayed on the floor a long time, which had not been the case so far in the tournament. It was 82-65 with 4:09 to go and Taurasi hit a great shot: 84-65. Team USA defended better afterwards and managed the last minutes perfectly well. Final score: 89-69.
Best scorer for the USA was Angel McCoughtry with 18 points. The Czech top scorer was Petra Kulichova with 14 points.
Team USA wins the gold medal and a spot for the next 2012 Olympic tournament while the Czech Republic gets the silver medal. The organization was just fantastic and the quality of the game probably the best one ever in the women tournament's history.



Amaya and her mates get the bronze and Belarus' run will remain a true Cinderella story - Oct. 3, 2010 

A 2/2 from three-point range launched Spain in this game for bronze medal. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) was efficient in offense but quickly Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) of Belarus replied with two beautiful baskets from mid-range: 8-6. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) was well active today and started in a perfect manner at rebounding and stealing. Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Torrens kept going with their show and Spain was quickly in front 15-6. Belarus looked tired. They probably had a hard time to recover after their elimination of yesterday against the Czechs. Lyttle inside was efficient but Belarus, mainly with Leuchanka, tried to remain in the race: 28-15 at the end of the first period.
Alba Torrens started in the second quarter like she did in the first one. She hit a three from downtown to make 31-15. Lyttle was out of the game due to back problems and Belarus with Marchanka at playmaking came back at 33-20. Lyttle got back on the court just afterwards and, with the help of the other Spanish NT center Cindy Lima (192-C-81), controlled the air: 39-23. But Belarus' will was not to let the game so easily to La Roja and the Green and Red were back at 39-28. Anastasyia Verameyenka kept her team awake and after a last foul by Torrens, Belarus closed the gap at 41-34 just before the break. Alba Torrens finished the first half with 17 points.
The girls with a dress came back at 43-41 early in the third quarter. It was a close game again. The guards of Belarus played fast. Torrens, Lyttle, Valdemoro and Montanana remained vigilant and despite efforts of Verameyenka for Belarus, reached a 10-point margin with just 2:15 remaining in the third quarter. This one ended up with a 62-53 score on the KV Arena electronic board. A nice attendance of 5131 basketball fans were enjoying the game.
Amaya went on with hitting great baskets and Sancho went on with easy baskets in the paint for la Seleccion femenina: 69-55. Belarus' coach Buyalski made some substitutions and tried to find solutions but Spain remained well organized. Nevertheless, a three-pointer by Marina Kress (192-C-80) and missing shots by the Spaniards just afterwards obliged Spanish coach Hernandez to take a time-out with 3:37 on the clock and 71-63. La Roja remained calm and concentrated while Belarus missed shots and had a few turnovers: 75-65 with 2:02 on the clock. Amaya played a tough defense and on a last basket made 77-68. Lyttle finished as best scorer for the Spanish side while Verameyenka finished with 20 points for the team of Belarus, which will probably remain the nicest surprise in this tournament. Spain has a first medal in a FIBA World Championship for Women.



Hana Horakova: MVP of the 2010 World Championship for Women, All Star team also voted - Oct. 3, 2010 

The 2010 FIBA World Championship for Womens All Star Team looks as follows: Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) of Czech Republic, Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) of the USA, Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) of Czech Republic, Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) of Spain and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) of Belarus.
MVP of the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women is Hana Horakova.
A big applause was also given for the organizers of the tournament as well as the Czech Republic authorities as Mr. Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, was present at the final game.



USA wins the Gold in Karlovy Vary - Oct. 3, 2010 

FINAL
USA - Czech Republic 89-69
It was sold out at the KV Arena tonight as Team USA was ready to battle against the Czechs. After 20 seconds, Jana Vesela was knocked out and sent to the bench for injury. She did not show up on court anymore in this game. Three attempts missed by the Americans and two missed for the local team... We had to wait a while to see Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) opening the score on two free-throws. The game was now really beginning. 2-2, 4-4. At 6-5, a few turnovers occured. Sue Bird made a nice move on the baseline and hit a jumper. On a fastbreak, USA took a 6-point lead and the result of this was that Lubor Blazek took his first time-out with 4:55 remaining before the end of the first quarter. Czech captain Horakova wanted to show the way to the basket and did well indeed. But the US team remained calm and the big athletic centers did an excellent job to make 15-9. The Czechs did not shoot as well as in the previous games from long range so far but Katerina Elhotova hit a three to bring hope. Each hometeam's baskets were celebrated as a victory by a wonderful crowd. 19-14 at the end of the first quarter. A tough defense and a three-pointer by Elhotova kept the game close. Tamika Catchings (186-F-79, college: Tennessee), from the right wing and long range, made 24-18 later on. A few fastbreaks later by the US squad, it was 28-18. Viteckova kept Czech Republic alive at 28-20. It was a three-point festival with Peckova on one side and Moore on the other one. But then, the American stars accelerated: 37-25. Horakova scored and had a bonus on the next play: 37-28. The US team did not miss easy shots: 40-28. Every basket made by the Czechs turned out to be a real party in the stands... 40-33 with one minute left. And valiant Czech captain Horakova, the hero of a whole country, intercepted the ball to make 40-35. The score did no change before the half. All Czech fans, including the President of Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, were happy. 6024 people attending the game, a record for the beautiful KV Arena (multi-purpose but mainly built for ice hockey games)! The third quarter started well for the Czechs but Taurasi responded by a nice jumper first and Bird by an easy lay-up just afterwards. The Czechs stayed in the race but WNBA star Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) was on fire. A few bad passes and wrong options for the local team allowed the Dream Team to take a larger lead: 55-39. After a time-out by coach Lubor Blazek , the Czechs made 55-41 but Bird, with a three-pointer, responded efficiently: 58-41. Physically very strong, Team USA kept outscoring the Czechs who remained silent for a while. The gap became deeper: 72-47 on an easy basket by Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville). Third quarter ended on the score of 74-52. The fourth quarter was a big party for the Czech fans who celebrated each basket of their favourite team but the strongest team in this tournament was obviously the one of the United States. Czech player Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) hit a few pretty shots, just nothing but net but the score was in favour of the Americans: 82-59 with 6:35 left in the game. Surprisingly, Tereza Peckova (191-F-87) stayed on the floor a long time, which had not been the case so far in the tournament. It was 82-65 with 4:09 to go and Taurasi hit a great shot: 84-65. Team USA defended better afterwards and managed the last minutes perfectly well. Final score: 89-69. Best scorer for the USA was Angel McCoughtry with 18 points. The Czech top scorer was Petra Kulichova with 14 points. Team USA wins the gold medal and a spot for the next 2012 Olympic tournament while the Czech Republic gets the silver medal. The organization was just fantastic and the quality of the game probably the best one ever in the women tournaments history. *by Bert Larsimont

Places 3-4
Spain - Belarus 77-68
A 2/2 from three-point range launched Spain in this game for bronze medal. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) was efficient in offense but quickly Yelena Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) of Belarus replied with two beautiful baskets from mid-range: 8-6. Sancho Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) was well active today and started in a perfect manner at rebounding and stealing. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Alba kept going with their show and Spain was quickly in front 15-6. Belarus looked tired. They probably had a hard time to recover after their elimination of yesterday against the Czechs. Sancho Lyttle inside was efficient but Belarus, mainly with Yelena Leuchanka, tried to remain in the race: 28-15 at the end of the first period. Alba Torrens started in the second quarter like she did in the first one. She hit a three from downtown to make 31-15. Sancho Lyttle was out of the game due to back problems and Belarus with Marchanka at playmaking came back at 33-20. Sancho Lyttle got back on the court just afterwards and, with the help of the other Spanish NT center Cindy Lima, controlled the air: 39-23. But Belarus' wil was not to let the game so easily to La Roja and the Green and Red were back at 39-28. Anastasyia Verameyenka kept her team awake and after a last foul by Torrens, Belarus closed the gap at 41-34 just before the break. Alba Torrens finished the first half with 17 points. The girls with a dress came back at 43-41 early in the third quarter. It was a close game again. The guards of Belarus played quickly. Torrens, Sancho Lyttle, Valdemoro and Montanana remained vigilant and despite efforts of Verameyenka for Belarus, reached a 10-point margin with just 2:15 remaining in the third quarter. This one ended up with a 62-53 score on the KV Arena electronic board. A nice attendance of 5131 basketball fans were enjoying the game. Amaya went on with hitting great baskets and Sancho went on with easy baskets in the paint for la Seleccion femenina: 69-55. Belarus' coach Buyalski made some substitutions and tried to find solutions but Spain remained well organized. Nevertheless, a three-pointer by Marina Kress and missing shot by the Spaniards just afterwards obliged Spanish coach Hernandez to take a time-out with 3:37 on the clock and 71-63. La Roja remained calm and concentrated while Belarus missed shots and had a few turnovers: 75-65 with 2:02 on the clock. Amaya played a tough defense and on a last basket made 77-68. Sancho Lyttle finished as best scorer for the Spanish sied while Verameyenka finished with 20 points for the team of Belarus, which will probably remain the nicest surprise in this tournament. Spain has a first medal in a FIBA World Championship for Women. *by Bert Larsimont

Places 5-6
France - Australia 62-74
The first two games of the day were classification ones: Korea was facing Russia for places 7 and 8 and France was playing the Australian Opals in the classification 5-6 game. In was the second game of the day, France was playing the Opals. Endene Miyem (188-F-88), already on the bench during the France vs. Korea game of yesterday, was not in uniform to play today. Australia started strongly: 5-11 after five minutes and even 7-21 at the end of the first quarter. Only Beikes (2 points), Ndongue (2 points) and Digbeu (3 points) had scored for les Bleues. In the second quarter, Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) (196-F/C-81), both Australian centers, were called a third foul. France came back step by step: 12-26 and 24-34. The French team played quicker. Especially efficient in fastbreak situation, France came closer afterwards: 37-44. But, led by Marianna Tolo, Australians had a strong finish in the third quarter. Cambage made 39-53 at the end of the third period indeed. Ndongue had a fifth foul straight away at the beginning of the fourth and the Down Under girls were still ahead: 42-59. The girls of coach Pierre Vincent concentrated better and les Bleues, supported by a large number of French supporters, stayed in the game: 50-61 with less than four minutes to go. Coach Vincent took two time-outs in a row with 2:08 to go when the scoreboard showed 53-66. It will not change much in the end: 62-74 (final score). Lauren Jackson with 13 points and Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) with 12 points were the best scorers for Australia. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) with 11 points and Clemence Beikes with 10 were the top scorers for les Bleues. Final rankings: Australia 5th, France 6th, Russia 7th and Korea 8th. *by Bert Larsimont

Places 7-8
South Korea - Russia 76-87
The first two games of the day were classification ones: Korea was facing Russia for places 7 and 8 and France was playing the Australian Opals in the classification 5-6 game. Russia, despite a fantastic Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) (7/13 form the field), started slowly and was even behind at the end of the first quarter. We had to wait until the end of the second quarter to see Team Russia come up in front: 42-47 at half-time. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80), very efficient from long range, had played the whole time in the first half for the Koreans. Russia of coach Boris Sokolovskiy took a larger lead in the third quarter: 46-58 and then 57-69 at the end of the period. Mainly making the difference in the paint, the Russians stayed ahead in the fourth. Final score: 76-87. Ilona Korstine scored 21 points and Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) 16 in the win while Beon Yeon-Ha of Korea finished with 24 points (and 40 minutes of play). Becky Hammon, Marina Kuzina and Natalia Vieru sat on the bench through the whole game for Russia. Russia finishes at rank 7 and Korea is ranked 8th in this tournament. *by Bert Larsimont



Opals defeat les Bleues for 5th place and Russia beats Korea for rank 7 - Oct. 3, 2010 

The first two games of the day were classification ones: Korea was facing Russia for places 7 and 8 and France was playing the Australian Opals in the classification 5-6 game.
Russia, despite a fantastic Ilona Korstin (7/13 form the field), started slowly and was even behind at the end of the first quarter. We had to wait until the end of the second quarter to see Team Russia come up in front: 42-47 at half-time. Yeon Ha Beon, very efficient from long range, had played the whole time in the first half for the Koreans.
Russia of coach Boris Sokolovskiy took a larger lead in the third quarter: 46-58 and then 57-69 at the end of the period. Mainly making the difference in the paint, the Russians stayed ahead in the fourth. Final score: 76-87.
Ilona Korstin scored 21 points and Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) 16 in the win while Yeon Ha Beon of Korea finished with 24 points (and 40 minutes of play). Becky Hammon, Marina Kuzina and Natalia Vieru sat on the bench through the whole game for Russia. Russia finishes at rank 7 and Korea is ranked 8th in this tournament.
In the second game of the day, France was playing the Opals. Endene Myiem, already on the bench during the France vs. Korea game of yesterday, was not in uniform to play today. Australia started strongly: 5-11 after five minutes and even 7-21 at the end of the first quarter. Only Beikes (2 points), Ndongue (2 points) and Digbeu (3 points) had
scored for les Bleues.
In the second quarter, Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81), both Australian centers, were called a third foul. France came back step by step: 12-26 and 24-34. The French team played quicker. Especially efficient in fastbreak situation, France came closer afterwards: 37-44. But, led by Marianna Tolo, Australians had a strong finish in the third quarter. Cambage made 39-53 at the end of the third period indeed.
Ndongue had a fifth foul straight away at the beginning of the fourth and the Down Under girls were still ahead: 42-59. The girls of coach Pierre Vincent concentrated better and les Bleues, supported by a large number of French supporters, stayed in the game: 50-61 with less than four minutes to go. Coach Vincent took two time-outs in a row with 2:08 to go when the scoreboard showed 53-66. It will not change much in the end: 62-74 (final score).
Lauren Jackson with 13 points and Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) with 12 points were the best scorers for Australia. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) with 11 points and Clemence Beikes with 10 were the top scorers for les Bleues. Final rankings: Australia 5th, France 6th, Russia 7th and Korea 8th.



Day Eight: Semifinals in Karlovy Vary, USA and Czech Republic to fight for the Gold  - Oct. 2, 2010 

SEMIFINALS


Czech Republic - Belarus 81-77

Yuliya Dureika (180-G-86, agency: LBM Management) gave the rythm of this match as she launched Belarus straight away to a 0-5 start. Coach Lubor Blazek even had to take a first time-out at 2-9 to try to break the rythm. Czech center Vecerova made 5-11 after 5 minutes and Czech captain Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) hit a three to make 8-13. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) was excellent at playmaking for the Belarus' side but the this was not enough as the Czechs, thanks to a tough defense, came back closer: 12-15. A lot of missing shots on both side and several calls by the referees made it an unsteady game but a three pointer by Czech forward Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) at the last second of the first quarter made a local crowd wild: 16-15 for the Czechs! In the beginning of the second quarter, both teams played well. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) had a great presence in offense and defense for Belarus. It was a tied game 20-20 with 6:17 remaining in the second period. Czech captain Hana Horakova, excellent in steals, gave the lead to her team after a fastbreak: 26-23. Czech star Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) did not score any basket in this game so far. The game was very physical and only a three-point by Viteckova with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter seemed to unlock the close game: 32-27. But the Belarus' forwards decided to get into action and even sent the Red and Green up in front: 32-34. The four last attempts of the Czechs were not successful and Belarus stayed on top at the half. Belarus outscored the Czech team in the paint in the first half 10-24. The Czechs had just a few less turnovers than the girls of Belarus: 9-12 in this sector of the game. The 5000 Czech fans, all behind their team, expected a better start in the third quarter. And it was a better one indeed... All of sudden the score turned out to be 38-36 for the Czechs. Viteckova showed the way to the basket and scored twice in a nice manner. Dureika and Verameyenka tried to keep Belarus in the race but the Czechs looked stronger than ever. Horakova distilled fantastic assists and the full crowd got wild again: 50-43 by a Jana Vesela (190-F-83) for the Czech NT. Belarus did not want to surrender and came back at 52-49. A last offense allowed the Czechs to lead 54-49 at the finish of the third period. It was the Final Countdown (song played in the KV Arena)... Belarus' center Veremeyenka made two free throws, making it 54-53 but Viteckova responded for the locals with a three-pointer: 57-53. Horakova went to sit on the bench for the first time in the game with 6:50 remaining but only for a very short time. Scoreboard showed 61-57 with five minutes left in this game when Leuchanka made 61-59. Kress even made 61-61... A thriller with lots of contacts and pushing. A nice basket plus a bonus by Burgrova relaunched the Czechs... and the very festive attendance too: 64-61. But the Czechs could have killed the game a few times if they had not managed pourly one or two offensive plays. The crowd stood and pushed the Czech team at 65-63 with 1:12 remaining, then 66-65. A turnover by Belarus guard Marchanka allowed a fastbreak for the Czechs. Viteckova was fouled and hit two FTs with 13 seconds on the clock. On the other side, Marchanka made one free-throw and, on the rebound, Trafimava scored: 68-68. Last chance for the Czechs with 5 seconds left but the shot of Vesela was blocked. There was no other way than going through overtime this time... Belarus was sticking to the score: 72-73. Anufryienka was called a fifth foul and Vecerova made the two free-throws just behind: 74-73. A bad shot taken by Belarus allowed the Czechs to run on the other side of the court where Viteckova found an open space to hit a three: 77-73 with 1:10 to go. Nobody could hear the referees' whistles as the atmosphere was fan... tastic! Verameyenka had a fifth foul on Hokarova who went to the basket. 1/2 from the line and offensive rebound for the Czech captain. She made 79-75 on a free-throw again. The was goin to be decided at the line and the Czechs were better at converting free-throws: 81-77. Belarus' last attempt was not successful but they deserved a special mention for the wonderful tournament they have had. The World Championship hosts can now celebrate... *by Bert Larsimont

USA - Spain 106-70
Which team will Czech Republic face tomorrow in the final game? This remained the unanswered question. Team USA had an excellent first quarter with 8 players having scored. After 5-0, the US squad quickly took a 20-9 lead. Cindy Lima (192-C-81) of Spain had already three fouls. End of the first quarter: 29-16. Spain seemed to be better and better in this quarter. To be mentioned: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston), injured did not take part to the game tonight. Diana Taurasi hit a big three to make 37-22 followed by Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) hitting a 2-point shot to make 39-22. Without forcing, Team USA was well ahead. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU), a fantastic athlete, was very efficient underneath the basket too. Spanish coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez took a time-out at 43-24 with 5:56 remaining in the second period. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) tried to bring her team back in the race but the Dream Team kept on running down the court... 49-28 by Fowles for the Americans. Half-time was reached with 58-34 on the scoreboard. The US team kept giving no chance to the Spaniards and despite a few traveling violations, the American ladies digged the gap: 69-45, 73-45, 81-48. End of third quarter: 87-53 by Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) with a nice drive to the basket. With all 12 US players having scored some points, several observers wonder if we cannot start to call it the Dream Team. With no surprise Team USA will face the Czech Republic in the final tomorrow while Spain will play Belarus for the bronze medal in this World Championship. Spanish supporters seemed relatively happy how it turned out as they kept cheering in the stands. Jones went through the 100-point barrier (just like yesterday) by making 101-65. Final score: 106-6. This game is history... Stay tuned for tomorrow's action. *by Bert Larsimont


Places 5-8

Australia - Russia 78-73

In other classification games today, the losers of yesterday's quarterfinals were meeting: Australia vs. Russia (what could have been a fantastic semi-final) and France vs. Korea. The winners of each game would play each other for 5th and 6th rank while the losers would play for the classification 7-8 game tomorrow. Australia started well (10-4). Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91), Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and their mates nevertheless looked tired and rather disappointed... Probably the loss of yesterday still in their mind. The Opals allowed the Russian, led by an excellent Maria Stepanova in the first two quarters, to come back in the race and time-outs taken by Carrie Graf did not change things much. Russians took the advantage and even deepened the gap: 21-29. But after 27-34, the Aussies with Elizabeth Cambage in the paint limited the difference: 32-34 for Russia at the half. Although Stepanova and Abrosimova kept being efficient for Team Russia, Australia came up in front after a strong finish in defense at the end of the third quarter: 50-48. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) of Russia boosted their team in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Hammon got injured on a fastbreak play. We did not see her on the court untl the end of the game. Lauren Jackson, Liz Cambage and Kristy Harrower made sure to keep their colors ahead in the final minutes despite last attempts by Abrosimova. Penny Taylor did not miss from the free-throw line in the final minute and Australia will get the chance to play for 5th spot. Australia vs. Russia: 78-73. *by Bert Larsimont

South Korea - France 46-61
In other classification games today, the losers of yesterday's quarterfinals were meeting: Australia vs. Russia (what could have been a fantastic semi-final) and France vs. Korea. The winners of each game would play each other for 5th and 6th rank while the losers would play for the classification 7-8 game tomorrow. The France vs. Korea game ended with a nice win for les Bleues. Only a few turnovers at the end of the first quarter allowed Korea to get closer to France: 11-15 after the first ten minutes. The French side was still doing well in the second quarter. Beikes, Ndongue and Digbeu particularly seemed fit today and hit nice shots from mid-range. It was 23-31 for the team of Coach Pierre Vincent at the half. Korea with an impressive Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) (21 points this afternoon) from long range came closer in the third period. The French coach took a time-out at 31-35 and he did well as his team restarted well just after it. The scoreboard showed 32-45 at the end of the third quarter. Marion Laborde (178-G-86) was hot from long range and, with a good grom her mate Clemence Beikes among others, gave an even larger lead to France: 39-59. The end of the game was well managed by the French squad. Final score: 46-61 for France. France and Australia will meet for 5th place and Korea will play Russia for 7th place on Sunday. *by Bert Larsimont


Places 9-10
Japan - Brazil 79-84
In the classification 9-10 game, Japan faced Brazil today at the KV Arena in Karlovy Vary. In an almost empty stadium, Brazil led by a fantastic Alessandra Oliveira (200-C-73) (21 points) defeated Japan 79-84. The team of Carlos Colinas finished stronger than they started this competition and earned the 9th rank in this tournament. Japan led by captain Yuko Oga (170-G-82) (also 21 points for her today) will be finally ranked 10th at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. *by Bert Larsimont


Places 11-12
Greece - Canada 71-55
In the classifying game for 11th place, Greece beat Canada thanks to a strong start. The Greek were ahead 21-9 at the end of the first quarter. Despite a nice comeback by Canada in the third quarter, the Greek NT with Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) (21 points) and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) (19 points) finally won the game. Final score 71-55. Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) scored 19 points in the loss. The Greeks finish 11th and Canada 12th at this World Championship. *by Bert Larsimont



Horakova and her Czech mates can celebrate: they will play the championship game! - Oct. 2, 2010 

Yuliya Dureika gave the rythm of this match as she launched Belarus straight away to a 0-5 start. Coach Lubor Blazek even had to take a first time-out at 2-9 to try to break the rythm. Czech center Vecerova made 5-11 after 5 minutes and Czech captain Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) hit a three to make 8-13. Natalia Marchanka was excellent at playmaking for the Belarus' side but the this was not enough as the Czechs, thanks to a tough defense, came back closer: 12-15. A lot of missing shots on both side and several calls by the referees made it an unsteady game but a three pointer by Czech forward Michaela Ferancikova at the last second of the first quarter made a local crowd wild: 16-15 for the Czechs!

In the beginning of the second quarter, both teams played well. Anastasiya Verameyenka had a great presence in offense and defense for Belarus. It was a tied game 20-20 with 6:17 remaining in the second period. Czech captain Hana Horakova, excellent in steals, gave the lead to her team after a fastbreak: 26-23. Czech star Eva Viteckova did not score any basket in this game so far. The game was very physical and only a three-point by Viteckova with 2:20 remaining in the second quarter seemed to unlock the close game: 32-27. But the Belarus' forwards decided to get into action and even sent the Red and Green up in front: 32-34. The four last attempts of the Czechs were not successful and Belarus stayed on top at the half. Belarus outscored the Czech team in the paint in the first half 10-24. The Czechs had just a few less turnovers than the girls of Belarus: 9-12 in this sector of the game.

The 5000 Czech fans, all behind their team, expected a better start in the third quarter. And it was a better one indeed... All of sudden the score turned out to be 38-36 for the Czechs. Viteckova showed the way to the basket and scored twice in a nice manner. Dureika and Verameyenka tried to keep Belarus in the race but the Czechs looked stronger than ever. Horakova distilled fantastic assists and the full crowd got wild again: 50-43 by a Jana Vesela for the Czech NT. Belarus did not want to surrender and came back at 52-49. A last offense allowed the Czechs to lead 54-49 at the finish of the third period.

It was the Final Countdown (song played in the KV Arena)... Belarus' center Veremeyenka made two free throws, making it 54-53 but Viteckova responded for the locals with a three-pointer: 57-53. Horakova went to sit on the bench for the first time in the game with 6:50 remaining but only for a very short time. Scoreboard showed 61-57 with five
minutes left in this game when Leuchanka made 61-59. Kress even made 61-61... A thriller with lots of contacts and pushing. A nice basket plus a bonus by Burgrova relaunched the Czechs... and the very festive attendance too: 64-61. But the Czechs could have killed the game a few times if they had not managed pourly one or two offensive plays. The
crowd stood and pushed the Czech team at 65-63 with 1:12 remaining, then 66-65. A turnover by Belarus guard Marchanka allowed a fastbreak for the Czechs. Viteckova was fouled and hit two FTs with 13 seconds on the clock. On the other side, Marchanka made one free-throw and, on the rebound, Trafimava scored: 68-68. Last chance for the Czechs with 5 seconds left but the shot of Vesela was blocked. There was no other way than going through overtime this time...

Belarus was sticking to the score: 72-73. Anufryienka was called a fifth foul and Vecerova made the two free-throws just behind: 74-73. A bad shot taken by Belarus allowed the Czechs to run on the other side of the court where Viteckova found an open space to hit a three: 77-73 with 1:10 to go. Nobody could hear the referees' whistles as the
atmosphere was fan... tastic! Verameyenka had a fifth foul on Hokarova who went to the basket. 1/2 from the line and offensive rebound for the Czech captain. She made 79-75 on a free-throw again. The was goin to be decided at the line and the Czechs were better at converting free-throws: 81-77. Belarus' last attempt was not successful but they
deserved a special mention for the wonderful tournament they have had. The World Championship hosts can now celebrate...



Australia and France recovered better than Russia and Korea - Oct. 2, 2010 

In other classification games today, the losers of yesterday's quarterfinals were meeting: Australia vs. Russia (what could have been a fantastic semi-final) and France vs. Korea. The winners of each game would play each other for 5th and 6th rank while the losers would play for the classification 7-8 game tomorrow.
Australia started well (10-4). Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91), Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and their mates nevertheless looked tired and rather disappointed... Probably the loss of yesterday still in their mind. The Opals allowed the Russian, led by an excellent Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) in the first two quarters, to come back in the race and time-outs taken by Carrie Graf did not change things much. Russians took the advantage and even deepened the gap: 21-29. But after 27-34, the Aussies with Elizabeth Cambage in the paint limited the difference: 32-34 for Russia at the half.
Although Stepanova and Abrosimova kept being efficient for Team Russia, Australia came up in front after a strong finish in defense at the end of the third quarter: 50-48.
Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) of Russia boosted their team in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Hammon got injured on a fastbreak play. We did not see her on the court untl the end of the game. Lauren Jackson, Liz Cambage and Kristy Harrower made sure to keep their colors ahead in the final minutes despite last attempts by Abrosimova. Penny Taylor did not miss from the free-throw line in the final minute and Australia will get the chance to play for 5th spot. Australia vs. Russia: 78-73.
The France vs. Korea game ended with a nice win for les Bleues. Only a few turnovers at the end of the first quarter allowed Korea to get closer to France: 11-15 after the first ten minutes. The French side was still doing well in the second quarter. Beikes, Ndongue and Digbeu particularly seemed fit today and hit nice shots from mid-range. It was 23-31 for the team of Coach Pierre Vincent at the half.
Korea with an impressive Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) (21 points this afternoon) from long range came closer in the third period. The French coach took a time-out at 31-35 and he did well as his team restarted well just after it. The scoreboard showed 32-45 at the end of the third quarter. Marion Laborde (178-G-86) was hot from long range and, with a good grom her mate Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) among others, gave an even larger lead to France: 39-59. The end of the game was well managed by the French squad. Final score: 46-61 for France.
France and Australia will meet for 5th place and Korea will play Russia for 7th place on Sunday.



Classification 9-12: Brazil, Japan, Greece and Canada is the final ranking - Oct. 2, 2010 

In the classification 9-10 game, Japan faced Brazil today at the KV Arena in Karlovy Vary. In an almost empty stadium, Brazil led by a fantastic Alessandra (21 points) defeated Japan 79-84. The team of Carlos Colinas finished stronger than they started this competition and earned the 9th rank in this tournament. Japan led by captain Yuko Oga (170-G-82, also 21 points for her today) will be finally ranked 10th at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
In the other classifying game, Greece beat Canada thanks to a strong start. The Greek were ahead 21-9 at the end of the first quarter. Despite a nice comeback by Canada in the third quarter, the Greek NT with Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78, 21 points) and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, 19 points) finally won the game. Final score 71-55. Krista Phillips scored 19 points in the loss. The Greeks finish 11th and Canada 12th at this World Championship.



Opals are upset but have to learn from their loss against the Czechs - Oct. 2, 2010 

At the press conference after the surprising and historic win of the Czech NT over Australia, Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) had to admit that the Czechs had played an amazing game last night. 'They moved the ball well and they outplayed us. Tonight, the crowd was awesome at supporting the Czech players here in the KV Arena,' said LJ.
'Through the tournament, we did shoot well and played very well at the group stage. We could not defend against the Czech team at all and that hurt us. We played hard but did not make shots. We made runs, tried to get back, tried to do something... Everyone is now upset, obviously, but we need to learn from that.'


Spain enjoys the win over France and will now challenge Team USA  - Oct. 2, 2010 

At the press conference of tomorrow after the Spanish win over France, Spain's captain Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) showed up with a beautiful smile on her face. 'Reaching the semifinal is history for Spain at the World Championships,' she said. 'Tomorrow, we will play against the USA. We will play hard because the USA is the best team in the world even if they lost at the last FIBA World Championship. Now, we are going to enjoy the victory. Tomorrow, we will enjoy the game and will try to win. Players did a tremendous hard work. We represent Spain and we will always fight and try to win.'
Spanish Coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez made a clear analysis of the quarterfinal game: 'We have tried different things during the game. At some point, France deserved to win but in fact we did. We played good basketball during the World Championship tournament and I really think we deserve to play in the semi-finals. These players have worked hard for four years.' He added: 'We are happy for the players because we were waiting for this.'



La Roja defeated les Bleues 71-74 after OT - Oct. 1, 2010 

The last clash of the day was the France vs. Spain game scheduled at 20:45 (GMT+1). Spain, led by Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76), started very well. 6-11 for the Spaniards after five minutes. France came back quickly and even came in front at the end of the first quarter: 16-14 with an excellent Endene Miyem (188-F-88) who already had an excellent scoring average of 12.0 in the current World Championship tournament so far.
Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) was also well present and helped her team reach a lead of 4 points during most of the second quarter. Scoreboard showed 26-22 for the French side at the half.
French duo Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) and Endene Miyem even pushed les Bleues in front by 11 points at 35-24 in the third quarter. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) tried to motivate her mates by hitting long shots but Florence Lepron (183-F-85) had a proactive period as she responded with 47-37 on the scoreboard. Score at the end of the third quarter was 52-43.
In the fourth quarter, although les Bleues always seemed stronger than their opponents, French coach Pierre Vincent took a strategic time-out which was very efficient: 58-49. Spain suddenly reacted when Celine Dumerc made a clutch play which seemed, to many observers, as a decisive one (64-58 with just over 25 seconds to go). But it was without counting on Spanish star Amaya Valdemoro who scored from downtown to bring this game to a tie: 65-65. Overtime!
In the OT, Alba Torrens (184-F-89) launched la Seleccion absoluta femenina by scoring four points sraight away. Despite Emmeline Ndongue's efforts and a last attempt (air ball) by Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87), Spain remained in front until the end: 71-74! Amaya Valdemoro was the hero of this unexpected finish.
'We gave them the game!' said new FIBA President Yvan Mainini (of French nationality) whom I saw at the exit of the VIP lounge. Many attendees had the same feeling about it indeed.
Spain will face Team USA and Belarus will play the Czech Republic in the semis tomorrow.
Main scorers:
France: Miyem 10, Dumerc 10 and Ndongue 14.
Spain: Lyttle 11, Montanana 14 and Valdemoro 28.


Day Seven: Quarterfinals in Karlovy Vary - Oct. 1, 2010 

Australia - Czech Republic
68-79
Fully supported by 5200 people and Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus, the local team had to play a tough defense on Australian twin towers Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Elizabeth Cambage to stay in the race. And the Czech team did well in the first quarter. Leadin 6-9 and 8-11 just after a time-out called by Australian coach Carrie Graf who could feel the pressure. But Aussies remained in the game by playing tough in defense too. Australian star Lauren Jackson did not score in the first quarter so did not Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) for the Czechs. A few turnovers in the final seconds and Australia was just in front at the end of first quarter: 18-15. In the second quarter, a third fould was called on Czech captain Hekerova. The noisy crowd could enjoy nice plays by the local team which even took a good lead after a few Australian turnovers: 26-31. The local team kept defending well but Cambage was very active in the paint (14 points in the first half and a bunch of rebounds). Czech Republic nevertheless kept a short advantage at the half: 32-35. What a strong start in the third quarter for the Czechs. Especially from long range, the team of coach Blazek was efficient offensively and even led 32-42. Eva Viteckova kept scoring for the Czechs while LJ only scored her first basket with 3:30 remaining in the third. She was then unstoppable and finished the third period with 6 points. End of third quarter: 51-52 after a great job in the paint by Cambage too. Fourth quarter began with even more noise: Horakova giving a 7-point lead to her colors. After 53-63 and a special word at the microphone by President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, the crowd got even more enthusiastic. Nevertheless, Czech centers were foul trouble: Vecerova, Burgrova and Kulichova all with four fouls. A turnover and an intentional foul allowed the Czechs to make 57-67. Fouls usually mean free-throws and the Czech did not take advantage of this and Australia, on the contrary, came back into the game: 63-69 with 2 minutes remaining. Vesela, Horakova and Viteckova put the last touch and what a touch... Eva Viteckova finished the game with 27 points and gave the Czechs a final win by a decisive three pointer in the final seconds: 68-79. Wonderful and intense game! *by Bert Larsimont

France - Spain 71-74 OT
Spain eliminated France in OT and will meet powerful USA in the Semifinals. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was a key player for the winners with 28 points and 8 rebounds. She made six triples in this meeting. On the other side, France got 14 points and 6 boards from Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83).

Belarus - Russia 70-53
What a surprise! The girls with a dress have made it! Russia had a slow start and from the very beginning, all observers understood that something big could happen at the KV Arena today. Belarus started strongly and quickly took the lead 8-6. Barely no Russian fans came to the arena to support their favourite team. Belarus kept leading through the whole game. Especially in defense, Belarus was impressive and played as a team while Russians never seemed to set up offense smoothly. All Russian stars (Stepanova, Korstin, Abrosimova, Hammon, etc.) were disappointing. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) (17 points) went on scoring while Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) (11 points today) delivered great assists and even made some clutch plays for the Belarus' squad. Russia always trailed behind. After 42-33, Belarus became even tougher defensively which allowed some fantastic fastbreak situations ended by easy lay-ups or even three-point open shots for them. Score evolution: 50-35 at the end of the third quarter, 56-45, 60-47, 64-51 and finally 70-53. *by Bert Larsimont

USA - South Korea 106-44
Team USA never seemed to be challenged in this game. Maybe because Team USA has never been so strong and well balanced. The fact that most US players, except UConn star Maya Moore (183-F-89), are just in the continuity of their WNBA season plays a role too. And, as we mention WNBA, a well-known supporter was attending the game: Brian Agler, the Seattle Storm coach and WNBA coach of the year was well present to attend the game. He saw a Team USA giving no chance to the opponents. With six players in double digits at scoring, Coach Geno Auriemma's squad led all the way: 28-11 at the end of first quarter, 48-22 at the half, 83-29 after 30 minutes and 106-44 as final score. The only suspense in fourth quarter was to know who would score the 100th point for Team USA: Ashja Jones made a 2-point shot to break the 100-point barrier. *by Bert Larsimont


Places 9-12

Greece - Japan 59-63

Two thrillers took place in the beautiful KV Arena this morning: Greece vs. Japan ended with a short win for the Japanese girls 59-63 despite an excellent Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) for Greece in offense. Too many fouls on the Greek side might have cost them a better result. Greek NT Coach Kostas Missas seemed very disappointed along the sideline and stress around the Greek bench could be felt. Japanese guards were very good from long range. Japan's captain Yuko Oga (170-G-82) played efficiently, like most of the time in this tournament. *by Bert Larsimont

Canada - Brazil 58-64
In the second match-up this morning, Canada has been leading for long time in the third and fourth quarters but it always remained a close game. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) was impressive offensively but Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) and Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) led the Brazilians to bring their team back in the game. Despite too many missing shots by the Brazilian guards, Adriana Pinto hit a very important three-pointer with just 4:07 remaining in the game. She hit a second one to make it 52-55 just afterwards. It was without counting on Canadian captain Teresa Gabriele who pushed her team to a possible Cinderella story: 56-55 with 1:58 in the game. Iziane made the difference in the final plays with 6 points in a row. Smith, who had a very good game on the whole, missed her last attempts which was not the case of Iziane: 58-64, final score. *by Bert Larsimont



President of Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus attended a fantastic Czech vs. Australia game - Oct. 1, 2010 

Fully supported by 5200 people and Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus, the local team had to play a tough defense on Australian twin towers Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) to stay in the race. And the Czech team did well in the first quarter. Leadin 6-9 and 8-11 just after a time-out called by Australian coach Carrie Graf who could feel the pressure. But Aussies remained in the game by playing tough in defense too. Australian star Lauren Jackson did not score in the first quarter so did not Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) for the Czechs. A few turnovers in the final seconds and Australia was just in front at the end of first quarter: 18-15.

In the second quarter, a third fould was called on Czech captain Hekerova. The noisy crowd could enjoy nice plays by the local team which even took a good lead after a few Australian turnovers: 26-31. The local team kept defending well but Cambage was very active in the paint (14 points in the first half and a bunch of rebounds). Czech Republic
nevertheless kept a short advantage at the half: 32-35.

What a strong start in the third quarter for the Czechs. Especially from long range, the team of coach Blazek was efficient offensively and even led 32-42. Eva Viteckova kept scoring for the Czechs while LJ only scored her first basket with 3:30 remaining in the third. She was then unstoppable and finished the third period with 6 points. End of third quarter: 51-52 after a great job in the paint by Cambage too.

Fourth quarter began with even more noise: Horakova giving a 7-point lead to her colors. After 53-63 and a special word at the microphone by President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, the crowd got even more enthusiastic. Nevertheless, Czech centers were foul trouble: Vecerova, Burgrova and Kulichova all with four fouls. A turnover and
an intentional foul allowed the Czechs to make 57-67. Fouls usually mean free-throws and the Czech did not take advantage of this and Australia, on the contrary, came back into the game: 63-69 with 2 minutes remaining. Vesela, Horakova and Viteckova put the last touch and what a touch... Eva Viteckova finished the game with 27 points and
gave the Czechs a final win by a decisive three pointer in the final seconds: 68-79. Wonderful and intense game!

Scorers:
Australia: O'Hea 5, Bevilaqua 3, Taylor 6, Grima 7, Harrower 8, Snell 2, Phillips 2, Cambage 22, Jackson 13.
Czech Republic: Vesela 12, Vecerova 6, Burgrova 2, Horakova 21, Ferancikova 2, Elhotova 3, Kulichova 6, Viteckova 27.



Disappointment for Russia, Belarus celebrates - Oct. 1, 2010 

The big surprise at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women today was the win of Belarus against Russia. At the press conference held at the KV Arena after the game, Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79, 11 points in the win today) said: 'It was the most beautiful game we performed on court in the tournament. We played very well but it is also true that we made 16 turnovers. We beat Russia for the first time ever in our history. We played disciplined basketball and that was our key to the success.'
Russian coach Boris Sokolovskiy was obviously disappointed and said: 'I found two main reasons for our loss today. The first one is a friendly match we played earlier with Belarus and won by a margin of over 30 points. In the second half today, we played just with players from the bench. We also thougt more about our semifinal opponent more than about our game of today and that's the indeed the second reason of today's loss with Belarus.'


No problem for Team USA - Oct. 1, 2010 

Team USA never seemed to be challenged in this game. Maybe because Team USA has never been so strong and well balanced. The fact that most US players, except UConn star Maya Moore (183-F-89), are just in the continuity of their WNBA season plays a role too.
And, as we mention WNBA, a well-known supporter was attending the game: Brian Agler, the Seattle Storm coach and WNBA coach of the year was well present to attend the game.
He saw a Team USA giving no chance to the opponents. With six players in double digits at scoring, Coach Geno Auriemma's squad led all the way: 28-11 at the end of first quarter, 48-22 at the half, 83-29 after 30 minutes and 106-44 as final score.
The only suspense in fourth quarter was to know who would score the 100th point for Team USA: Ashja Jones made a 2-point shot to break the 100-point barrier.

Scorers:
USA: Whalen 5, Jones 9, Dupree 12, McCoughtry 17, Appel 4, Catchings 6, Cash 11, Taurasi 7, Fowles 10, Moore 15, Charles 10.
Korea: Kim Bo Mi 2, Kim Ji Yoon 2, Lim Yung Hui 10, Jung Summin 2, Beon Yeon Ha 9, Kim Danbi 9, Kim Kwe Ryong 8, Sin Jun-Ja 2.



One team (Belarus) beat a group of individuals (Russia): surprise in the first quarterfinal game! - Oct. 1, 2010 

What a surprise! The girls with a dress have made it! Russia had a slow start and from the very beginning, all observers understood that something big could happen at the KV Arena today. Belarus started strongly and quickly took the lead 8-6. Barely no Russian fans came to the arena to support their favourite team. Belarus kept leading through the whole game. Especially in defense, Belarus was impressive and played as a team while Russians never seemed to set up offense smoothly. All Russian stars (Stepanova, Korstin, Abrosimova, Hammon, etc.) were disappointing. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia, 17 points) went on scoring while Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79, 11 points today) delivered great assists and even made some clutch plays for the Belarus' squad.
Russia always trailed behind. After 42-33, Belarus became even tougher defensively which allowed some fantastic fastbreak situations ended by easy lay-ups or even three-point open shots for them. Score evolution: 50-35 at the end of the third quarter, 56-45, 60-47, 64-51 and finally 70-53.
And the Belarus' physio (male) will have to wear a dress and warm up with the team in the semis...
Scorers:
Belarus: Dureika 15, Anufryienka 4, Veramayenka 7, Leuchanka 17, Marchanka 11, Troina 11, Trafimava 5.
Russia: Arteshina 6, Kuzina 2, Hammon 16, Korstin 3, Stepanova 4, Osipova 8, Abrosimova 14.



Japan and Brazil win thrillers in front of very enthusiastic school children - Oct. 1, 2010 

Two thrillers took place in the beautiful KV Arena this morning: Greece vs. Japan ended with a short win for the Japanese girls 59-63 despite an excellent Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) for Greece in offense. Too many fouls on the Greek side might have cost them a better result. Greek NT Coach Kostas Missas seemed very disappointed along the sideline and stress around the Greek bench could be felt. Japanese guards were very good from long range. Japan's captain Yuko Oga (170-G-82) played efficiently, like most of the time in this tournament.
In the second match-up this morning, Canada has been leading for long time in the third and fourth quarters but it always remained a close game. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) was impressive offensively but Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) and Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) led the Brazilians to bring their team back in the game. Despite too many missing shots by the Brazilian guards, Adriana Pinto hit a very important three-pointer with just 4:07 remaining in the game. She hit a second one to make it 52-55 just afterwards. It was without counting on Canadian captain Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) who pushed her team to a possible Cinderella story: 56-55 with 1:58 in the game. Iziane made the difference in the final plays with 6 points in a row. Smith, who had a very good game on the whole, missed her last attempts which was not the case of Iziane: 58-64, final score.
Iziane finished with 16 points for Brazil.
By the way, amazing crowd at the wonderful KV Arena of Karlovy Vary... 6000 school kids cheering for free T-Shirts thrown in the stands and doing the Ola! through the whole morning session. Fantastic idea by the organizers. As the FIBA slogan says it: these children have experienced the beauty of the game.
Brazil will face Japan in the game for 9th place tomorrow and Canada will play Greece for ranks 11 and 12.



Male physiotherapist will wear a dress if Belarus defeats Russia... - Sep. 30, 2010 

Something very funny should happen if Belarus beats Team Russia in the quarterfinal game of the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women to be played on Friday in Karlovy Vary. Fiba.com reported this on Wednesday when the Belarus' team edged Greece 74-70 in Ostrava to book their place at the quarterfinal stage. Belarus will now take on Russia.
'Our (male) physiotherapist told the players that if they beat Russia, he will wear one of their dresses and warm up with them before the semi-final,' said Belarus coach Anatoly Buyalskiy to Fiba.com after his teams victory over the Greeks. 'That's why I want to play Russia,' he added.
Belarus are on the cutting edge of basketball fashion and wear a sports dress that is designed by Tuta.
Source: www.fiba.com



World Championship for Women: China ranked 13th, Argentina 14th, Mali 15th and Senegal 16th... - Sep. 29, 2010 

Senegal was defeated by Mali in a close 100% African game for ranks 15 and 16 in Karlovy Vary tonight. Despite an excellent game by Senegal's star Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue, 15 points), Mali emerged in the final seconds by winning it 67-69 after OT. To be mentioned: Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) of Mali was very impressive at the rebound (8 boards).
In the game for places 13 and 14, China with an excellent Liu Dan (194-C-87, 17 points and 11 rebounds) finished strongly in this competition and defeated Argentina 86-60, despite a very good game by Mariana Cava (168-G-85) for the losing side.
China, led by Lije Miao and already Liu Dan, had beaten Senegal 71-69 the previous night while Mali had been defeated 69-74 by Argentina of Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) as top scorer with 21 points.

Final rankings (from place 13th to 16th):
13 - China
14 - Argentina
15 - Mali
16 - Senegal


Second stage is over in Ostrava and Brno (Day Six) - Sep. 29, 2010 

Group E

Greece - Belarus 70-74

Belarus made it in do-or-die game against Greece and booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Belarus finished this stage as No.4 of Group E with 3-3 record and will meet powerful Russia in the QFinals. Greece failed to advance as they finished as No.5 with 2-4 record. Greece will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) was a key player in this victory with double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) helped with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Tatyana Troina added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) shined with 29 points. Their second scorer was Evanthia Maltsi with 17 pts (5 rebs). The winner of this game is resolved in the finish. Belarus entered to the final 2:57 with decent 63-70 lead, but Greece didn't give up. Kalentzou made a triple for Greece, after what Yelena Leuchanka scored just one free throw (second). Styliani Kaltsidou then shined with mini 4-1 run on her own and Greece closed the gap 72-70 with 26 seconds left. Belarus had the possession and Marchanka was fouled with 0:10 to go. She was calm and made both free throws, securing the victory for her team (18-20, 20-20, 11-14, 21-20). Belarus will meet Russia on Thursday. Greece will take on Japan in Classification Round.

USA - Australia 83-75
USA handed the first loss to defending World champions in Brno winning the first place in Group E. Since the beginning of the championship everybody was waiting to see who will take this one, and it was USA who demonstrated better performance to stay undefeated at this event. It means that USA will play against South Korea in the Quarterfinals, while Australia will meet Czech Republic. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) shined for the winners with 24 points. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Tina Charles added 14 pts. For the Opals, Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) collected 18 points and 7 rebounds. Lauren Jackson stopped to 13 pts and 6 boards. USA did a great job in the first half of this game. Diana Taurasi and her teammates opened it strongly for 29-18 lead in the first ten minutes. Nothing has changed in the second quarter as USA was still dominating. The Opals slightly improved at the both sides of the court, but still were not able to resist and they faced with 51-33 deficit at the HT. When USA reached 55-35 at the beginning of the second half it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. They slowed down after that, what Australia players used to cut the margin to 72-57 before the final quarter. They shined in the last ten minutes (11-18), but despite that USA had no troubles to keep the safe distance until the end. Championship continues on Friday.

France - Canada 49-47
France had to work very hard in order to beat Canada and to win the third place in Group E. It was the fourth victory for France, who will meet Spain in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Canada (1-5) ended as the last ranked team in this pool and will continue in Classification Games for 9th place. France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring in this one. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Anael Lardy (170-G-87) were the leading players with 9 points each. Clemence Beikes helped with 8 pts. In defeat, Natalie Achonwa (189-F-92) collected 12 points and 8 rebounds. Kimberley Smith also scored 12 pts for her team. Canada was better team at the beginning as they made 12-16 lead after ten minutes of play. France responded in the next quarter (15-9) setting the HT score to 27-25. Teams demonstrated disappointing performance in third quarter scoring just 9 points together. They were missing many wide open shots and committing big number of mistakes, but still France was the team who scored 6 pts in this frame and jumped to 33-28 with 10:00 to go. Canada finally shined and they made 39-40 at the halfway of Q4. Later, teams entered to the last 23 seconds tied to 47-47. Tatham missed two free throws for Canada, but they managed to grab an offensive rebound and there was 16 seconds to go. However, Gabriele committed a turnover (bad pass) and France had four seconds for the last possession. Celine Dumerc grabbed the ball and she scored a winning basket inside the paint for the big joy of French fans in Ostrava.


Group F

Japan - South Korea 64-65

Thriller win for South Korea, who advanced to Quarterfinals as No.4 of Group F. Korea registered 3-3 record and will meet powerful USA at the next stage. On the other side, Japan faced with another thriller loss and they dropped to 1-5. They will continue in Classification Games from 9th to 12th place. Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) exploded for Korea with 21 points and 6 assists. Ji Yoon-Kim (170-G-76) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Jung-Eun Park added 11 pts and 6 boards. Japan got 17 points and 5 boards from Yuko Oga (170-G-82). Nagi Yoko and Al Mitani had 15 and 10 points respectively. South Korea opened the game with 15-21 lead in the first ten minutes, after what Japan cut the margin for one point (13-12) in Q2. Japan ended third period with minimum lead as well (18-17), so with 10:00 to go South Korea was still four points up. At the halfway of the last quarter, South Korea jumped to 40-50 lead and it seemed that this game is already over for Japan. However, they didn't give up and through Al Mitani, Yuko Oga and Nagi Yoko created nice 9-0 run in the next three minutes. Ji Yoon-Kim replied with a basket for Korea and Suzuki made it from the paint for Japan. Both teams missed in their next possessions and there was 20 second to go. Ji Yoon-Kim was fouled and she made the first free throw, but missed the second one. Fortunately for Korea, Beon grabbed an offensive rebound and scored 2 FTs after that for 61-65 with 9 seconds to go. Japan tried for three, but they missed and Korea started to celebrate their Quarterfinals ticket.

Czech Republic - Brazil 84-70
Czech Republic outplayed Brazil thanks to great performance in the second half. The host of this event ended this phase as No.3 of Group F (4-2) and will meet Australia in the Quarterfinals. Brazil failed to advance as they finished as No.5 with 2-4 record. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) stepped up for the hosts once again as she scored 24 points (5 triples). Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) had 17 points and 6 assists, while Ivana Vecerova helped with 16 points and 8 boards. Brazil got 27 points and 5 rebounds from Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82). Erika DeSouza this time stopped to 16 pts and 7 rebs. Brazil opened the game better with 17-20 lead after one quarter. The hosts improved after that and managed to win Q2 with minimum lead (17-16, 34-36 HT). Eva Viteckova came out after the breather with totally different attitude and they drained 26 points for the next ten minutes. Brazil was limited to 19 and faced with 60-55 with 10:00 to go. When Czech Republic reached 70-58 with 5:34 remaining, it was clear that this game is already over for Brazil. The hosts made 24-15 in the last quarter taking this game with comfortable 84-70. Championship continues on Friday.

Russia - Spain 76-67
Russia remains undefeated in Brno and won the first place in Group F. Both teams entered to this meeting with perfect 5-0 record, but Russia is the one who managed to stay unbeaten and will meet Belarus in the Quarterfinals. Spain also advanced and their rival will be France. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) exploded for Russia with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) also was great as she added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Svetlana Abrosimova netted 13 pts. In Spain, Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) delivered 21 pts. Sancho Lyttle (12 rebs) and Anna Montanana scored 16 and 15 points respectively. Spain shined at the beginning as they made quick 5-15 lead. Russia managed to close the gap to five for rest of the first quarter (20-25) and they made 16-12 for the next ten minutes. Teams were leveled after the breather, meaning that Spain was holding minimum lead before the Q4. Amaya Valdemoro and her teammates jumped to 54-60 at the beginning of the final period, but than Russian players exploded and for the next few minutes totally destroyed Spain. Russia created impressive 16-0 run for 70-60 with 1:58 to go and question about the winner was resolved. Championship continues on Friday.


Place 13th

China - Argentina 86-60

China blasted Argentina to win the 13th place in Karlovy Vary. Chen Nan (197-C-83) shined for the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Liu Dan (194-C-87) also demonstrated nice performance adding 17 points and 11 boards. Zheng-Yu Ma and LiJie Miao helped their team with 16 and 10 points respectively. Mariana Cava (168-G-85) responded with 18 points in defeat. Their second scorer was Florencia Fernandez with 11 points (5 rebs). Argentina finished as No.14. China took control on Argentina from the early beginning. Chen Nan and her teammates had very productive first period scoring 25 points. At the same time, they limited Argentina to 15 pts and were looking comfortable. Argentina improved in Q2 closing the gap to seven points until the HT. However, China stopped them on their way after the breather taking double-digit lead once again. Question about the winner is resolved at the beginning of the last quarter, when China jumped to 74-53. All after that was just the formality.


Place 15th

Senegal - Mali 67-69 OT

Senegal and Mali played very exciting game in Karlovy Vary. Mali was slightly better registering 67-69 OT win and they avoided last place at the FIBA World Championship 2010. Senegal finished as the only winless team at this event. Djene Diawara (192-C-85) top-scored for Mali with 14 points and she had 8 rebounds beside that. Meiya Tirera (180-F-86) had 13 and Hamchetou Maiga-Ba helped her team with 12 pts (6 rebs). In the loosing squad, Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) collected 15 points and 5 rebounds. Mame-Marie Sy had 11 pts and 8 boards. Mali opened the game with 14-18 lead and they continued in the same rhythm in Q2. Djene Diawara and her teammates scored 19 pts in this period, while at the same time limiting Senegal to 10. However, Senegal didn't give up and they responded with 17-10 after the breather. In the finish of regular time Senegal grabbed 61-59 lead and was very close to victory. Mali had the last possession ad Coulibaly made it from the paint with just one second left. In OT, Mali jumped to 63-67 and Senegal scored a triple with 30 seconds to go. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba responded with a basket resolving question about the winner.



Day Five in Ostrava and Brno (Qualifying Round) - Sep. 28, 2010 

Group E

Australia - France 62-52

Australia stretched its winning streak to five. It means that the defending World Champion will meet USA in the battle for first place in Group E. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was their leading player against France with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) also was great as she added 18 points and 9 boards, while Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) helped with 10 points and 8 rebs. On the other side, France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) with 9 points. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) (6 rebs) and Florence Lepron (183-F-85) stopped to 8 points each. After quick 4-7 lead for France, Australia players woke up making 11-3 run for rest of the first quarter. Lauren Jackson was in a game mood and together with her teammates helped Australia to reach 34-25 after 20 minutes of play. France improved after the breather as they came to 37-34 at the halfway of Q3. Few minutes later, France managed to tie the score to 41-41 and everything was open again. In the finish of Q3, Penelope Taylor and Lauren Jackson made two baskets for 48-44 lead with 10:00 to go. Australia resolved question about the winner with 9-1 run at the beginning of the last quarter. They had no troubles to keep it for rest of the way. As mentioned above, in the last day of the Qualifying Round Australia will meet USA. France will take on Canada and will try to keep position N.3 before the Quarterfinals.

Canada - Greece 52-57
Greece grabbed valuable win against Canada making a big step forward to the next stage. They will have to beat Belarus tomorrow in order end as No.4 in Group E and to reach the Quarterfinals. Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) was the leading player in Greece with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) (6 rebs) and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) (5 rebs, 5 as) added 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) collected 10 pts and 8 boards. Her Canada faced with the fourth loss in five games. Both teams showed their nerves at the beginning missing some wide open shots and committing unusual mistakes. Anyway, Greece was slightly better and they made 5-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Pelagia Papamichail closed the first quarter later with 7-12 and they continued in the same rhythm in the next period. Q2 belonged to Greece as well and they were 20-28 up at the HT. In the finish of Q3, Greece jumped to plus 13 and it seemed that the game was already over for Canada, but Kimberley Smith and her teammates didn't give up. For the next two minutes they made 8-2 run closing the gap to 37-44 before the last quarter. With 1:38 to go Canada came to 50-52, but Greece managed to close this game out with mini 2-5 run for the final 52-57 victory and a hope to beat Belarus in the next game.

Belarus - USA 61-107
USA destroyed Belarus extending the winning streak to five. On the other side, Belarus faced with third loss in Ostrava and now has the same score as Greece. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) stepped up for USA with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) had 14 pts, Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) added 12 points and 6 boards, while Maya Moore (183-F-89) and Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) helped their team with 11 points each. Marina Kress (192-C-80) responded with 10 points in defeat and she was their only player with double-digits. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) scored 9 pts. USA will meet Australia on Wednesday evening for the first place in Group E. Belarus will play do-or-die game against Greece. USA demonstrated its power already in the first ten minutes. Sylvia Fowles and her teammates exploded offensively from the start and they scored 37 points in just ten minutes. Belarus was limited to 11 and the only question after this period was how big difference it will be until the end. USA made 17-21 in Q2 and 16-27 after the breather for 44-85 after 30 minutes of play. They won the last quarter as well (17-22) for the final 17-22 victory. Wednesday is the last day of the Qualifying Round in Ostrava.


Group F

Brazil - Japan 93-91 OT

Brazil grabbed an overtime win against Japan to keep its Quarterfinals hopes alive. Both teams had 1-3 before this meeting, but now Brazil joined South Korea with 2-3, while Japan dropped to 1-4. However, it's not over for Japan yet as all three teams still have a chance to reach the fourth place. Brazil has a chance to reach even position No.3 if they beat Czech Republic. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) came up with 32 points and 18 rebounds for Brazil. She was the MVP of this meeting with impressive valuation 38. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) helped her team with 24 points and Silvia Gustavo (182-F-82) added 11 points, plus 10 boards. Japan got the most from Yuko Oga (170-G-82), who had 23 points and 6 assists. Hiromi Suwa (183-C-85) collected 22 points and 10 boards. First quarter was totally leveled as teams ended it with 24-24 tie. Japan shined in the next ten minutes and mostly owing to Yuko Oga and Hiromi Suwa grabbed 40-48 lead at the HT. Brazil replied with 21-14 after the breather and everything was open again. Japan entered to the final 2:37 of regular time with 71-76 lead, but Brazil made 7-2 run for rest of the game and forced the OT. Silvia Gustavo drained a triple at the regular time buzzer and she was a hero for Brazil. Still, Japan players were calm and they made 89-91 with 27 second left in OT. Iziane Castro Marques made a triple for Brazil and Japan had the possession after that. Yuko Oga tried for two, but her shot was blocked and Erika DeSouza was sent to the line. She made first and intentionally missed the second FT, so there was not time left for Japan.

Spain - Czech Republic 77-57
Spain had no troubles to beat Czech Republic keeping the perfect record after five games. Russia also has 5-0 in Group F meaning that these two teams will meet each other in the battle for first place. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) was on fire in Spain with 25 points. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) had monster double-double of 18 points and 19 boards, while Alba Torrens (184-F-89) helped with 14 points and 5 rebs. For the hosts, Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) shined with 16 pts. Michaela Ferancikova (190-F-77) had 12 pts and 7 rebs. Czech Republic dropped to 3-2, but still has a nice chance to end as No.3 in Group F. Except of the first quarter, which belonged to Czech Republic, Spain was better team in this game. Amaya Valdemoro and Sancho Lyttle were almost unstoppable and mostly owing to them Spain made nice 24-14 in Q2 for 37-32 HT lead. The hosts shined after the breather and they came to 39-38, but still Spain managed to take 60-53 until the end of Q3. Than, in the last quarter there was only one team playing on the court and it was Spain. Amaya Valdemoro and her teammates shined defensively as they stopped Czech Republic to just 4 points in the last ten minutes. On the other side, they drained 17 for the final 77-57 victory. On Wednesday, Spain will meet Russia, while Czech Republic will play against Brazil.

South Korea - Russia 48-81
Easy one for Russia, who stretched its winning streak to five. Spain also has 5-0 in Group F, what means that these two teams will meet in the battle for first place in this pool. On the other side, South Korea dropped to 2-3 but they still have some chances to reach the Quarterfinals. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) shined in Russia with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) had 12 points, while Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) (9 rebs, 6 as) and Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) (5 as) netted 10 points each. Sin Jung-Ja (185-C-80) responded with 14 points on the other side, Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) stopped to 10 pts and 5 rebs. South Korea demonstrated nice performance in the first half and somehow managed to resist against powerful Russia. After ten minutes, the score stood at 16-16 and Russia made minimum lead (12-13) in the next period. However, Maria Stepanova and her teammates exploded after the breather and they totally destroyed Korea. Russia drained 25 points in third quarter, while stopping their rivals to just 10. Nothing has changed in the last ten minutes as Korea was once again was limited to 10 pts. Russia was even better than in Q3 and nailed 27 pts for the final 48-81 win. Russia will meet Spain on Wednesday, while South Korea will play against Japan.


Places 13-16

China - Senegal 71-69

China grabbed thriller win against Senegal making a first step forward to 13th place in Karlovy Vary. In order to do that, China will have to beat Argentina on Wednesday evening. On the other side, Senegal will try to avoid the last place in this event. Their rival will be Mali. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) stepped up for China in this victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Chen Nan (197-C-83) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Liu Dan (194-C-87) helped her team with double-double of 13 points and 10 boards. In the loosing squad, Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) and Awa Gueye (182-F-78) netted 17 and 16 points respectively. China opened this game in style making 19-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Senegal players woke up after that and they took full control on China for rest of the first half. Aya Traore and her teammates drained 22 points in Q2, while at the same time they limited China to 12. Teams were pretty leveled after the breather with neither of them able to make a bigger lead. China won Q3 with 20-18 so they entered to the final quarter with 51-48. Senegal made 51-52 turn at the beginning of Q4 and China created 6-0 run after that. Senegal came to 67-64 in the finish, but then Ma and Miao LiJie stepped up for their team lifting it to 71-66, what was too much for their rivals.

Mali - Argentina 69-74 OT
Argentina managed to beat Mali 69-74 in overtime, what is their first win at this event. In their last game Argentina will meet China and the winner of that one will finish as No.13 in Karlovy Vary. Mali still looks for the first win and they will try to make it against Senegal. Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) shined for Argentina in this meeting with 21 points. She made 5 triples out of 11 attempts. Mariana Cava (168-G-85) was the second scorer in Argentina with 13 points. In the loosing squad, Djene Diawara (192-C-85) had double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nassira Traore (185-F/C-91) stopped to 11 pts. Argentina opened the game batter making 22-28 lead in the first ten minutes. Mali responded with 17-14 in Q2 cutting the margin to 3-pts until the halftime. Third period was pretty leveled, but still Mali managed to end it with minimum lead (15-14). Mali succeeded to make a 65-63 turn in the finish of this game, but Mariana Cava scored two free throws brining an OT to her team. In extra five minutes, Argentina jumped to 65-68 and later to 69-73, what was unreachable for their rivals. Mali scored just four points in the OT.



Day Four in Ostrava and Brno (Qualifying Round) - Sep. 27, 2010 

Group E

Greece - Australia 54-93

The defending champion had an easy job against Greece extending the winning streak to four. It means that Australia already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals, but it remains to be seen will they be able to win this Group (E). In order to do that, Australia will have to beat France and USA. On the other side, Greece dropped to 1-3 but they still have a chance to end as No.4. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) came up with double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds for her team, while Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) also scored 20 pts (6 rebs). Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) helped with 12 points and 5 rebounds. In Greece, Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) delivered 10 points each. Evanthia Maltsi this time stopped to 9 points. Australia was dominating in this game from the very beginning. Lauren Jackson and her teammates started with impressive 15-27 in the first ten minutes sending a clear signal that Greece will not have a chance in this meeting. Australia was even better in Q2 as they scored 29 points and limited Greece to just 9. It means that after 20 minutes of play, the Opals were 32-points up. Question about the winner was already resolved and second half was just the formality. On Tuesday, Australia will play against France. Greece will meet Canada.

France - Belarus 58-48
Valuable win for France in Day Four of the FIBA World Championship 2010. With this victory France jumped to third place in Group E with 3-1 record, while Belarus dropped to position No.4 (2-2). Endene Miyem (188-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 14 points. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) had 13 points (5 as) and was the last one with double-digits in France. Florence Lepron (183-F-85) helped her squad with 9 points and 7 boards. On the other side, Belarus got double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds from Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia). Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) had 10 points and 6 boards. As a reminder, four best teams from this group will advance to Quarterfinals. France grabbed this victory mostly owing to great played last quarter. Before that, France opened the meeting with 14-8 in Q1 and Belarus improved in the next ten minutes ending it with 11-12. Yelena Leuchanka and her teammates came up strongly after the breather and they managed to take 36-37 lead until the end of third. However, France didn't panic and they made impressive 10-0 run at the beginning of the last period. Belarus was in trouble and all what they were able to do until the end was minus 3. On Tuesday, France will play against the defending World Champions - Australia. Belarus will take on powerful USA.

USA - Canada 87-46
USA destroyed Canada in North American derby to keep the perfect record at this event. They jumped to 4-0 and currently share the first place in Group E with Australia. On the other side, Canada dropped to 1-3 but still has a chance to reach the fourth place. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) was the leading scorer in victory with 16 points. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) secured a nice help with 11 and Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) added one point less. Canada didn't have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best players were Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) (5 rebs) and Janelle Bekkering (183-G/F-88) with 8 points each. USA was simply too strong for Canada and dominated in all basketball segments. Lindsay Whalen and her teammates started with 19-14 in the first quarter and continued with impressive 28-11 in the next ten minutes. Nothing has changed after the breather as powerful USA squad was constantly increasing its lead. After 30 minutes of play, they were 66-38 up and were looking great. USA didn't slow down after that and they blasted Canada in the last quarter as well (21-8) for the final 87-46 victory. On Tuesday, USA will meet Belarus and another easy win is expected. Canada will play maybe the crucial game against Greece.


Group F

Czech Republic - South Korea 96-65

Czech Republic cruised past South Korea in the first game of the Qualifying Round. With this victory the host of FIBA World Championship 2010 improved to 3-1 and will have a chance even to reach the first place in Group F. On the other side, South Korea slipped to 2-2 and still has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) was one fire in this game scoring 27 points. He made 5 of 6 attempts from behind the arc and was almost unmistakable for FG2. Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) followed her with 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) added 9 points. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) responded with 17 points in defeat. Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) stopped to 12. Except of the first couple of minutes, which belonged to South Korea (9-12), Czech Republic was way better team in this game. They closed the first quarter with 19-4 run for plus 12 after ten minutes of play. They continued in the second quarter with 21-17 for nice 49-33 lead at the halftime. Eva Viteckova dominated in offense leading her team to another productive period. The hosts scored 22 pts in third quarter and limited South Korea to 15. Thus, with 10:00 to go question about the winner was already resolved as Czech Republic was holding 71-48 lead. In Day Five, Czech Republic will play against Spain and in case of win the hosts will have a chance to win the first place in Group F. South Korea will meet Russia and will try to hand them the first loss in Brno.

Russia - Brazil 76-53
Russia stays undefeated in Brno and they currently share the first place in Group F with Spain. Both teams have 4-0 record. Olga Arteshina (182-F-82) and Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) scored 11 points each in this victory. They had 8 and 6 rebounds beside that. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) (5 rebs) and Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) helped her team with 10 points apiece. In defeat, Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) had double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. Adriana Pinto (169-G-78) also scored 11 points and her Brazil dropped to 1-3. Russia had no troubles to take the quick lead and they never looked back after that. Olga Arteshina and her teammates finished first ten minutes with 20-13 and they were constantly increasing their plus later. Until the halftime Russia was already 42-27 up. Same scenario was seen after the breather as Brazil simply was not able to respond. Third and last periods ended with 17-13 each for the final 76-53 win by Russia. On Tuesday, Russia will play against South Korea and will most probably continue the winning streak. Brazil will take on Japan.

Japan - Spain 59-86
Spain stretched its winning streak in Brno to four. They finished Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 and now Spain blasted Japan 59-86. It means that Spain remains on top of Group F, together with Russia who is also unbeaten at this event so far. Japan dropped to 1-3, but it's not over for them and they still have a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) exploded for Spain with 29 points and 11 rebounds. She spent 23 minutes on the court and reached valuation 35. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) and Cindy Lima (192-C-81) (6 rebs) helped with 13 and 12 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Al Mitani (182-F-78) collected 16 points and 6 rebounds. Yoshie Sakurada (170-G/F-84) scored 13 pts. Spain took control on Japan from the very beginning. Sancho Lyttle was almost unstoppable and she paced her team to excellent 12-28 in the first ten minutes. Nothing has changed after that as Japan was simply not able to resist. Spain won the second quarter as well (15-22) holding comfortable 23-point lead at the HT. Japan improved after the breather and they somehow cut the margin for seven points (20-13), but that was not a serious treat for Spain. Sancho Lyttle and her teammates shined in the last quarter with 12-23 for the final 59-86 victory. On Tuesday, Spain will meet Czech Republic. Japan will play against Brazil.



Day Three: Preliminary Round is over in Ostrava and Brno  - Sep. 25, 2010 

Group A

China - Australia 68-91

Australia blasted China to finish this stage as No.1 of Group A with perfect 3-0 record. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) stepped up for the defending champions with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) had 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) also added 14 pts for her team. China got 17 points from Miao LiJie (180-G-81) and failed to reach the next stage. Their second scorer was Zhang Fan (188-F-84) with 13 points (5 rebs). China will continue in classification games from 13th to 16th place. Australia took control on its rival from the very beginning. Penelope Taylor and her teammates exploded offensively in the first ten minutes scoring 32 points, while at the same time they stopped China to 19. Australia slowed down in the second frame, but still won that one as well with 17-19. Nothing ahs changed after the breather. The defending champion was in full control and it seemed that play just enough to keep the safe distance. They finished Q3 with 16-22 and Q4 with 16-18 for the final 68-91 win. Teams will have a day-off on Sunday and after that will continue with competition. Australia will meet Greece as a part of Group E. China will play against Senegal on Tuesday (Classification Round).

Canada - Belarus 49-61
Belarus outplayed Canada in the battle for the second place in Group A. Even before this meeting it was already clear that these two teams will reach the next stage. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) shined for Belarus with 16 points. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) was their last player with double-digits in scoring with 12 pts. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) followed with 9 points and 6 boards. In Canada, Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) netted 11 points and Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) had 9. Belarus did a good job in the first half and mostly owing to these 20 minutes they celebrated in this game. Tatyana Troina and her teammates started with 16-20 in the first quarter, after what tempo of the game slowed down. Teams struggled offensively missing many wide open shots and committing big number of mistakes. Anyway, Belarus was better in this low-scoring period winning it 6-11 for plus 9 at the half time. Almost the same picture on the court was seen after the breather. Teams slightly improved offensively and it still was Belarus who increased its lead to 13 pts. In the last ten minutes Canada was not able seriously to treat. Sunday is a day-off in Ostrava. On Monday, Belarus will meet France, while Canada will play against USA. They are all in Group E now.


Group B

USA - France 81-60

Another win for the USA team in Ostrava. It was a game for the first place of Group B and USA blasted France with comfortable 81-60. Both teams advanced to the next stage, but USA as No.1 of this pool and France as No.2. They are transferred to Group E together with Greece, Australia, Belarus and Canada. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) (6 rebs) and Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) helped with 10 points each. On the other side, Endene Miyem (188-F-88) delivered 15 points and was the only player with double-digits in France. Florence Lepron (183-F-85) stopped to 9 pts. USA won every single quarter of this game. They started with 13-10 in the first ten minutes and continued with 23-19 in Q2. Everything is resolved after the breather, when USA team reached their second double-digit lead. They had plus 10 in the Q2, but France managed to close the gap at that time. However, they were not able to do it in third quarter and USA was holding 61-48 before the last ten minutes. Diana Taurasi and her teammates dominated in this period as well (20-12) winning the game with comfortable 81-60. On Monday, USA will meet Canada in North American derby. France will take on Belarus.

Senegal - Greece 68-83
Greece (1-2) made it in do-or-die game against Senegal and advanced to the second stage at this event. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) exploded for her team with 31 points. She made 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc and reached valuation 27. Second scorer in victory was Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) with 11 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Three players followed her with 9 points each. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81) scored 14 points for Senegal, who ended Preliminary Round with poor 0-3. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) stopped to 13 pts. Senegal will continue in Classification games from 13th to 16th place. Greece had to win this game and they started it strongly. After three minutes of play, Greece was already 5-14 up. Senegal slightly improved after that, but was not able to avoid minus 9 after one quarter. At the middle of the second quarter Greece jumped to plus 18, but Senegal cut the margin to 11 until the halftime. Evanthia Maltsi and her teammates had no troubles to keep the safe distance after the breather. They entered to the last ten minutes with 47-59 and were on the right track to victory. With 6:25 to go Greece increased its lead to 50-68 and this game was already over for Senegal. Championship continues on Monday, when Greece will meet the defending champions Australia. They are placed to Group E now. Senegal will meet China on Tuesday in Classification Round.


Group C

Mali - South Korea 66-68 OT

South Korea escaped in OT against Mali advancing to the next stage as No.2 of Group C. The Koreans registered 2-1 score and will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) came up with 21 points and 6 assists in this victory. She drained seven triples of 13 attempts. Kim Kwe-Ryong (192-C-79) had 14 points and 5 boards, while Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) helped with double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. Mali got 16 points and 12 boards from Nagouma Coulibaly (192-C-89) and will continue in Classification Round from 13th to 16th place. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) also scored 16 pts in this game, but to go with 9 rebounds. South Korea had amazing start as they made 9-26 lead in the first ten minutes. However, Mali replied in the next quarter (21-11) closing the gap to 7 points. They were slightly better in Q3 as well (14-13), but Korea still had 6-point lead. Mali continued in the same rhythm and they grabbed 60-56 with 3:27 until the end of regular time. South Korea didn't panic and they managed to make 60-62 turn. Thanks to basket by Tirera, this game was sent to overtime. There, Korea jumped to 64-68 and later celebrated valuable 2-point win. On Monday, South Korea will meet Czech Republic. Mali will play against Argentina on Tuesday.

Brazil - Spain 57-69
Spain finished Preliminary Round in Brno with perfect 3-0. After wins against South Korea and Mali, Spain managed to beat Brazil and to take the first place in Group C. Brazil slipped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage. Both squads will be transferred to Qualifying Group F. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) once again stepped up for Spain collecting 17 points and 5 rebounds. Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) had 12 points, while Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) added 10 pts, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) shined with double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) had 12 pts. Teams were totally leveled at the beginning. They exchanged baskets for the 15-15 tie at the end of the first quarter. Second period was the crucial one in this meeting. Amaya Valdemoro and her teammates exploded offensively scoring 22 points for ten minutes, while at the same time they were great in defense. Spain limited Brazil to just 8 points in the second quarter setting the HT score to 23-37. Nothing has changed after the breather as Spain was still dominating. They finished Q3 with 15-23 and question about the winner was resolved. Brazil shined in the last ten minutes 19-19, but it was too late for them. On Monday, Spain will play against Japan. Brazil will take one Russia.


Group D

Japan - Czech Republic 60-66

Czech Republic grabbed the second win at the FIBA World Championship. The host of this event was better than Japan to finish Preliminary Round as No.2 of Group D. Japan dropped to 1-2, but they also advanced to the next stage. Teams will be transferred to Qualifying Group F. Ilona Burgrova (198-C-84, college: S.Carolina) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) and Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) (8 rebs) helped with 10 and 9 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Yuko Oga (170-G-82) shined with 22 points and 6 rebs. Their second scorer was Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) (5 rebs) with 9 points. This game is decided in the last quarter. Before that, Czech Republic made 19-22 in the first and 11-16 in the second period. Japan showed they are still alive after the breather cutting the deficit for one point, 46-53. With 8:03 to go Czech Republic jumped to plus 10, but Japan didn't give up. Mostly owing to Yuko Oga they managed to make 13-7 run cutting the margin to four points. However, Japan was scoreless in the last three minutes, while the hosts made two for the final 60-66 victory. On Monday, Czech Republic will meet South Korea. Japan will play against powerful Spain.

Argentina - Russia 59-77
Another win for Russia in Brno. After victories against Czech Republic and Japan, Russia was too strong for Argentina winning the first place in Group D. Of course, they advanced to the next stage and will be placed to Group F. Argentina ended this round with poor 0-3 and will continue in Classification Games for 13th to 16th place. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) shined for Russia with 20 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 26 and was named the MVP of this meeting. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) helped her team with 13 points and 5 boards. In Argentina, Alejandra Chesta (187-F-82) was the only one with double-digits: 11 points. Paula Reggiardo (84) and Marcela Paoletta (170-G-79) had 8 pts each. Russia was way better team than Argentina from the very beginning. Irina Osipova was on fire and together with her teammates created impressive 12-23 lead in the first ten minutes. Argentina improved offensively in the second frame, but was able to cut the deficit for just one point. Russia shined in Q3 again and resolved question about the winner. After 30 minutes of play Russia was already 18-points up. Last quarter was just the formality and Russia registered third straight victory in Brno. On Monday, Russia will play against Brazil. Argentina will meet Mali on Tuesday.



Day Two in Ostrava and Brno (Preliminary Round) - Sep. 24, 2010 

Group A

China - Canada 61-65

Canada grabbed the first victory in Ostrava. After defeat in Day One, Canada managed to beat China 61-65 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, China faced with the second straight loss. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) was a key player in victory as she drained 25 points. Tamara Tatham (187-F-85, college: Massachusetts) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) added 9 pts. In the loosing squad, Chen Nan (197-C-83) shined with 22 points and 6 boards. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) also was good scoring 20 points. China opened this game with quick 11-2 run in the first three minutes. Canada came to 14-7 and later managed to close the gap to five until the end of Q1, 23-18. China was slightly better team in the second quarter as well (14-12), holding plus 7 after 20 minutes of play. However, Kimberley Smith and her teammates shined after the breather scoring 22 points in Q3. It was their most productive period today and they also succeeded to keep China to 13 pts in ten minutes. It was 50-52 for Canada with one quarter left. Mostly owing to Kimberley Smith, who was unstoppable in the finish, Canda jumped to plus four and managed to keep its lead until the end. Tomorrow, Canada will meet Belarus. China will play against the World Champions - Australia.

Australia - Belarus 83-59
Another great performance by the defending World Champions. This time, Australia cruised past Belarus 83-59 for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. With this victory they already secured the first place in this pool. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) shined for Australia with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) had double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) also scored 13 pts today. In defeat, Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) had 14 points and 6 boards. Nataliya Trafimava (186-F-79) followed with 12 points, while her Belarus dropped to 1-1. Australia won every single quarter in this game. Both teams shined offensively in the first ten minutes, but it was Australia who ended it with 24-21. They intensified defense in the second frame limiting their rivals to 11 pts. Belinda Snell and her teammates drained 18 on the other side for plus 10 at the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Australia was still in control. They jumped to plus 12 before the last quarter, which was just formality today. Australia won that period as well 28-16 for the final 83-59 blowout. In Day Three, Australia will meet China and another win is expected. Belarus will play against Canada for the second place in this group.


Group B

USA - Senegal 108-52

It was clear who the winner of this game will be even before the start. USA had no troubles to beat Senegal 108-52 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. It means that USA and France will play tomorrow for the first place in this pool. They already secured passage for the next round. On the other side, Senegal will try to beat Greece and to grab position No.3. Maya Moore (183-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and she dished out 5 assists beside that. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) had 14 points and 5 boards, while Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) helped with 11 pts and 5 rebs. Senegal had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Fatou Dieng (170-G-85) with 10 pts. Aya Traore had 9 points today. USA demonstrated its power already in the first quarter. They smashed Senegal 30-11 and the only question until the end was how big difference it will be. USA drained 28 points in the second frame, while Senegal stopped to 14 and was already down by 33. Nothing has changed in the second half. Strong USA squad dominated in all segments making 28-11 in third and 22-16 in the last quarter. Tomorrow is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Ostrava.

France - Greece 69-55
France registered very important win against Greece to stay perfect in Preliminary Group B. With this victory France already booked a spot for the next stage and will fight with USA for the first place in this pool. On the other hand, Greece will play do-or-die game against Senegal. Of course, their chances to take that one are huge. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) shined for France today with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) and Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) (10 rebs) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. In Greece, Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) (6 rebs) and Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-G-81) netted 12 points each. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) this time stopped to 10 points and 5 assists. France exploded in the first half and mostly owing to these 20 minutes they celebrated comfortable victory today. Endene Miyem and her teammates opened this meeting with nice 9-0 run. They closed Q1 later with 20-12. For the next ten minutes France was still in control jumping to comfortable 40-23 until the halftime. Greece was in trouble and they came out after the breather strongly, what resulted with just 11 pts by France in Q3. Greece netted 17 on the other side, but still was 51-40 down with 10:00 to go. Emmelina Ndongue and Lepron shined with less than four minutes remaining helping France to reach 65-40 lead. Of course, the game winner was already known at that time.


Group C

Spain - South Korea 84-69

Second straight win for Spain in Brno. They jumped to 2-0 in Preliminary Group C and already secured a spot for the next round. On the other side, South Korea dropped to 1-1 and still has a nice chance to advance. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) exploded for the winners with double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds. She reached valuation 32 and was the MVP of this meeting. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) added 15 pts. In South Korea, Yeon-Ha Bean collected 23 points and 7 rebounds. Park Jung-Eun (180-F-77) stopped to 12 pts. Expect of the first quarter, which ended with 23-23 tie, Spain was better team today. They demonstrated excellent defensive performance in the second quarter by limiting Korea to just seven points in ten minutes. Sancho Lyttle and her teammates scored 13 on the other side for plus 13 at the HT. Korea improved after the breather, but was not able to come closer. Spain made 21-18 in Q3 entering to the final ten minutes to comfortable lead. They had no troubles to keep Korea on safe distance and actually to extend its advantage event more. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Spain will play against Brazil. South Korea will meet Mali.

Brazil - Mali 80-73
Brazil came up with the first victory in Brno. They outplayed Mali and it will most probably be enough for the next round at the FIBA World Championship. Of course, there is one more day in Preliminary Round so Brazil could reach even the first place in this pool. Mali will have to beat South Korea tomorrow if they want to advance. Helen Santos Luz (176-G-72) shined for Brazil today with 20 points. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) helped her team with 17 pts. Mali got the most from Djene Diawara (192-C-85) - 15 points. Nagouma Coulibaly (192-C-89) had 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Djenebou Sissoko added 12 pts and 9 rebs. Brazil made 14-12 in the first ten minutes and later continued with 22-19 in the second quarter. Mali improved after the breather and managed to cut the margin for one point, 22-23. Still they were down by four and Brazil jumped to 61-56 at the beginning of the last quarter. Mali replied with mini 0-4 run and everything was still open. However, than Helen Santos Luz and Iziane Castro Marques stepped up for their team creating quick 9-1 run. Few moments later Brazil was already up by 11 and Mali had no chance for rest of the time. Brazil will meet Spain tomorrow.


Group D

Argentina - Japan 58-59

Thriller win for Japan in Day Two of the FIBA World Championship. Both teams failed in their first games, so this one was very important. With this victory Japan already secured a spot for the next stage, while Argentina will finish as the last ranked team in Group D. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) top-scored for Japan with 21 points and she had 12 rebounds beside that. Hiromi Suwa (183-C-85) also demonstrated nice performance adding 14 points and 5 rebs. In Argentina, Carolina Sanchez (182-F/C-76) collected 16 points and 8 rebs. Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) had 15 pts and 9 rebs. This game is decided in the finish. Argentina entered to last 3:07 with 54-53 lead. Teams were scoreless for the next 60 seconds, after what Ishikawa made a basket outside the paint for Japan. Florencia Fernandez scored two for Argentina and there was 1:29 to go. Yuko Oga got the ball under the basket and scored her 19th point today for another turn. Argentina didn't panic and they scored through Carolina Sanchez for 58-51 with 51 seconds left. Japan committed a turnover after that, but Argentina did the same. Japan had the last possession and Yuko Oga took the responsibility. It was a great decision as she made it from the paint with no time left for their rivals. Big joy for Japan, who booked a spot for the next stage. Tomorrow, Japan will meet Czech Republic. Argentina will take on unbeaten Russia.

Russia - Czech Republic 55-52
Russia secured the first place in Preliminary Group D. After victory against Japan in Day One, Russia grabbed tiny 55-52 win against the hosts for perfect 2-0 record. In the last day of Preliminary Round Russia will meet Argentina, but even in case of defeat they will finish as No.1 Czech Republic will fight against Japan for the second place. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) came up for Russia today with 13 points. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) had 9 points and 13 rebounds. The hosts got 21 points from Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) and she was their only player in double-digit in scoring. Jana Vesela (190-F-83) had 8 pts and 6 boards. Russia made 12-9 in the first quarter and took full control on its rivals for the next ten minutes. Becky Hammon and her teammates drained 21 points in Q2, while limiting Czech Republic to 13. The hosts improved after the breather making 9-14 and they came to 46-44 at the beginning of Q4. Than, Russia replied with crucial 9-2 run and there was 2:42 to go. Everything what Czech Republic did until the end was minus three. They had the last possession in this game, but Hana Horakova missed a triple.



Day One in Ostrava and Brno (Preliminary Round)  - Sep. 23, 2010 

Group A

Belarus - China 68-57

Belarus had to work very hard in order to beat China today. It was the opening game of the FIBA World Championship 2010 and Belarus celebrated 68-57 win. These two teams are together with Canada and Australia placed to Preliminary Group A. Teams started with exchanging baskets at the very beginning and neither of them was able to make a bigger lead. Thanks to free throw by Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79), Belarus had 11-10 at the end of Q1. They shined at the beginning of the next frame making 14-5 run for the first double-digit lead in this game. However, China didn't panic and managed to close the gap to 31-27 until the half time. China continued in the same rhythm after the breather taking 33-34 lead at the beginning of Q3. Teams exchanged in lead many times after that and it was Belarus holding 52-48 after 30 minutes. Chine made the first basket in the last quarter, but Belarus created 6-0 run after that for 58-51. They were building up their lead to plus 13 in the finish and the game winner was known. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) stepped up for her team with double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Natalia Marchanka scored 10 points and was the last one with double-digits. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) helped with 9 points and 14 rebs. In China, Chen Nan (197-C-83) had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) (5 rebs, 5 as) and Liu Dan (194-C-87) netted 13 pts each.

Canada - Australia 47-72
Australia had an easy job in Day One of the FIBA World Championship in Czech Republic. The defending champion from 2006 destroyed Canada 47-72 for 1-0 in Group A. Earlier today, Belarus was better than China in this pool. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) were the leading players in this victory with 13 points each. The 2010 WNBA MVP, Jackson, grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Samantha Richards (167-G-83) followed them with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) top-scored with 11 points. Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) stopped to 8 pts. Australia dominated in all basketball elements today. They opened this meeting with impressive 1-13 and later 3-18 lead. It was a clear sign that Canada will not have a chance in this game. They came to 12-20 until the end of the first quarter, but Lauren Jackson and her teammates were still in control and looked comfortable. They were better in Q2 as well jumping to plus 11 until the halftime. At the middle of third Canada closed the gap to six points, but Australia had an answer for that. They created quick 0-7 run keeping the safe distance again. At the end of Q3 it was already 38-52 for the defending champions. Plus 27 was the biggest lead by Australia in this meeting and it happened with 2:24 to go. In Day Two, Australia will meet Belarus. Canada will play against China.


Group B

Greece - USA 73-99

USA opened the FIBA World Championship with nice 73-99 victory against Greece. The Americans dominated from the beginning having no troubles to register the first win in Ostrava. Swin Cash (187-F-79, college: Connecticut) (6 rebs) and Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) were the leading scorers in USA with 16 points. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) shined with 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) also helped her team with 12 pts. In Greece, Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) was great as she drained 29 points. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) followed with 21 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. USA and Greece are together with Senegal and France placed to Preliminary Group B. After 9-6 for Greece in third minute, USA made impressive 3-17 run. They closed the first quarter later with 18-32, what was a clear signal that Greece will not have a chance in this game. Second quarter also belonged to Americans (17-20), who were 17 points up at the half time. Teams were pretty leveled after the breather and each of them scored 15 points in Q3. Despite the game winner was already known, USA players shined in the last ten minutes (23-32) setting the score to final 73-99. Tomorrow, USA will play against Senegal and another easy win is expected. Greece will take on France.

Senegal - France 45-83
France had a great start today in Ostrava. They cruised past Senegal to reach the first win at the FIBA World Championship 2010. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 20. She scored 12 points and handed out 6 assists to her teammates. Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) also had 12 points and Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) added two less than her. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) replied with 10 points in defeat. Mame-Marie Sy (185-F-85) stopped on 8 points and 6 rebs.
France dominated in all game segments today. Senegal was fighting, but they simply were not able to resist against powerful French squad. In the opening ten minutes France already made 13-22 lead. They totally destroyed Senegal in the second quarter stopping them to just 3 points. They scored 22 once again for impressive 16-44 lead at the half time. Senegal somehow improved in Q3 and won this period with 16-11, but of course that was not a treat for France, who shined in the last ten minutes closing this game out with 13-28. In Day Two, France will play against Greece, who failed today against USA. Senegal will meet the Americans.



Group C

South Korea - Brazil 61-60

South Korea grabbed 61-60 thriller win against Brazil in the opening day of the FIBA World Championship in Czech Republic. Ji Yoon-Kim (170-G-76) was hero for Korea as she made the winning basket from the paint with 6 seconds left in the game. Brazil had the last possession, but Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) committed a turnover (ball handling). Kim Kwe-Ryong (192-C-79) shined for the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) (8 rebs) and Kim Dan-Bi (180-F-90) helped with 13 points each, while Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) added 10 pts. In Brazil, Erika DeSouza collected 15 points and 12 boards. Alessandra Santos (200-C-73) followed her with 13 points and 9 boards. These two teams are together with Mali and Spain placed to Preliminary Group C. Korea was slightly better team at the beginning as they made 21-19 lead. Both teams slowed down offensively in the second quarter missing many wide open shots and committing many mistakes. That resulted with low-scoring period, but still Korea won this one as well, 12-10. Brazil shined after the breather making 44-45 turn in 27th minute. They increased the lead to three points before the last quarter. Brazil kept 3-point margin with 1:25 remaining, but was scoreless for rest of the way. In Day Two, Korea will play against Spain. Brazil will meet Mali.

Mali - Spain 36-80
As expected, Spain celebrated an easy win against Mali to start FIBA World Championship with 1-0 in Group C. Earlier today in this pool Korea grabbed thriller win against Brazil 61-60. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) stepped up for Spain with 18 points for 15 minutes on the court. She made 4 of 6 attempts from behind the arc. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) helped with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Alba Torrens (184-F-89) added 11 pts. In Mali, Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) was the only one with double-digits in scoring with 12 pts.
Spain took control on Mali from the very beginning. Despite missing some wide open shots, Spain created 7-15 lead in the first ten minutes. They intensified defense even more in the next quarter limiting Mali to just 6 points in this period. Spain exploded with 26 on the other side for comfortable plus 28 at the halftime. The game winner was already known despite there was 20 more minutes to be played. Spain blasted Mali in Q3 with 10-24 and closed this game out with 13-15 for the last ten minutes. At the end it was huge 36-80 victory for Spain, who is looking forward to Day Two.
Tomorrow in Brno, Spain will play against Korea and the winner of that game will have a nice chance to end this stage as No.1 of Group C. Mali will meet Brazil.



Group D

Japan - Russia 63-86

Russia demonstrated nice performance in Day One of the FIBA World Championship 2010. They outplayed Japan 63-86 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Participants of the same pool are also Argentina and the host Czech Republic. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) top-scored for the winners today with 18 points and she pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) also was great as she added 17 points and 7 rebs, while Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) helped with 15 points and 8 boards. In Japan, Yuko Oga (170-G-82) was way better than the others with 23 points. Their second scorer was Ayumi Suzuki (180-C/F-85) with 13 pts. Russia took control on its rival from the very beginning and looked comfortable for rest of the way. Irina Osipova and her teammates opened this meeting with nice 14-21 in the first ten minutes. Japan improved offensively after that and mostly owing to Yuko Oga they cut the margin for two points until the HT. Russia exploded offensively after the breather. Osipova, Maria Stepanova and Ilona Korstine were almost unstoppable helping their team to drain 27 points in third quarter. They stopped Japan to 15 on the other side and question about the winner was already resolved. Russia made 10-16 in the last ten minutes for the final 63-86 victory. In Day Two, Russia will meet Czech Republic, while Japan will take on Argentina.

Czech Republic - Argentina 67-53
The host of FIBA World Championship had a joyful Day One in Brno. Czech Republic met Argentina and managed to beat them with comfortable 67-53. The hosts had excellent first and third quarter, what was enough for the victory today. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) came up with 16 points for her team. Jana Vesela (190-F-83) helped with double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) added 9 points and 6 boards. On the other side, Argentina did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was Paula Reggiardo (84) with 9 points. Florencia Fernandez (190-C-86) followed with 8 points and 7 rebounds. Two countries are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Japan and Russia. Czech Republic opened this game in style making 20-12 lead in the first ten minutes. Argentina improved defensively in the second frame, but that was not enough. They scored just 13 points on the other side and the hosts reached the same number. Czech Republic was up by 8 at the half time and they came out strong for Q3 limiting Argentina to just 6 points in ten minutes. Eva Viteckova and Jana Vesela were one fire helping their squad to reach 15 pts in third quarter for 48-31 with 10:00 left. Question about the winner was resolved and Q4 was just the formality. Czech Republic will meet Russia tomorrow. Argentina will try to grab the first win at this event and its rival will be Japan.


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